• Summer Programs

    Sometimes students are interested in expanding their horizons over the summer.  This page has been created to provide a list of options that the Counseling Department is aware of.  We are not recommending any of them but rather providing the information so that students and their families may look into them and make the choice of whether or not the program is a good fit for the student's needs.

    This page currently lists programs from the summer of 2022.  It will be updated as we receive new information over the 2022-2023 school year, so please check back to see what's new! (updated 9/20/2022)

    In-State programs

    Arizona State University:

    Fleischer Scholars Program - High school juniors interested in business are invited to participate in the Fleischer Scholars Program, a free one-week summer program focused on entrepreneurship and business education at ASU’s Tempe campus. Space is limited, so early application is encouraged. The early decision deadline is Jan. 15.

    University of Arizona:

    Korean Summer Camp

    Students can "travel" to Korea through this camp for middle and high school students. Students will be introduced to the Korean alphabet. They will also take part in hands-on, fun cultural workshops such as Korean crafts and K-pop choreography.

    For more information please click here.

    Through a partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), the University of Arizona’s (UA) Accounting Program, and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, is offering two different Business Careers Awareness Programs (BCAP) for high school juniors in the summer. EY is an international accounting firm that sponsors our program because they are interested in exposing high school students to careers in accounting and increasing the diversity of employees in accounting fields. The School of Accountancy is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation and we are honored to host BCAP for its 16th annual year.

     BCAP – Program Options

    We have a week-long BCAP program which will take place May 31 - June 5, 2020 at the University of Arizona (U of A) campus. Students will participate in classroom activities, compete in a case competition, live in a U of A dorm, and visit EY’s office in Phoenix. The cost of the week-long program is $1,100 which is fully covered through EY scholarships for all participants.

    For students not able to participate in a week-long program, we also offer a one-day BCAP Experience on May 29th, 2020. This day will also involve classes and a case competition as well as networking with EY professionals.

    The application can be found online at https://accounting.eller.arizona.edu/bcap.  The application deadline is March 27, 2020.  Further information on BCAP can be found at https://accounting.eller.arizona.edu/bcap.

    New Start Application is Live For more than 50 years, students have started their journey to a UArizona degree with New Start. This 6-week, summer bridge program allows incoming UA freshmen the opportunity to get ahead, earning 6-7 units of credit, and seamlessly transition to life as a Wildcat. The program boasts a nearly 6-10% higher retention rate compared to the general UA student body. There are also great financial benefits available to Arizona residents and students who qualify for a summer Pell Grant. You can check out all of the great financial benefits/opportunities here. The New Start application is only available to admitted students. They can find the application through their UA Future page (the same place where students complete the initial UA application).  https://newstart.arizona.edu/

    Out-of-state programs

    ACLU National Advocacy Institute

    The ACLU National Advocacy Institute is the perfect place for young advocates who are eager to hone their advocacy skills and learn strategies for grassroots organizing. This week-long summer program, developed in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, (July 22-28, 2020) in Washington, DC, gives students the unique opportunity to explore important social justice and civil liberties issues directly from ACLU lawyers, experts, and community activists. 


    Key Program Elements (To view a program overview, click here.)

    • Electives covering the ACLU’s wide array of issue areas.
    • Seminars to explore social justice and civil liberties issues.
    • Rally and meetings with elected officials or their staff on Capitol Hill.

    Application (To view application and eligibility requirements, click here.)

    • High school students 15-18 years old. (Must have completed one year of high school by June 2020, and the graduating class of 2020 is welcome to apply.) 
    • Priority Decision: Applications are due February 16th.  
    • Financial Aid: Full and partial scholarships are available. 

    Boston University

    2020 Summer Term High School Programs at Boston University, via our website at bu.edu/summer/highschool. Next year, we are offering five pre-college programs for your students to choose from. All five provide rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential. Here is a brief overview of our programs:  

    • High School Honors is a six-week residential, commuter, or online program in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and earn up to eight transferable college credits. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
    • RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week, non-credit residential or commuter program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students must be U.S. citizens and entering their senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
    • Academic Immersion (AIM) is a three-week, non-credit residential program for students to focus intensively on a single academic topic while enjoying and experiencing life on a college campus. This summer we are offering three AIM tracks: Introduction to Experimental Psychology, Introduction to Medicine, and Creative Writing. Each track combines classroom work in the subject area with experiential learning activities. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
    • Summer Challenge is a two-week residential program in which students take two non-credit seminars of their choice and experience life on a college campus. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
    • Summer Preview is a one-week, non-credit commuter or residential program in which students explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year of high school in Fall 2020.

    Boston University's Academy of Media Production

    Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more.

    Program Dates: July 6 - 31, 2020

    Program Info & Application Materials: bu.edu/amp

    Questions? Contact the program at buamp@bu.edu

    Cornell University's Summer College

    Cornell's Summer College is one of the nation's longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs. It brings more than 1,500 motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York to

    • Experience the excitement of college life at a great Ivy League university.
    • Earn three to six college credits in courses with Cornell faculty.
    • Prep for college applications with workshops, one-on-one counseling, and a college fair.
    • Make friends from more than 50 countries.

    This summer, students can choose from two-, three-, and six-week programs between June 20 and August 4 in subjects ranging from architecture, business, hospitality, and engineering, to international relations, music, science, social change, and veterinary medicine — and many more.

    Most applications are due May 1. For details, visit the program dates and deadlines pages.

