Summer Enrichment Programs

Note: Selective programs are indicated as such. At the bottom of the listing, you can find links to other sites that maintain additional listings of summer programs.

Located in New Jersey

The College of New Jersey

  • Biomedical Summer Camp - Participants will be exposed to the diverse field of biomedical engineering through several hands-on and design activities, and projects ranging from medical imaging to biomaterials and medical device design to neural engineering and more. Participants will have an opportunity to meet biomedical engineers working in the medical device industry. Applicants should be in the top 30% of their class and have an interest in engineering in medicine. 
  • Bonner Summer Fellows - Summer Bonner Fellows will serve organizations in Trenton and its surrounding communities. Trenton is a small city that presents a typical array of urban challenges. Students coming to the program should be prepared to work in a well supervised group within an urban context. In the past, TCNJ’s Bonner Center has worked closely with such organizations as The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, environmental organizations, urban garden groups, tutoring programs, homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, and youth sports organizations.
  • Global Challenge: A Team Approach to Business Success - This academy will provide students with the opportunity to explore the various disciplines, careers and majors within business through a hands-on business simulation. Students will form teams and the week will culminate in a mini-competition and presentation; Invaluable experiences in teamwork and problem solving. Ultimately students will have a better understanding of the complexity of global business operations in a dynamic competitive environment and management-related disciplines and the financial implications of the strategic and operational decisions.
  • Robotics Summer Camp -  The intent of the camp is to motivate the most creative minds of a new generation of prospective Electrical and Computer Engineers to become global leaders in an increasingly technological world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive and powerful academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and professionals.Camp participants will be introduced through a residential College academic experience to the exciting field of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and will learn topics not traditionally taught in High Schools such as Microcontroller Programming, Sensing Systems, Digital Electronics, Wireless Communications, Computer Vision, and more.
  • TeCHNJ – Game Design and Development Academy - Experience a full design and development process in one week! Students will learn techniques for generating ideas, prototype those ideas into playable games, and get feedback from other players so that you can make improvements. Students will use PICO-8, which has built-in tools for editing code, music, sound, graphics, and game levels. Much is spent in  the Ubiquitous Computing Lab (U-Lab), which is a combination social, classroom, and collaborative workspace for IMM students. It has whiteboards, lots of post-in notes, brainstorming materials, games, and other inspiration. The focus on  prototyping along with a comprehensive (but focused) design and development software gives students a unique opportunity to experience a full design and development process in a short time.
  • Trenton Makes Music Now! Music Technology Academy - The Music Tech Academy is based on a current 300 level course IMM Trenton Makes Music. Music Tech focuses on the creative aspects within musical and technical disciplines through explorations of the rich musical legacy of New Jersey’s Capital City, providing an inspiring backstory for their own creative work. Students will use and learn a variety of resources for musical production in the Art & Interactive Multimedia Building, including our professional-quality Recording Studio and Computer Lab equipped with Logic Pro X and Ableton software. Students will compose their own songs, learn to make beats, and layer tracks with signature sounds that they can share afterward. Students will learn to apply technical knowledge and skills to the composition, recording, synthesis, and performance of music. Students will learn new ways of thinking about themselves and their own creative possibilities.
  • Urban Teacher Academy - Selective summer program for students interested in pursuing a career in education. Information session held annually at HHS in February. Contact Mrs. Thomson, College & Career Counselor, for more information.

Drew University

  • Summer Program in Ireland - The Drew University/Institute of Study Abroad Ireland pre-college summer program is for high school students aged 15-17. This program includes lectures on Irish history and culture, guided field trips, Irish language learning, and participation in traditional cultural activities. Students who successfully complete the summer program will receive three college credits from Drew University, NJ.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • Summer Pre-College Program - Two week programs offered, with an option to earn college credits. Program in: Robotics and artificial intelligence, digital animation, cybersecurity, business of sports, creative writing, cosmetic science, project management, genetics and astrophysics.

Kean University

  • Group Summer Scholars Research Program (selective) - The Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP) is a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM field.  Upon entering the program students are divided into small research teams that are paired with a faculty mentor conducting authentic scientific research in Analytical Chemistry, Virtual Reality & Scientific Visualization, Microbiomes & Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Computational Mathematics and Modern Drug Discovery.  Students learn how to conduct basic and applied research during this program and develop a true appreciation of the scientific research process while contributing first hand to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge. 
  • Summer Programs - Programs offered in theater, design, environmental science, and marketing/hospitality management. Additional immersion program offered for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Monmouth University

  • College Acceleration Program - Opportunity to take 3-6 introductory credits of college coursework in specific subjects.
  • Summer Research Program  (selective) - A highly selective 12 week research experience. Research is taken with faculty from the school of science. A limited number of opportunities are available for high school students. Most positions are for rising seniors only.

