This website provides a directory of pre-college summer programs for high school students and middle school students. Pre-college experiences can provide valuable learning opportunities during the summer months. This site is designed to provide information about a variety of summer program opportunities that are available for high school students and middle school students.
The are a number of different types of opportunities included in the directory. These include programs that focus on areas such as: academic, enrichment, science, engineering, computer & technology, leadership, study abroad, writing, internship, art, music, drama, business, and more. To find out specific information about programs or camps, click on the logos or links in the directory
There can be a number of potential benefits that relate to participating in a pre-college summer program. These can include learning about a topic of interest at an in-depth level, preparing for the transition from high school to college, exploring career fields of interest, increasing academic motivation, learning in a new environment, extending education beyond the school year, engaging in discussions with other students, enhancing interpersonal skills, learning from college instructors and/or other experts, and developing friendships with peers. In addition, a number of programs and camps take place on university campuses, which allows high school students to gain experience in a college environment. We encourage students to find out more about opportunities that are included on the pages of this directory
Please note: This directory is for informational purposes only. The information provided about summer programs and academic camps on the directory is subject to change. This directory serves is an informational source only and it is not the official website for any pre-college summer program or camp. For more information about this directory, please visit the disclaimer page
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Program: Alexa Café: All-Girls STEM Camp Held at Select Campuses Nationwide Description: At Alexa Café, girls ages 10-15 discover a passion for technology in a unique environment that celebrates creativity, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Weeklong, collaborative courses are taught in small groups of just 8 girls per instructor—guaranteed—for the most personalized instruction. Girls learn engineering principles, code games, design websites, model 3D characters, snap photos, create films, print 3D objects, and much more.
Alexa Café is held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including UC Berkeley, Rice, Bryn Mawr, and Georgia Tech. In addition to this all-girls summer program, iD Tech also offers weeklong camps for kids and teens, early-education STEM programs, teen-only academies, and an online learning platform.
We believe that technology should be fun and meaningful. At Alexa Café, it’s all that and more. Join us as we inspire the next generation of makers. Visit us online at our website to find a camp near you.
Program: Alfred University Summer Pre-College Programs for High School Students: Alfred, New York Description: Alfred University’s residential summer programs offer in-depth instruction in Astronomy, Art Portfolio Prep, Creative Writing, Consumer Chemistry, Computers, Ceramic & Glass Engineering, Robotics, Renewable Energy Engineering, Theater, Equestrian and Swimming. Classes, taught by distinguished members of the University faculty and advanced graduate students, are kept small to allow for lots of individualized attention. When not in class, campers enjoy fun recreational activities along with time to relax and get to know one another. Out-of-class supervision is provided by our team of Resident Assistants, who are specially trained to serve as camp counselors, positive role models, mentors and friends.
Our campus is located in a peaceful village in western New York State, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys. Campers stay in clean, modern residence halls and all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall. With Alfred University’s excellence in teaching and quality programming, this is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week or two learning, making friends, and experiencing life on a college campus!
Program: American Collegiate Adventures Summer Enrichment Program for High School Students: Multiple Locations Description: Choose a truly sensational summer! Picture weekdays of learning and recreation, weekends of action and adventure – all spent with a great group of new friends. That’s what ACA is all about!
The most personalized program you’ll find, ACA features one of the lowest student-to-staff ratios of any pre-college program, so we can work with each student to create unique summer experiences. Enjoy great courses, internships and activities, pursue a new passion, and perfect your sports skills. Do it all!
All the comforts you’d expect – really! ACA is one of the only pre-college programs that provide deluxe accommodations complete with air-conditioning, private bathrooms and laundry service. You’ll enjoy summer in style when you go with ACA!
As always – ACA’s weekend adventures are always included! Whether you’re getting a good look at your first-choice school or just enjoying the arts, shopping and style of towns from Madison to Nice, Florence to Seville, Boston to Barcelona, London to Paris, ACA makes sure everyone gets to go along – at no extra charge! That’s the ACA way.
This summer, choose the best of both worlds. Build knowledge and confidence for college during the week, and get weekends full of once in a lifetime adventures! Make this summer unforgettable, leading you toward a college career that helps you get the most out of learning, and of life. Make this summer an ACA summer!
Program: Barnard College Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students: New York, NY Description: At Barnard College, enrich your academic experience and get a head start on college in the world’s greatest city. Barnard offers opportunities to discover New York City in and out of the classroom while taking fascinating classes with our world-renowned faculty, exploring careers and interests from architecture to psychology, making friends from around the world, and getting a head start on college applications through our admissions workshops.