    Duke University

    At Duke University, we are focusing on ways to help students come up with creative solutions to Global Challenges. Duke University Summer Session is launching a unique set of new courses in 2020 on today’s most pressing global challenges: Plastic Pollution, Global Epidemics, Access to Healthcare, Human Trafficking, Migrant Crisis, Climate Change, and Food and Nutrition. You will join a network of powerful students from around the world and work together to solve these important problems!  

    Ask yourself: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Are you conducting ground-breaking research? Maybe you’re already a leader crafting policies that have a global impact. Or, are you tackling the world’s most complex challenges? At Duke University Summer Session you will take a thrilling first step toward your future success!

    Gettysburg College

    Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, or information technology.

    • 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.
    • Build a Bot and Code It Too - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring electronics, and building robots through the open source software and hardware. This camp is an introduction into the world of coding robotics and electronics. 
    • Camp Psych - Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
    • Civil War Era Studies CampStudents will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying the American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. They will explore the circumstances leading to the war, investigate significant battles during the war, and explore the condition of the United States after the war. 
    • Young Writers' Workshop - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
    • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - Scholarship - 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.  

    Lehigh University

    Lehigh University Summer Academy, a three-week pre-college residential program for rising 6th -11th grade students.

    Designed to help students achieve their full potential, Lehigh University Summer Academy offers innovative, thought-provoking and enriching course work, combined with learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. Service-learning projects, leadership development, field trips and social events will also be an integral part of the program. Participants will build their “tool belt” for success both in school and life. Most importantly, students will make meaningful connections and create friendships that will last a lifetime!

    Two three-week sessions are available this summer. Each session is limited to only 80 students to ensure a highly personal enrichment experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and financial assistance is available. 

    To learn more about the program visit summeracademy.lehigh.edu

    Oxbridge Academic Program


    Oxbridge programs "afford students the opportunity to immerse themselves academically, experienctially and imaginatively, in subjects that fascinate them.  Students also get to immersel themselves in some of the world's great cultural centers."

    Programs are offered in the following cities: United Kingdom: Oxford and Cambridge, France: Paris and Montpellier, Spain: Barcelona and Salamanca, United States: Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City.

    Penn University

    Penn Summer High School Programs welcome bright and ambitious high school students who want to experience campus life, pursue challenging academic studies with leading faculty, and stand out on college applications. With residential and commuter options available for 2-, 3-, or 6-week programs, high school students from around the world can experience summer at Penn.

    • Penn Summer Prep: Experience college life in the 2-week, non-credit program
    • Penn Summer Academies: Dive deep into academic study for 3 intensive weeks in one of the non-credit academies
    • Pre-College Program: Take 6-week, for-credit summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates

    Applications are now open: the deadline for 2020 applications is May 1. Programs fill up quickly so check them out now.

    Penn Engineering offers a unique program for high school students (grades 10 - 12) to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework.  The three-week Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) combines sophisitcated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies.

    Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University

    You may know that SMSC—a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University—offers summer courses for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in conservation, environmental science, biology, and related topics. We wanted to introduce you to our pair of upcoming immersive programs so that you could share this information with interested students.

    Our high school courses are residential, so students stay in our recently built residence hall within the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. There is no better place to live and learn about the world of conservation from some of the leading experts in the field! Each of our Summer 2020 courses is worth 2 college credits. The courses won’t overlap, so students may take one or both.

    CONS 100: Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology

    June 21 – 28 (2 credits) | Registration Fee: $2,300

    Get hands-on field experience in conservation, and define an ecological research question with a conservation practitioner.

    CONS 110: How to Be a Better Naturalist

    July 19 – 25 (2 credits) | Registration Fee: $2,100

    Describe field marks for a variety of animal and plant taxa, deploy observation and monitoring equipment, and apply conservation techniques to the natural world near your home.

    Included with the course costs are:

    ·         all program lodging and meals;

    ·         all course fees, entrance fees, and field-trip costs during the program; and

    ·         complimentary round-trip transportation between Front Royal, VA and Dulles International Airport (IAD) on arrival/departure dates.


    Registration is open now through mid-May. Students and parents can register using the red button at the top of the page here

    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer program offers a wide variety of disciplines - including arts, business, humanities, math, science and more - allowing highly motivated students to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

    Deadlines for most of our summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

    • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute brings students in grades 10 and 11 together to explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities. Seminars are led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.  
    • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students currently in grades 8–11 to apply to a single-subject intensive course selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.   
    • Stanford AI4ALL invites students in 9th grade 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. Young women and students from underrepresented and/or low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.   
    • 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.

    Check out Stevens Institute of Technology's Summer Pre-College Programs. Priority application is officially open, so apply today!! You can view their Pre-College offerings here. Each of their programs give students the opportunity to explore a college major and test drive the college experience. Programs have been creatively designed by a world-class Stevens faculty member who is an expert in their field. The goal is to get students thinking strategically about their future!  If you would like to get a more in-depth look at what Stevens Pre-College Programs offer, click here!

    February 14, 2020 is the priority deadline to apply to our pre-college programs, so studetns are encouraged to submit their application and supporting documents by this date. If students submit by February 14th, they will receive a decision by the second week of March! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (201) 216-3683 or email summer@stevens.edu

    Trico Electric Cooperative

    Trico sends high school juniors on a trip to Washington, D.C.  Available to any student who is a junior and a dependent of a Trico Electric customer is eligible to apply.

    The Washington Youth Tour offers students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, see our government in action and meet other young people from across the country while touring Washington, D.C., and learning American history.  

    Please check out their poster or visit their website: www.trico.coop/washington-youth-tour, to apply for the 2022 Washington Youth Tour.  The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021.


Last Modified on September 20, 2022