Montclair State University

  • Model UN Summer Academy - Week-long residential program where students come together to develop and improve their Model United Nation’s skills regarding multiculturalism, writing, working cooperatively, negotiating, public speaking, and debate, while learning about the world, its history, its people and the way in which governments interact in real life.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Princeton University

  • Summer Journalism Program (selective, free) - Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free journalism and college preparatory program for current high school juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in careers in journalism. During the intensive 10-day summer program, students engage in workshops, lectures, and activities led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and PSJP alumni. During the senior year, students are also matched with a volunteer college counselor, a professional journalist or program alum, who will guide them through the college application process. Minimum GPA 3.5; must be eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch or have a custodial family income of under $60,000 per year.

Raritan Valley Community College

  • Early Credits Program - College courses available for students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA following their sophomore year of high school. Students seeking high school credit for these courses must complete the Option II application process.
  • One-Week Programs - RVCC offers a variety of one-week programs in areas such as SAT prep, communication, songwriting, film appreciation, Python coding, writing skills, fashion design, and video design, amongst others.

Rider University

  • Gifted and Talented Program - The Gifted and Talented Program is designed to give high school students the opportunity to take college courses at Rider and earn college credits while still in their senior year of high school.
  • BRONCast Sports Media Academy -  introduces HS students to a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes experience in the sports broadcasting and journalism arena. Students are immersed into learning all facets of sports media for their professional goals, from interviewing skills, traits of sports journalism to fast-action motion photography and much more!
  • BRONC Tank Academy - This Pre-College experience provides rising high school juniors and seniors with an introduction to the concept of entrepreneurship and a university level Entrepreneurship Studies (ES) program. Students will explore the opportunities and challenges faced by individuals starting up new ventures and the probable paths of career development for students pursuing entrepreneurship. Young entrepreneurs explore the start-up process, understand the genesis of business concepts, devise marketing strategies, identify sources of customers and anticipate potential challenges and solutions.
  • Summer Music Programs - Programs include: Solo Vocal Artist, Composition Week, Rider Rock Band Academy, Solo Pianist Week, Organ Institute, High School Vocal Institute, Piano Camp
  • Pre-College Musical Theatre Institute - Refine skills in singing, acting and dancing. Receive professional theatre training by working with and learning from Westminster’s renowned, distinguished faculty and award-winning guest artists. Discover the expectations of multiple theatrical disciplines, from stagecraft to performance. 
  • Technical Theatre Institute
  • Real to Reel: Film Acting and Media Academy - A 360-degree vantage point of how you can best capture your talent on film. Discover the expectations of on-camera acting while acquiring the essential background knowledge from behind the lens. Create and produce a showreel of your work. Students receive professional training by working with and learning from Rider's renowned, distinguished faculty and award-winning guest artists. 

Rowan University

Rowan also offers a number of day programs. The campus is about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Hillsborough.
  • Rowan STEAM Academy - Three week residential program. Coursework and workshops include: drawing, acting, physics of movement, expressing music through technology, human biology, computer programming, forensics and engineering. The Navigation program, for students entering grades 10-12, provides an opportunity for students to take STEAM-focused field trips and engage in leadership training, career counseling, SAT prep, and resume creation. The more rigorous Pathways program, for students in grades 10-12, allows for students to take part in a research internship focused on STEAM contact that aligns with the students preferences. 

Rutgers University

  • K-12 Pre College Program Directory
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Camps - Summer Programs in Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts (including portfolio preparation), and Film.
  • Pre College Academies - One week programs in select fields of study: engineering, leadership, physical therapy. Ages 16-18.
  • Student Learning and Achievement Aerospace and Mechanical (SLAAM) Engineering Summer Academy - SLAAM in a two week non-residential summer program that provides opportunities for students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their engineering interests and abilities. SLAAM is a selective program for high-achieving high school students who wish to engage in meaningful research and professional development at Rutgers’ Busch Campus. The program focuses on research and applied work within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. SLAAM fellows participate in supervised research and learning experiences that are taught by Rutgers faculty that are assisted by undergraduate and graduate student mentors.
  • Summer Scholars - High achieving high school tsudents and gifted youth may take up to two introductory level Rutgers University courses for students.
  • Summer Science Scholars Academy (selective) - A 3 week summer program for high achieving students who plan to pursue a career in the health professions. The program exposes students to a medical school curriculum and different health careers as well as provides clinical experiences through interactive seminars

Seton Hall University

  • Giant Leap Summer Science Workshops - Week-long programs offered in Astronomy, Electronics, Mechanics, Robotics, Urban Farming, Forensics. Astronomy program is residential. Other programs can include housing for an additional fee. 
  • Summer Institute on International Law and Human Rights - One week program structured around a series of seminars led by faculty from the School of Diplomacy. One day is spent in NYC, at either the UN Foundation or UN Headquarters. For students entering grades 11-12. This is a day program, and runs from 8am-6:30pm each day. The Seton Hall campus is about 50 minutes from Hillsborough.

Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Pre-College Summer Programs - Business Explorer, Civil Engineering Design & Architecture, Cybersecurity, Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science, Engineering Boot Camp, Electronic Music Production, Intermediate Computer Science, Intro to Coding and App Design, Intro. to Game Design, Intro to Virtual Reality, Pre-Law Stem & Society, Pre-Med Biology, Pre-Med Biomedical Engineering

Stockton University

Additional Programs

  • Bank of America Student Leaders Program (selective, free, various sites) -  As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.
  • Coriell Institute for Medical Research (selective) - summer research opportunity for students highly interested. Program takes place in Camden, NJ. Housing and transportation are not provided, and it runs for the month of July. Students must be at least 17 years old. Students are paid a $1,000 stipend at the end of the summer.
  • Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program and Campus Based Programs (selective, free)- The Girls Who Code organization offers fee-based campus programs as well as a free, summer immersion program held at tech companies throughout the country. 
  • Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program (selective, free) - The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school juniors and seniors, and is sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Our mission is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including
    minorities and women. Selected students, known as Hutton Scholars, are matched and mentored by a fisheries professional in their area to enjoy an 8-week hands-on fisheries science summer experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting. Students receive a $4,000 stipend.
  • NJ Trooper Youth Week - Trooper Youth Week is a residential youth education program developed by the New Jersey State Police. This program presents simulated law enforcement programs for  male and female students who have completed their junior year and are entering their senior year of High School. The week's activities include lectures and presentations covering many facets of police work and criminal justice. Participants will be exposed to a disciplined quasi-military environment, including military drill in combination with structured fast moving programs of classroom activities, lectures, films, practical exercises and physical training, simulating the NJSP recruit training experience.
  • Summer EMT Training Program - run by RWJ and SCVTHS
  • US Army Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (free, selective) - REAP is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, they gain valuable mentorship, and they learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend. In 2019, site include: Caldwell University, NJIT, Rutgers-Camden and Stockton University. This is a commuter program. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident and meet 2 of the following requirements: Student is female in certain STEM fields, e.g., physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering), Student is a minority historically under-represented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander), Student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, English as a Second Language for the student, Student is first-generation college student
  • Visual Arts Center of NJ - Offers in-depth studio art experiences in two mediums per week.
  • Watershed Academy for High School Students - The Watershed Academy for High School Students are week-long environmental investigations that use real-world issues. Each session is designed to invoke a sense of wonder and inquiry into the environment. Students explore environmental careers alongside professors and professionals through hands-on activities while they engage in scientific techniques and actual conservation projects.


Located outside of New Jersey

Adelphi University (NY)

  • Precollege Program - Two week program earning up to 3 college credits. Study subjects like art and design, musical theater, business, nursing, psychology, video gaming and more.

Arizona State University (AZ) 

  • Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism (selective, free) - For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism. Note: this program takes place during the first two weeks of June. The program is free; students pay only for the cost of travel and incidentals.

Boston University (MA)

  • Pre College Programs - Opportunities to participate in short seminars, complete college coursework or do research. Programs for grades 9-12.
  • Research in Science and Engineering - RiSE - (selective) - For current juniors who are passionate about the sciences. Students spend six weeks at BU conducting university laboratory research with some of the nation's brightest scientific minds, and advance their knowledge and skills in the sciences. Students participate in an internship or practicum track. Fee-based program, but financial aid available.
  • Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists - PROMYS - (selective) - Six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists. Fee based program, financial aid available.

Brandeis University (MA)

  • Precollege Programs - Programs include: App Design Boot Camp, BIMA: Jewish Arts, Genesis: Jewish Leadership, Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine, Service Corps, Young Leaders Seminar on Israel Studies

Bucknell University (PA)

  • Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE) - Bucknell faculty and students from across academic areas will share expertise and work with participants to find innvoative solution to pressing current issies. Students will learn to consider similiar ideas from different academic perspectives and build collaboration and presentation skills. Open to rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record, who enjoy collaborating and leading and who have a genuine interest in the liberal arts and creative problem solving.

Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

  • Summer Academy for Math and Science (selective, free) - Six-week residential summer program at Carnegie Mellon University for students interested in pursuing STEM-related undergraduate majors. Students should be from one of the following underrepresented identities: low socioeconomic status (e.g. free or reduced lunch), raised in a home where English is a second language, or first generation college student (neither parent has obtained a Bachelor's degree). Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • National High School Game Academy - The National High School Game Academy (NHSGA) allows dedicated high school students to experience the modern video game development process and, in doing so, learn skills used in those processes.
    NHSGA encourages students interested in art, music, design, and programming to apply for this interdisciplinary program. Students are encouraged to expand their own creative possibilities in a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work. NHSGA is looking for students who can demonstrate proficiency and passion in one of three general areas: visual arts, programming, or game design.
  • Additional Pre-College Programs - offered in Architecture, Art, Computational Biology, Design, Drama, Music, Writing, and other academic areas.