Programs include 4-week and 1-week liberal arts intensive, Young Women’s Leadership Institute, Dance in the City, Entrepreneurs-in-Training, and Summer Science Seminars
Program: Boston Leadership Institute Summer STEM Programs for High School Students and Middle School Students: Boston, Massachusetts Description: The Boston Leadership Institute offers award-winning STEM programs that give students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research. Programs are led by outstanding teachers from top schools who have received formal recognition for teaching and professional excellence who have experience teaching high-achieving students.
Teens wanting one-week science or math opportunities may choose Forensics, Anatomy, Sports Statistics, Medicinal Plants, or Marine Biology. Students take fun, behind-the-scenes field trips. They participate in interesting activities and tours geared toward teens at Boston museums and attractions. These adventures are combined with stimulating classroom enrichment and challenging laboratory activities. An additional option, Chemistry Edge, is designed to give students the edge they need to excel in their Fall Chemistry courses and on standardized tests. No application is needed for one-week programs.
Three-week research programs are rigorous and designed for high-achieving high school students. These programs require an application. Outstanding students from all over the US and the world are selected. Students develop high-level research skills and subject matter expertise that strengthen credentials valuable for college admissions, interviews, and essays. Programs provide students with an opportunity to gain job-related experience and to explore career choices and possible undergraduate majors. Award-winning summer STEM research programs for teens include: Biological Research, Applied Physics Research, Chemistry Research, Neuroscience, Biomedical Research, Marine Biology, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Engineering, and STEM Entrepreneurship.
Program: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute for High School Students: Los Angeles, California Description: The Sci | Art NanoLab is a highly competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists.
NANOTECH LECTURES AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Access to scholars in 15 cutting-edge labs from 7 nationally top-ranked departments operating at the forefront of nanoscience research.
IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE: The program culminates in a public presentation + exhibition of student’s think-tank research.
EXPERIENCE COLLEGE AND BUILD A UNIQUE PORTFOLIO: Earn 4 units of transferable UCLA College credits! Students have full access to all UCLA facilities.
EXPLORE ART AND SCIENCE IN LOS ANGELES: Tours and field trips to museums and laboratories in and around Los Angeles.
Program: Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students: A Summer of Exploration: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Description: Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-College Summer Program provides students with the opportunity to explore and gain experience in an area of interest including: architecture, art and design, drama, or music.
Program: Champlain College – Summer Pre-College Programs in Art & Design, Cybersecurity, Social Entrepreneurship, IT & Digital Media, Game Development and Creative Writing: Burlington, Vermont
Description: Program options for 2016 include Young Writers’ Conference, Governor’s Institutes of Vermont – Information Technology & Digital Media, Champlain Game Academy, Imagine College, Social Entrepreneurship for Young Women, Art & Design Portfolio Building Course, and Digital Forensics & Cyber Security Academy. Students work closely with Champlain College professors who have extensive expertise and professional connections in their fields. When not attending class or doing creative project work, students enjoy recreational activities and social events that take full advantage of summer in Vermont. Students stay in one of Champlain’s many contemporary or Victorian-era residence halls and share meals in the spectacular dining hall of the IDX Student Life Center, overlooking Lake Champlain.
Program: Clemson Summer Scholars Pre-College Program for High School Students and Middle School Students: Clemson, South Carolina Description: Summer Scholars balances educational, recreational and cultural activities to enrich the learning experience of rising 7-12th graders. Scholars experience a taste of life as a Clemson University student and spend a week studying specialized subjects.
Subjects include: Academy of Science and Intercultural Communication; Audio Engineering and Music Production; Automotive Engineering – In Partnership with Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR); Beyond ER and Biology; Bioengineering: Building a Better You; Civil Engineering; DNA Science; Entrepreneurship and Professional Communication; Explorations in the Design of the Built Environment; Forensic Detectives; Functional Ceramic Design w/ Digital Decals; Genetic Horizons; Materials Engineering Through the Electron Microscope; Memes, Mobs, and Marketing; Molecular Biology; Multi Media Journalism; Physical Computing; Physics and Astronomy; Vet Camp; Writing for College Admissions Workshop. *Note: Not all programs are for each age group, please visit our website for specific information.
