Pre-College & Summer Programs

Information for WBHS * Updated January 2023

Make it a meaningful summer!

Hey Laker Nation! What are you doing this summer? Consider spending time exploring a career interest by attending a summer program offered by a college.

Many universities offer camps, courses, and programs designed for high school students. Programs vary in terms of intensity, cost, length and location. Colleges will host their summer programs on campus or virtually. We are including the links to many college programs offered throughout the US. Please note that there are many other colleges that offer Pre-College Summer programs not included in the list. You can do an internet search to find other programs as well.

While we encourage you to explore your options for summer experiences, and we help by collecting information for you, we cannot endorse any of the programs below. Many of these programs have early deadlines and fill up quickly. Scholarships are often available. This list is a work in progress as many schools add new offerings all the time!

Please also note that because many of these programs are "pay to play" type experiences, it most times does not give a student an advantage when it comes to admission into the college. These are great opportunities to explore career interests, make connections, and experience a glimpse of college life. Spending your summer working or volunteering can also be an incredible way to build your resume and life experience.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Noelle Essig, College and Career Counselor at West Bloomfield High School.

Noelle Essig, M.A.

College and Career Counselor

West Bloomfield High School

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

In June, Blue Lake will open its doors on a new season as the first campers arrive, meet their counselors, and pick out their bunks. They will reluctantly—or enthusiastically—say good-bye to their parents and go about the business of adjusting to a new experience, thriving in a creative environment, making new friends, and having fun at camp.

After fifty-six years, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp still provides a unique experience for its campers. Blue Lake’s impact on shaping young lives is defined by our past students and the thousands of dedicated counselors, staff, and faculty who have served Blue Lake since its inception. Our original mission to inspire young artists to achieve their potential has not wavered since our first day of camp in 1966. Now more than ever, the constant distraction of cell phones and social media pulls us away from focusing on the three dimensional presence of our lives. Blue Lake offers a much needed break for students to look up, get inspired, and discover their potential as individuals and artists.

We are pleased to continue our traditions in 2023 and look forward to meeting Blue Lake’s future alumni this summer.

College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience

Summer at CCS: one of the smartest moves you’ll make

Summer 2023 – July 9 – 29

Our Precollege program helps you build your portfolio and prepare you for college. So step into something totally new — something you have never tried before, or enhance what you already know about your favorite subject. Choose a studio concentration and tackle a project. Study for three weeks and create a knock-out portfolio. You’ll meet new people, have the option to live on campus, learn from professionals, receive feedback from admissions counselors and participate in a final exhibition of student work. Through the CCS Precollege Summer Experience, you will earn 3.0 college credits, prepare college-level work, develop your interests and talent, and build your portfolio. The Summer Experience program is perfect for high school students who have completed freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year. Resident and commuter enrollment is available.

Select a Studio Concentration:

2D Hand Drawn Animation

Blender 3D Modeling

Character Concept and Visual Development

Content Creation and Design

Digital Film and Photography

Drawing Studio


Streetwear Fashion Design

Transportation Design

2023 Registration Now Open

Earn Full Scholarship to Summer Camps

CCS offers opportunities to compete for a full-tuition scholarship to our Precollege Summer Experience programs.

Learn More About Precollege Competitions

Apply for Fashion Design Precollege Summer Scholarship by March 1

Apply for Dunning Automotive Design Precollege Summer Scholarship by March 1

Apply for all other Precollege Summer Scholarship by March 31st

California College of the Arts

In-Person Offerings

At CCA’s Pre-College Program, you’ll join a diverse group of creative thinkers and makers who share your passion for art and design. The program is open to all interested participants, those with little art and design experience and those with advanced skills. Summer 2023 marks the second time that CCA’s Pre-College program will be held exclusively in San Francisco!

We offer housing as well as meal plans for residential and commuter students.

Participants will have the opportunity to take studio-focused, college-level courses to help push beyond concepts to portfolio-ready pieces while earning 3 college credits.


July 6-August 2, 2023 (4 weeks)

Animation 2D/3D; Architecture; Comics; Ceramics; Fashion Design; Film; Graphic Design; Illustration & Drawing; Industrial Design; Interior Design; Jewelry/Metal Arts; Painting & Drawing; Photography; Sculpture

Our setting is the CCA San Francisco campus. Our backdrop is the San Francisco Bay Area, home to tech companies, world-class museums, and a dynamic ecosystem of artists, designers, and creatives from across the globe.

Online offerings, for students who wish to join us virtually.

These studios meet virtually 9 am to 3 pm PST Monday through Friday.

June 26-July 28, 2023 (5 weeks)

Animation 2D/3D; Comics; Fashion Design & Illustration; Game Design

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in art and design school? This is your time to grow as an individual and take your artwork to the next level!


The program is designed for students who will have just completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2023. Students must be at least 15 by July 2023 and not older than 18 to attend.

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA)

Pre-College: Artists-in-residence for high school students

During our rigorous summer programming, high school students currently in grades 9 through 11 can spend two or four weeks focusing on what you love: art. With dedicated studios and faculty, CIA's Pre-College program is the perfect way to refine your skills and prepare for your creative future.

Build a portfolio, earn college credit, and start your journey here. CIA's Pre-College program is a great way to start your creative career.

What is Pre-College?

During Pre-College, creative students will experience life at a college of art and design, while building their portfolio, and learning from top professionals, all while earning college credit.

Each two-week session is open to high school students going into grades 10 through 12. Classes fill quickly.

Prepare for your creative future.

CIA's Pre-College program is the perfect way to see if a college of art and design is right for you. Spend each day immersed in our state-of-the-art studios while working alongside students who share your passion.

There's never been a better time to pursue a career in art and design. From the interfaces of the apps we use, to the spaces we live in—creative people are paid to imagine and produce most of the things around us.

Learn something new, or focus on what you love.

Taught by experts in the field, our courses are designed for students with talent, but not necessarily experience in each discipline, so feel free to explore something new.

You'll take one course per session. Can't decide on one? Stay for both sessions and take two!

Session 1: June 18 – 30, 2023Session 2: July 9 – 21, 2023

2D Design: Color + Form


Digital Painting


Life Sciences Illustration


Sculpture + 3D Design

Video + Digital Cinema

3D Modeling for Inventive Design


Craft + Design: Ceramics + Glass, Jewelry + Metals

Foundation in Observational Drawing

Game Design





Interlochen Art Camps

Interlochen Arts Camp Programs

We offer a diverse selection of summer camp programming and education in seven arts disciplines: creative writing, dance, film and new media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Choose your desired division below to learn more.

Northwestern University


Experience college life this summer in Northwestern’s College Prep Program. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can take courses for college credit or choose from two-week e-FOCUS (online) or IN-FOCUS (on campus) seminars covering a range of topics.

Other summer programs for high school students

National High School Institute (Cherubs)
NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Film & Video Production, and Theater Arts. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students.

Medill Cherubs Northwestern Journalism Institute
This in-depth, five-week program is designed for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and wish to become better writers and editors for print, online and broadcast. Enrollment is limited to 84 and students typically come from as many as 25 states and abroad. Teachers are top-notch practitioners and distinguished Northwestern faculty.

The Center for Talent Development
CTD offers enrichment programs for academically talented students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among participants.

Wildcat Sports Camps
Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, Wildcat Sports Camps provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages. Campers have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve skills and receive guidance from coaches and student athletes alike.

NYU Film and Acting

Experience NYU

Whether you’re looking to build your academic portfolio, earn college credit, hone your talents, or boost your preparedness for college, middle and high school students can explore exciting opportunities to experience the dynamic learning environment at NYU. You’ll learn from NYU faculty while forming lasting connections with students from across the U.S. and around the world who share your passion and curiosity.

Start exploring our high school and middle school opportunities to find an NYU program that's right for you.

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Explore Your Passions, Find Your Future

Choose from more than 50 unique programs that fit your academic interests, goals, and schedule. NYU offers immersive academic experiences for students grades 5–12 during the summer and throughout the academic year spanning everything from weekend workshops to 1- to 2-week intensive programs through 6-12-week courses.

Build connections and gain first-hand experience that will help you chart exciting academic pathways, wherever they may lead.

50+ Programs offered in the Summer, Spring and Fall for students grades 5-12.

200+ Academic subjects to explore through programs led by NYU faculty

79 Countries represented in our pre-collegiate cohort


Use the program filter to find an NYU experience that matches your academic interests, goals, and schedule.

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Pratt Institute


The summer schedule includes two intensive studio classes selected from the list below. These hands-on classes provide exploration of the diversity of disciplines available at Pratt. Each class is taught by Pratt faculty or alumni using state-of-the-art equipment, studio spaces, and classrooms across campus. Courses provide an introduction to Pratt’s undergraduate curriculum and equip students with elective college credits which are accepted at most colleges and universities.

Important Note: Commuter students are highly encouraged to attend all studio hours sessions or anticipate spending an equal amount of time completing homework at home. Some assignment require special tools that cannot be accessed outside of the scheduled studio times on the evening and weekends and cannot be completed at home.

The Courses

All PreCollege students are automatically enrolled in two classes. Students take two of the following 2-credit elective studio courses:

Reimagine the structures in which we live and work. Develop solutions to a series of architectural problems through hands-on work; producing sketches, drafting plans, and building models. Students will gain familiarity with architectural concepts and build skills in drafting, sketching, and model making. (Students taking architecture will also be enrolled in an architecture foundation course and cannot take a second concentration.)

Comic Book / Sequential Art
Explore the art of pictorial storytelling; combining images and text to create visual narratives for single panel illustrations, comic strips/books, and graphic novels. Investigate all aspects of this art form: from drawing techniques, lettering, and inking, to composition, perspective, panel sequences, and developing original stories. The skills acquired provide a foundation for creative processes such as: children’s book illustration, storyboards for film and television production, and animation.

Creative Writing
Craft compelling written compositions. Focus on the fundamentals of creative writing while developing writing skills in one or more genres or styles (poetry, essay, fiction, writing for theatre, film, or magazines). Students will examine written language, voice, and the composing process through reading /writing assignments, critical reviews, and peer review/critique.

Digital Arts: 2D Animation
Create both hand-crafted and digital approaches to the art of animation. From early optical toys, through drawing frame by frame on paper, to creating digitally composited layers of movement for a fully realized project with sound and color. Daily exercises range from traditional character animation to more experimental techniques, allowing students to foster their own vision. (Students taking animation will also be enrolled in a drawing foundation course and cannot take a second concentration.)

Digital Arts: Art and Technology
Create multi-sensory art with hardware electronics and software code. Students will learn the basics of using sensors to gather data from the physical world, coding programs on a micro-controller board, and controlling motors that make objects move. The focus will be on creating physical, interactive art objects that possess visual, kinetic, and sonic qualities. No previous experience with electronics or coding is required.

Fashion Design
Discover the trans-disciplinary nature of fashion design. From sketching and illustration to crafting and creating, students will experiment with designers’ techniques and build basic skills in collection development. Students will learn about draping, patterning, and hand sewing in Pratt’s cutting edge fashion studio.

Explore the aesthetic and craft of filmmaking through hands-on projects. Using digital video, students will produce short film projects designed to develop both technical competencies, and an appreciation of the power and creative potential of the moving image. Cameras and editing equipment will be provided.

Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing
Translate the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. Develop perceptual and aesthetic awareness and improve technical skills through the creation of fine art. Students will use different drawing and painting techniques, media, and subject matter to create a body of work with an emphasis on developing an effective studio practice and producing works to include in a competitive portfolio.

Fine Arts: Sculpture
Delve into a variety of processes and materials in the making of 3-D sculpture. Various forms of sculpture and 3-D art techniques will be explored. Contemporary sculpture and artists will be introduced as they relate to the projects and processes learned. Students will come away with a greater knowledge of contemporary sculpture and the ability to create unique works of their own.

Foundation Art
Strengthen fundamental creative skills in a traditional studio art class focused on color, shape, line, movement, and other formal concepts of art and design. Modeled after Pratt’s first-year curriculum, this course will expand the student’s thinking, strengthen portfolios, and provide a basis for further study in any creative field.

Graphic Design
Explore what makes a design successful, and investigate the role of design in meeting the demands of an ever-changing society. Learn design tools, principles, and methods to produce unique and memorable graphic work. Typography, photography, and illustration are incorporated in visualizing your ideas along with the introduction and application of computer graphics.

Illustration: Digital
Render images utilizing a variety of software and explore the limits of digital media. This course explores ways to tell a story by creating digital images that communicate new ideas for editorial and commercial purposes. Students will develop technical and artistic skills in drawing while experimenting with scanning, digital photography, and using photo editing software. Students will be expected to produce finished, professional-level digital work.

Illustration: Traditional
Communicate an idea through images, This course explores ways to create pictures that communicate new ideas. Students develop technical and artistic skills in drawing and painting for use in the commercial world; enhancing illustration skills through life studies, experimentation with a variety of media, and by cultivating their imagination. Students will be expected to produce finished, professional-level work.

Industrial Design
Create the objects that people use everyday. This concentration course examines how embracing today’s social, physical, and ecological needs presents opportunities for creative design. Through drawing and model making, students explore, challenge, and redefine the forms and objects with which we live.

Interior Design
Optimize the space in which we live. This concentration course centers on the impact of the interior space on the individual, as well as various groups, by working with the classic elements of light, color, form, and space. Projects include drafting, rendering, and model-making.

Jewelry / Metal Arts
Push the boundaries of form and function. This course is an introduction to basic, direct metal, fabrication techniques for metal objects and wearable art pieces. Students will research and develop design concepts and execute finished pieces using non-ferrous metals combined with alternative materials and current technology.