The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)

  • Experiences in Architecture An intense, three week workshop for high school students interested in architecture or other design related fields. You will be exposed to both the academic and the professional sides of the architectural arena, as the city of Washington D.C., becomes your classroom.  The first week will focus on hand drafting and model construction, the second week on digital skill building and the final week is dedicated to a design project. We will be touring architecture offices, have lectures from professionals, professors and work with the students building confidence in design, skills and presentation.

Chatham University (PA)

  • Sustainability Leadership Academy - Leaders in sustainability fields design green communities and buildings, implement next-generation energy and water technologies, support local and just food systems, conserve and protect land, hold companies and governments accountable for carbon emissions and so much more. Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability faculty and Pittsburgh's leading sustainability professionals will guide you as you explore career options in urban planning, engineering, field biology, ecology, aquaculture, architecture, community organizing, agriculture, sociology, food systems, business and more through interactions with people, systems and the land. As a supplement to the rich content knowledge you will gain, you will also explore and engage with concepts of leadership that focus on influence, value-sharing, and social responsibility, enhancing your ability to be an agent of positive change one person and one community at a time.

The College of Saint Rose (NY)

  • Pre-College Experience - Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in areas they love. Choose from four programs: Music, Visual Arts, Documentary Cinema/Filmmaking, and Criminal Justice and Forensics. Two week programs for high school aged students.

Columbia University (NY, Spain)

  • College Edge Programs - Gain Ivy League experience and earn college credit while taking Columbia University classes with undergraduates. Choose from thousands of courses in a wide variety of subject areas. Open to rising 11th and 12th graders.
  • Summer Immersion Programs - Study in NYC or Barcelona. designed for outstanding high school students in grades 9-12.

Cooper Union (NY)

  • Summer STEM Program - The Summer STEM Program is a six-week intensive that immerses current high school sophomores and junior in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving, thereby placing them on the right track for careers in technological innovation.
  • Summer Writing Program - This three-week course is designed for students entering grade 11 or 12. It’s offered live on the Cooper Union campus and online in a real-time virtual class.
  • Summer Art Intensive - The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive helps high school students prepare a portfolio for college applications, worthy of top undergraduate programs. Participants choose a two-day studio concentration, devoting the rest of the week to intensive drawing instruction and the study of contemporary art issues.
  • Introduction to Architecture - This five-week intensive is designed to familiarize students with architectural thinking and design while taking advantage of the school’s location in downtown Manhattan.

Cornell University (NY)

  • Cornell University Summer College - A large variety of programs including study in adolescent and sport psychology, animal science, architecture, art, business, college success, conflict resolution, debate, design, engineering, English, fashion, hospitality, human rights, international relations, literature, macroeconomics, marketing, medicine, Middle Eastern History, politics, research, robotics, science, sculpture, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, technology, transmedia and veterinary medicine. Students can also design their own program.

Denison University (OH)

  • Reynolds Young Writers Workshop - The workshop is an eight-day residential program that incorporates small creative writing workshops, group sessions with Denison creative writing faculty and notable visiting writers, and much more. Only 48 students get the chance to come to the Hill to participate each June. That means students experience small, intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with people who have made writing their career. It's a great way to connect with a close-knit community of writing teachers, mentors, and peers from around the world.

Drexel University (PA)

  • Biomed Summer AcademyParticipants will be introduced to laboratory and core research skills through interactive, hands-on learning activities such as making nanoparticles and measuring brain waves. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the booming biomedical industry through site visits, seminars, and presentations from industry experts.
  • Camp Business Programoffers ambitious rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn the basics of business disciplines including accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing, economics, finance, and management, as well as the core concepts of business including leadership, professional image, etiquette, team building, communication, and strategy. 
  • Careers in Behavioral Health Counseling Summer InstituteStudents with an interest in the helping professions, such as counseling, social work, psychology, addictions treatment, and psychiatry will take part in a variety of experiential-based learning opportunities. 5 day commuter program.
  • Design, Arts and Media Summer Institute - Programs available include: Film & Television, Dance, Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Music Industry, Photography
  • Environmental Science Leadership AcademyStudents have the choice of habitat-hopping from the seaside to maritime forests of the New Jersey coastline, exploring the hardwood forests and pristine waters of Lake Lacawac in the Poconos, or traveling out west to examine prehistoric geologic formations in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Each student will gain hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh and Pine Barren ecology; botany and lake ecology; and geology and paleontology.
  • Food Campthree-day non-residential program to expose talented and motivated high school students to the Culinary Arts and Sciences and Hospitality Management programs at Drexel University. Students entering either their junior or senior year will explore all facets of food, from culinary arts to science, hospitality and business, sustainability, food systems, and more.
  • Materials Science and Engineering Summer Instituteone-week commuter program that will give aspiring scientists and engineers the chance to learn about how atomic elements arrange themselves to form the materials that are all around us. 
  • Medicine Summer Institutes - Programs include Mini-Med summer camp (a 3 week commuter program) and Neuroscience Camp (a 10 day commuter program)

