Summer Pre-College Programs and Academic Camps for High School Students
This website provides a directory of summer educational pre-college programs and academic camps for high school students and middle school students. Summer pre-college programs can provide excellent learning opportunities for students during the summer months. This directory is designed to provide information about a variety of summer educational programs and camps that are available for high school students and middle school students. To read more about this summer pre-college program directory, please scroll down the page.
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Types of Summer Pre-College Programs and Pre-College Academic Summer Camps included in the Directory
This directory contains variety of summer pre-college educational programs and academic summer camps. The types of summer pre-college educational programs in the directory include: general pre-college programs, enrichment programs, science programs, engineering programs, computer camps, leadership programs, study abroad programs, writing programs, internship programs, academic camps, art programs, scholastic camps, music programs, drama programs, business programs, online summer courses, and more.
Benefits of Summer Pre-College Educational Programs
Summer pre-college educational programs and academic camps can benefit high school students and middle school students academically, socially, as well as personally. The benefits of participating in a summer pre-college programs can include providing students with an opportunity to learn 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 and learning beyond the school year, engaging in discussions with other students, enhancing interpersonal skills, learning from college instructors or other experts, and developing friendships with peers. In addition, many summer educational programs take place on college campuses, which enables high school students to gain experiences in a college environment. For for frequently asked questions about summer pre-college educational programs, click FAQs.
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Summer Pre-College Educational Program and Academic Camp Descriptions
Program: Emory University Pre-College Summer Program 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. Click here to begin your application. Participants: High School Students. Program website: Emory University Pre-College Summer Program
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 49 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! Participants: High school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (ages 14-18). Program website: Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Programs
Program: Abbey Road Summer Pre-College Academic Study Abroad and Enrichment Programs for High School Students Description: Abbey Road provides quality academic study abroad summer programs that facilitate cross-cultural understanding, personal growth and academic enrichment. Abbey Road was created through a collaboration of the best young professionals and educators from top schools and esteemed institutions in the United States and Europe. The study abroad summer programs are designed for high school students to be able to experience true cultural and language immersion abroad and pre-college preparation, SAT prep and enrichment in the U.S. Our academic curriculum includes a wide variety of subjects, from international relations and leadership to environmental politics, from art and art history to foreign languages and cultures, from sports to photography, fashion and cuisine. Participants: High school students Program website: Abbey Road Pre-College Study Abroad and Enrichment Programs
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! Participants: Students aged 14-17. Program website: Alfred University Summer Programs
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! Participants: High school students completing grades 9 – 12 (14-18) Program website: American Collegiate Adventures
Program: Atlantic Center for the Arts – your word Teen Creative Writing Residency Summer Program #8: New Smyrna Beach, Florida Description: Program Dates: July 19 – August 1, 2015; APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 9, 2015
Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is a one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors.
your word offers 23 teen writers a wonderful opportunity to study, explore and expand the power of their individual voices. Attendees will join three Master Writers-in-Residence, one in each of the following genres – Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. Teens will select their focus genre, where they will spend the most time, but there also will be opportunities to explore the two other genres. Scheduled recreational activities include evening events with guest writers and readings, a trip to New Smyrna’s beaches, writing workshops, day trips, as well as movies and art workshops.
Atlantic Center for the Arts is located in New Smyrna Beach, FL on 10 acres of pine and palmetto forest, representing the interaction between nature, environment and creativity. Nestled within a 67-acre ecological preserve, the campus is connected by raised boardwalks. ACA’s award winning studio complex includes a dining hall, digital media lab, library, administration building, and a visitor center & gallery.
Stacey Kade, genre writer
Tarfia Faizullah, poet
David James Poissant, fiction writer
Program: Babson College Summer Study Pre-College Program for High School Students: Babson Park, Massachusetts Description: Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students provides a living/learning laboratory for students to focus on applying and advancing their knowledge in business and entrepreneurship. In this collaborative community, students will gain the tools and experience first-hand how to impact and reshape organizations, industries, and the world.
Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience is a residential, academic credit bearing experience for the current or aspiring entrepreneur who wants to create innovative, real-world solutions to economic, social, and environmental issues through the lens of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. Students will work together on new venture ideas to discover how to develop and grow new ventures through lessons of market research, feasibility analysis, and other business concepts while identifying the ways in which their businesses fit into the greater world picture.