Photography: Analog
Capture life in the moment. Students study 35mm camera operations, lighting techniques, and darkroom procedures to achieve a broad-based knowledge of black and white photography. Instruction includes exposing and developing film, making contact prints, enlarging and finishing photographs.

Photography: Digital
Learn the basics of digital imaging: scanning, shooting, using graphic software, and various forms of manipulating and outputting images. Using primarily Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, students will develop imagery and improve conceptual and technical skills, while incorporating art elements and principles of design. Students must have access to a digital camera.

RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)


Program Description

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the country.

RISD’s Advanced Program Online is a series of intensive, collegiate-level courses for students in grades 10–12* (or the equivalent) who are 15–18 years old. This immersive online experience is designed for those interested in pursuing art and design in college and want to learn best practices in developing their work.

The role of artists and designers is, and has always been, to comment and reflect on cultural changes, but also to anticipate and inspire changes to come. Current world conditions have brought renewed emphasis on the critical role artists and designers play during times of complexity and uncertainty.

We call on creative young people to access a more ‘flexible mindset’—applying art and design methods to chart new territories of creation and problem solving. Under these circumstances, you’re given permission to shake up the ‘traditional’ ways of making, encourage full-blown experimentation and fresh, forward thinking that leads to real innovation.

* For the summer term students who are rising sophomores (grade 10 or the equivalent) or have graduated from high school this year are eligible to attend.


About Pre-College - Summer 2023 enrollment now open

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Program Dates

  • Sat, June 24, 2023

    Check-In Day

    For international and students traveling long distances, see Early Arrival option.

  • Mon, June 26, 2023

    First day of classes

  • Fri, July 28, 2023

    Last day of classes

  • Sat, July 29, 2023

    Check-Out Day; move out by 12 noon

Program Description

RISD Pre-College offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to experience life as a RISD undergrad. For five weeks you’ll follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, critiques and projects. You’ll work alongside hundreds of other creative, highly motivated students from around the world who will challenge, inspire and encourage you to push your limits and produce your best work. You’ll live like a RISD student, access renowned resources and instructors, strengthen your portfolio and forever change the way you approach art and design.


Start your SCAD journey early with a pre-college program

Explore new avenues of artistic development and spark your imagination at The University for Creative Careers. SCAD offers pre-college programs during the summer and throughout the year for high school students of all ages to pursue art and design disciplines while working alongside peers from all over the world — and offer ideal opportunities for artists at all levels to create, learn, and grow.

SCAD Rising Star

Incoming high school seniors ready for a college experience benefit from the challenging and exciting atmosphere of SCAD Rising Star. Enrolling in one or two college-level classes and building professional portfolios, SCAD Rising Star participants benefit from all of the perks of being a SCAD student.

Learn more

SCAD Summer Seminars

SCAD Summer Seminars offer weeklong workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Students gain valuable experience while developing their creativity through exciting art and design projects.

Learn more

SCAD joint enrollment

Explore opportunities to enroll in university-level courses while still in high school. Eligible students may be qualified to earn college credits.

Learn more

Washington University-St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Our summer Pre-College Programs are geared specifically to high school students. These two programs—Portfolio Plus (art) and Architecture Discovery Program—give students the opportunity to develop skills that are fundamental to the fields of architecture, art, and design while producing work in a real studio.

Portfolio Plus Program in Art + Design
3 weeks | July 9–29, 2023
3 college credits

Architecture Discovery Program
2 weeks | July 9-22, 2023 2 college credits


Want to know more? Visit the pages for our Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program, or contact:

Courtney Cushard
Special Programs Manager


Alex Evets Admissions Counselor

Study Art + Design!

Apply to the Portfolio Plus Program.


Study Architecture!

Apply to the Architecture Discovery Program.


We are excited to host our students on campus in St. Louis for summer 2023.

Experience the School’s studio culture

Learn new tools and techniques in our expansive facilities

Meet other aspiring artists & designers from across the country!

Immersive, daily, college-level courses taught by WashU faculty

Develop your portfolio and preparing for college admissions

Mentorship from current WashU students and recent alumni

Present your work in a final critique and public exhibition

Earn college credit

Students work in the Communication Design concentration.

Pre-College Programs in Architecture, Art, & Design | Summer 2023

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis offers top-ranking programs in architecture, art, and design within a world-renowned academic and research institution. In our pre-college programs—Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program—you will experience the School’s studio culture, meet new friends and peers, and explore the dynamic art and design scene in St. Louis.

Alma College

Summer Dance Intensive

Our dance faculty are excited to welcome seventh through twelfth grade dancers from all over the state to explore Alma and experience what our dance department has to offer.

We will work each day on choreography that will be featured in a concert the last day of camp. We look forward to working with you and sharing our passion for dance!

Please email Ben Munisteri with any questions.

Registration & Payment:

The registration fee is $550 and includes the camp fee, housing and daily meals. Online registration and payment are now closed.

Register Now

Wednesday is World Dance Day!

Campers will take classes in a variety of world dance techniques! We want to expose our campers to as many kinds of dance as we can!

Pre-Professional Program-Ages 16 and Up

Dancers in this program will enjoy longer class periods and daily lectures in areas such as dance history, dance professions and wellness for dancers.

Audition required - Please email Ben Munisteri for more information!

Kettering University

Kettering University offers more than 25 unique camps and learning experiences; from computer science coding camps and computer engineering camps to FIRST and VEX robotics camps and leadership development camps. Our programs serve everyone from first graders to graduating high school seniors.

Featured Programs

Women in STEM

February 25, 2023

Program Fee: $25

Hosted by A-Section Society of Women Engineers

Open to Grades 9-12

If you're a smart and creative high school student and want to learn more about engineering, register now for the Women in STEM program hosted by the A-Section Society of Women Engineers. Space is limited to the first 36 females to register.

Kettering University and the Society of Women Engineers empower women to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The women in STEM program features hands-on activities for female students that expose them to how STEM relates to the world around us while making new friends. You will also have the opportunity to learn about STEM careers. The price of this program is $25 per student. Your fee will include lunch and dinner, a t-shirt, a backpack, and all the materials for the hands-on activities with Kettering Faculty and A-Section Society of Women Engineer students.

Schedule of Events

9:00 am - 9:15 am Check-in

9:15 am - 9:30 am Ice Breakers

9:30 am - 11:30 am Admissions Presentation, Student Panel, and a Campus Tour

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch at Battenburg Cafe

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Transition Time

1:00 pm - 5:15 pm Four Hands-on Activities with Kettering Faculty and A-Section SWE students

5:15 pm - 7:15 pm Alumni Speaker and Dinner

7:15 pm Sign out and Parent Pick-up

Open for Registration

Academically Interested Minds (AIM)

Started in 1984, Kettering University developed the AIM program to help students of color make a successful transition from high school to college.

July 5 - August 4, 2023

Application deadline: March 31, 2023

Lives Improve Through Engineering & Science (LITES)

Designed for young women, the LITES program explores the role that math, science and technology play in developing innovations that make the world a better place.

July 9 - July 21, 2023

Application deadline: June 5, 202

DTE Alternative/Sustainable Energy Summer Day Camp

Summer day camp students will learn how human activities affect climate change, impacting the raging California fires and the African droughts.

July 24 - August 3, 2023

Program Fee: $250


Lawrence Tech

LTU’s Marburger STEM Center offers stimulating academic camps for students interested in engineering, technology, design, and science. Expert professors will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios on Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus.



A day camper will commute to LTU. All camp sessions are from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


As a residential camper, you’ll live in student housing, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in fun activities each evening.

SAVINGS - Save $100 by attending two, and $200 by attending three camps.

Register before February 1, 2023 and save $100 per camp.

Visit campus and save another $50 per camp.







Max number of students: 20

Explore the architecture and interior design process through drawing. In this session, you will learn about the fundamentals of drawing, orthographic projection, and design through the completion of a small-scale architectural project. You’ll have one-on-one time with the instructor, participate in group critiques and prepare a final presentation. The content of this session is supported by visiting architects and interior designers, in-class critiques, and field experience to a local design event or a visit to Detroit-area design firms and noteworthy architectural works.



Max number of students: 20

Instructor: John Peponis

Explore the role of a biomedical engineer in designing procedures and equipment that assist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and injury; make medical testing less intrusive; and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Team projects will acquaint you with basic engineering design tools and the instrumentation used in medical settings.



Max number of students: 20

Instructors: Dr. Jeff Morrissette, Dr. Julie Zwiesler-Vollick

In a research lab setting, you’ll genetically engineer bacteria, purify and quantify proteins, and learn how to clone genes. You’ll apply modern DNA profiling techniques to solve crimes and use high-tech tools to diagnose diseases and track infectious outbreaks. Your days will be filled with hands-on experiments.



Max number of students: 20

Instructor: George Pappas

Explore the role of a computer networking cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence engineer. Learn the fundamentals in monitoring and identifying problems in modern computer networking environments. Gain a better understanding of the design, motivation, and analysis of the basic building blocks of secure computer and network infrastructure. You will get hands-on experience with basic computer monitoring tools used to troubleshoot and improve computer network security. You will also be exposed to Artificial Intelligence projects, exciting tours to local companies with fun projects and games with Raspberry Pi (or similar microcontroller and USB storage devices) that you will keep after the camp.



Max number of students: 20

Learn the tools and techniques to create a functional prototype of your own mobile app. In a hands-on studio environment, you will ideate, experiment and test your design, while learning about user experience (UX), user interface (UI), and design-thinking strategies. Walk away with a portfolio-ready project. You will also visit local design firms and hear guest talks from working designers. No prior experience necessary.



Max number of students: 20

Instructor: Dr. Keith Kowalkowski

You might not think about it very often, but everything in a building—the materials used to build it, the parts inside it, from its frame to wiring to walls to doors— has to be designed and engineered. The growing profession of architectural engineering deals with the engineering designs that are integrated into building systems and the architecture of the building itself. Included are lighting systems, electrical systems, mechanical systems like heating and air conditioning, and the structures themselves. This camp will teach you some of the fundamental knowledge needed to understand these systems, and how they are integrated into the building envelope. Through a series of lectures, hands-on experiments, demonstrations and activities, you will explore the engineering designs that make an architect’s vision unfold.



Max number of students: 20

Product designers create the products we use today and innovate new ones for tomorrow, including electronics, toys, footwear, tools, sports equipment, and medical devices. In this session, students will learn about the product development process and the methodology used by designers within industry to innovate new work for consumers through the development of an original product. Their work will utilize an array of approaches, including iterative sketching and cutting edge digital tools. You will also visit local design firms and hear guest talks from working designers.


Max number of students: 20

Instructors: Franco Delogu and Matthew Cole

This camp connects students from the United States and Italy in a shared learning and research experience about the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. Exploring subjects such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, motivation, love, hunger, and art. We will try to answer questions like: Why do we sleep and dream? Why are men often more aggressive than women? Do animals see colors? Why do we feel fear and happiness? Do people interact differently in social media? How much of our brain do we actually use? This camp involves students from two different countries and cultures in a collaborative research project.



Max number of students: 12

Instructor: Wisam Bukaita

This is a three-week camp; July 10-14, July 17-21, and July 24-28.

You will apply a coding design to your own design idea and form a multi-dimensional, touchable object. In this summer journey, you will explore the fundamentals of coding and use a 3D printer to experience the process of manufacturing your project from Nylon Carbon Fiber in the LTU summer factory. Your achieved product, the 3D shape, will be your souvenir and award to show off after the camp!

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Michigan Tech

Forge your future at SYP.

The 2023 SYP Application is now live! We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer.

Our 2023 programs will run weekly from June 18-August 4, 2023.

  • Course costs begin at a base price of $995 live-in students, which includes tuition, program fees, meals, room, and board. See full cost details.
  • Course costs begin at a base price $600 for commuter students, which includes tuition and meals. Some courses have a course or lab fee in addition to the base tuition to cover items such as lab supplies, transportation, permits, admission fees, and other accommodations. See full cost details.
  • Additional fees are noted in the course descriptions. Please sign up your child using their current grade level they are in, not what they will be attending the following fall.