Duke University (NC)

A number of other programs are available.

  • Biosciences and Engineering Camp - Two week camp that addresses three areas of interest surrounding biosciences and engineering: current research, ethics and communication, and college and career paths. For students entering grades 10-12.
  • Creative Writers Workshop - Two week intensive writing workshop. For students entering grades 11-12.
  • Duke Neuro Camp - Two week program that addresses cognitive neuroscience and neuroethics. For students entering grades 10-12.
  • Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses.
  • Accelerated STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.


  • Summer Program - 3 day program in fashion. 4 campus locations in California.

Fordham University (NY)

  • Pre-College Summer Program - Students can take credit-bearing college courses and a workshop on the college application process. This is a selective program for students who will commute to campus daily. Students must be entering their senior year of high school.

Furman University (SC)

  • Summer Scholars -  Rising high school seniors and juniors participate in classes led by Furman professors and get a taste of college life.

Gettysburg College (PA)

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. 
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 

Indiana University (IN)

  • Young Women's Institute (selective, free) - Program for female rising seniors interested in the business field. Co-sponsored by Kelley School of Business and EY. Free program; students pay only for the cost of transportation to/from the program.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • Summer Honors Program at the Cook Honors College - This program allows talented rising high school juniors and seniors to get a firsthand college experience. Exceptional rising sophomores also accepted. Class time is split between an interdisciplinary honors core course and a discipline-based class of your choice (anthropology, biochemistry, business, chemistry, electro-optics, English, mathematics, political communication, psychology, World War II in America). Classes are taught by IUP faculty members. This is a residential, two week program. All students receive a scholarship, which reduces the cost of the program to $400 for the two-week program.

Ithaca College

  • Summer College Session - Programs ranging from 1-3 weeks in duration. Some programs offer college credit. Topics include: American Sign Language, communication, digital music production, photography, drawing, game design, screenwriting, sports media and marketing, acting, education, psychology, musical theatre, tv production, sociology.
  • Ithaca Writer's Institute - Offers two weeks of intensive writing workshops
  • Pre-College STEM Institute - Get hands-on experience in laboratory and field research. In this two-week residential program, you'll assist expert science faculty with their current research projects.

Kutztown University (PA)

  • Summer Fillmmaking Institute - Offers students of all ages an introduction to the theories and techniques of digital filmmaking. Working with state-of-the-art technology, students will design, shoot and edit films of their own creation.

Landmark College (VT, CO)

  • Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today, LC is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students who learn differently, including students with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A variety of other programs, including a transition program for recent graduates, are offered.
  • High School Summer Program -  For rising juniors and seniors and is designed to expose students to skills and strategies that will help prepare them for college-level work.  This three-week program encourages students to develop a greater appreciation of learning through experiential and practical activities. Students learn to apply writing process strategies, understand their academic strengths and personal learning style, integrate stronger academic strategies and practices, and begin to focus on the development of better daily habits for success.
  • The Landmark College Summer Program at Johnson & Wales University-Denver - This program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who have strong academic potential and whose challenges with executive function affects their performance in high school.  Two week program focusing on Executive Function skills development. Includes an optional Weekend Workshop for parents. Program is located in Denver, Colorado.

Lebanon Valley College (PA)

  • Actuarial Science Camp - Actuarial Science Summer Camps are week-long intensive programs for rising high school seniors designed to help them decide if they’re interested in actuarial careers.
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences Camp - Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry, and medical ethics. Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health and will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling, and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp, offered during two weeks this summer, will provide a fun, challenging, and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.  
  • Summer Music Camp - Participants will have the opportunity to attend musicianship and master classes taught by acclaimed concert artists, composers, and conductors. Private lessons will be available with LVC's music faculty. Evening activities will include a picnic, Hersheypark, swimming, and other fun activities.