Program: Barnard College Summer Pre-College Programs 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 Participants: Eligibility: Rising high school junior and senior girls (entering 11th or 12th grade Fall 2015), Program website: Barnard Pre-College Summer Programs
Program: Boston College Summer Experience for Rising High School Seniors: Boston, Massachusetts Description: Rising high school seniors spend six weeks living on the Boston College campus and taking courses for credit alongside undergraduate students. Choose from our broad summer course offerings, or apply to one of our specialty programs in math or writing. During your Boston College Experience you will tour area colleges, explore the city of Boston on weekend day trips, participate in service learning projects and reflect on your path to college and your career goals. You will also hear from BC students and staff about getting into college, transitioning to college life and how to succeed in college. Participants: Rising high school seniors. Program website: Boston College Experience
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: Boston University Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students : Boston, Massachusetts Description: Boston University offers a variety of summer pre-college programs for high school students. The programs include a high school honors institute, a research internship, a summer challenge program with seminars, and a summer preview. Students have the opportunity to experience college life and explore the campus of Boston University. Participants: High school students Program website: Boston University Pre-College Summer Program
Program: Brown University Summer Pre-College Program for High Schools Students: Providence, Rhode Island Description: Brown University offers various pre-college summer studies programs for students including: courses, mini-courses, a leadership institute, a theatre program, and an exploration of language and culture. Participants: High school students. Program website: Brown University Pre-College Summer Program
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. Participants: Students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by the summer.
Program website: Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Summer Program
Program: Champlain College Summer Pre-College Programs: Burlington, Vermont Description: Program options for 2015 include Digital Forensics & Cyber Security, IT & Digital Media, Champlain Game Academy, Young Writers’ Conference and a Graphic Design Portfolio Preparation Course. 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. Participants: Rising high school sophomores, juniors & seniors Program website: Champlain College Summer Pre-College Programs
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 Connecticut Pre-College Summer Engineering Program for High School Students: Storrs, Connecticut Description: Explore Engineering is a one-week residential summer program for current high school sophomores and juniors. During this exciting week at the Storrs Campus, participants explore engineering careers by working in small groups with faculty and college students to learn what various engineers do in the workplace; learn and demonstrate engineering concepts and during the evenings YESS Program (6-8 pm Monday – Wednesday) students focus on a single engineering discipline by fabricating a discipline specific device. The week wraps up with demonstrations of items the students created during the week. Examples include rudimentary EKG devices, Smart Lego vehicles that can follow a trail, fuel cell and other energy efficient devices, wooden bridges, environmental friendly processes and how to resolve differences. Participants: Sophomore and Junior High School Students Program website: University of Connecticut Summer Engineering Program
Program: Cornell University Summer College Programs for High School Students: Ithaca, New York Description: Enjoy “an unforgettable, life-changing summer” at Cornell University Summer College Programs for High School Students! Summer College is a great opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to experience college life at a world-class Ivy League university. As a summer Cornellian, you’ll take courses with leading Cornell faculty, earn three to six college credits, attend college admissions workshops, live on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses, and make friends from more than 40 countries around the world.
Choose from more than 20 precollege programs including architecture, art, design, and fashion; business, hotel management, and leadership; college success and English for non-native speakers; debate; engineering and computing; law and government; medicine, psychology, research, and science; social change and sustainability; and veterinary medicine and animal science. Or create your own program by combining programs or courses of your choosing!
At Summer College, you’ll live in a campus residence hall with residential advisors who will provide supervision, guidance, and fun activities. Near your residence hall are community centers with game rooms, computer labs, a fitness center, and a dining hall, where you’ll enjoy some of the best food in the Ivy League.
