Residential Students

Keeping Health + Safety at the Center

As we plan for Summer 2021 with COVID-19 safety front-of-mind, some of our traditional programming may be subject to change. We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, public health officials, and our COVID-19 planning team, and will provide regular updates to families in the lead-up to arrival day. For the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 planning, please visit our FAQ page.


Living at Wheaton

Surrounded by your new EXPLO family of staff, students, and friends, your days will be filled with new ideas, interests, and opinions — expanding your understanding of the world, and encouraging you to rethink your place in it.

Advisor Groups

You’ll be part of an Advisor Group of approximately 14 students, led by two Advisors who live on your floor, check on you throughout your day, and keep you informed of what’s going on around campus. Since Advisor Groups meet together many times each day, including at breakfast and dinner, you’ll come to consider this your campus family. They’ll care for you as if you were their own.


We use a housing form to match students with their new roommate. Generally, there are two or three students to a room. Most students who attend EXPLO Boston arrive without knowing anyone, and, therefore, a majority of students do not request to live with a particular person. We try to honor roommate requests, as long as both students are in the same grade and both students and their parents have requested each other. We encourage friends attending the Program to seriously consider not rooming with one another so that they can get to know new people. It is possible to assign students to the same Advisor Group but not as roommates, as long as both students are in the same grade and they both request each other.

If families have additional needs, concerns, or preferences regarding housing, they should be in contact with David Torcoletti, Head of Programs at EXPLO Boston, before June 1.

Staff Support

Our staff’s main priority has always been one thing, and one thing only: our students. Staff members, faculty, and administrators are there to help instruct and guide students through their summer experience. Our job is to (gently) nudge them beyond their comfort zone, making sure they get to experience all an EXPLO summer has to offer while feeling as safe and secure as possible in the process. And since we’re as excited to be at EXPLO as they are, we’ll make sure every experience is as fun and fulfilling as can be.


At EXPLO, we understand that living away from home for the first time is a scary thing. Our staff works hard with each student to make sure they feel safe, secure, and most of all, at home. For more information, please visit our Safety and Security page.

International Students

EXPLO is a diverse community with students from 40 states and 70 countries. Our international students make up a critical part of our learning community and living groups. We also recognize that many of you are much farther from home and have questions unique to attending a summer program in the United States. Head over to our International Students page for more information about traveling to campus, language requirements, and more.

Telephone Calls

We do not allow students to call home the first week of the program, except in the case of an emergency. Our experience has shown that students need to develop a support system for themselves at the program and that calling home during the first week often makes the transition away from home more difficult. Parents are encouraged, of course, to contact the program at any point during the summer to learn how their children are doing. We cannot call a child to the phone, but if parents would like to call and leave a message for a child, the message will be delivered with the daily mail.