Students will be enrolled in the order they are received and a $100 deposit is required for processing SYP Exploration Program applications. (No deposit is required to apply for Pathway Programs). Due to volume of applications, it may take a few days for us to process your application. Please direct any questions to our staff at

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52386Be Heard, Make an Impact176 - 8July 09 - July 14

51193Build, Innovate, & Lead in Business126 - 8June 18 - June 23

52387Cracking the Career Code: Discovering Your Strengths, Interests, and Passions176 - 8July 09 - July 14

52248Lead for Tomorrow129 - 11July 16 - July 21

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Class NumberTitleAdditional Cost RequiredSeats AvailableGradesWeek

51359Apps for Users189 - 11June 18 - June 23

52389Build Your Own ComputerSee Course Details119 - 11July 16 - July 21

52225Building a Community With Mapping Techniques199 - 11July 09 - July 14

52392Coding Video Games: A Crash Course129 - 11July 16 - July 21

51474Coding Video Games: A Crash Course169 - 11July 09 - July 14

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52222Esports: Content CreationSee Course Details129 - 11June 25 - June 30

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51174Introduction to Mini Video Games: Getting Started186 - 8June 25 - June 30

52139Mechatronics: Build and Program a Functional RobotSee Course Details159 - 11June 18 - June 23

52390The Psychology of Video GamesSee Course Details129 - 11June 18 - June 23


Class NumberTitleAdditional Cost RequiredSeats AvailableGradesWeek

51429Building a Better World: Civil EngineeringSee Course Details129 - 11June 18 - June 23

51529Building a Better World: Civil EngineeringSee Course Details166 - 8June 25 - June 30

51159Chemical EngineeringSee Course Details159 - 11June 25 - June 30

51776Chemical EngineeringSee Course Details189 - 11June 18 - June 23

51160Electrical and Computer EngineeringSee Course Details109 - 11June 18 - June 23

51945Electrical and Computer EngineeringSee Course Details79 - 11June 25 - June 30

51161Engineering 101See Course Details29 - 11June 18 - June 23

51162Engineering 101See Course Details06 - 8June 25 - June 30

51347Geohazards and Resource EngineeringSee Course Details179 - 11June 25 - June 30

51777Geohazards and Resource EngineeringSee Course Details166 - 8June 18 - June 23

52219Intro to Robotic EngineeringSee Course Details26 - 8July 09 - July 14

51386Materials Science and EngineeringSee Course Details139 - 11July 09 - July 14

51163Materials Science and EngineeringSee Course Details89 - 11July 16 - July 21

51164Mechanical Engineering: Automotive EngineeringSee Course Details119 - 11July 09 - July 14

51778Mechanical Engineering: Design the FutureSee Course Details149 - 11June 25 - June 30

51423Mechanical Engineering: Design the FutureSee Course Details136 - 8June 18 - June 23

51534Mechanical Engineering: Engineering the Human BodySee Course Details119 - 11July 16 - July 21

51387Mobile RoboticsSee Course Details39 - 11July 16 - July 21

Pathway Programs

Class NumberTitleAdditional Cost RequiredSeats AvailableGradesWeek

51346Engineering Scholars Program (ESP)1509 - 11July 23 - July 28

51531Junior Women in Engineering (JWIE)206 - 8July 23 - July 28

51808Junior Women in Engineering (JWIE)206 - 8July 16 - July 21

52122NEXT Scholars: Geospatial EngineeringSee Course Details2010 - 11July 09 - July 14

52243Tracks to the Future: Railroad Transportation and Engineering Hybrid209 - 11June 18 - June 23

51532Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE)209 - 11July 30 - August 04

51389Women in Computer Science (WICS)189 - 11June 25 - June 30

51180Women in Engineering (WIE)1009 - 11July 30 - August 04

Science and Technology

Class NumberTitleAdditional Cost RequiredSeats AvailableGradesWeek

51165Aviation and AerospaceSee Course Details99 - 11July 16 - July 21

52223Climate and Sustainability159 - 11June 18 - June 23

51427Designing for People: Engineering Psychology and Human Factors159 - 11July 09 - July 14

52394Discover Archaeology89 - 11July 16 - July 21

52396Geo-Mapping the Keweenaw96 - 8June 25 - June 30

52406Harnessing Your Inner Potential with Brain and Body Response126 - 8July 09 - July 14

51906Intro to Renewable EnergySee Course Details129 - 11July 16 - July 21

52395Introduction to 3D Printing136 - 8June 18 - June 23

52393Living Sustainably209 - 11June 25 - June 30

52129Using Computers to Explain the World159 - 11June 25 - June 30

51172Wild World of ChemistrySee Course Details179 - 11June 25 - June 30

51171Wild World of ChemistrySee Course Details46 - 8June 18 - June 23

Michigan State University


Spartan Youth Programs

Check the website for updates. Some information was not available at this time.

High School Engineering Institute, for students in grades 10-12

Program details and registration

Northern Michigan University

Northern offers a variety of youth camps all throughout the summer. Learn more about how scientists incorporate technology and field experiences in the environment or investigate if you have a talent for the culinary arts. Practice your jump shot or your spike in one of our overnight sports camps, or just spend the day learning more about cybersecurity. Let us help your student keep their mind and body active at one of our many summer camps on our campus this summer.

Oakland University

OU has not updated its listing at this point. Below is what has been offered in the past.

Don’t let kids fall into the summer slide. Keep them engaged and entertained with OU’s summer camps. From Minecraft camps to the wildly popular (and free) math camp, we offer something for every interest.

Athletic camps are listed on the Golden Grizzlies site.

OU works to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders. Learn more about our initiatives at the Youth Protection website.

ArtsMusic, Theatre and Dance camps NO UPDATES YET

Autism Spectrum Disorder

OUCARES camps for individuals with autism spectrum disorders

BusinessBusiness camps - NO UPDATES YET

Engineering, Computers and Math

Summer Mathematics Institute, - NOT BEING OFFERED IN 2023 PER WEBSITE

Engineering and Computer Science camps - NO UPDATES YET

MedicineFuture Physicians Summer Enrichment Program - NO UPDATES SINCE 2019


PhilosophyPhilosophy Summer Camp Philosophy Camp is a summer camp for high schoolers that provides HS students and undergraduates an opportunity that combines learning, leadership, and humor.

Our 2023 theme is Turtles All the Way Down. We will talk about the attempt to ground our knowledge, the attempt to understand the origins of things, and the attempt to get at first principles (for any numbers of philosophical subjects). To read more about the history of our Turtles theme, click here:

The 2023 Philosophy Camp will take place from July 11-14 (Tuesday thru Friday), and for the first time, it will include an overnight option. We will spend the day reading and conversing, and we will spend the evening engaged in unique and fun activities (campfires, scavenger hunts, tree climbing -- you know, very Socratic activities).


Sign up for our mailing list, to know when registration opens
and to keep abreast of new developments.

Writing and Reading

Youth Writing Camps Summer 2023 camps will be open for registration February 15th. For planning purposes, the dates and grade levels are listed below. We are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be offering both face to face and virtual camps again this summer.

There are also writing and reading clinics through OU's Department of Reading and Language Arts.

University of Michigan - CHECK BACK... Not fully updated for 2023

U of M offers a huge varity of summer programs along with scholarship opportunities for those with financial need. Check this site carefully for a full list of amazing opportunities!

Ross Summer Business Academy-

Applications Due January 23, 2023

Michigan Youth Ensembles-

Wayne State University

Check back for up to date list.

Wayne State University - Biomedical Career Advancement Program


Summer Research Experience for High School Students
at Wayne State University School of Medicine

2023 Application Link: Apply Here

Application Deadline: February 6th, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

Questions? Contact us via email at

What is a BCAP Research Experience?

The Biomedical Career Advancement Program (BCAP) is a summer research experience for youth interested in pursuing careers in health science. Students work alongside senior research/clinical faculty to explore research investigation in a highly enriched environment.

BCAP is an amazing opportunity for you to:

►Explore STEM Careers:

  • Career Panels: Students will engage in open, honest dialogue with health science students and professionals to gain first-hand information and practical advice on various career paths

►Receive Certified Laboratory Training:

  • Students will receive training to conduct research at Wayne State University

►Participate in Advanced-level Laboratory experiments:

  • Students will learn to apply common laboratory techniques to understand human disease (e.g., polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, microscopy, pipetting, etc.)

►Engage in Professional Development:

  • Students will participate in activities to develop their writing and presentation skills

►Establish a health science professional network:

  • Students will meet like-minded individuals that are on the same career path and will be mentored by university faculty and graduate students

►Earn Monetary Award:

  • Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a monetary award

►What is the BCAP Program Structure?

  • 20 hours each week on a research project
  • Attend weekly workshops and training
  • Present project at the research symposium and
    closing ceremony

►Who can apply for BCAP?

  • High school students who are currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
    • Priority is given to:
      • Wayne County residents
      • Detroit Public School students
      • Students from educationally, environmentally, or economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Personal statement: Interest in pursuing a health science career
  • GPA ≥ 2.75 (official transcript required upon program acceptance)

What is the Process for Applying to BCAP?

  • Step 1: Apply to BCAP.
  • Step 2: BCAP Team will review applications.
    • Students will be invited to submit official transcripts and schedule an interview.
  • Step 3: Applicant Interviews
  • Step 4: Acceptance Letters and Waiting List letters are sent out.

Barnard College

Experience Summer in New York City at Barnard. With distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to STEM, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the city that never sleeps!

Welcome To Our Pre-College Programs

Experience Summer in New York City at Barnard. With distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to STEM, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the city that never sleeps!

Summer 2023 Applications Are Now Open!

Apply Now!

Learn About The Barnard Difference

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The Young Women's Leadership Institute: Our Signature Summer Experience

This institute embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus, allowing you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens.

For rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Session 1: June 25th - July 14th, 2023

Session 2: July 23rd - August 11th, 2023

Learn more!

Session 1: June 25th - July 14th, 2023

The Young Women's Leadership Institute

Health and Society Institute

Session 2: July 23rd- August 11th, 2023

Athena Summer Innovation Institute

2-Week Summer Food Institute

The Young Women's Leadership Institute

The Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Join Barnard faculty and students in the classroom and earn college credit through our Pre-Baccalaureate program.

For rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

July 2nd - August 11th, 2023

Learn more!

What Else You Need to Know

Tuition and Financial Aid

Review program costs and financial aid eligibility.

How to Apply

Application Requirements and Deadlines


Get your questions answered

Still Have More Questions? Contact us

Boston University Summer Term

Experience pre-college summer study at one of the world’s top teaching and research universities. Immerse yourself in college academics, open your mind to new subjects, and bond with high school students from around the country and globe—right in the heart of beautiful Boston, ranked #1 in the US by QS Best Student Cities 2023. You can take college courses alongside BU undergraduates and earn up to 8 college credits (either on campus or online). You can pursue in-depth STEM research with individual faculty mentors or as part of a group project. Or, you can immerse yourself in a variety of stimulating noncredit seminars that blend lectures with experiential learning, discussions, and projects. Your hard work will be balanced with social events and fun activities around campus and throughout Boston, the ultimate “college town.”

Boston University’s Summer Pre-College Programs Enable You To:

  • Take on new academic challenges, explore a variety of interests, and consider possible majors
  • Preview college and learn how to balance your schoolwork and social life
  • Meet highly motivated high school students from all 50 states and 87 countries on 6 continents
  • Experience living in a college dorm
  • Become part of a dynamic social community and engage in fun activities on campus and throughout Boston

Bowling Green State University

Summer is the perfect time for pre-college students to explore their career interests. BGSU Pre-College Programs provide opportunities for students to experience the Bowling Green State University campus while expanding their knowledge, building life skills and exploring their interests. BGSU offers residential and day camps throughout the summer.


Academic Enrichment Camps

Elementary & middle school students can engage in two weeks of interactive virtual learning in a variety of content areas, including math, reading, science, & social studies.


BGSU computer science students are coaching girls in grades 5 through 8 via an innovative program designed to encourage young people to study science.

Content Creator Camp

Spend the week creating content for YouTube, Twitch & all social media platforms from the state-of-the-art production facilities at BGSU. Learn more about livestreaming and content production with hands-on activities in audio, video, chroma key, multi-camera production, lighting, audience development, and more.

Explore Nursing Camp

BGSU's Explore Nursing Camp, where you will get a glimpse into the life of a nurse. Get first aid and CPR training and hear from nurses that work in the field in a variety of roles and settings. Be a nurse for the day with real-life scenarios and evaluate your nursing skills while working your way through a trauma escape room.

Farm 2 Fork Camp

Explore how what we grow on farms becomes the delicious, healthy food you eat. At Farm 2 Fork, campers will be exposed to local foodways and increase their knowledge of farming and cooking!

Forensic Science Camp

Practice gathering trace evidence and analyzing blood stains in the pursuit of criminal justice!

FutureMed: Exploring Health Careers

Discover how the BGSU Pre-Professional Programs Office can help you with your interest in the medical field by learning about eight different types of medical professionals


The Ignite STEM Camp is a week long day camp at BGSU where students will engage in fun-filled experiences about teamwork, problem solving, and the connections between science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the real world. The camp curriculum aligns with the Ohio Department of Education.

Impact Academy

Develop leadership skills centered on creating change in your community at the BGSU Impact Academy. Whether you are looking to grow as a leader at school or become a leader in your community, the BGSU Impact Academy leadership camp is a perfect way to build your toolkit for creating a better world.

Marine Biology: The Life Acquatic

Take a deep dive into marine biology with laboratory experiences and site visits! Are you interested in how marine ecosystems work? Do you want to know more about marine animals? BGSU has one of the few marine biology and aquatic science programs in the Midwest.

Multi-Platform Journalism and Storytelling Camp

Students will learn and enhance basic reporting skills as well as technical skills involving capturing and editing video, capturing and editing audio, creating social media content, audio broadcasting, video broadcasting, writing, and storytelling.

Nutrition & Fitness: Fuel for your goals

Find the connection between what we put in our bodies and what our bodies can do.

Ohio Business Week

High school students are invited to come and join us in an immersive learning experience focused on business and entrepreneurship. In this exciting, week-long summer camp, you'll collaborate with a diverse group of students from across Ohio in a dynamic simulation where you'll compete as an industry professional, sharpen communication skills, and face real-world business challenges.


A program designed to expose high school students to Research in the Chemical Sciences and stimulate their interest in science and math.

Pre-Law Camp

Start your journey to the front of the courtroom by meeting a variety of legal professionals and participating in a mock trial! In it's third year the Pre-Law Camp will offer new experiences and open to returning campers

Summer Music Institute

Come explore the campus of BGSU while you learn more about a passion you love. Camps include Double Reed, Percussion, Jazz, Piano, Voice, Musical Theatre, Strings, Saxophone, and Brass

Veterinary Science Camp

Discover how BGSU can help you transform your love for animals into the skills and knowledge you need for a veterinary science career.

For students who will be entering BGSU in the Fall Check out these available summer camps for incoming students

Generation Falcon Summer Program

Multicultural Summer Link Program

Thompson Scholarship Program

TRIO Summer Bridge Program

Brandeis University

Experience Jewish Learning and Community at Brandeis!