Program: University of Dallas Arete: An Introduction to the Classics Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students: Dallas, Texas Description: Authors of essential texts of Western civilization will be your teachers over the course of the program as you live and study on our Irving campus. Students view films, visit celebrated art museums and attend Shakespeare in the Park while they develop and hone their reading and writing skills in the classroom. College Credit is available. Participants: High school students. Program website: University of Dallas Arete: An Introduction to the Classics
Program: University of Dallas – Shakespeare in Italy Summer Pre-College Travel Program for High School Students Description: Come travel with us to Rome to share Shakespeare’s passion for Italy and our passion for the Bard. Students will stay on our beautiful campus in Due Santi and travel to sites where Shakespeare set some of his most famous plays during the program. College Credit is available. Participants: High school students. Program website: University of Dallas Shakespeare in Italy
Program: University of Dallas – Latin in Rome Summer Pre-College Travel Program for High School Students Description: Latin in Rome seeks intermediate and advanced students of Latin who desire to refine and deepen their understanding of the language and the Romans who spoke it. Students combine daily visits to archaeological and historical sites in and around Rome and Naples with intensive small group tutorials on relevant passages in Latin. A minimum of three years of high school Latin is required. Participants: High school students. Program website: University of Dallas Latin in Rome
Program: University of Dallas – Rome & the Catholic Church Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students Description: Enthusiastic and gifted high-school students are invited to learn more about the Catholic faith and its influence on western culture against the backdrop of the Eternal City. You will explore the basic tenets of the Catholic Church as well as the theological, philosophical, and spiritual movements that have originated in these beliefs, connecting these intellectual currents with the Italian and wider western features of art, history, and culture. Students receive three hours of college credit. Participants: High school students. Program website: University of Dallas Rome & the Catholic Church
Program: University of Dayton Summer Pre-College Honors Engineering Camp for High School Students: Dayton, Ohio Description: Learn how to design and innovate challenging engineering topics. Explore career options. Interact with other motivated, bright students and supportive faculty. Explore engineering through hands-on activities in each area of engineering in state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, solve problems from the real world, meet experienced engineers who will give you insight in the field, and get a taste of college life by staying in a residence hall, making new friends and participating in social activities. If you are a current honors high school freshman, sophomore or junior, apply today. There is a minimum GPA requirement of 3.5/4.0. Visit University of Dayton Summer Honors Engineering Camp for more information. Participants: Honors high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Program website: University of Dayton Summer Pre-College Camp
Program: University of Dayton Women in Engineering Summer Pre-College Camps for High School Students: Dayton, Ohio Description: A six-day residential program sponsored by the University of Dayton that introduces high school women to the wide range of career opportunities available to them in the various fields of engineering. Participants experience a total immersion into the world of engineering with classroom activities taught by School of Engineering faculty and/or practicing engineers. Throughout the week, they gain an understanding of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and engineering technology. The participants also attend challenging evening sessions in areas such as innovation, computer vision and wide area surveillance, and sustainable engineering. The young women enjoy an evening of Dinner with an Engineer and hear from professional women engineers who are willing to share and ready to encourage. One day of the camp is spent at a sponsoring industry observing engineers. Participants: High school female students. Program website: University of Dayton Women in Engineering Summer Pre-College Camp
Program: Discover the World of Communication Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students at American University: Washington DC Description: Discover the World of Communication is a summer program where high school students learn to build a digital portfolio, script, shoot and edit a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, persuade, inform, educate and entertain. Our professional, hands-on workshops- open to students entering grades 9 through 12- are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals.
During class and after hours explore the city from a variety of angles. View live television and radio broadcasts at local studios such as NBC 4, WTTG Fox 5, NPR and ESPN Radio, cover a Nationals baseball game or WNBA game from a press seat, and tour local attractions including the National Zoo, Newseum, National Cathedral, Georgetown and the Smithsonian museums. Participants: High school students. Program website: Discover the World of Communication at American University
Program: Duke University Summer Pre-College Youth Programs 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. Participant 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. Participants: High school students and middle school students. Program website: Duke University Summer Youth Programs
Program: Summer College for High School Students at Duke University: 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. If you are a current grade 10th or 11th grade student, you are eligible to apply as early
as December 2, 2014. Apply early as the program fills quickly!
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: Summer Academy for High School Students at Duke University: Durham, North Carolina Description: Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer Academy for High School Students. If you are a current grade 9th – 12th student, you are eligible to apply as early as December 2, 2014. Apply early as the program fills quickly!
Summer Academy for High School Students, a three-week, non-credit-bearing program offered by Duke University, attracts students who represent the next generation of global citizens from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide the academic and residential environment to gain a global perspective on multiple areas of interest for young leaders.
