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

  • 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.
  • Create Your Business - Business Simulation Academy for Business and Entrepreneurship - Students will participate in a faculty led Business Simulation that encompass core business principles to create a business. Students will experience and learn components of marketing, finance, product development, management and much more. They will also learn about a variety of career opportunities in business. The experience will culminate with a creative presentation of their business to TCNJ Faculty/Staff and family members.
  • Natural Science Investigations Academy for Science, Career and Research Exploration - Students will spend two days conducting investigations in Experimental Physics and Field Biology, with an additional two days in which the students will design and conduct extensions to some of these projects. They will also learn about a variety of career opportunities in the natural and physical sciences, and how to prepare for those careers. The experience will culminate with a creative presentation of their work at a mini science conference on campus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vitalities - A Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions - The health of the human body and human society rely on education, safety, preparation, prevention and treatment, and scientific research. Students will learn facets of the health professions taught at TCNJ and how each profession can impact the vitality of the body and society. Vitalities is physical! You will participate in many exercise science activities.

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.
  • Contemporary Vocal Institute - An exciting opportunity for students to experience jazz and popular music. Under the direction of Tim Brent, students will be explore many of the popular vocal styles like jazz, pop, and rock as soloists and in a group setting, while expanding their musical repertoire. Each student will learn to master their skills through private vocal instruction, jazz theory and improvisation classes, and ensemble rehearsals.
  • 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. 
  • Pre-College Stage and Screen Acting Academy - Performers of Rider University’s Pre-College Classical Theatre Institute bring a script to life. Students 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.

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

Rutgers hosts a K-12 Pre-College Opportunities fair each January. This year's program will be on January 12, 2019. Click here for more information.

  • 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, political engagement, 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, Entrepreneurship, Electronic Music Production, Game design, Intermediate Computer Science, Intro to Coding and App Design, Pre-Law Stem & Society, Pre-Med Biology, Pre-Med Biomedical Engineering, Virtual Reality

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. 
  • 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
  • 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 minoritized student groups interested in pursuing STEM-related undergraduate majors. The program offers two distinct cohorts for rising seniors and a smaller cohort for rising juniors. 

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 art, design, architecture, fashion, business, hospitality, college success, computer science, engineering, robotics, debate, literature, songwriting, ESL, government, history, international relations, psychology, public health, research, science, social change, sustainability, veterinary medicine and animal science.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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

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 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. 

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 CD, 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), Monpellier (France), Paris (France), Salamanca (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), New York, Los Angeles, Boston


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

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

Other Resources
List from PrepScholar
Worldwide opportunities
More US opportunities
Co-Ops and Summer Research Opportunities - from RIT

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