Connect with other motivated teens from around the globe, learn with Brandeis faculty and staff and explore the Brandeis campus during a life-changing summer of learning, and experiential programming with a vibrant Jewish community of friends. This summer, Genesis will offer a three-week residential program that emphasizes Jewish culture, community and identity. You’ll have the opportunity to take one of two courses:

  • Rivalry, Redemption and Renewal: Relationships in the Bible
    • What do the stories of ancient biblical figures like Jacob and Esau, Abraham and Sarah and Ruth and Naomi have to teach us about how we interact with our families, friends and wider community? In this engaging course, you’ll explore the complex web of interpersonal relationships found in our most sacred texts and discover the lessons we can learn from their triumphs and tragedies. If you love to dig deeply into Jewish text and are fascinated by how our Biblical ancestors did (and did not) relate to each other, this course is for you.

  • Justice Brandeis, Bread and Roses and Beyond: American Social Movements and the Jews
    • Louis Brandeis, our University’s namesake, was the first American Jew to serve as a Supreme Court Justice and played a pivotal role in shaping American legal and social policy. Following in his footsteps, American Jews have served as leaders and community organizers in many of America’s most significant social movements, from the Labor Movement to Civil Rights and beyond. This thought-provoking course will explore the legacy of Justice Brandeis and how the American Jewish community’s engagement in the struggle for equality and freedom continues to influence American life today.

With the help of dedicated community educators and teaching assistants, you’ll explore the unique assets of Brandeis University – its world-class institutes and centers that focus on Jewish learning – while deepening your understanding of Judaism through spiritual practice, mini-courses, community-building activities, social action opportunities, guest workshops and much more.

Explore new perspectives; develop and strengthen your voice; pursue your interests within a dynamic community; and discover how Jewish wisdom, study and practice can inform the way you work towards a more just world. You’ll make lifelong friends, connect with amazing Jewish thought leaders, and experience life on the extraordinary Brandeis campus.

Online Courses

Affordable and Accessible

The Brandeis Precollege Online Program offers courses, designed for high school students ages 13 and up. Each course features engaging videos by Brandeis faculty and access to mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format lets you study anywhere, anytime at your own pace.

Course topics include:

  • Climate Change: Inside the Science and Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation: Go Behind the Scenes of a Lawsuit
  • Women's Health: Biology and Wellness
  • Global Health: When the World Gets Sick

While Brandeis University’s Undergraduate Admissions does not favor those who participate in Brandeis Precollege programs in its admissions decisions, it does consider all extracurricular and summertime activities in students’ applications – including academically challenging programs like our Precollege programs, paid employment, internships, volunteerism and more.


Our unforgettable summer adventures for teens specialize in scuba diving, sailing, marine biology, veterinary medicine or wildlife biology. For over 25 years, we’ve created unique opportunities for teens to actively learn, explore and build skills with global programs specifically designed for middle school and high school students.

Learning should be fun, so we create summer programs abroad for high school students that open their minds and build competencies in a variety of interests. These programs challenge high schoolers to become immersed in their surroundings alongside a small group of peers, allowing them to grow personally and academically through fun, challenging and thoughtful experiences.

Choose one or none — the journey is yours.











12-Day Scuba + Sailing Exploration


Experience life at sea. Build scuba and sailing skills. Feel amazed by the Caribbean with your new crew of friends.


  • 12-day liveaboard adventure
  • No experience required
  • Multiple scuba + sailing certifications available

2023 Programs

June 13 - June 24, 2023$4,980Limited

June 20 - July 1, 2023$4,980Limited

July 5 - July 16, 2023$4,980Available

July 20 - July 31, 2023$4,980Limited

August 3 - August 14, 2023$4,980Limited



21-Day Scuba + Sailing Voyage


Explore the underwater world. Live on a boat. Make lifelong friendships. The journey is the destination.


  • 21-day liveaboard adventure
  • No experience necessary!
  • Multiple scuba and sailing certifications available

2023 Programs

June 28 - July 18, 2023$6,980Limited

July 21 - August 10, 2023$6,980Available



12-Day Sailing + Island Exploration


Embark on a summer of Caribbean island-hopping fun and exploration on this intro to sailing adventure!


  • 12-day liveaboard adventure
  • No experience required
  • 3 sailing certifications available
  • Focus on developing leadership skills

2023 Programs

June 20 - July 1, 2023$4,580Call for options

July 5 - July 16, 2023$4,580Available

July 20 - July 31, 2023$4,580Available



24-Day Advanced Sailing Voyage


A sail-intensive voyage through the arc of the Caribbean. Become a confident sailor as you explore the islands with your new crewmates and friends.


  • 24-day liveaboard voyage
  • Some previous exposure to sailing required
  • Intensive sailing voyage
  • 3 sailing certifications available

2023 Programs

June 19 - July 12, 2023$6,780Available

July 16 - August 8, 2023$6,780Available



Caribbean Marine Biology Voyage


Hop aboard a floating classroom. Sail across the Leeward islands. Learn to scuba dive, sail and practice underwater research.


  • 17-day liveaboard adventure
  • No experience required
  • Earn 2 natural science college credits
  • Scuba + sailing certification available

2023 Programs

June 14 - June 30, 2023$6,480Available

July 3 - July 19, 2023$6,480Available

July 22 - August 7, 2023$6,480Available



Curaçao Marine Biology Adventure


Live at a research station. Investigate the health of coral reefs while completing dozens of shore dives. Explore Curacao above and below the water.


  • 20-day land-based adventure
  • Assist with coral restoration project
  • Earn 2 natural science college credits
  • Multiple scuba certifications available

2023 Programs

June 18 - July 7, 2023$6,880Limited

July 11 - July 30, 2023$6,880Limited



Fiji Shark Studies


Swim with sharks and advance your diving skills. Experience beautiful Fijian landscapes and culture while engaging in shark research and conservation.


  • 24-day land-based adventure
  • PADI Open Water (or equivalent) certification required
  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Research and swim with sharks
  • 3 natural science college credits available

2023 Programs

June 13 - July 6, 2023$7,980Full

June 20 - July 13, 2023$7,980Call for options

July 10 - August 2, 2023$7,980Full

July 17 - August 9, 2023$7,980Limited



21-Day Advanced Scuba Voyage


A scuba-intensive adventure. Explore some of the best sites in the Caribbean. Become a more confident diver.


  • 21-day liveaboard adventure
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) certification required
  • Explore St. Martin + the Leeward Islands
  • Multiple scuba + sailing certifications available

2023 Programs

June 28 - July 18, 2023$7,180Available



21-Day Advanced Scuba Voyage


Become a more confident diver and explore another part of the Caribbean. The Windward Islands offer stunning dive sites and a perfect backdrop for fun and adventure.


  • 21-day liveaboard adventure
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) certification required
  • Discover St. Lucia + the Windward Islands
  • Multiple scuba + sailing certifications available

2023 Programs

June 22 - July 12, 2023$6,980Available

July 16 - August 5, 2023$6,980Available



Red Sea Advanced Scuba


The adventure that started them all and will go down in history. Dive on world-famous wrecks and reefs, earn specialties and experience the incredible culture.


  • 19-day land-based and liveaboard adventure
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) certification required
  • Best for students comfortable with international travel
  • Multiple scuba certifications available

2023 Programs

June 19 - July 7, 2023$7,780Available

July 10 - July 28, 2023$7,780Full



Bali + Komodo Alumni-Only Scuba


Experience the beautiful culture of Bali with other alumni students. Advance your dive skills in one of the most biodiverse marine life on Earth.


  • 22-day adventure with land-based and liveaboard component
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) certification required
  • Enrollment is limited to Broadreach alumni only
  • 5 hours service learning

2023 Programs

July 8 - July 29, 2023$9,480Full



Bonaire Rescue Diver


Live on the beach and shore dive in the world’s oldest marine reserve. Earn advanced dive certs in just 12 days… plus hiking, windsurfing, and a donkey sanctuary.


  • 12-day land-based adventure
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) certification required
  • Earn Rescue Diver certification

2023 Programs

June 17 - June 28, 2023$5,280Available

July 1 - July 12, 2023$5,280Available

July 15 - July 26, 2023$5,280Full



21-Day PADI Junior Divemaster


For the serious teen diver! Earn the highest certification available for teen divers and get a glimpse of the professional dive industry.


  • Earn the NEW PADI Junior Divemaster certification
  • 21-day liveaboard adventure
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) certification required
  • Explore St. Martin + the Leeward Islands

2023 Programs

July 21 - August 10, 2023$6,980Limited



Amazon + Galápagos Eco Adventure


Hike deep into the jungle to remote field stations, explore the Amazon River basin and observe the unique creatures of the Galápagos Islands.


  • 20-day land-based adventure
  • Intro to Biology or equivalent experience required
  • 3 natural science college credits available
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Observe rare species in the Andes, Amazon, and Galapagos

2023 Programs

June 19 - July 8, 2023$7,280Unavailable

July 11 - July 30, 2023$7,280Available



Costa Rica Sea Turtle + Marine Conservation


Adventure into the rainforest. Cruise the beach for signs of sea turtles. Protect exotic wildlife. Experience conservation in action.


  • 21-day land-based adventure
  • No experience required
  • Participate in hands-on data collection of sea turtle hatchlings
  • Earn 3 natural science college credits

2023 Programs

June 18 - July 8, 2023$7,280Available

July 12 - August 1, 2023$7,280Available



Costa Rica Veterinary Experience


Assist animal-care professionals. Gain clinical experience on farms and in rescue centers. Explore rainforests, volcanoes and beaches.


  • 22-day land-based program
  • Intro to Biology or equivalent experience required
  • 3 natural science college credits available
  • Gain unprecedented insight into becoming a veterinarian
  • Engage with exotic and domestic animals

2023 Programs

June 18 - July 9, 2023$7,380Available

June 25 - July 16, 2023$7,380Available

July 13 - August 3, 2023$7,380Available

July 20 - August 10, 2023$7,380Available



Bahamas Veterinary + Wildlife Care


Work with Bahamian wildlife specialists, snorkel protected reefs, and get unique hands-on experience. Relax in the sun after days spent working with animals in various settings.


  • 12-day land-based adventure
  • No experience required
  • Gain hands-on experience with Bahamian wildlife

2023 Programs

June 22 - July 3, 2023$4,980Available

July 20 - July 31, 2023$4,980Limited



Custom Program


Want to go on an incredible, personalized adventure? See a program you love but need different dates? Maybe you have a group of friends that wants to sail together on a boat? Our custom programs may just be the answer you’re looking for.


“The amount of memories I made from this trip will last me a lifetime. I always find myself thinking about the friends I made and the many memories of just looking up at the stars at night while slowly drifting asleep or just sitting around with everyone talking. I’ve never had so much fun and can’t wait to do another trip next summer!”Maddie, high school alumna

Don't see exactly what you're looking for? Contact our custom programs team and see how we could create the perfect adventure for your unique group


Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Programs mirrors the undergraduate experience, giving rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore their interests and passions while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. We provide a holistic and robust student experience that includes academic and personal development both inside and outside of the classroom in order to prepare students for the future.





Application Dates

Early Decision and International Application Deadline: February 1
Regular Decision, Scholarship, AIS, CSS, and SAMS* Application Deadline: March 15

Please note:
• Early Decision is NOT binding.
• Early, Regular, and International Application decisions are rolling admission.
• AIS, CSS, SAMS, and Scholarship Application decisions are sent on April 5.

*AI Scholars (AIS), Computer Science Scholars (CSS), Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS)

Program Dates

Opening Day: Saturday, July 1, 2023

Orientation Day: Sunday, July 2, 2023

First Day of Classes: Monday, July 3, 2023

No Classes: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

3-Week Program Classes End: Friday, July 21, 2023 (Residential Move-Out: Sat., July 22)

4-Week Program Classes End: Friday, July 28, 2023 (Residential Move-Out: Sat., July 29)

5-Week Program Classes End: Friday, August 4, 2023 (Residential Move-Out: Sat., August 5)

6-Week Program Classes End: Friday, August 11, 2023 (Residential Move-Out: Sat., August 12)

Please note:
• Opening Day is the primary move-in day for residential students. Early Arrival is approved on an individual basis.
• Orientation Day is required for residential and commuter students, providing students and families with important program and campus life information.
• International students arrive on Thursday, June 29, with International Orientation on Friday, June 30.
• ALL residential students must vacate the dorms by 2:00pm on the Saturday following the close of their program.

Cleveland State University - Odyssey Program


Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive three-week summer film camp that teaches storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing and much more in a fun and collaborative environment.

Residential: June 11–30, 2023
Day Camp: June 12–30, 2023


During the week, acting track students focus on performance techniques for in front of the camera through a series of interactive workshops, while directing track students concentrate on programming designed to develop directing skills.

Residential: July 9–16, 2023
Day Camp: July 10–14, 2023


With full access to the film school’s Mac labs, students will learn how to use industry-standard screenwriting software as they participate in a variety of interactive workshops designed to spark creativity and develop storytelling skills.

Residential: July 16–23, 2023
Day Camp: July 17–21, 2023


During the week, students will learn the fundamentals of non-fiction storytelling, become familiar with a variety of documentary styles, and acquire basic filmmaking skills through interactive workshops.

Residential: July 23–30, 2023
Day Camp: July 24–28, 2023

The Experience

Students see behind the scenes and learn how the industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments. Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in the dorms and experiencing Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities. Live local? Register for the day camp option and save on room and board costs.

Columbia College Chicago

Summer at Columbia is an intensive four-week program for high school students interested in exploring the arts, media, and communications fields.

This experience gives you the chance to take a college-level course with Columbia College Chicago faculty while learning about the creative industries. The best part? If you enroll as a student at Columbia, the credits you earn during Summer at Columbia count toward your degree.