Why choose Duke for your summer academic experience?
Experience authentic college residential life by living in an undergraduate residence hall on Duke University’s world-renowned campus.
Explore global themes (health, entrepreneurship, environmentalism, leadership and diplomacy, communications) in morning and afternoon classes and make connections with students from around the world.
Focus upon a single evening film series designed for fun and variety (TED Talks, the Oscars, NOVA, NOVA ScienceNOW, Great Documentaries) .
Immerse yourself over three weeks in rich and varied residential experiences, going on an exciting excursion to Washington, DC, attending baseball games, participating in music and dance events, shopping, and much more!
Get additional academic support from our Extended Learning Opportunities (Academic Writing, College Preparation, SAT Training)
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: Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students at Elmira College: Elmira, New York Description: Elmira College’s residential Pre-College Program provides an opportunity for high school students to experience college life and take college-level courses while living in a diverse campus environment. The Program offers several courses in a variety of different fields designed for rising junior and senior high school students. Summer Pre-College allows participants to experience college life while they explore academic areas of interest in courses taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. Elmira College’s Summer Pre-College also features a one-week Racing Challenge, which combines a one-credit Math class with engineering skills designed to teach the science of motor sports through mathematical modeling, physics and analysis. Credits earned during the two-week summer college program are accepted at Elmira College and are normally transferable to other colleges. Participants: High school students – entering grades 11 and 12. Program website: Summer Pre-College Program at Elmira College
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: George Washington University Summer Pre-College Scholars 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. Participants: Students who have completed the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade by the summer. Program website: George Washington University Pre-College Summer Program
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. Participants: High ability students who have completed grades 5 – 12. Program website: GERI Summer Youth Programs and Camps
Program: iD Tech Camps: Code, Game, Create! Held at Prestigious Universities Nationwide
Description: There will be 1 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2020—let’s get ready! Held at over 100 top universities nationwide, ages 7-17 develop real-world tech skills and experience firsthand how interests can turn into a college degree and future career. Led by hip, tech-savvy instructors, students code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce films, and more. Courses with only 8 students per instructor for personalized learning while students build self-confidence and meet new friends with similar interests. High-energy, weeklong day and overnight programs where students develop an online portfolio and debut their final project at the end of the week. With a balance of computer time and outdoor summer fun, kids and teens think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, and socialize. Accredited Continuing Education Units available. Programs held at Stanford, Princeton, and many more. iD Tech also offers iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program in a unique, stylish setting). Participants: High school students, middle school students, and elementary students (7-17). Summer program website: iD Tech Camps: Weeklong Computer Tech for Kids and Teens
Program: iD Programming Academy Summer Pre-College Program for Teens Description: CALLING ALL TEEN CODERS! Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming can lead to a college degree and your dream career. Ages 13-18 get immersed for 2 weeks in coding, app development, game modding, web programming, and robotics engineering. Learn from elite faculty and collaborate with likeminded peers in small classes (max 8:1 student to instructor ratios, guaranteed). Held at top universities like Stanford, Tufts, and others. Tour a real studio, interact with tech professionals, and gain valuable industry insights. Courses are built around real-world software and platforms: C++ Game Programming, Java Programming & Modding with Minecraft, iPad & iPhone App Development with Swift & Xcode 5, Google Android App Development with Java, Web Programming with HTML & PHP, Intro to Electrical Engineering with Arduino, Robotics Engineering & Coding, and iD Programming Labs 101. Get ready for the 1 million STEM jobs that will be unfilled by 2020. Students majoring in STEM fields have a higher probability of securing a lucrative, rewarding job upon graduating. You’ll leave the Academy with an impressive portfolio and receive (optional) accredited Continuing Education Units. iD Tech also offers iD Game Design & Development Academy, iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17), and Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program in a unique, stylish setting). Participants: High school students and middle school students (13-18). Summer program website: iD Programming Academy Pre-College Program for Teens
Program: iD Game Design & Development Academy Summer Pre-College Program for Teens Description: Don’t just play video games—create your own! Discover how a passion for gaming can lead to a college degree and future career. At iD Game Design & Development Academy, teens ages 13-18 get immersed in game design, game development, programming, 3D modeling & animation, and 3D level design. You’ll learn from elite faculty, innovate and collaborate with new friends, tour a real studio, interact with gaming industry professionals, and compete in late-night gaming tournaments. Held at top universities like Stanford, Vassar, and others. Courses are built around real-world software and platforms: 3D Level Design with Unreal Engine 4, Game Development for iPhone & Android with Unity & C#, Game Programming with C++, Minecraft Game Development, 3D Character Modeling with Autodesk Maya & Mudbox, and iD Game Studios 101. You’ll leave the Academy with an impressive portfolio and receive (optional) accredited Continuing Education Units. Game world meets real world. iD Tech also offers iD Programming Academy, iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17), and Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program in a unique, stylish setting). Participants: High school students and middle school students (13-18).