Program: University of Dallas Summer Programs: Dallas, Texas Description: The University of Dallas offers a variety of summer programs for high school students. There are programs held at the university such as Arete: An Introduction to the Classics and there are also travel programs such as Shakespeare in Italy and Latin and Rome. Participants: High school students. Program website: Dallas High School Summer
Program: Discovery Internships Summer Internship Programs for High School Students Description: The Discovery Internships program is a 4 week all-inclusive summer internship experience. We offer customized internships in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Boulder, and London in 25+ industries including Finance, Entrepreneurship, Medicine, Law, Fashion, Film & Television, Public Relations, Veterinary Medicine and many more. Whether you are a high school student looking to gain clarity on college choices or fields of potential study or just looking for a meaningful summer in one of the greatest cities in the world, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your needs, Discovery Internships’ customized programs will help you explore your future. In addition to gaining hands-on, career-focused learning opportunities, participants explore and live in an exciting city.
Our programs feature a safe and fun living and learning environment based in a college residence hall. A meal plan, 24-hour staff supervision, and a host of cultural, recreational, and other community events and excursions around the city are all included. Our participants receive access to supplementary professional development workshops that enhance the internship learning experience and help students excel in both the college classroom and the workplace. Students receive academic credits for their internship and completion of coursework from Marist College.
Participants: High school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 (ages 15-18). Program website: Discovery Internships
Program: Duke University Summer College for High School Students: Durham, North Carolina Description: Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer College for High School Students.
Summer College for High School Students, a four-week, credit-bearing program offered by Duke University, attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide the academic and residential environment conducive for collegiate success.
Why choose Duke for your summer college experience?
Earn college credit while studying in classes with Duke undergraduate students and your international peers.
Enjoy an unparalleled residential program and make friends from around the world.
Choose from five evening film series to complete your academic experience (TED Talks, the Oscars, NOVA, NOVA ScienceNOW, Great Documentaries).
Experience authentic college residential life by living in an undergraduate residence hall on Duke University’s world-renowned campus.
Get additional academic support from our Extended Learning Opportunities (Academic Writing, College Preparation, SAT Training)
Program: Duke University Summer Youth Programs and Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Durham, North Carolina Description: Experience a summer of vibrant and challenging academic enrichment opportunities at Duke University! For over 30 years, Duke Youth Programs, hosted by Duke Continuing Education, has offered a wide range of intellectually stimulating and fun activities for middle and high school students.
Participants can choose from a variety of options—writing, science, math, computers, leadership and precollege. Held on Duke University’s beautiful campus, participants will have the chance to experience college life and meet friends from all over the world.
Program: Elm City ChamberFest Summer Music Program for High School Students, Middle School Students, and Elementary Students: New Haven, Connecticut Program Description: Founded in 2005, Elm City ChamberFest is a two-week intensive chamber music program that takes place in New Haven, CT, for intermediate and advanced string students ages 8 – 18 and piano students ages 13 – 18. In addition to participating in their weekly chamber music performances, students, in small 5:1 student to teacher ratio class sizes, receive daily coachings, private lessons and master classes from ECCF faculty. Students also participate in guest artist master classes and coachings throughout the two weeks as well as have the opportunity to attend concerts by a group of world class faculty and guest artists as part of an evening concert series.
Additionally, the ECCF program includes a variety of electives and enrichment classes such as string orchestra, cello choir, music theory, choir, Jazz, Klezmer, Theater Improvisation, Yoga, and Alexander Technique.
Participants: HS String players, HS pianists, Middle School string players, Elementary School string players. Junior Program for students aged 8 -13. Senior Program and Advanced Piano Institute for students aged 13 – 18. Program website: Elm City ChamberFest
Program: Emagination Computer Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Multiple Locations Description: Technology learning PLUS Summer Camp Fun!
Emagination blends the latest in technology with fun non-tech activities that create a well-rounded summer camp experience for kids & teens ages 8 -17. Two-week sessions allow time to make friends and become part of a community.
Beginners to experts choose three technology workshops. Create Digital Media – 3D Modeling, Digital Music, Photoshop. Learn to Code – Minecraft Modding, iApps, Scratch, Java, C#. Design Video Games – RPG, Action, Strategy, Mobile, Minecraft. Discover Engineering – Robots and RC Cars.
Recreation and socializing are important! Campers get unplugged in outdoor games, swimming, a talent show, camper groups and more.
A Balanced Camp Experience
The experience at Emagination Computer Camps differs from typical weeklong technology camps. Emagination balances technology learning with the fun activities and lifetime benefits of traditional summer camps.
University locations in Fairfield, Connecticut and near Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta bring together “kids like me” from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries. It’s Worth the Trip!
