Summer Campus Life

At Summer Portals, you’ll live in dorms with students who represent a range of talents, backgrounds, and interests, eat meals in the dining hall with peers and faculty, and enjoy the summertime outdoors in the Berkshires. Each day offers lots of structured independence — and many opportunities to challenge yourself and explore new interests, supported by a community of caring faculty and staff.

The Summer Schedule

An Average Day


7:30 – 8 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall
8 – 8:15 a.m. All-Portals Morning Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Academic Programming
12:15 – 1 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall
1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Academic Programming
3:30 – 5 p.m. Recreational Activities: choice of soccer, basketball, yoga, swimming, and more.
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall
7:30 – 9 p.m. Evening Activities: study hall, lectures, movies, etc.
9:30 p.m. Dormitory check-in
10 p.m. In rooms



7:30 – 8 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall
8 – 8:15 a.m. All-Portals Morning Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Academic Programming
12:15 – 1 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall
10:30 p.m. Dormitory check-in


9:30 – 11 a.m. Brunch in the Dining Hall
5:15 — 6:15 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall
9:30 p.m. Dormitory check-in
10 p.m. In rooms



Designated study hours are 7:30 – 9 p.m., Sundays through Friday. During study hours, students might work on group projects, screen films or attend performances. Resident Teaching Fellows are on duty during study hours to support students and maintain quiet.


Each weekend offers events, activities, and opportunities to visit attractions in the surrounding area — as well as ample free time to relax, spend time with friends, keep a journal, go into town, or study. Transportation to worship services is also available on Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning worship. For a list of churches, mosques, and synagogues in the area, please see “Off-Campus Resources” in the Portals Student Handbook.

A Caring Community

Resident Teaching Fellows

Resident Teaching Fellows are responsible for every aspect of student residential life. They live in the dorms, manage classroom programs, and advise.

Each student has a Resident Teaching Fellow as an advisor, who serves as the primary resource for all academic and personal needs. Students are encouraged to check in with their advisors on a regular basis. At the end of the program, advisors send home written reports on each of their advisees.

For a link to job opportunities for next summer, visit our Careers page.



Additional Support

In addition to the advisor, all faculty, administrators, and other Resident Teaching Fellows are available to help students with any aspect of Portals life — academic, residential, or social.

Dorm Life and Dining

Dormitory floors are staffed with a resident teaching fellow to enforce community rules (see the Portals Student Handbook for an overview of dormitory guidelines) and create a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Most students will have the opportunity to live with a roommate from a different program.

Each dorm has its own common room, an ideal spot for hanging out when students have down time in the evening. The room has vending machines, a television, a microwave, and a living area with couches and chairs.

The Dining Hall, located in the Main Building, provides cafeteria-style service for all meals. All students, faculty, and fellows may eat in the Dining Hall. Each meal includes a variety of options to accommodate different dietary needs and restrictions, including gluten and nut intolerance.

Meals are served at the following times:

Monday through Saturday:

Breakfast: 7:30 – 8 a.m.

Lunch: 12:15 – 1 p.m.

Dinner: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.


Brunch: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Dinner: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.



Campus Services and Resources

Wieler Health Center

Regular clinic hours are:  Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. In addition, the Portals physician and nurse is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. If necessary, students may be admitted to the Health Center for short-term observation during the day. They may also be referred to medical and surgical specialists at Sharon Hospital, an eight-minute drive from campus.

Mars Athletic Center

The Mars Athletic Center is open to students every weekday afternoon for sports and to the entire Portals community at specified times in the evenings and on weekends. The pool is only open when a lifeguard is on duty.

Edsel Ford Memorial Library

The library, located in the Main Building near the Dining Hall, is open during designated hours throughout the day. In addition to its extensive collection of books, movies, and reference materials, the library provides an ideal place to study, with carrels, lounge chairs, tables, and group study rooms, as well as two media viewing rooms. The library also offers access to a wide range of online databases to support the research needs of Summer Portals students.

Campus Post Office

The campus Post Office, open on weekdays, is capable of addressing all routine needs during the summer session. It is located on the lower level of the Main Building.

All student mail should be sent to:

Student Name
Hotchkiss Summer Portals
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

Campus Safety and Security

Located in the Coy Hall Business Office, the Security Office provides comprehensive service to insure the safety and well-being of the Hotchkiss Portals community. The campus is patrolled 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Security responds to all emergencies on campus and investigates all safety concerns from students, faculty, fellows, and staff. Security personnel cover the switchboard 24 hours a day. Security can be reached from any of the dorm phones by dialing "0.” Anyone calling from outside Hotchkiss or on a cell phone should dial (860) 435-2591.