Summer program website: iD Game Design & Development Academy Pre-College Program for Teens
Program: Alexa Café: Chic, All-Girls Tech Learning Experience Description: Calling All Girls! Immerse in this chic concept where girls collaborate and discover coding, design, filmmaking, leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and more in a unique, stylish setting. Tech-savvy instructors act as role models, emphasizing that the program is about more than technology. It’s about making the world a better place and innovating solutions to help others in our local communities and beyond our borders. Whether designing a sleek webpage, producing a film, learning to code creatively, or developing wearable electronics with lights and sensors, technology shouldn’t be intimidating or uninspired. In the right environment, it’s cool. Meaningful. Life changing. Alexa Café isn’t just an all-girls summer tech camp. It’s a movement. It’s a chic concept where girls ages 10-15 collaborate and create in small, close-knit clusters during the weeklong program. A place where ideas take shape around café tables and atop beanbags in small classes with never more than 8 students per instructor. Weeklong day and overnight programs are held at select campuses nationwide including Bryn Mawr, UW, and others. iD Tech also offers iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17), iD Programming Academy, and iD Game Design & Development Academy. Participants: High school students and middle school students (10-15). Summer program website: Alexa Café Summer Tech Program for Girls
Program: The University of Illinois Center for Global Studies – Sustainable Futures Summer Program: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Description: What is sustainability? The global climate is changing. Fossil fuels can’t last forever. The global population has passed 7 billion. Is the concept of modern civilization under threat? What is needed to put society on a path that can safely take humanity to the 22nd century and beyond? The answers will surprise you.
In this summer course we’ll see how the fields of culture, politics, economics, physics and biology interact to reveal what will happen in a sustainable future. Join Professor Jonathan Tomkin for this one-week intensive course that combines lectures and discussions about the fundamental challenges of sustainability with case-study investigations of local practice. Students will do research, visit field sites and make team presentations on their findings. Students will experience college life & earn one college credit.
Program: Johns Hopkins University Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students: Baltimore, Maryland Description: Johns Hopkins University offers two types of pre-college summer 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. Participants: High school students. Program website: Johns Hopkins University Summer Pre-College Program
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. Participants: High school students. Program website: Julian Krinsky Summer Pre-College Enrichment Programs
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. Participants: High school students, ages 16 – 18. Program website: Julian Krinsky Summer Internships
Program: Julian Krinsky Xploration Summer Programs for Middle School Students: Pennsylvania Description: Julian Krinsky’s middle school summer camp is for students ages 10-13. The camp offers courses in sports and fitness, science and technology, arts, cooking, fashion design, photography and more. Students can choose two classes each week. They can follow their passions or try something new in the areas that interest them most.
Students come from over 35 countries and live at the beautiful Haverford College near Philadelphia. There are also evening activities and weekend trips to places such as NYC, Washington DC, amusement parks, and more!
Program: Juniper Institute for Young Writers – A Pre-College Summer Creative 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. Participants: High school students. Program website: Juniper Institute for Young Writers
Program: Malone University Academic Summer Camps: Canton, Ohio Description: Malone University (MU) will host six residential academic camps during the week of June 22, 2015, 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 Young Scholars Program – July 12 – 31, 2015: College Park, Maryland Description: This summer, the Young Scholars Program invites high school students with exceptional ability and promise to an outstanding pre-college experience at the University of Maryland. From July 12 – 31, motivated students pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and earn three university credits. Dynamic faculty challenge Young Scholars to explore bold ideas and new ways of learning. During three extraordinary weeks, students engage in creative problem solving with equally talented peers from across the United States and around the world.