Program: Emagination Minecraft Coding Camp for High School and Middle School Students: Multiple Locations Description: CODE > COLLABORATE > MOD > HAVE FUN
Emagination Minecraft Coding Camp is a two-week overnight and day STEM program for teens ages 13 to 17. Students learn to code using the Java programming language while creating modifications (mods) for the hugely popular game Minecraft. There is also plenty of time for recreation and fun in a Minecraft-themed environment on a university campus.
Teens develop and advance Java coding skills and unleash their creativity to build custom mods for Minecraft. They create new characters, change environments and build original objects and structures. Participants also use Photoshop and software for 3D modeling and animation.
Coding skills gained at Emagination are valuable and extend well beyond modding in Minecraft. The Java programming language is versatile and universal – it’s everywhere – on over 3 billion devices!
Campers bring home their mods from camp and can continue to code and show off their work to family and friends.
A Balanced Camp Experience
The experience at Emagination Minecraft Coding Camp differs from typical weeklong technology camps. Emagination balances technology learning with the fun activities and lifetime benefits of traditional summer camps.
University locations in Boston, MA and Lake Forest, IL bring together “kids like me” from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries. It’s Worth the Trip!
Program: Emagination Game Design Summer Program for High School Students: Multiple Locations Description: GET INSIDE THE GAME!
Teens create a 3D video game. Learn creative and technical skills > Join a development team > Build a playable game > Present to a panel of experts > Tour a game design studio > Learn from guest speakers.
Teens 15 – 18 who are serious about learning game design will have fun while learning valuable real world skills in this immersive 14 day 13 night pre-college program.
Choose your role on the development team. Will you be a 3D Animator, Level Designer, Audio Artist, or Programmer? Learn valuable skills using industry standard software — Maya and 3ds Max from Autodesk, Adobe Photoshop® and Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games. Design and build your own 3D video game under the direction of Lead Designers (aka the Instructors). Present your game to a panel of industry experts, tour a game studio and learn from game studio guest speakers. Studios providing tours and speakers have included Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Rock Star Games, Turbine Inc, Hi-Rez Studios.
Offered at Bentley University near Boston and Mercer University in Atlanta, Emagination Game Design attracts teens from all across America and many foreign countries. We help with transportation by picking up and dropping off at airport and train terminals. It’s Worth the Trip!
Program: embARC Summer Design Academy for High School Students at the University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, California Description: embARC is an intensive four-week summer design academy for high school students held at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED).
The program is comprised of four components: an Architecture and Urban Design Studio, in which instruction on freehand sketching, drafting, model building and digital representation will teach students how to conceptualize and communicate two and three-dimensional design ideas; a Sustainable Planning Workshop, where students will engage as genuine stakeholders and participants in a community change process by developing solutions to an authentic urban planning question; a Lecture Series, in which CED faculty and professionals in the field of environmental design will introduce students to the history and theory behind current ideas in the realms of urban design, community development and sustainable city planning; and a Design-Build project, where students will work alongside trained shop staff to build full-sized structures for the benefit of a local non-profit community partner. Students who fulfill the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion and 1 unit of college credit (graded pass/no pass) on an official UC Berkeley transcript. Residential and commuter options are available.
Participants: High school students entering their senior year of school and exceptional students entering their junior year are encouraged to apply. To apply, students must complete the on-line application found on the embARC website. Enrollment is limited and students are encouraged to apply early. Program website: embARC Summer Design Pre-College Program
Program: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs for High School Students: Boston, Massachusetts Description: Emerson College offers 5-week pre-college academic summer programs in filmmaking, acting, musical theatre performing, stage design, and creative writing; and 3-week programs in journalism and political communication (PAL).
At Emerson, students focus on acquiring skills by doing, meet other students who share their passion for arts and communication, and gain an understanding of college life.
Participants: High school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2015-2016 academic year should apply to Filmmakers Studio, Creative Writers Workshop, Journalism Institute, or Political Communication Institute (PAL). Students entering grades 11 or 12 should apply to Stage Design Studio, Acting Studio or Musical Theatre Studio. Program website: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs
Program: Emory University Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students: Atlanta, Georgia Description: The Emory Pre-College Program is a summer academic program for high school students. It gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students may explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students, and earn transferable college credit. Two-week non-credit courses, and six-week credit courses are available.
Emory Pre-College students live together in a dorm on campus or within commuting distance with their families and participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life.
Students will enjoy the beautiful, tree-lined Emory campus and its outstanding facilities, meet new people and make lifelong friends. Students come from all across the U.S. and the world. Ranked #21 by U.S. News and World Report and #14 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for best values among private universities, Emory University offers a small liberal arts college environment within a major research university.