Collaborate with students from all over the U.S. and world as you cultivate your talent in areas like:

  • Film Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Photography
  • Digital Music Production
  • Game Development
  • Illustration

Cornell Summer College

Plan now for Summer 2023 online

Get a head start on college by taking fascinating online undergraduate courses taught by esteemed Cornell faculty, earn college credits and a Cornell transcript, and prep for college admissions. Courses will be posted in the coming months. Applications open in late January.

(Note: The summer residential program will not be offered in 2023.)

American Sign Language

American Studies


Applied Economics and Management


Asian Studies


BIO: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

BIO: Microbiology

Biomedical Sciences


Clinical Sciences

Cognitive Science


Computer Science

Design and Environmental Analysis



Fiber Science and Apparel Design



Hotel Administration

Human Development

ILR: Labor Relations, Law, and History

ILR: Social Statistics




Natural Resources


Plant Biology


Science and Technology Studies



Statistical Science

Writing Program

Denison University Reynolds Writing Project


The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison is an energizing 8-day program for motivated high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write. For nearly 30 years, the Reynolds Workshop has brought together young writers who are passionate about writing and eager to connect to a close-knit community of writing friends. The workshop is held each June on the beautiful campus of Denison University, a leading liberal arts college, in the village of Granville, Ohio.




Duke University

Duke Pre-College Programs provide motivated current 6th-11th grade students with experiential learning and academic experiences in a university setting. Building on the legacy programs such as Duke Youth Programs and the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke Pre-College Programs inspire and challenge the next generation of thinkers and leaders while offering them a glimpse into the opportunities for their future. Our diverse courses are tailored to the interests and questions top of mind for today’s students while delivering the Duke experience through interactions with Duke faculty, researchers and guest speakers, who are experts in their fields.

2023 Residential and Commuter Programs

Middle and High School Options

Live and learn at Duke University. During Pre-College’s 2023 Residential Program, you will enjoy an unforgettable two-week residential and academic experience. Live in campus residence halls, eat in world-class dining facilities, and visit significant locations throughout campus and the surrounding area.

2023 Dates:

Session 1

  • June 20 - 30 (Tuesday arrival)
  • June 30 (Friday departure)

Session 2

  • July 5 -15 (Wednesday arrival)
  • July 15 (Saturday departure)

Session 3

  • July 18 - 28 (Tuesday arrival)
  • July 28 (Friday departure)


$4,900 (Residential including daily meals, lodging and tours)

$3,200 (Commuter including lunch during class days and tours)

2023 Lab Week

High School Options

Enjoy a first-hand look at Duke University’s cutting-edge facilities and hear from leading experts in Duke Pre-College’s Lab Week. Study a topic through active, hands-on learning while living on Duke University’s beautiful campus during an intensive week of discovery and innovation.

2023 Dates:

Lab Week (High School Only)

  • July 9 - 14 (Sunday arrival)
  • July 14 (Friday departure)


$2,900 (including daily meals, lodging and tours)

2023 Online Options

High School Options

Enjoy the Duke experience from home through Duke Pre-College’s Online Program. Study a topic of interest and connect with a global network of peers. Daily lessons will include both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Experience live Zoom meetings with your instructors and like-minded students. Take part in active small and whole group activities while enjoying the flexibility of online learning.

2023 Dates:

  • Online (High School Only) - July 17 - 28


$2,100 (including access to Duke University online learning management system)

Sample Schedule - Residential Sessions 1, 2 and 3 and Lab Week

7-9 a.m.Breakfast

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Class

12-1 p.m.Lunch

1-4 p.m.Class (labs, tours, guest speakers)

4:30-5:30 p.m.College Connections
College Connections afternoon sessions are designed to help high school students prepare for their college experience. Coupled with their academic work, the College Connection program will help students to understand and prioritize what to look for and what to expect from a college and their first-year experience.

6-7 p.m.Dinner

7:30-9:30 p.m.Nightly events
There will be optional activities available to students during this time, such as movie screening, sports activities, gaming, and clubs.

10-10:30 p.m.Report to residential halls and Nightly News

11 p.m.Students must be in residence halls (weekdays)

12 a.m.Students must be in residence halls (weekends)

On weekends, a full day of activities and community service will be planned based on course choice.

2023 College credit Options

High School Options

Qualified current 10th or 11th grade students (2022-2023 school year) may take Duke University undergraduate courses in the summer for credit as a commuter or through online courses. More information is available on the Duke Summer Session website.

Emory University


The Emory Pre-College Program (noncredit) offers students an opportunity to experience many aspects of college life.

  • Study in a college-level academic course taught by Emory faculty, a unique benefit of our program
  • Receive written assessment at the end of the program
  • Certificate of Completion awarded upon conclusion of program
  • Create global friendships
  • Explore a vibrant campus and all it has to offer with access to Emory facilities
  • Participate in a university community
  • Discover Atlanta and Emory with extra-curricular activities
  • Live on a university campus , commute daily or join online


Our workshops and student-led panels are designed to help high school students prepare for their college admission process and beyond.

College 101 sessions will help equip students to understand and prioritize what to look for in a college.


Student Life does not end in the classroom. Eagle Excursions are for students to experience Atlanta landmarks, such as the Coca Cola Museum, Atlanta Braves or United game, GA Aquarium and more.

  • Meet your Pre-College peers during evening activities hosted by Residence Life, who have planned activities to help you enjoy navigating the challenges and rewards of being part of our Pre-College community.

  • Enjoy some time to simply have fun and get to know your peers.

  • Additional extra-curricular activities will be offered in the afternoons and evenings on campus.


Emory Summer College is a nonresidential program in which exceptional high school students, who have completed their sophomore or junior year, may enroll in Emory undergraduate courses and earn college credit.

Note: International students are eligible for Emory Summer College online courses. An F-1 visa is required for on-campus courses only.

  • Learn alongside Emory undergraduates
  • Begin an official college transcript with transferable credits
  • Join a virtual course from anywhere around the world
  • Explore a vibrant campus and all it has to offer with access to Emory facilities for in-person classes

* Participation in live synchronous virtual sessions is expected, just as you’d be expected to attend classes on campus.

Georgetown University

This summer, join us for an exciting learning program at Georgetown University. Our Summer High School Programs offer the opportunity to explore your academic interests, meet classmates from around the world, and earn college credit—all while experiencing the excitement of college life.

Georgetown’s Hoya Summer High School Sessions offer an immersive learning experience that prepares you with the tools needed for college success. Ranging in length from one to eight weeks, our programs span a wide range of subjects, covering everything from forensic science and politics to creative writing. You'll have the opportunity to meet classmates from around the world and earn college credit.

College Prep Courses

Develop the tools you need to gain a competitive edge and get a head start on college in this five-week credit program.

Summer College

Earn official university credit, learn from world-renowned faculty, and engage in challenging coursework through these undergraduate courses.


Take an in-depth look at a topic of interest and get a glimpse into the college experience through these accelerated programs.

1-Week Academies:

2-Week Academies:

3-Week Academies:

Gettysburg College

At Gettysburg College, we’re here, all of us, to do great work. Join our community of passionate achievers this summer, on a campus where history and innovation meet to shape the future.

Rising high school students attending a Gettysburg College summer camp will experience an immersive learning environment, welcoming atmosphere, and historic yet contemporary campus setting. Each program is led by subject-matter experts – Gettysburg College faculty, staff and students – and subjects for 2023 programs include psychology, creative writing, civic engagement, 3D printing, and Civil War studies.

On this page:

  • Innovation and Creativity Camp — Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023
  • American Civil War Camp — Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7, 2023
  • Camp Psych — Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14, 2023
  • Young Writers Workshop VIRTUAL — Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14, 2023
  • Eisenhower Institute Civic Engagement Camp — Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21, 2023

Innovation and Creativity Camp

Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1495

Learn the process of 3D printing from initial design to final print. This is a novice level course with no previous 3D object modeling or printing knowledge needed. Learn the inner workings of a 3D printer as you design and build objects throughout the camp. Cost of camp includes 3D printers for participants to take home at end of camp.

More details on registration for this camp to follow. Please contact in the interim with any questions.

American Civil War Camp

Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1395

American Civil War Camp provides rising high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors an immersive experience into Civil War history.

Apply for American Civil War Camp


Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 16, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1395

A window into how psychological science works. Get experience with psychology research in a fun, challenging, and engaging environment. Learn about cutting edge issues and research, while receiving an insider’s view of the field as well as preparation for college studies.

More details on registration for this camp to follow. Please contact in the interim with any questions.

Young Writers Workshop VIRTUAL

Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 16, 2023

Camp Type: Virtual
Camp Cost: $395

Develop your unique writing voice throughout the virtual camp. Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen. All sessions taught by actively-publishing Gettysburg College faculty.

More details on registration for this camp to follow. Please contact in the interim with any questions.

Eisenhower Institute Civic Engagement Camp

Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1395

This program is designed for motivated students with a passion for civic engagement within the American political system. Students will face challenging academic questions and real-world situations.

More details on registration for this camp to follow. Please contact in the interim with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common, general camp FAQs to assist in planning for summer 2023. For specific questions and information regarding a particular camp, please contact the camp director of the program(s) in question, as each camp has different scheduling, activities, etc.

  • When does 2023 registration close? Each camp registration will remain open until June 1, 2023, or until the program is filled.
  • What is included in the camp registration fee? The registration fee covers hard costs such as administrative and staffing expenses, meals in dining hall, lodging, etc., where applicable, i.e., virtual camps have different expenses than residential (overnight) camps.
  • Are scholarships or financial aid available to cover registration costs? Scholarship/aid offerings vary by camp. Please contact the camp director(s) for specific information and available opportunities.
  • COVID-19 Update. All current Gettysburg College COVID-19 Guidelines must be followed during the time of your actual event. Please see the College’s COVID-19 response page for additional information, or contact the camp director with any questions.

For any questions related to general camper experience, Gettysburg College campus, etc., please contact


Pre-College Program

An intense and exciting glimpse into the college experience

During this intensive two-week program, you will take the first steps toward your college journey alongside a diverse group of exceptional high school students.

  • Challenge yourself in a college course taught by Harvard faculty and affiliates, without the pressure of grades.
  • Engage with your peers in structured co-curricular activities, college readiness workshops, and social events.

Two weeks, non-credit

Apply to the Pre-College Program

Secondary School Program

Immerse yourself in college life for seven weeks

In this dynamic seven-week program, you can earn college credit while experiencing firsthand what it’s really like to be a college student.

  • Choose one or two college-level classes that delve deeply into subjects that really excite you and may not be offered in high school.
  • Prepare for the future as you experience what it’s really like to balance responsibility with independence in one of three program formats – online, commuting, or residential.

Seven weeks, college credit

Apply to the Secondary School Program

Indiana University - Journalism

Save the date: July 10-14, July 16-20, 2023

We plan to continue our tradition of offering an assortment of media-related workshops for high school students and advisers. A list of workshops can be found here. Complete the form at the link below to start receiving info and updates about summer.


We hope you’ll join us for a summer of endless opportunities: a chance to connect with journalism professionals, other student journalists and award-winning advisers, including HSJI and Indiana University alumni.

Most days at the High School Journalism Institute will include small-group classes, individualized instruction, large-group lectures and evening activities so you can meet others who share your passion for journalism.

We hope you will join us in July for a summer experience that will last a lifetime.

Costs and deadlines:

The fee for a 5-day workshop is $490. This fee includes instruction, lodging, supervision and a $110 meal card. At the campus eatery HSJI students will use, meals are all-you-care-to-eat, not à la carte. Students who plan to eat every meal at an on-campus eatery should purchase an additional $50 meal card when completing the online payment form. Most students prefer to bring their personal debit/credit card to supplement their $110 meal card, giving them flexibility. Learn more about the meal options here.

Refund policy:

Full refunds of Institute fees, less a $60 non- refundable processing charge, will be made if we are notified of a cancellation at least two weeks in advance of the workshop’s beginning. Seventy-five percent refunds (less processing charge) will be made if notified of a cancellation at least one week in advance of a workshop’s start, and 50 percent refunds (less processing charge) will be made once the workshop begins if we are notified of a cancellation by the first day of the session. After the first day, no refunds will be made.

Funding available to attend:

Multicultural grants for students: Covers the full registration fee for eligible students. Both the High School Journalism Institute and Indiana University define “multicultural” as people of different cultures, languages, ethnicities, races, religions, socioeconomic status or gender. Students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college are also welcome to apply.

Kemp grants for teachers: The grants are intended for teachers who currently have journalism/media teaching or advising responsibilities or who are preparing for those responsibilities. Teachers who receive a grant and successfully complete the practicum will be reimbursed $350 for those who chose to stay in on-campus housing and $250 for commuters. Apply here.


To register for a workshop, complete the appropriate registration form below. Once you submit the form, you’ll be directed to a payment form. Both forms must be complete before your space is reserved. You may pay immediately with a credit card, choose to pay later by mailing in a check, or pay with a school purchase order (you will need the PO# to enter on the form).

Registration Forms:

  • Student Workshop Registration Form (Will open by Jan 31, 2023)
  • Teacher/Adviser Workshop Registration Form (Will open by Jan 31, 2023)

Landmark College

Summer Learning Opportunities for Students who learn differently

Landmark College offers summer programs to assist a wide range of students with learning differences, including high school students, graduating high school seniors, and students enrolled at colleges around the country.

All of the programs are designed to enable students to identify their learning strengths and differences. Students learn specific strategies to be successful in formal academic settings and grow personally and academically in an intentional and supportive academic community. The instructors consist of current Landmark College faculty as well as teachers from the surrounding area who are experienced in working with students who learn differently.

