Here's what families often want to know about our residential Summer Programs:  


Summer programs room assignments and roommate requests 

We assign students to rooms according to age and course. Whenever possible, roommates are similar in age and take the same class. Most students live in double rooms, but some may be in singles or triples. We cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement. You can make a roommate request, though we do discourage it. We find that students benefit from the opportunity to make new friends. Parents/guardians of both students must send a roommate request in writing before we can forward the request to the site’s residential administrators. We consider roommate requests but cannot guarantee a roommate to any student. 


Air conditioning  

Many of the classrooms CTY uses on site are air-conditioned and, to a lesser extent, so are the dorm rooms. For questions about air conditioning at a specific site, please contact or 410-735-6277. 


Weekend activities 

In addition to their engaging classes, all On-Campus Programs students participate in scheduled activities and enjoy a vibrant social atmosphere. Residential programs students participate in afternoon and evening activities, and spend their weekends on campus participating in socials, talent shows, movies, sports, carnival days, and/or water days. Weekends also include time when students can rest, do laundry, bond with others on their residence hall, and/or attend religious services. 


Religious services  

We welcome students of all religious beliefs, and provide opportunities for interested students at all summer sites to attend worship services on or off campus. CTY staff escort students to services and provide supervision. However, we cannot always guarantee that a specific type of service will be available at or near a given site.  


Bringing an instrument, sports equipment, etc. to a summer site 

While we have basic athletic equipment at the site, your child might want to bring their own tennis rackets, lacrosse sticks, baseball gloves, etc. No bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, free weights, strength/cardio machines, or roller skates are permitted. Students are permitted to bring musical instruments, but they are responsible for the safe storage of their musical instruments and equipment.  


Students are responsible for the safe-keeping of their personal belongings. We urge students to label all their belongings with their first and last names and “JHU-CTY.” Neither CTY nor our hosts can be responsible for theft or other losses of, or damages to, students’ personal belongings, including athletic equipment, musical instruments, or computers. When considering whether to bring an expensive item, families may wish to investigate possible coverage under their own homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. In general, we recommend that students bring valuable items only when they can keep a close eye on them. While our staff will remind students to keep their doors locked and their belongings stored securely, CTY is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items students bring with them. 


Taking your child offsite on weekends or after class 

While we discourage visits, you are certainly allowed to sign your child out on weekends and when classes are not meeting. We recommend that you contact the site office in advance, both so you can be made aware of the upcoming schedule of events and so we can have your child ready to meet you in the office to be signed out. We only allow legal guardians and adults listed on the Authorization to Visit/Sign Off Campus form to take students out of the program. All visitors are required to show photo ID when signing out a student. 


Communicating with your child’s instructor and resident assistant or program assistant after the program begins 

Instructional and residential staff are extremely busy during their time at CTY between supervising students and preparing for class and activities. Because of this, parents communicate directly with the administrative staff on site about any concerns or questions. On opening and closing days, parents may meet with students’ instructors, instructional assistants, and resident assistants.  


If, before the program has begun, there are extenuating circumstances for which you feel more direct communication with the student’s instructor, instructional assistant, and/or RA is needed, this should be discussed with the site program manager, whose contact information is available via MyCTY after your child has been assigned to a summer course. 


If this is related to a learning, medical, physical, or other disability, please contact CTY Disability Services at or 410-735-6215. If direct communication is needed during the program, contact site administrators with your request. Contact information for the site’s main office will be included in the student site information packet. 


Prohibited items 

The following items must not be brought to on-campus summer sites: 

  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and martial arts devices) 

  • Any flame-producing device (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers) 

  • Energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster, and Amp 

  • Pets of any kind 

  • Televisions or video game equipment 

  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, skates, scooters, or shoes with wheels 

  • Free weights or strength/cardio machines 

  • Water guns 

  • Halogen lamps, refrigerators, or cooking devices 

  • Staff lanyards from current or previous summers 


In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to prohibit or confiscate any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program pose undue risk to the safety or well-being of people, or pose undue risk to property.