Program: George Washington University Pre-College Summer Program for High School Students: Washington, D.C. Description: This program gives students exposure to college-level course work by courses in a variety of subject areas. Students also have the opportunity to experience the campus of George Washington University.
Program: GERI Summer Pre-College Youth Programs and Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students at Purdue University: West Lafayette, Indiana Description: Every summer, GERI has engaged gifted, creative, and talented students from across the country and around the world in residential camps designed to stimulate their imagination and expand their abilities. Students who have completed grades 5 – 12 live in campus residence halls, take challenging courses, and participate in engaging recreational activities. GERI offers three programs each year.
At GERI Summer Camps, you will experience intellectual challenges, personal attention from talented and caring staff members, outstanding Purdue facilities, friendships with others from around the world who share similar interests, and enjoyable learning and social experiences.
Program: iD Tech Camps – Held at Prestigious Campuses Nationwide Description: This summer, encourage the awesome in you! At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more! These weeklong, day and overnight summer programs are held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including Stanford, Caltech, Rice, Northwestern, Emory, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, and more.
iD Tech summer courses are inclusive of every skill level and learning style. Tech-savvy instructors teach curriculum in small groups of just 8 students per instructor—guaranteed—so both beginners and advanced students can learn at the perfect pace. Campers make new friends, learn foundational STEM skills, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.
iD Tech also offers early-education STEM programs, all-girls tech camps, teen-only academies, and an online learning platform. Visit us online at our website to find what’s near you.
Program: iD Game Design & Development Academy – Summer Pre-college Program for Teens Description: This summer, encourage the awesome in your teen! At this two-week, overnight academy, students ages 13-18 explore advanced topics in 3D modeling and printing, video game design, programming, and level design.
After two weeks of immersive, hands-on instruction, students leave the academy with a polished portfolio that includes projects from the course. Meet new friends who share your interests, see what it’s like to be a STEM professional, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.
At the academy, teens learn from elite instructors, gain access to in-depth industry insights, and have the opportunity to explore some of the nation’s top universities; iD Game Design & Development Academy is held at Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Emory, University of Washington, and more. In addition, iD Tech also offers weeklong summer programs for ages 7-17, early-education STEM programs for ages 6-9, all-girls tech camps, and an online learning platform. Visit us online at our website to find what’s near you.
Program: iD Programming Academy – Summer Pre-college Program for Teens Description: At this two-week, overnight academy, students ages 13-18 explore advanced topics in programming, app development, electrical engineering, and robotics.
After two weeks of immersive, hands-on instruction, students leave the academy with a polished portfolio that includes projects from the course. Meet new friends who share your interests, see what it’s like to be a STEM professional, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.
At the academy, teens learn from elite instructors, gain access to in-depth industry insights, and have the opportunity to explore some of the nation’s top universities; iD Programming Academy is held at Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Emory, Rice, University of Washington, and more. In addition, iD Tech also offers weeklong summer programs for ages 7-17, early-education STEM programs for ages 6-9, all-girls tech camps, and an online learning platform. Visit us online at our website to find what’s near you.
Program: Jr. Discovery Summer Enrichment Program for Middle School Students Description: Jr. Discovery is a unique 3 week summer enrichment experience for teenagers completing grades 6, 7 and 8. At Jr. Discovery, learning is everywhere – in the classroom, dorm room, dining hall, on-stage, the tennis court or ball field, on trips and excursions, and the daily interaction between peers, dynamic teachers and Resident Counselors. Since 1966, the Musiker Family has been directing outstanding educational experiences for teenagers. As parents ourselves, we realize middle school students are at an important crossroads in their development. Life poses many new challenges, opportunities, emotions, and rewards.
Jr. Discovery is designed to facilitate a positive transition from adolescence to young adulthood and from middle school to high school. Our innovative Skills for Mind and Body curriculum inspires independent thinking, creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, time management and life skills. Additionally, through cooperative living and positive mentoring by a superb group of Resident Counselors, our students experience the finest, caring supervision, group dynamics, and mutual respect. Best of all, Jr. Discovery is a summer of new friendships with students from all over the USA and the world. In the Jr. Discovery community, everyone is welcome and everyone belongs. We look forward to welcoming you to our community this summer.
Program: Johns Hopkins University Summer Programs for High School Students: Baltimore, Maryland Description: Johns Hopkins University offers two types of pre-college programs for high school students.