Miami of Ohio

Check website for updated information. Not available at this time.

The Summer Scholars Program is a week-long summer experience for high-achieving high school students who will be juniors or seniors the following fall. This program provides experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you for college and future success. The Summer Scholars curriculum is built for active learners. Students participate in lively discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world experiences with our faculty.

The 2023 Summer Scholars Program academic sessions and dates will be announced in early 2023. Contact for questions about the program.

Morehouse College

Information has not been updated yet. Check this website for further details.

North Carolina A & T



College-bound? A pre-college summer program in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at N.C. A&T can help you find direction. Participation in a summer program can help you plan your future, prepare for college life, and give you memories and friends to last a lifetime. The CAES offers two summer programs for high school students.

Research Apprenticeship Program – RAP is a two-week-long, residential program in June, designed to expose rising high school juniors and seniors to research and career opportunities in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences. The program provides students with the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge researchers, in addition to a variety of other activities. The program this year will take place from June 18 - 30, 2023.

Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders - IFAL, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Farm Bureau, is a week-long program in June to build leadership potential in rising seniors who are interested in agriscience professions. Room and board are free.

North Carolina State University

Summer Programs (9th-12th graders)

4-H Camp

North Carolina 4-H Camp programs offer campers a great chance to learn, develop life skills and form attitudes that will help them to become self-directing and productive members of society. For more information, visit the 4-H Camp website.


Ag-DISCOVERY is a two-week residential camp for students designed to help high school students (age 14-17) learn about careers in plant science and veterinary medicine. Students live on the college campus and learn about science from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, and plant pathologists. Participants gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students also participate in character and team-building activities and diversity workshops. For more information, visit The Science House website.

CAMINOS: Your Journey to College

CAMINOS: Your Journey to College is a pre-college summer preparation program for rising high school juniors and seniors that presents future scholars to opportunities within and around higher education while reinforcing cultural identity and community ties. This program provides workshops for students that identify as Hispanic/Latinx or have an interest in Hispanic/Latinx Culture. Workshops will feature opportunities to learn about university student life, engage in topics as they relate to the Latinx/Hispanic community and higher education, and receive assistance with the college application and financial aid process. Learn more at the CAMINOS website.

Communication Camp

Communication Summer Camp is an intensive, five-day workshop designed for rising junior and senior high school students interested in television production, broadcasting, and public speaking. Students will learn to operate cameras, audio boards, write news copy, and present as on-air talent, culminating in a closed circuit “live broadcast” at week’s end. Campers must be recommended by their high school administrator prior to registration. Visit the website for more details.

Creating Awareness of Agriculture and Life Sciences Disciplines, Degree Programs and Discoveries (CAALS 3-D) Project

The CAALS 3-D is a week-long day program that serves male, rising 11th and 12th graders from under-represented groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American). Students learn, under the guidance of NC State faculty mentors, cutting-edge scientific techniques in NC State laboratories. Students select research experiences in agriculture and life science disciplines such as biochemistry, biotechnology, organic agriculture, soil science, microbiology, plant biology, food science, and forensics. To further enhance the transdisciplinary nature of this project, students may also select research experiences in closely related disciplines within natural resources and textiles. For more information, visit the (CAALS 3-D) Project website.

Design Camp

Design Camp is an annual series of pre-college summer programs offered at NC State University College of Design to high school and middle school students who are interested in design. Design Camp informs students about college study in design and raises awareness of the impact of design in all aspects of our everyday lives. The skills in design thinking and creative experience gained at Design Camp can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future. For more information, visit the Design Camp

Drum Major Leadership Camp

Designed specifically for drum majors and section leaders, the Drum Major Leadership Camp focuses on the various aspects of field conducting and leadership in both competitive and non-competitive marching bands. Camp faculty will work closely with each student to build a solid foundation of conducting, leadership, and teaching methods. Video recordings of each attendee’s conducting and teaching will be used for in-depth individual and group analysis. Every leadership class is intended to equip students to handle real life situations and to react effectively and proactively to achieve positive results. This camp experience will help develop the skills required to conduct and lead with confidence. For more information, visit the camp website.

Emerging Scholars Academy (ESA)

Emerging Scholars Academy (ESA) is a pre-college summer preparation program for rising high school juniors and seniors that presents future scholars to opportunities within and around higher education while reinforcing cultural identity and community ties. This program provides workshops for students that identify as Black/African American or have an interest in Black/African American Culture. Workshops will feature opportunities to learn about university student life, engage in topics as they relate to the Black/African American community and higher education, and receive assistance with the college application and financial aid process. Learn more at the Emerging Scholars Academy website.

Engineering Summer Day and Residential Camps for High School Students

The College of Engineering offers high school students two camp opportunities: a week long day camp for rising 9th and 10th graders and a week long residential camp for rising 11th and 12 graders. The week long day camp introduces campers to a variety of engineering fields through fun and challenging, hands-on projects and investigations. Activities are all related to research happening on NC State’s campus. By the end of the week, students will have a deeper understanding of the fields of engineering and how engineers solve problems.The residential camps provide the opportunity to experience engineering through workshops presented by engineering departmental faculty, staff and students and get a glimpse of college life while staying in campus student housing and eating in campus dining facilities. They will also experience fun and engaging activities scheduled for each evening. For more information, visit the Engineering Summer Programs website.

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

High school students are invited to spend a week at NC State University climbing trees, grafting tomatoes, snacking on raspberries, discovering new genes and so much more. The Horticultural Science Summer Institute is a residential, hands-on, pre-college program designed to engage youth into the many career opportunities within horticulture. Students will dig into workshops led by faculty, staff and students on topics ranging from breeding better vegetables, propagating ornamental shrubs, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production and design practices and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Students will visit unique and innovative North Carolina farms, markets, greenhouses and gardens. Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development, enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities, live in a campus residence hall with campus dining. The camp provides a close-knit forum for high school students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture. For more information, visit the Horticultural Science Summer Institute website.

Junior Green Belt Academy

The Junior Green Belt Certification Academy is an introduction to Lean Six Sigma (LSS), a continuous process improvement program that incorporates the efficiency tools found in Lean Manufacturing and the data collection and analysis tools found in Six Sigma and merges them into a robust toolkit. Learning these skills will provide the team with the means to reduce waste, improve quality, increase customer satisfaction and improve the bottom line. In addition to receiving LSS training, student teams will complete a project to improve an existing process at their school. The training will provide a structured approach to problem-solving useful at school, work and in life. The participants will be given access to an online training program, attend a four-day session on campus and present their project results in October. For more information, visit the Junior Green Belt Certification Academy website.

Livestock Science Camp

High school students with an interest in careers with animals, particularly farm animals, but not necessarily looking to go into veterinary medicine can explore the diverse options available. Participants will spend a week living on campus, engaging in hands-on lessons with livestock at the teaching farms and campus laboratories, tour local livestock industries, and develop leadership skills. No experience with livestock necessary! For more information, visit the Livestock Science Camp website.

Music Technology Camp

Designed for high school students with an interest in the intersections between music, engineering and computers, the Music Technology Camp introduces students to audio engineering and digital music composition through experiential learning. Camp faculty will work closely with each student to learn concepts and skills in a variety of areas, including songwriting with digital audio workstations, audio engineering, acoustics, music theory and keyboard skills. In every class, students will work with hands-on, inquiry-based projects and experiments to develop an understanding of the concepts underlying modern music technology. Open to rising freshman through rising seniors in high school. A limited number of spaces are available so please register early. For more information, visit the Music Technology Camp website.

Native Education Forum (NEF)

The Native Education Forum (NEF) is a pre-college summer preparation program for rising high school juniors and seniors that presents future scholars to opportunities within and around higher education while reinforcing cultural identity and community ties. This program provides workshops for students that identify as American Indian/Native American or have an interest in American Indian/Native American Culture. Workshops will feature opportunities to learn about university student life, engage in topics as they relate to the American Indian/Native American community and higher education, and receive assistance with the college application and financial aid process. Learn more at the Native Education Forum website.

NC Japan Center Summer Camp

The NC Japan Center Summer Camp is looking for 10 high school age campers to come and learn about Japanese Culture and language! For more information, visit the NC Japan Center Summer Camp page.

NC-MSEN Summer Scholars Program

The NC State University NC-MSEN Pre-College Program offers a 2-week summer program on NC State’s campus. The program provides classes in math, science, robotics, communications, and career awareness for middle and high school students. The main focus of the program is to prepare students for the math course they are taking in the fall. Students are grouped together according to their current math class. Middle school students must attend the full-day program while high school students have the option to attend for a half-day or a full-day. Lunch is provided each day for students who attend the full-day program. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to participate in this program. For more information, visit the NC-MSEN website.

North Carolina Youth Institute

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is delighted to invite high school youth to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute. This program is part of the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize and provides a platform for students to research and give recommendations to solve key global challenges that range from food insecurity, access to potable water, poverty, human rights and more. To participate, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using these downloadable guidelines). Each teacher/mentor must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student’s research paper online by February 1, 2019. 9-12th grade students in the 2018-2019 school year are eligible to apply.

Polymer Camp

Polymer Camp is a two-day workshop held at the end of July in the Wilson College of Textiles Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science by the faculty, staff and students. It is designed for high-school students that are interested in physical sciences and engineering, and attending NC State. Attendees will engage in hands-on laboratories and interactive sessions, learn about degree programs in TECS, scholarships in the Wilson College, the admissions process for NC State and will screen print their own NC State t-shirt. This program is open to all high school students but preference is given to rising juniors and seniors. For more information, visit the Polymer Camp website.

Poultry Science Summer Institute

The Poultry Science Summer Institute is a four-day, four-night conference for high school students with an interest in biological sciences or a career in the poultry industry. The institute is designed to broaden understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science. For more information, visit the Poultry Science Summer Institute website.

Red Hat Shelton Challenge Leadership Program

The Red Hat Shelton Challenge is a six-day summer residential experience for rising 9th-12th-grade students. Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership — honesty, integrity, diversity, social responsibility, and compassion — are the foundations of the camp. The core curriculum focuses on Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics, Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership, Leadership Traits and Approaches, Team-building and Empowering Others, Social Responsibility, Public Speaking, and Goal Setting. Students will have the opportunity to complete a service project, experience a high and low ropes course, coordinate events for their peers, learn from six inter-generational instructors from various professional fields, and build a network of youth leaders from around the country. For information, check out the website.

Resource Conservation Workshop

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a week-long intensive study and hands on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. The workshop is intended to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in field study, tours, hands-on sessions as well as evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs. The Resource Conservation Workshop students stay on campus at NC State in dormitories and attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab as well as field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton. For information, check out the website.


SATELLITE (Science And Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership In Tomorrow’s Endeavors) is a five-day overnight camp for high school sophomores interested in STEM fields. This program involves a combination of lectures, hands-on activities, and field trips. Students will explore a variety of opportunities in STEM, as well as participating in leadership development activities. This program is open to 10th grade students from rural or underfunded communities in North Carolina. For more information, visit the SATELLITE website.

Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP)

STEP is a residential program for rising high school seniors to experience a taste of NC State life by working with Wilson College of Textiles professors in a project area of their interest. The project choices include apparel design, business/marketing, polymer chemistry, textile design and engineering. The Wilson College holds four one-week long sessions of STEP each summer. Participants live in a NC State residence hall; participate in presentations on degree programs, applying to NC State, the Wilson College Centennial Scholarship application process; and work on a project related to a Wilson College major; as well as take part in fun activities on and around campus. This program is for rising high school seniors only. For more information, visit the STEP website.

Teen Writers’ Workshop

Teen Writers Workshop is a nonresidential summer program that brings students to the NC State campus to study creative writing. The two-week afternoon workshop focuses on the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and genre fiction. TWW is open to artists in grades 9 through rising college freshman. For more information, visit the Teen Writers Workshop website.


VetCAMP is designed to allow pre-veterinary high school students to delve into the immense field of veterinary medicine. Students will hear from veterinarians in many different fields and take a behind the scenes tour of the NC State University Vet School. Lessons will be given on veterinary clinic basics, surgery, dissections and anatomy. For more information, visit the VetCAMP website.

Young Investigators’ Summer Program in Nuclear Engineering

Young Investigators in Nuclear Engineering is a residential experience that engages participants in the role that nuclear technologies play in meeting the needs of society and solving everyday problems. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors and graduating seniors. Participants will learn about: nuclear energy, radiation detection & applications, computational science, nuclear materials, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear waste management, policy etc. For more information, visit the Young Investigators website.

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Northwestern University

Northwestern summer programs for pre-college students.


Prepare for college with Northwestern’s College Prep Program. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can take courses for college credit or a two-week e-FOCUS (online) seminars covering a range of topics.



Offered in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, 25 CPS juniors enroll in courses as part of the Northwestern Summer Session. Students earn credit and experience learning on a college campus — a terrific head start for any student preparing for college.


Other summer programs for high school students:

National High School Institute (Cherubs)
NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Film & Video Production, and Theater Arts. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students.

Medill Cherubs Northwestern Journalism Institute
This in-depth, five-week program is designed for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and wish to become better writers and editors for print, online and broadcast. Enrollment is limited to 84 and students typically come from as many as 25 states and abroad. Teachers are top-notch practitioners and distinguished Northwestern faculty.

The Center for Talent Development
CTD offers enrichment programs for academically talented students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among participants.

Wildcat Sports Camps
Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, Wildcat Sports Camps provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages. Campers have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve skills and receive guidance from coaches and student athletes alike.