Young Scholars enroll in one three-credit course and devote a large part of their time attending class, studying, working on projects, and preparing for exams. Learning continues with college seminars, workshops, and social activities. Participants have access to many of the same world-class facilities used by Maryland’s full-time college students. This summer, explore life at the University of Maryland with the Young Scholars Program!
Applications accepted beginning February 10. Admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability.
Program: University of Maryland Young Scholars Discovery – July 19 – 31, 2015: College Park Maryland Description: Young Scholars Discovery welcomes middle school students to a remarkable learning opportunity at the University of Maryland. From July 19 – 31, Discovery nurtures academically talented students who share similar interests, abilities, and goals. Discovery scholars engage with experts in innovative fields, collaborate during interactive seminars, and learn about university life at Maryland.
Discovery offers diverse courses that encourage creative reasoning and problem solving. Through dynamic instruction, faculty challenge students to explore bold ideas and acquire new skills and knowledge. The learning continues with interactive afternoon seminars, social activities, and more. This summer, discover, explore, grow, and learn with Discovery!
Applications accepted beginning February 10. Admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability.
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Program: Northwestern University College Prep 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 IN FOCUS seminar, both taught by Northwestern faculty and instructors. 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 eight weeks for most other offerings. IN FOCUS 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. Faculty will lead the seminar through discussion, readings and study. Participants: Students who have completed their junior year of high school by the date the program begins. Program website: Northwestern University 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. Participants: High school students. Program website: Buckeye Vet Prep Summer Camp
Program: The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Description: The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania offers a unique summer opportunity for a selective group of motivated and talented high school teens. Experience rigorous and challenging college-level studies at our high-tech, ivy-league program in the heart of Philadelphia!
The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (formerly known as the Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology) provides intensive, three-week, overnight programs that combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. High school students work with leading faculty, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world.
Whether high school teens are local to the area or hail from halfway around the world, the University of Pennsylvania welcomes them to explore what the Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) has to offer. ESAP is, in part, designed to provide exceptional math and science students the opportunity to explore the field of Engineering before applying to college. Situated on our historic Philadelphia campus, right in the heart of the city, pre-college students can also take advantage of the vast array of activities and resources available to the Penn community.
Coursework incorporates exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects and material. High school students enroll in one of six courses offered. Courses include: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Engineering Complex Networks, Nanotechnology, Robotics.
Program Dates: July 5 – 25, 2015; Priority Application Deadline: March 16, 2015; General Application Deadline: May 18, 2015. For more information, please visit: www.seas.upenn.edu/saast/
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. Participants: High school students, ages 14 – 18. Program website: University of Pennsylvania Summer Architecture
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. Participants: High school students, ages 15 – 18. Program website: University of Pennsylvania International Affairs: Leadership and Model United Nations Summer Program
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. Participants: High school students, ages 16 – 18. Program website: University of Pennsylvania Summer Pre-College Medical Program
Program: Ringling College PreCollege Perspective Summer Program for High School Students: Sarasota, Florida Description: PreCollege is an extraordinary experience designed to give you the tools needed to develop a strong portfolio of work to open doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals, and to help you succeed with your transition to college.
EXPERIENCE total creative immersion designed to help you discover your artistic strengths.
CREATE your future through project-based explorations grounded in the majors.
Explore multiple majors for exposure to varied approaches and mediums as you build observational, technical and analytical skills in immersive investigations.
Unleash your potential as you experiment, take risks and make mistakes!
Learn how to analyze and discuss your work, and the work of others in guided critique sessions designed to bolster visual vocabulary while bringing clarity to the strengths and weaknesses in your artistic practice.
DISCOVER what it means to be a professional creative while working on the cutting edge of studio practice in media, studio, and design arts.
FOCUS on your long-term creative career goals while you strengthen your portfolio for college admission and scholarships.
BUILD lasting friendships that will become the foundation of your creative professional network.
CONFIRM you’re on the right track or use your new knowledge to consider the better major for you.
EARN 3 college credits to jump-start your college goals.