Discover HopkinsPre-College Programs – The Discover Hopkins Pre-College Programs are intensive programs designed to expose students to topics from different perspectives. Instructors lead students in learning about a selected topic in the mornings. The experts captivate the afternoons–faculty, alumni, and other guest speakers who are leading researchers or practitioners in the subject areas. The learning of the topic is enhanced with a variety of guided field trips in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia.
Summer University Pre-College Programs – The Johns Hopkins Summer University Pre-College Program offers qualified high school students the opportunity to take freshman- and sophomore-level classes in arts and sciences and engineering. Residential students must be full-time students and enroll in two classes. Commuter students may register part-time (one class) or take the full two-course load. This pre-college programs enables students to choose from a wide variety of courses. Students have the opportunity to engage in discussions and study with academically talented students and Hopkins’ own distinguished faculty.
Program: Julian Krinsky Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: JKCP’s Enrichment program offers over 20 specialized experiences to high school students. The weekly summer academic, science, and sport courses are taught by college professors and top-of-the line professionals in their fields. Students choose two courses each week in SAT Prep, Cooking, Engineering, Fashion Design, Tennis, Golf, Robotics, Business Leadership and more! Some courses are offered for College Credit from Villanova University.
Students come from over 40 U.S. states and 35 different countries. Get the real pre-college experience by meeting students from all over the world and live at the beautiful Villanova campus. Residential students also experience evening activities and weekend trips to regional destinations such as NYC, Washington D.C., NJ beaches, and more.
Program: Julian Krinsky Summer Internships in Philadelphia for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: There is no better way to understand a job than by actually doing it. That’s exactly what our Summer Internships offer: a chance to do meaningful, hands-on work in the field of your choice. Get one of the best summer internships in Philadelphia before you head off to college!
You might be interning with a lawyer, developing marketing campaigns, shadowing a doctor, assisting a vet, or involved with high-profile mentors. Live on campus at the University of Pennsylvania. College credit is now available.
Program: Juniper Institute for Young Writers– A Pre-College Summer Writing Program for High School Students: University of Massachusetts, Amherst Description: The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for writers who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school.
Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers and unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As.
Program: Malone University Academic Summer Camps: Canton, Ohio Description: Malone University (MU) will host six residential academic camps complete with hands-on activities, field trips, social activities, and meals in the campus dining commons.
Zoo and Wildlife Biology Camp: Develop hands-on skills like animal handling, environmental monitoring, and field identification of local plant and animal species.
Chamber Music Camp: For pianists and string, brass, woodwind, and percussion players. In collaboration with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, MU faculty will coach students in the art of listening and communicating like professional musicians in a chamber ensemble setting.
Young Writers Camp: Workshops in poetry and fiction, dedicated writing time, and inspiring trips to the city and country will be capped off by a public reading of participants’ writing.
Science Careers Camp: See forensic scientists help catch criminals, learn how chemists keep our environment clean and examine a variety of health science career options. Hands-on activities include isolating and analyzing DNA samples, making pain-killers, and testing water samples for pollution.
Nursing Camp: Receive CPR certification, tour area hospital facilities, chat with professionals in the field about preparing for a career in nursing, and gain exposure to EMS and paramedic fields.
Computer Science Camp: Sharpen skills in software development for PC, mobile, and web, as well as computer hardware platforms, operating systems, networking, and video game development.
Participants: Rising sophomores through rising seniors are eligible to participate (Chamber Music Camp is open to 7th through 12th graders). Program website: Malone University Academic Summer Camps
Program: University of Maryland Terp Young Scholars Program for High School Students: College Park, Maryland Description: For academically talented high school seniors, juniors and sophomores, Terp Young Scholars is an opportunity to preview the full college experience. During three extraordinary weeks this summer, students earn three university credits while exploring academic interests, investigating career opportunities and taking part in workshops, seminars and social activities. Our dynamic faculty challenge students to explore bold ideas and new ways of learning as they engage in creative problem solving with their peers from across the United States and around the world.
While staying on campus or commuting, students will be immersed in campus life and enjoy many of the same world-class facilities used by Maryland’s full-time students. For students planning on going to college, this is a great opportunity to get a head start.
Admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability.
Program Dates: July 10-29, 2016
Program: University of Maryland Terp Discovery for Middle School Students: College Park Maryland Description: Terp Discovery is an opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students to learn, grow and explore at one of America’s top public universities. During this two-week program, academically talented students attend courses and seminars taught by UMD faculty, and engage with experts in innovative fields, all while collaborating and enjoying social activities with equally talented students who share their interests, abilities and ambitions.