Notre Dame Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars

Program Dates: Session I: June 10 - 24, 2023 | Session II: July 1 - 15, 2023


Summer Scholars participants spend two intensive weeks on Notre Dame's campus taking a challenging college-level course taught by Notre Dame faculty. We keep the classes small and personal attention from Notre Dame faculty high. The coursework is a true preview of college academics—it is both rigorous and rewarding, and students earn one transferable college credit upon the completion of a program track. Students collaborate on coursework outside designated class times as they would in any college setting. There is also ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame.

We are offering two Summer Scholars sessions in Summer 2023. Session I will run June 10 - June 24, 2023 and Session II will run July 1 - 15, 2023. Applications are live and are due February 20, 2023.

Check out a day in the life of a Summer Scholars student!

Parsons Paris

Explore the world of fashion before college


Online course for high school students

Fashion is more than meets the eye. Designed for high school students, Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury is an online course from Parsons Paris that offers access to this exciting world. Learn about the history of fashion, the way trends are made, and the skills you need for a career in the field. Get inspired by creative minds who share their insider knowledge, and join a like-minded group of students. Earn a Certificate of Completion from Parsons Paris.



Online course for high school students

A wealth of creativity goes into the making of a fashion trend. Top designers use a process that involves research, cultural awareness, construction, and sustainable materials to bring a concept to life. Inside Fashion Design: Becoming a Designer for the 21st Century will teach you how to use that process to build a collection that tells a story. Learn the role today’s fashion plays in social change and the expression of identity. Expect stimulating assignments, videos, and mentoring. You’ll even see a designer create a garment before your eyes.



Sustainability: The Future of Fashion

Can fashion be both beautiful and sustainable? In this course, you will discover the innovative ways the fashion industry is responding to our ecological crisis. Learn about the life cycles of products, eco-friendly approaches to design, the upsides and downsides of “green” branding, and more. Develop your own vision of a sustainable future for fashion. Whether your interest is in design, marketing, or another field, if you are passionate about the creative opportunities possible at the intersection of fashion and sustainability, this course is for you.



Build Your Own Fashion Brand

How do you turn your love of fashion into a business? Learn the steps. In this course, you’ll develop a vision, devise a business plan, build awareness of your brand’s identity, delve into the financial side, and gain an understanding of production and delivery. Discover how to create an elevator pitch that makes a convincing case for your brand in seconds. If you wish to nurture both your artistic and your entrepreneurial sides, this course is for you.


Purdue University

The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was initiated at Purdue University in the summer of 1975. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a five-week college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp. MITE attendees are immersed in First-Year Engineering projects.

The program includes:

  • SAT review
  • Engineering design
  • Math and Chemistry
  • Time management
  • Social acclimatization to college life

Student participants build a strong sense of community and are able to return to their high schools with a better evaluation of their potential. We have seen an average improvement of SAT math scores of 90 points. The highest increase was 180 points as measured through pre- and post-testing. All participants apply to Purdue at the close of the program.


MITE participants learn about all STEM disciplines during the five weeks. For one week, students participate in the Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP). Collaboration with the Science Bound Program and diversity directors in STEM have resulted in several MITE participants matriculating in to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, science as well as engineering majors.


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Ross Mathematics Camps

Ross Mathematics Program

The application window for the 2023 Ross Mathematics Program is now open.

Begin your application by visiting

For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted before the end of March. The Ross Admissions Committee will begin reading applications on April 1, and admission decisions will be made later that month.

The 2023 Ross/USA Program will have in-person, six-week, residential sessions at two locations:

at Otterbein University in Columbus; Ohio:
June 11 (Sun) through July 21, 2023.

at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana:
June 18 (Sun) through July 28, 2023.

In addition, Renascentia Hall International is expected to run Ross/Asia for a five-week in-person residential program at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Manila. Both Ross/USA and Ross/Asia have a common application that will be posted here on January 2, 2023.

The hope is to accommodate 50 first-year students at each site.


The Ross Program is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.

Dr. Arnold Ross founded this multi-level program at Notre Dame University in 1957. Its growth was then spurred by the launch of the Sputnik satellite and the subsequent surge of interest in science education. Arnold Ross’s Program has run every summer since then, associated mostly with Ohio State University from 1964 through 2018. In 2019, the Program moved to Ohio Dominican University. In 2020 and 2021 the Ross Program was entirely online, but in-person sessions resumed in 2022 at Ohio Dominican University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Our central goal has always been to instruct bright young students in the art of mathematical thinking and to inspire them to discover for themselves that abstract ideas are valuable and important. First year participants take the basic course in number theory. For most students, this is the first time they are asked to consider entirely new questions, to develop methods that they have not seen before, and to justify every answer.

The value of a mathematics education lies not only in obtaining proficiency in computational tasks, but also in building a foundation for critical thinking. Students who have never asked why things work the way they do are not prepared to lead the way to future scientific innovation. It is precisely this independence of thought and questioning attitude that the Ross Program strives to nurture.


Ambitious pre-college students with interests in mathematics and science are invited to apply. First-year students range in age from 15 to 18 years old. (In rare cases, younger or older students are accepted.) Admission decisions are based on several criteria, including: school transcripts; teacher recommendations; essays concerning the applicant’s interests and goals; and the applicant’s work on some challenging math problems.

Undergraduate math majors and math graduate students are invited to apply to be a Ross Counselor.

NOTE. The Ross Program cannot accommodate students who must arrive more than two days after the start of classes.

Costs and Financial Aid

Each Ross student is asked to pay a program fee of $6000. Those funds are used to pay for six weeks of room and board, to hire instructors and counselors, and to cover incidental costs of developing and running math courses.

NOTE: Financial aid is certainly available. Accepted applicants are encouraged to apply for aid if their families have some financial need. We hope to provide enough support to enable every accepted applicant to attend this great Program.

To Apply

The Ross Program application is posted on the to apply page. For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted by March 31. The Ross Admissions Committee begins reading the application on April 1.
Acceptance decisions will be made later in April, and the process will be completed by May.

The Ross Program admits students of any race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin.

University of Pennsylvania

Penn Arts and Sciences High School Programs welcomes bright and ambitious high school students from around the world to experience the Ivy League. Whether you’re ready for an immersive pre-collegiate experience, looking for advanced studies in a field that fascinates you, or planning to get a head start on college admissions by earning academic credit, we have a program for you.

At Penn, you can explore exciting topics in college-level courses taught by University faculty, staff, and scholars, and seek academic support or further study through Penn’s remarkable libraries and campus learning centers. Explore our offerings—with options in the summer and academic year, specialized studies or academic exploration, with or without academic credit—and choose the right path for you.

Experience the best of Penn

Penn offers academic challenges for talented high school students who want to learn from—and alongside of—the very best in the Ivy League. Our programs include:


High School Coding Camps

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Summer Academies

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Young Scholars Program

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Penn Summer Prep

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Pre-College Programs

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Smith College

Smith Precollege is offering one-, two- and four-week in-person programs from July 9–August 5, 2023. All programs are for young women, female-identified or gender-nonconforming students who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2023. Review our Codes of Conduct for students and parents/guardians to ensure that this program is the right fit for you. College credit is not offered.

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Spelman College

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Want to get a jump start on your college career and ensure you are properly prepared for a bright future?

Spelman College's summer programs are back by popular demand and afford high school students an opportunity to spend several weeks on campus engaged in exciting, rigorous academic offerings. Each of the College's programs: the Art History and Curatorial Studies Program, Early College, and the College Preparatory Institute, are taught by accomplished faculty members and professional facilitators. As a program participant, you will have an immersive residential experience, gain a sense of independence, and create lasting relationships with peers from across the United States.

Incoming first-year college students majoring in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines can participate in the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Summer Bridge Accelerator.


A co-educational, sponsored program for high school juniors and seniors interested in art history and curatorial studies.


A program offering SAT prep, career exploration, essay writing, leadership skills, and more for current 9th and 10th grade students.


A program for current high school juniors and seniors offering college credit in English, biology or math.


A no-cost bridge program for incoming first-year students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or public health.


A no-cost bridge program for incoming first-year students who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

Stanford University

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Stanford Summer Session provides high-achieving and ambitious students a transformative educational experience at a world-class university. By combining challenging academics with a rich array of extra-curricular programming, Stanford Summer Session successfully shares the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.

St. John’s College Summer Academy

St. John’s Summer Academy is a college summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18), modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching great books. A genuine introduction to college life, Summer Academy helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills in classes led by St. John’s faculty. This summer, we are offering week-long programs on our campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and online programs from your own home. Summer Academy is perfect for high school students who want to immerse themselves in books, ideas, and a community that loves learning as much as you do. And it is fun!












2023 application is now open!

On-Campus Sessions 2023

Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, and online. Scroll through our ten different sessions happening June–August 2023.

Santa Fe


July 9–15 | What are the origins of human society, language, and knowledge? Through classical works of history, philosophy, religion, mathematics, and poetry, we will explore the idea of the beginning.



July 16–22 | Should there be limits to the pursuit of technology? We’ll read texts, study films, and perform astronomical observation, pivoting on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (subtitled “the modern Prometheus”), and culminating in Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Blade Runner.



July 23–29 | What are the true powers of art? Does art “imitate nature”, as Aristotle claimed, or, at its peak, does it express forms of life, creativity, and individual expression that transcend the world as given to us by nature? We shall explore these questions directly in the seminar, and indirectly through careful reflection on works of poetry, painting, and photography.




June 25–July 1 | We say “I see,” when we mean, “I know, I understand.” How much is knowing like seeing? What can we know merely by looking? What does it mean to have true insight beyond the visible world? And what do the wise fail to see even when they try their utmost? We will explore these questions through readings and elementary theorems in geometry.



July 2–8 | In what sense does nature have laws? In what sense can human laws be by nature? We will read Sophocles’ Antigone and Plato’s Republic to think about the relationship of nature and justice to the laws of the city. We will also read Pascal’s treatises on pressure to consider force and counterforce in nature and the lawful relationship between them.



July 9–15 | What forces are apparent to all, and what active forces are hidden from us? How do we bring them to light and understand them in speech? Should we try to control them or explore them? There are hidden forces in nature, politics, and the soul. We will explore them through readings and in the laboratory.


Online Sessions 2023


June 19–23



June 26–30



July 31–August 4



August 7–11



We take great pride in our great books curriculum, which was adopted in 1937. The tradition of all students reading fundamental texts of Western civilization is the foundation of our education. Our Great Books Reading List includes classic works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Cervantes and more.

Our goal with the Summer Academy is to introduce high school students to the world of critical thinking and discussion while reading great books in subjects like philosophy, literature, psychology, history, religion, economics, science, astronomy, language, and more.


At Tufts, our Pre-College Programs offer ambitious high school students the opportunity to learn from renowned faculty and experience a rigorous academic environment at a leading higher education institution. Summer Applications are Open! Complete the form above to stay connected and get updates about Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs.

Tulane University

Tulane University understands that the world is facing some big challenges. To inspire the next generation to think, learn, act, and lead, we are offering students an opportunity to participate in Tulane Pre-College programs this summer.

Tulane Pre-College offers high school students the opportunity to explore their artistic, intellectual, and professional passions while experiencing college life. With both credit and enrichment options, our one-week and two-week programs provide students with an introduction to Tulane University, where young minds can explore academic disciplines, build their resumes, and imagine making an impact.

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Tulane Pre-College at a Glance

Residential Experience

Find out what life at Tulane is all about. You'll take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore New Orleans.

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College Credit Courses

College credit courses are selective and for rising 11th and 12th grade students seeking a challenging academic experience.

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Enrichment Courses

Enrichment courses allow rising 9th through 12th grade students expand their academic horizons and explore academic subjects without the pressure of exams and grades.

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Find the Program that’s Right For You

Our diverse academic programs fit a wide variety of high school student needs. Whether you're interested in gender studies or neuroscience, we have a program for you.

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2023 Featured Courses

D.I.Y. Feminisms: Libraries, Archives, & Creative Activism

Students will engage directly with feminist forms of memory keeping and cultural information production while thinking critically about the role of creative media in the formation of intersectional feminist identities. Participants will create a class zine, as well as a portfolio of creative D.I.Y. feminist media.

Introduction to Human Metabolism

This course is designed to introduce you to human metabolism from a biochemical perspective. We will explore the composition of human bodies, how our cells utilize various fuel sources, and the relative nutritional value of different types of foods through discussion of the scientific literature, laboratory experiments and environmental explorations.

Coastal Engineering

Can you picture yourself solving critical issues along our coastal waterways? As our climate changes and we see the sea levels rise, scientists and engineers must work together to create practical solutions for the future. Students will explore the current issues that impact coastal communities and collaboratively strategize how they can make positive changes for resilience and sustainability now and moving forward.

Tuskegee University

Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer Programs

for High School Students, College Students, and Teachers

Tuskegee University offers summer programs for 1) high school students, 2) college students, and 3) teachers wishing to broaden their experience in their planned field of study and future careers. As we update our offerings for the summer, the listing below provides an overview of the types of programs and subject matter offered, as well as the general program dates and deadlines. As details about our summer programs are finalized, they will be posted here.


