Pre-College Summer Programs and Camps

for High School Students and Middle School Students

Pre-College Summer Programs and Courses
for High School Students and Middle School Students


This page of the directory contains information about a variety of pre-college summer programs and courses for high school students and middle school students. Pre-college summer programs and camps can provide students with a chance to explore topics of interest, engage in the in-depth study of academic subjects, and gain valuable academic experiences in preparation for college. Many summer college programs are also designed to enable students to learn from university faculty or staff members and to connect with peers who have similar interests. To view information about a variety of pre-college opportunities, scroll down the page. Note: this page is for informational purposes only and it is subject to change. This web directory is not the official website of any summer program.

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Summer Pre-College Programs – Descriptions

Program: Alfred Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students: Alfred, New York
Description: Alfred University’s pre-college 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 Summer Programs
Program: Barnard Pre-College Summer 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 Programs
Program: Boston College Pre-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 Summer Experience
Program: Boston University High School Pre-College Summer Honors Program for High School Students: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: Boston University offers a pre-college summer honors program for high school students. This program is designed to allow high school students to enroll academic courses at Boston University during the summer. Participating students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of subjects and learn in classes with current undergraduate students. High school students also have the opportunity to meet peers from across the country, participate in workshops, and participate in social activities on the campus and in Boston.
Participants: High school students.
Program websiteBoston University Summer Honors Program
Program: Emerson Pre-College Summer 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 Summer Programs
Program: Emory 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. 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. 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 websiteEmory Summer Program

Program: Juniper Institute for Young Writers – A Pre-College Summer Creative Writing Program: Held at the 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
Program: Marymount Manhattan College Pre-College Summer Intensives for High School Students: New York, NY
Description: Marymount Manhattan College’s 2017 Pre-College Summer Intensive Programs are available to high school students who will be 16 years of age, on or before July 1, 2017. Pre-College Summer Intensive Programs are two to three week long intensive programs, being offered between July 10, 2017 and July 27, 2017 and are designed for the high school student who is looking to increase their knowledge in an area they may want to major in at the college level, or who want to take college-level courses for college credit while still in high school. The Summer 2017 Pre-College Programs are; Emerging Writers Institute, 2-D Animation, Accounting, Math Bootcamp for Sciences and Musical Theatre.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: Marymount Manhattan College Pre-College Programs
Program: New York University Summer Pre-College Program High School Students: New York, NY
Description: New York University (NYU) offers a summer pre-college that provides high school students with the opportunity to take college-level classes and to gain experience on a college campus. NYU’s pre-college is designed for high school students to study topics of interest, meet other participants, explore the university campus, and participate in social activities.
Participants: High school students
Program website: New York Summer Pre-College Program
Program: Syracuse University Summer Pre-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 websiteSyracuse Summer College
Program: Northwestern 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: UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Pre-College 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 scholain 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.

Participants: High school juniors and seniors.
Program website: UCLA Nanolab Summer Institute

Program: US Performing Arts Summer Pre-College Camps for Students Ages 11-20: – Held at Chelsea Studios in New York City
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.
Participants: Students 11 – 20 Years of Age.
Program website: US Performing Arts Summer Camps
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.
Participants: High school students – freshmen – junior: ages 14 – 17. Middle school students-sixth-eighth: ages 12-14.
Program website: Washington’s Summer Experiences