Terp Discovery students will be met with high expectations as they explore diverse and engaging courses and interactive seminars. Our faculty encourages creative reasoning and problem solving, and challenge students to develop new skills and knowledge. From the atmosphere to the curriculum, this unique program provides students with an exceptional opportunity to grow in confidence both academically and socially.
Admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability.
Program Dates: July 17-29, 2016
Program: Northwestern University College Preparation Program for High School Students: Evanston, Illinois Description: The College Prep Program allows high school students to experience college life at Northwestern University in the summer. Take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in an intensive noncredit InFocus seminar, all taught by Northwestern faculty. Choose from more than 300 courses in virtually every academic discipline. Course credit earned in the College Prep Program can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities.
Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in science and languages, and four to six weeks for most other offerings. InFocus Seminars are designed to expose you to today’s important topics and the best of Northwestern’s faculty, but without the time commitment and cost of enrolling in a college credit course. These two-week noncredit seminars are structured like a college seminar course. International high school students have the option of enrolling in EducationUSA Academy, an intensive three-week program in English language study. Northwestern faculty will lead all seminars through discussion, reading and project work.
Participants: Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by the date the program begins. Program website: Northwestern College Prep Program
Program: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Buckeye Vet Prep Camp: Columbus, Ohio Description: Buckeye Vet Prep camp is a five day camp that give participants an opportunity to learn about veterinary medicine through seminars, hands-on labs, field trips, demonstrations and workshops at one of the premier veterinary schools in the country. If you love science, animals and people then you don’t want to miss this opportunity to explore the diverse career options in veterinary medicine.
Program: University of Pennsylvania Summer Art Program for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: This pre-college art program prepares students ages 14 – 18 for college admissions as you experience college life and create your portfolio. You’ll work with Penn Faculty in Penn’s art studios as you create art and develop your artistic expression. Art students choose various classes ranging from drawing and painting to graphic design and filmmaking. Experiment with different artistic disciplines, learn new skills, and build your visual portfolio.
Students also live at the University of Pennsylvania, and participate in evening activities and weekend trips to places such as New York city, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, and more.
Program: University of Pennsylvania Pre-College Summer Architecture Program for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: In-depth architecture program for students ages 14-18 at the University of Pennsylvania. Express your personal ideas as you explore the architectural design process, from drawing by hand and computer to constructing scale models.
Working alongside a culturally diverse mix of students, you’ll use the city of Philadelphia’s architecture as inspiration and produce your own portfolio.
Program: University of Pennsylvania International Affairs Summer Program with Model UN for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: Learn leadership through Model UN! If you’re just getting interested in world relations or are already a student of global politics, our pre-college program will increase your experience, knowledge and skills for future leadership. The program features debate, public speaking and research workshops, realistic UN simulations, and guest speakers.
Additionally, you will enjoy field trips to the United Nations in New York City and Embassy Row in Washington, DC. Live on campus at the University of Pennsylvania.
Program: University of Pennsylvania Summer Medical Program for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: The Penn Medicine Summer Program is a summer medical camp program for high school juniors and senior considering a career in medicine or medical research. This pre-college medical camp is designed to expose students to the fascinating world of modern medicine.
Students learn at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn. The course features lectures, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on sessions, and field excursions. Students will get the opportunity to experience several different medical careers and get an in-depth perspective on what it takes to become a doctor. This is an opportunity for high school students to live at UPenn, experience what medical school is really like and evaluate if it is the right choice for them.
Program: Rosetta Institute’s Molecular Biology of Cancer and Molecular Neuroscience Summer Pre-College Workshops for High School Students: The campuses of the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Diego. Description: An advanced class for high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research or drug development.
Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn about normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted to cause the development of cancer. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create an original research project on a gene of their choice.
Participants: Mature, high achieving high school students ages 14-18 who have previously taken high school biology. Exceptions can be made for students who are constrained by certain circumstances. International students are welcome to attend. Program website: Rosetta Institute Summer Workshops
Program: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute for High School Students: Chicago, Illinois Description: Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories, where conceptual thinking, art making, and design skills are developed and strengthened. The Early College Program (ECP) Summer Institute provides high school students the necessary creative freedom to develop a structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of contemporary artists and designers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore media in order to build a strong portfolio. Students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of materials and processes to discover new ways of defining their creative practice.
Why ECP Summer Institute?
Students who complete the ECP Summer Institute receive college credit and have the portfolio requirement of their SAIC undergraduate application waived.
ECP Summer Institute students receive college-level instruction from SAIC’s outstanding faculty with additional support from student Teaching Assistants.