Maine Media Workshops (ME)

  • Young Artists Program - Photography, Filmmaking, Book Arts, Game design, Screenwriting, Alt pro, Documentary

Marist University (NY, Italy)

  • Summer Pre-College - Earn three to six credits. New York program in business, creative writing, criminal justice, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, environmental science, fashion design, fashion merchandising, film and TV production, game design, history, pre-health, pre-law, psychology, sports communication and theatre. Italy programs in fashion, interior design, Italian language, marketing and communication and studio art.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (program in Washington, DC)

  • Research Science Institute (selective) - Highly selective program for students interested in STEM fields. 75 students of about 3000 are selected annually. Students must have strong PSAT scores (700 EBRW, 700 Math).  Successful applicants will have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement in mathematics, the sciences, and verbal arts. They will have shown the potential for leadership in science and mathematics through their activities in and beyond the classroom. Many will have a lengthy record of participation in mathematics, science, and engineering competitions at the regional, state, and national levels. Some will have completed university-level coursework, worked in a research laboratory, or conducted original scientific research. Others will have completed hands-on projects displaying significant ability in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics design, implementation, and analysis. Free program.

Miami University (OH)

  • Summer Scholars Program - An opportunity for academically talented rising high school juniors and seniors to spend two weeks on campus exploring a topic of their choice alongside leading faculty and professional experts. A limited number of full scholarships are available for academically talented students with demonstrated financial need.

Monell Chemical Senses Center (PA)

  • Summer Internship Program (selective, free) - An  intensive paid internship that offers high school and undergraduate students in the Philadelphia area an extraordinary opportunity to learn about science and directly participate in basic research.

National Institute of Health (MD)

  • Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (selective, free) -  High School SIP provides an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. For juniors and recently graduated seniors over age 17. 

New York Institute of Technology (NY)

  • NYIT Academy - Programs include: Exploring Architecture in Manhattan, Graphic Design and 3-D Animation/Game Design, Health and Medical Academy, Makers and Fabricators, Modern New York, Technology and Engineering Experience

New York University (NY)

  • Summer Programs for High School Students - NYU Precollege, School of Professional Studies High School Academy, Steinhardt High School Summer Art Intensive, Steinhardt's Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP) Summer Programs, Tisch Summer High School Program, Urban Journalism Workshop, Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE), Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS 4 CS), Girls' Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Summer Program (GSTEM), NYU Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST), Summer Math Program for Young Scholars, Tandon K12 STEM Education Programs, NYU College Access Leadersjip Institute (CALI)

Northwestern University (IL)

Norwich University (VT)

  • Architecture + Art Summer Design Academy an exciting hands-on learning experience that combines design creativity, historical perspective, technical excellence, social responsibility and environmental leadership – with plenty of time for bringing your ideas to life. The week-long program offers a curriculum with a variety of studio, seminar and field experiences, extracurricular activities and field trips. 
  • Future Leader CampAt Future Leader Camp (FLC), we educate, train and inspire future leaders. Participants join together for two-weeks of military-style adventure & wilderness survival training, group discussions, team challenges, physical fitness training and revolving leadership positions. Activities include rappelling, paintball, first-aid, classroom instruction, a challenge course, and more. Teams are led by current Norwich University students and professional leaders to ensure expert instruction and a life-changing experience.

Ohio Dominican University (OH)

  • Ross Mathematics Program (selective) -  The Ross Program is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics.  First year participants take the basic course in number theory. Students range in age from 15 to 18. Fee-based program, but financial aid is available.

Pratt Institute (NY)

  • Pratt Institute for Pre-College - An excellent way to engage in an intensive studio experience and build specific art and design skills while earning elective college credits. Classes are taught by Pratt faculty. Concentration choices include: architecture, comic book/sequential art, creative writing, cultural studies, digital arts, fashion design, film/video, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry/metal arts, photography.

Rhode Island School of Design (RI)

  • RISD Pre-College - RISD Pre-College offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to access life as a RISD student and experience college culture. For six weeks, you’ll live like a college student and follow a college-level studio curriculum. Not only will you build confidence in yourself as an artist and as an individual, but you’ll get to master a range of tools, materials and techniques, study with award-winning faculty in our art studios, create supplementary pieces for your college admission portfolio, and forge the kind of friendships that last a lifetime.

Roger Williams University (RI)

  • Summer Academy in Architecture - Four week hands-on credit bearing opportunity for rising juniors and seniors. Students will participate in seiminars, studio hours, field experiences, supervised dormitory life, and campus activities offering insights of both a college student and Architecture major. Participants are also advised on the college admissions and portfolio development processes.

Sacred Heart University (CT)

  • Pre-College Program - Summer 2020 course options for rising high school juniors and seniors include: Contemporary Legal Controversies, Politics and Debate; Exploration & Research in Coding and Gaming; Multimedia Production; Pre-Health Career Exploration & Research; and Teaching & Learning Practicum for Aspiring Educators.