2-wk residential program for students currently in grades 9-11
Sponsored by the College of Agri. Envir. & Nutrition Sci. (CAENS)

Genomics & Biotechnology Workshop
Tuskegee University’s Genomics & Biotechnology Workshop targets high school science TEACHERS and introduces them to basic concepts and advanced technologies in plant genomics and biotechnology. (VIEW FLYER)
Sponsored by the College of Agri. Envir. & Nutrition Sci. (CAENS)

EXERT Summer Camp
6-day residential program at Camp Chandler.
TBA (for Rising 5th-7th Graders)
TBA (for Rising 8th & 9th Graders)
Sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Program at CAENS

Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR)-TREK
2-week residential program for students aged 14-17.
Sponsored by the College of Agri. Envir. & Nutrition Sci. (CAENS)

ITEST Alabama (STEM Summer Academy)
4-week non-residential program for rising 10th-11th Graders. (VIEW FLYER)
Sponsored by the College of Business & Info. Science (CBIS)

Preview Architecture & Construction Science at Tuskegee (PACT)
2-week residential program for High School students.
Sponsored by the Taylor School of Architecture & Constr. Sci. (TSACS)

Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) STEM Academy for Boys and Girls
(previously called Young Men of Color Program)
The 2022 program will launch as a FOUR-week non-residential program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys AND girls! This is a NO COST program and includes meals, snacks, transportation, program, and learning materials, in addition to a stipend for scholars who successfully complete the program.
Sponsored by the College of Agri. Envir. & Nutrition Sci. (CAENS)

Vet Step I and II
(Click here for Applications and more information)
Vet Step I -- 1-week residential program for rising 9th-10th Graders.
PROGRAM DATES: June 5-10, 2023
Vet Step II -- 1-week residential program for rising 11th-12th Graders.
PROGRAM DATES: June 19-24, 2023
Sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

University of Delaware

Why Edge?

The UD Edge summer college program prepares high school students moving into their junior or senior year for a future as a successful college student. By emphasizing academic excellence, practical skill building and student leadership, Edge offers you the challenge, independence and excitement of a learning experience that can only be found at a top national university.

From July 9 – 29, 2023 you will:

  • Live with other talented Edge students from around the world in a residence hall located on UD's beautiful Newark campus
  • Take a college-level course of your choice, taught by UD faculty members, for up to six transferable credits
  • Participate in a college readiness workshop led by experienced college admissions professionals, where you will gain insight into the college application process, including how to create a competitive college essay
  • Engage with UD staff and undergraduate students to learn from their stories of personal growth, resilience, leadership and success
  • Take part in a variety of cultural experiences that allow students to build friendships and understand the value of living in a diverse academic community


The application for Edge 2023 is now open. Please complete the following steps by May 15, 2023:

✓ Submit the online application, essay and the $60 application fee. Application fee waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email for more information.

✓ Submit an unofficial copy of your high school transcript

✓ Have a teacher, mentor or school counselor submit a letter of recommendation



Admission to the Edge summer college program is competitive and selective. Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the program:

  • A rising high school junior or senior (by summer of 2023)
  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA
  • Evidence that demonstrates strong academic potential, good judgment and maturity, and the ability to succeed in a highly structured environment

University of California - San Diego


Managed by the Division of Extended Studies, UC San Diego Academic Connections is committed to providing a pre-college summer residential experience that is academically and socially enriching to a diverse population of high-achieving, college-bound high school students motivated to explore the offerings of UC San Diego – a top five, internationally ranked public institution. The program aims to help young people engage with the future by exposing them to some of the most exciting fields of research and study. Participants will work with committed and enthusiastic instructors to examine the world around them as inquisitive academic scholars.

University of Southern California


JUNE 18 - JULY 15, 2023


USC’s four-week college immersion program provides high school students like you with university experience in a subject area of their choice. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, allowing you to explore new areas of study or build on your high school coursework.

Depending on the specific course, you may expect group work, hands-on lab experience, field trips, guest speakers, and/or an encompassing final project. You may register for only one course, as each course requires five to six hours of instruction per day; you won’t have time for more than one. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted, and students are accepted on a rolling basis. If your preferred course is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist for your preferred course and admitted into your second or third choice course.


Choose from over 20 courses in a variety of subject areas


Exploration of Architecture


Analytics: The Power of Data for Businesses

Exploring Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Business


Discover Engineering


Global Health: Investigating Outbreaks, Preventing Disease & Promoting Health in an Ever-changing World

International Relations


Media Literacy in an Age of Misinformation

Sports Journalism: Multi-Platform Storytelling

Storytelling in the Digital Age


Acting Intensive

Comedy Performance

Musical Theatre


Future Physicians

Psychological Science & Society

The Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience


Lawyers, Law & the Legal Profession

Legal Reasoning & Argumentation


Creative Writing Workshop

Crime & Punishment in the U.S.

Ethics in the 21st Century: Business, Politics & Technology

The Philosophy of Economic Markets, Money & Property

University of Toledo

Did you know that The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program in cosmetic science and formulation design? If you're interested in learning about the process of creating makeup and personal care products, join us for our third annual Virtual Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design Summer Camp taking place Wednesday, June 21, 2023 through Friday, June 23, 2023. Campers will receive a camp kit including a t-shirt, DIY activities, games and more. Challenges will be incorporated throughout the live camp and give attendees the opportunity to win prizes.

This camp is for high school students going into their sophomore, junior or senior year in fall 2023 and college students entering their freshman year in fall 2023.

The Beauty of Science Virtual Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design Summer Camp was created and is led by Dr. Gabriella Baki, Director of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design Program and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics in the Division of Pharmaceutical and Policy Sciences.


Each camper receives a camp kit including gifts from the presenters they will hear from and hands-on science experiments to do live at the camp!

Wake Forest University

Online Immersion Programs For High School Students


Are there subjects you’re thinking about taking in college but would like to know more about? The Online Immersion Program, designed for high school students ages 13 and up, has been created for this purpose. It offers exciting topics, covered in-depth, through online coursework led by Wake Forest University professors. The program is available year-round, and the online format allows you to study anywhere, anytime, while working at your own pace.



Multi-length courses available throughout the year


For students ages 13+.



Current Courses Available:



Business: Strategy & Innovation

Want to learn what makes business innovation happen? Curious about how to make strategic decisions? Interested in game-changing companies such as Netflix and Apple? Wondering how to prepare for an agile, fast-moving and entrepreneurial business environment? If so, this course is for you. You’ll hear from award-winning Wake Forest Professor and former CEO Dr. Dan Fogel and business expert Lee Weiss through dynamic videos.




Making the Rounds: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor

Thinking about going to med school, but want a real-world taste of what it’s like? Want an introduction to both the science and practice of medicine in a modern hospital? Interested in healthcare careers, but not sure which path is best for you? Take this course, and experience the life-cycle of a heart attack patient and how a treatment team works.

You’ll hear from Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty Dr. Lindsay Strowd and Dr. Roy Strowd — two of our most popular professors.


Cancer Medicine


Cancer: An Inside Look at Caring, Curing and Treating

Cancer touches so many families and all medical specialties. This course will take you on a journey with cancer patients and introduce you to the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment. If you are interested in medical school, healthcare or the sciences, this course is for you.

You’ll learn through engaging videos by Dr. Lindsay Strowd and Dr. Roy Strowd.




The Mystery & Science of Human Behavior: An Insider’s Guide to Psychology

Wonder how your brain processes information? Want to study what triggers your emotions? Need to improve the way you think? Don’t miss this course which takes you behind the scenes of the human brain.

You’ll hear from two leaders in Psychology at Wake Forest via video. Dr. Christian Waugh is a specialist in cognitive neuroscience, and Dr. Melissa Maffeo is a specialist in neuroscience and adolescent addiction.


Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine: An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments

Why is the NFL so strict with its concussion protocol? What’s the science behind the faster recovery rates athletes now experience with ACL tears? How serious is a shoulder dislocation? Get an in-depth look at common sports injuries, the treatments received by major sports stars and careers in the field. If you’re interested in sports or medicine, this course is for you.

You’ll watch video from Dr. Brian Waterman, who has worked with teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire.




Bioscience: An Inside Look at Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases have become increasingly challenging because of the global nature of our contemporary world. In this course, we invite you to explore the science behind their origin, spread and containment. The course takes a deep dive into conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV, Covid-19 and others. If you are interested in pursuing the sciences, this is a great place to start.

You’ll learn through engaging videos by Dr. Megan Rudock, PhD.


Women's Medicine


Women’s Medicine: An Inside look at Treatment, Intervention, and Surgery

Here is a course for anyone thinking about a future in medicine or healthcare. A few facts: 63% of the top 10 surgical procedures are performed on women. More than ½ of a doctor’s patients could be women. Plus, symptoms for common conditions such as heart disease and Lupus express themselves differently in women than in men. Learn about the health challenges that arise in every stage of women’s lives. If you’re thinking about pre-med this course is a must.

You will hear from Dr. Oona Likhyani O’Neill, MD and Dr. Joshua F. Nitsche, MD, PhD through dynamic videos.




Investing: The Future of Finance

The rise of FinTech, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and ESG investing are just a few of the new advances that are disrupting financial markets. Here is a course that invites you to dive into equity markets and stock exchanges, understand how technologies are empowering individuals to take control of their financial futures, and see how these changes are rocking corporate investing.

You’ll hear from Wake Forest University faculty member, Stephan D. Shipe, Ph.D., CFA,CFP, Assistant Teaching Professor of Finance.




Criminal Law: Inside the Courtroom

Are you intrigued by criminal law? Interested in the ways in which investigators and lawyers bring a case to court? If so, here is the place to start. In this course, you’ll learn the procedures law enforcement follow for search and arrest. You’ll explore the ways in which evidence is accessed and presented in a criminal case. You’ll get the chance to practice the analytical skills of both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Finally, you’ll examine the responsibilities of the judge who oversees criminal convictions, sentences and appeals.

You’ll hear from Professor Eileen Prescott, Project Director for Wake Forest University Law School’s Accountable Prosecutor Project.


Washington University in St. Louis

About Our Programs

Since 1984, Arts & Sciences pre-college programs have provided motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. We commit ourselves each year to the following goals:

  • To develop challenging and innovative programming that aligns with the overall WashU mission and goals.
  • To provide academic support to enable all students to experience growth in their academic abilities.
  • To create a positive, collaborative community by implementing educational, cultural and social activities for all students.
  • To create a safe, respectful environment for all students.
  • To offer a variety of enrichment opportunities to support students with the college application process and to prepare them for success both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • To introduce students to the undergraduate experience through Arts & Sciences at WashU.

Our students come from across the country and around the world for the unique WashU pre-college experience.

Xavier University of Louisiana

Hello Xavierites, future Xavierites, and all those who find the community here. Thank you for your interest in our renowned Pre-College Summer Programs. We are so proud to uphold a nearly 50-year legacy of providing summer opportunities for academic enrichment, mentorship, career exploration, and lifelong friendships. We are excited to be able to offer you our excellent programs in person for 2023! We are following Xavier University guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. It is required that all program participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including booster) and provide proof of vaccination. Testing will be required and masks may be required as the university guidelines dictate.

All the details are further down this page. Each year we host a variety of summer opportunities for middle school and high school students to enrich their academic and social development. Students from around the country and around the world pursue their passions in a rigorous academic setting while connecting with peers, mentors, and instructors. With exciting programs in math, science, and humanities, we offer the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through in-class discussions, hands-on projects, and cultural explorations. As part of the learning experience at Xavier, you will enhance your high school career and get a jump start on your college life.

Pre-College Programs

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Yale Young Scholars Program

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is one of the most globally diverse, two-week academic summer programs in the world. Serving over 2,000 students from 150+ countries and all 50 U.S. states, YYGS distributes over $3 Million USD in need-based financial aid to both domestic and international students.

Our curriculum is highly collaborative, exposing participants to innovative topics while facilitating student discussions shaped by international perspectives. Students have the opportunity to participate in a STEM, social sciences, humanities, or cross-disciplinary track.

Hillsdale College Study Abroad

Travel with motivated students from all over the country.

Form friendships with other talented, ambitious students, and experience Hillsdale community.

Study under Hillsdale’s incredible faculty.

All trips are led by members of the Hillsdale faculty, extraordinary teachers with expertise in the subjects of their courses. They bring the past alive with their lectures and discussion, both on-site and in the Hillsdale classroom.

Earn College Credit

Students have the opportunity to earn up to three college credits from Hillsdale College upon completion of the trip.


In Love and War: The Land and Literature of England

Take up great English authors as they write about human beings confronting extreme experiences in their lives. Tour England and immerse yourself in the historical, geographical, and cultural context of their work.

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England and France

Winston Churchill and World War II

Learn about the valor and leadership of the “citizen soldiers” of the Second World War and walk in their history-making footsteps as you travel through England and France.

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Western Civilization: Visions from Italy

Learn about the history, culture, and enduring legacy of Ancient Rome and Renaissance Florence as you experience the beauty of these Italian cities.

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Washington D.C.

The Roots and History of American Liberty

Study the American Founding and the history of American liberty as you travel to Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Washington, D.C.

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“Although the places we visited were magnificent, the people were even better.”

– Will McIntosh

“Although the places we visited were magnificent, the people were even better.”

– Will McIntosh

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Oxbridge Programs

For more than 35 years, Oxbridge Academic Programs has hosted bright and enthusiastic students aged 13-18 for four-, two-, and one-week study programs on some of the world’s leading campuses.

What began in 1986 as a summer program in Oxford, England has grown to offer programs in Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona, and New York City. Imaginative teaching, experiential learning activities, and cultural enrichment remain central to all of our programs as we encourage students to immerse themselves in some of the world's most fascinating cities.

World-Class Destinations with Rich Cultural Offerings





New York

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Summer Discovery

Who is Summer Discovery?

Summer Discovery is the world’s leading pre-college summer program provider for students grades 6-12. For over 56 years, we have welcomed students from around the world to our exciting high school pre-college and middle school summer enrichment programs.

We offer over 300+ courses at prestigious universities and colleges in the US and UK.

From courses in surfing the Pacific, to in-depth studies in science, business, medicine, and more - we prepare students for college and career success.

Call us at 516-447-4907 to speak to one of our Summer Program Specialists.



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