Individual portfolio review sessions are available.
Students have access to SAIC’s extensive resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum.
Program: SPI Summer Pre-College Study Abroad Programs, Language Immersion, and Global Leadership Summer Programs for High School Students Description: Founded in 1996, SPI High School Study Abroad Programs offers high quality French, Italian, Chinese, and Spanish language immersion summer programs exclusively for high school students. We believe traveling abroad develops independence and maturity by expanding students knowledge of the world and increasing their understanding of other cultures.
All SPI high school study abroad programs are unique and personalized global experiences designed to build leadership qualities that help students succeed both in college and in their future endeavors. Our programs are guided by experienced educators with small group sizes that make traveling abroad exciting, educational, and truly inspiring.
Program: Summer Discovery Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students Description: Summer Discovery is an all-inclusive pre-college experience; living on a college campus, participating in activities, exploring great cities, having fun and making friends from all over the world. Freedom with support and balance, that’s Summer Discovery. For over 50 years, high school students from around the globe have enjoyed summers filled with fun, educational, and innovative activities. While visiting our website, take time to learn about our over 300 course offerings at your program of interest – college credit, research, engineering, sport management, leadership programs, SAT prep, enrichment, writing, community service, college admissions prep, tennis, cooking, and many others.
Summer Discovery offers programs at 13 different locations in 3 countries, and works with universities of the highest caliber, such as University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Georgetown, and many more! We invite you to join a wonderful group of teenagers from all over the U.S. and around the world this summer and experience a great summer program for teens!
Program: Summer Study Pre-College Programs for High School Students Description: For the past 25 years we have been the leader in Pre-College programs, combining stimulating academics with exciting sports, recreational activities, nightlife, sightseeing, foreign culture, and weekend excursions and trips. We offer a unique array of courses from no pressure enrichment classes, to internships, to intensive workshops, to college credit courses and SAT prep. We currently have programs to fit a variety of student’s needs at Penn State University, Colorado State University, Fordham University (NYC), American University (DC), and at The Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Summer Study Programs provides current high school students with an opportunity to experience college life in safe and secure atmosphere with all our programs ranging from 2 to 5 weeks. Last year we had over 1,500 students from all over the United States and 30 foreign countries participate in our life changing pre-college programs. We are proud to say that our students truly do have the “best summer ever” when they spend it with Summer Study Programs!
Participants: High school students completing 9th through 12th grade are eligible to participate in a pre-college program. Program website: Summer Study Pre-College Programs
Program: SummerTech Computer Camp for High School Students, Middle School Students, and Elementary Students Description: SummerTech Computer Camp is an educational and fun experience for boys and girls ages 8-17. We offer weeklong courses in computer programming (C#, C++ and Java), Flash animation, web design, game design and Machinima. Each of our courses can be taken for multiple weeks without repeating any content. Our staff is both home grown from former campers who rise to the top as our most talented leaders and enhanced with top college students who excel in their specific areas.
SummerTech is a forum where a child can feel comfortable with whom they are so that they have the opportunity to be fully self-expressed. Our curriculum is sophisticated and flexible to meet the needs of each and every camper individually.
SummerTech is also well known for our competitive and casual gaming atmosphere. Take part in nightly and weekly game tournaments as every night is a LAN party. All day campers are invited to stay until 9pm each night at no extra cost.
We offer sports and outdoor activities every day. Lunch and dinner are included for every day camper. Overnight campers stay in our state of the art dormitories and also receive breakfast each morning. Come find out why SummerTech is not like any other computer camp community in the world.
Program: Walnut Hill School for the Summer Programs in Dance, Theatre, Visual Art, amd Writing & Film: Natick, Massachusetts Description: The Walnut Hill Summer Programs in Dance, Theater, Visual Art, and Writing & Film, offer students a challenging and fun experience, surrounded by supportive faculty and other young artists who share their passion.
Program: Washington University’s Summer Experiences for High School Students and Middle School Students: St. Louis, Missouri Description: Washington University’s middle and high school summer programs provide academically talented students with a unique opportunity—the chance to try out college, the ability to earn college credit, and the excitement of living and bonding with fellow students from around the country and the world. We offer programs in engineering, medicine, leadership, writing, research, and more.
Program: 360° Student Travel by Westcoast Connection Summer Programs Description: 360° Student Travel by Westcoast Connection allows you to step in a new direction. Travel, volunteer, photograph the world, improve your language skills or get a taste of college life. Our itineraries travel throughout the United States, Canada, Europe (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland), Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Africa, Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos and Thailand.