San Francisco Art Institute (CA)

  • Pre-College Program - This four-week, four college credit program combines in-depth study and practice with SFAI’s renowned faculty to help you build foundational skills, develop a portfolio, experiment with new media, and collaborate with like-minded peers who are driven to create. Visits to local museums and exhibition opportunities complement this immersive experience. For students entering grades 11-12.

School of the New York Times (NY)

  • NYC Summer AcademyOur NYC Summer Academy gives intellectually curious high school students the opportunity to live and learn in New York City while studying topics in journalism, media, technology, arts, culture, sports, fashion, business, science and more. Each two-week course draws on the expertise and unrivaled access of The New York Times and encourages students to take their learning beyond the classroom and into the real world.
  • August Writer's WorkshopOur August Writers’ Workshop gives rising middle and high school students an opportunity to enhance their writing skills under the tutelage of some of the best writers in the world. This week-long course draws from the strength of The School of The New York Times’s premier writing faculty and journalism courses. Students will emerge with strengthened communication skills, confidence in their writing and a profound sense of the power of the written word and visual communication.

Smith College (MA)

SnowFarm Summer Studio Arts (MA)

  • Studio Arts Program - For ages 14-18. Programs offered: Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Glassbowing, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Metal Sculpture and Fabrication, Flameworking. Location: Williamsburg, MA

St. John's College (MD and NM)

  • Summer Academy - Like St. John's undergraduates, academy students explore books by some of the world's great thinkers and talk about their ideas in discussion-based classes led by full time college faculty. This is a program (and college) for students who love to read.

Stanford University (CA)

  • Stanford Summer Arts Institute students in grades 9–11 come together for a three-week intensive interdisciplinary arts program offering academically rigorous, hands-on courses in art, visual design, and music.
  • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute students in grades 10 and 11 explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students in grades 8–11 to engage in single-subject intensive study selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.
  • Stanford AI4ALL, formerly SAILORS, invites young women in grade 9 to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals.
  • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.

Susquehanna University (PA)

Syracuse University (NY)

  • Summer College - offers more than 50 programs that provide opportunities for high school students to explore college majors from each of SU's undergraduate colleges. Programs range from non-credit to as many as six credits, and from two to six weeks in length.

Texas Tech University (TX)

  • Clark Scholars Program (selective, free) - An intensive seven-week summer research program for juniors and seniors. Students participate in hands-on research opportunities across a range of academic disciplines. Students receive a stipend, and pay only for their transportation to/from the program.

United States Military Academy (PA)

  • Summer Leaders Experience (selective, free) - SLE gives high school juniors a week to experience life as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics conducted during the first half of June each year.  SLE is highly competitive since there are normally 6,000 applicants and capacity for just 1,000 attendees. Note: Program takes place during the first half of June.

University of Dallas (TX, Italy)

  • Rome Program - Three programs offered in Rome, Italy - Shakespeare in Italy, Rome & the Catholic Church, and Latin in Rome. Offered on campus in Texas: Arete: An Introduction to the Classics

University of Delaware (DE)

  • Edge Summer College Program - A five-week credit-bearing summer college experience for students moving into their junior and senior years.

University of Maryland (MD)

  • Terp Young Scholars - With other academically talented high school students, you’ll pursue an academic interest, engage with dynamic faculty, enjoy UMD’s outstanding facilities and amenities, and get a jump on college by earning three university credits. During three remarkable weeks—whether commuting or living on campus—Terp Scholars fully experience university life at Maryland!

University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (selective) - Unique program for a selective group of high school students (rising 10th-12th graders) to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. Three week program, earning college credit in one of six programs: biotechnology, computer graphics, computer science, complex networks, nanotechnology, robotics

University of Pittsburgh (PA)

  • Pharmacy Career RxPloration - Join current pharmacy students and faculty from the #1 Pharmacy School in Pennsylvania. RxPlore offers rising juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to experience the different fields pharmacists can pursue, while also working with a team on a pharmacy innovation project. Get to know current PittPharmacy student mentors and explore Pittsburgh.

University of Southern California (CA)

  • USC Summer Programs - programs in architecture, business, engineering & information technology, global studies, journalism, pre-health & science, pre-law, performing arts, summer theater conservatory, creative writing

University of Toronto (Canada)

  • DEEP Summer Academy - Gives high school students all around the world a taste of what it's like to study science, technology, engineering, and business at an advanced level. DEEP aims to introduce complex engineering concepts to young minds at an early age. Offers a variety of non-credit courses in STEM fields, including: nanomaterials, robotics, computational physics, gene therapy, and much more. Courses range from 1-4 weeks in duration. For students entering grades 11-12.

US Military Academy, West Point (NY)

  • Summer Leaders Experience (selective) - SLE gives high school juniors a week to experience life as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics conducted during the first half of June each year.  SLE is highly competitive since there are normally 6,000 applicants and capacity for just 1,000 attendees.

