Summer Learning Opportunities!

Continue learning this summer!

This flyer has links for a variety of college/university-sponsored summer programs.

Several colleges and universities host summer programs for high-achieving high school students over the summer. These programs vary in length (from 1 week to 6 weeks), cost (some programs do have scholarships available), and content - but they might be just the opportunity you are looking for!

This flyer highlights some of the opportunities that are out there - they range from programs close to home and others far away. The cost of each program varies significantly, so be sure to look at the fees page for each specific site. Also, pay attention to the registration deadlines - you may need letters of recommendation, so be sure to give those writing letters at least one week's notice.

Even More Opportunities!

Stanford University offers a variety of summer opportunities that are both on and off of their campus. This "Programs-At-A-Glance" chart gives a quick overview of the programs requirements (ie: grade level, length of program, residential...etc). Financial aid is available, but they do warn that financial aid packages only cover a portion of the total costs.


  • Stanford Summer College Academy: For students ages 16-19, Stanford offers hybrid courses that span 8 weeks in the summer - students would complete work online from home, and come to Stanford's campus for 3 weeks. Students can choose from 21 courses, not typically taught at the high school level. College credit can be earned! See information on Tuition & Fees for this program. There is a non-refundable $85 application fee for all Stanford programs. Deadline = May 15, 2017.
  • Summer Humanities Institute: For students in grades 10 and 11, Stanford offers a three-week residential institute to "explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities". Stanford professors will lead participants in lectures and guide them in their production of original research projects. Deadline = February 1, 2017 (early admissions) and March 1, 2017 (regular admissions). Financial aid for this program is need-blind, so all applicants are given consideration for partial or full scholarships.
  • Stanford Summer Arts Institute: For students in grades 9-11, Stanford offers two 3-week long sessions (June 25-July 14th OR July 17-August 5th) that "stand at the intersection of the arts and science showing that the arts are at the heart of what we do and want to be". The cost of this program is $6,000.00 which includes housing, dining, bedding, field trip expenses, instruction, course materials, and transportation between Stanford University and the San Francisco Airport (this does not include flights). Financial aid is available, (but limited) and is based upon need as well as merit. Deadline = March 2, 2017


OPPTAG at Iowa State University has "Explorations" aimed at gifted students entering grades 9-11. These Explorations include two, one-week long, residential programs - students can apply for one or both weeks (July 9-14 and/or July 16-21)! The OPPTAG Explorations do have requirements for GPA (must be 3.5 or higher) and Iowa Testing requirements (at or above 97th percentile, National Norms; at or above 93rd percentile, Iowa Norms). Mrs. Fischer can let you know what your ITP percentiles are.


  • Online application opens on March 1, 2017 and will close as classes reach capacity (most are capped at 14 students). There is a nonrefundable $35 application fee.
  • Cost is $750 for the week-long course (assuming you live on ISU campus), or $1,500 if you attend both week-long sessions. Financial aid is available - there will be a section on the application for parents to complete.



Northwestern's In Focus Seminar Program is for students going into their junior or senior year of high school. Each Seminar is 2-weeks long and the topics range from college writing to bioethics. Three different sessions are available during the summer months. Total cost of the program is around $3,427.00 for the residential program. A limited number of scholarships are available for the program; the deadline to apply is April 15, 2017.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

This is a partial list of summer programs - many additional opportunities can be found online, but I thought this was a good list of choices both close to and far from Dubuque. We have not had students attend all programs on this list, so I will not be able to give personal accounts or opinions, but for programs that have been attended by Senior students, I could put you in touch with program alumni. Please let me know if you would like more information or if I can help you with the application processes.