Participants: PreCollege is open to high school students ages 16-18 rising into their junior and senior years or just graduating. Program website: Ringling PreCollege Perspective
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. Participants: High school students. Program website: SPI Study Abroad Summer Programs
Program: Summer Discovery – 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. Participants: Middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 (ages 12-14). Program website: Junior Discovery Summer Enrichment Programs
Program: Summer Discovery – 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, 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 credit for their internship and completion of coursework from New York University (NYU). Participants: High school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 (ages 15-18). Program website: Discovery Internships
Program: Summer Study Pre-College Programs for High School Students Description: The leader in Pre-College programs, combining stimulating academics with exciting sports/recreational activities, nightlife, sightseeing, foreign culture and travel weekends. Non-pressure ENRICHMENT and COLLEGE CREDIT programs are available at Penn State University, Colorado State University, Fordham University in New York City (NYC) and at The Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Summer Study Programs provides current high school students with a preview of college life with programs ranging from 2 to 6 ½ weeks. Last year alone, over 1,100 students, from 27 countries, participated in a Summer Study Program.
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. Participants: Students ages 8 – 18. Program website: SummerTech Computer Camps
Program: Syracuse University Summer College Program for High School Students: Syracuse, New York Description: Summer College offers unique programs designed to let students explore talents and interests through credit and noncredit academic programs ranging from 2 to 6-weeks in length. Courses and programs are offered in more than 25 academic departments. All programs are designed to give you a realistic view of undergraduate coursework in a field that interests you. Participants: Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school Program website: Syracuse University Summer College
Program: 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: US Performing Arts Summer Camps: Multiple Locations Description: US Performing Arts Camps (est. 2001) is the premier network of summer programs in the performing arts and media in the US for students 11-20 years of age. It is an opportunity for students to see and be seen by top-tier colleges and universities before making their college decision. Experiencing specific college curriculum for credit or enrichment, taught by university faculty and their invited professional guests, students and faculty can make more informed decisions for the students’ future study. You can find us on the web at www.usperformingarts.com. Participants: Students 11 – 20 Years of Age. Program website: US Performing Arts Summer Camps
Program: Vocal Performance Institute at the University of Dayton for High School Students: Dayton, Ohio
Description: The Vocal Performance Institute is a week-long summer program for high school aged singers. It gives students a chance to experience college music curriculum and to work with fabulous resident artists from the University of Dayton, Dayton Opera and the Human Race Theatre. Workshops that include audition techniques, stage comportment, introduction to diction (and more!) are combined with daily voice lessons and regular master-classes to complete a power-packed week of inspiration and learning. This institute is a wonderful experience for those planning to major in music or those who simply love to perform and want to learn more. Both resident and commuter participants are welcome.
The University of Dayton is extremely generous with scholarships. Over 90% of past participants received sizable aid. That combined with our highly qualified faculty, fantastic facilities and expanded curriculum make us one of Ohio’s premier summer programs!
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. Participants: High school students and middle school students (ages 12-17). Program website: Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs
Program: Washington University’s Summer Experiences – A Summer Pre-College Program for High 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. Participants: High school students – freshmen – junior: ages 14 – 17. Middle school students-sixth-eighth: ages 12-14. Program website: Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences
Program: Westcoast Connection Teen Summer Travel Programs Description: Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel has over 30 years of experience showing teenagers the summer of a lifetime. We offer Active Teen Tours, Community Service, Language, Pre-College Enrichment, Photography, and Global Adventure programs. 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. Participants: High school students and middle school students. Program website: Westcoast Connection Summer Travel Programs
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. Participants: High school students and middle school students. Program website: 360° Student Summer Travel Programs
Program: Youth Nations Summer Pre-College Leadership Program for High School Students: Toledo, Ohio Description: Youth Nations is a week-long interactive global leadership experience where high school students experience college life while competing in a persuasive presentation competition for University of Toledo scholarships. The week focuses on creating an opportunity for students to learn from our skilled faculty about issues that face our world and develop a plan to solve world problems. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a team to present a plan to change the world and compete for the chance to win a UT scholarship. Students will have a real college experience. Students will stay on campus in our residence halls, spend time with expert faculty, and use our Student Recreation Center.