Wagner College (NY)

  • Pre-College Program - Sophomores, juniors, and high school seniors from around the world will experience college life first hand, make new friends and explore New York City, while also earning college credit in science, history, music production, filmmaking, or performing arts.
  • Summer Music Theater Institute - Summer Musical Theatre Institute (SMTI) at Wagner College gives high school students from around the country the opportunity to learn about all aspects of musical theatre performance from theatre professionals in the Wagner College and New York City community. In a two-week, on-campus intensive, students receive rigorous, college caliber training in acting, singing, improvisation, and dancing--taught in a supportive, professional environment. Students gain insights into the professional world of New York City theatre through visits from industry experts and trips to Broadway productions. 

Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

  • Early College Scholars - Allows academically advanced high school students to enroll in courses through University College, the professional and continuing education division of the College of Arts & Sciences. This program is an ideal option for students who: Have unique academic interests not available through their high school, Are looking for courses beyond their high school curriculum, Need to enroll in a college course to fulfill a high school requirement., Are exploring alternative options to AP courses., Want to advance their knowledge in a particular academic area such as writing or foreign language.  Students may choose from a variety of courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. Students may enroll in two undergraduate courses (maximum of 7 units) per semester. Online and in-person courses available in the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. For students with a GPA of B or better.
  • High School Summer Scholars Program - Enroll in regular introductory WashU courses for credit in the humanities, math, sciences and social sciences. Seminars, evening program, etc. are part of the program. Open to sophomores and juniors, GPA 3.3+, SAT 1200+/ACT 25+.
  • High School Summer Institute -  combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, academic programs. Institutes offered in: Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Leadership, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology (PNP).

Wistar Institute (PA)

  • Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research (selective, free) -  Wistar’s Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of current biological/biomedical theory and research tools and techniques at a nationally recognized nonprofit research institution.  Students are expected to devote 35 hours a week to the program. Students are given a stipend to defray commuting or other expenses they are expected to incur.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

  • Frontiers - Frontiers is an exciting residential opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to explore STEM topics and humanities.
  • Launch - Launch is a hands-on learning and research experience for rising freshman and sophomores to take a closer look at the student's field of interest. An optional residential component is available.

Various Locations

ASSE Exchange Programs

  • Summer immersive programs in various international locations, Summer language study in Germany, France and Spain.

Blueprint Summer Programs

  • Programs in: Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Film Studies, Forensic Science, Law, Medicine, Psychology, SAT Prep, Veterinary Science, Writing
  • Locations: Georgetown University, Lehigh University, University of California, Howard University, University of Virginia, University of Florida


  • Programs in: Marine science, Animal science, photography & multimedia, advanced scuba, sailing, language and culture, STEM, medicine
  • Locations: Various international locations

Economics for Leaders (selective)

  • Multiple college campuses throughout the country
  • Selective summer program that teaches leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in a hands-on, experiential environment.  The goal of EFL is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. 
  • Fee based program. Scholarships are available.

Envision Programs

  • Programs in: Medicine, Engineering and Technology, National Security, Law and Crime Scene Investigation, Leadership
  • Locations: Washington DC, New York, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, Frank W. Olin College of Engineering, UCLA, Emory University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, University of Chicago, St. John's University, University of Houston, Babson College

LaunchX (selective)

  • Four campus sites - UMichigan, MIT, UPenn, Northwestern
  • Program for budding entrepreneurs. Students start a company during this intense four-week program.
  • Fee based program, but financial aid available based upon published income guidelines.

Oxbridge Academic Programs

  • Programs in: Business, Arts, Sciences
  • Locations: Oxford/Cambridge (UK), St. Andrews (UK), Montpellier (France), Paris (France), Salamanca (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), New York, Los Angeles, Boston

Summer Discovery

  • Programs in: Pre-college enrichment, summer internships, intensive ESL
  • Locations: UCLA, UCSB, UC Boulder, UT Austin, University of Michigan, Univeristy of Miami, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Pace, Emerson College, Cambridge University, City University London, Yale-NUS College Singapore. High school internships in NYC, Boston and London


  • Locations: Columbia, Georgetown, Oxford, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, Tufts, Christie's NYC, France, Spain, Italy

Telluride Association Summer Program (selective, free)

  • Located at Cornell, UMD and UMichigan
  • TASP is a highly selective, free program for students who are intellectually curious, ambitious, and public-spirited. Students in daily, discussion based academic seminars. There is a substantial reading and writing component to the program. The program also has a strong community focus, with participants directing much of the governance and activities.

Visions Service Adventures

  • Programs: Summer service experiences, includes 40-100 hours of community service
  • Locations: US: Alaska, Montana. International: British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Galapagos, Guadeloupe, Nicaragua, Peru

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