Summer Programs For High School Students

by Andrea van Niekerk
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There are as many types of summer programs available as there are reasons to attend one. Some are offered by the continuing education units of colleges and universities themselves (like Summer Studies at Brown or Columbia’s  School of Continuing Education) while others are delivered by private organizations making use of the facilities of a college (Explo at Yale, or ASA). Some offer programs of fixed duration, while others offer programs that vary from one week to several (Brown Summer Studies). There are summer programs that focus on sports, on foreign travel, academic subjects, language instruction, or test preparation.

What follows below is very far from exhaustive, but is meant to give parents and students at least a taste of the adventures – intellectual, social and physical – that students can embark on over their summer vacations. The list is culled from many different sources, both online and in published form. A particularly useful guide is Sandra Berger’s The Ultimate Guide to Summer Opportunities for Teens, although as with any published source, links can become outdated very quickly. College Goals does not vouch or advocate for any particular program, but many of our students have spent wonderful summers pursuing some of these opportunities.

ACADEMIC COLLEGE-BASED PROGRAMS

Many universities and colleges across the country offer summer programs, either in the liberal arts generally or in specific areas of focus such as the arts or engineering. These are easy to find online, and below is just a small snapshot of what is available.

Barnard Summer in New York www.barnard.edu/pcp
Boston U Summer Programs www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/
Brown Summer Studies http://brown.edu/ce/pre-college/
Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Programs www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college
Case Western Reserve University Precollege Scholars Program www.cwru.edu/provost/ugstudies/precollege.htm
Choate Rosemary Hall Summer www.choate.edu/summerprograms/
Columbia University Summer ce.columbia.edu/High-School-Programs-Homepage
Cornell University Summer College www.summercollege.cornell.edu
Duke Talent Identification Program (various campuses) www.tip.duke.edu
EPGY at Stanford http://epgy.stanford.edu/summer
Emory University www.college.emory.edu/pre-college
Explo at Yale www.explo.org/
Great Books program at Stanford and Amherst www.GreatBooksSummer.com
Harvard Summer Studies http://www.summer.harvard.edu/
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (various campuses)  http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/
National Conference of Governor’s Schools http://ncogs.org/web/index.php/View-users-list/All-Governor-s-School-Programs
Northfield Mount Hermon Summer Sessions www.nmhschool.org/summer
Northwestern Center for Talent Development www.ctd.northwestern.edu
Oxford Study Course – pre IB preparation www.osc-ib.com/
Phillips Andover Summer Session www.andover.edu/summersessionoutreach/summersession
Philips Exeter Summer Programs http://www.exeter.edu/summer_programs/7313.aspx
Summer Discovery (US and overseas) http://www.summerdiscovery.com/summer-discovery
Summer Studies for the gifted www.giftedstudy.org
Summer Study Programs (CU and Penn State) www.summerstudy.com
U Chicago https://summer.uchicago.edu/
U Delaware Summer College http://summercollege.honors.udel.edu
U Miami Summer Scholars http://miami.edu/dcie/index.php/ssp
U Penn Summer programs www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/programs/highschool
University of Rochester Summer programs http://enrollment.rochester.edu/admissions/precollege/
USC Summer Seminars http://summer.usc.edu/index.shtml
Washington University Pre-College http://ucollege.wustl.edu/programs/highschool

ENGINEERING
CURIE Academy (Girls in Engineering) www.engineering.cornell.edu/curie
Johns Hopkins U Engineering Innovation http://engineering-innovation.jhu.edu/
MIT Women’s Technology Program http://wtp.mit.edu
Missouri U S&T Nuclear Engineering camp http://futurestudents.mst.edu/precollege/nuce.html
Purdue U Girls in Engineering http://engineering.purdue.edu/WIEP/EDGE
Notre Dame U Introduction to Engineering http://www.nd.edu/~iep/
Santa Clara Summer Engineering www.scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/ses.cfm
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering for Girls www.smith.edu/summerprograms/ssep
U Alabama Engineering Summer Camp http://site.eng.ua.edu/
Vanderbilt University PAVE program https://pave.vanderbilt.edu/ayindex.php
National listing of engineering camps at http://www.engineeringedu.com/camps/

ART
Academy of Art University San Francisco http://www.academyart.edu/
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Young Writers Workshop www.simonsrock.edu/young_writers
Boston University Summer Theatre Institute http://www.bu.edu/cfa/busti/
California College of the Arts www.cca.edu/academics/precollege
Camp Encore (music) www.encore-coda.com
Carleton College Summer Writing Program http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/SAP/writing
Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Programs www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college
Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan www.crec.org/magnetschools/schools/ccy/
Idyllwild Summer Arts http://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer.aspx
California State Summer School for the Arts www.csssa.org
Interlochen Arts Camp www.interlochen.org/camp
Kenyon Review Young Writers Summer Workshop http://www.kenyonreview.org/workshops/young-writers/
North Carolina School of the Arts Summer www.uncsa.edu/summersession/
Pratt Pre College www.pratt.edu/academics/continuing_education_and_professional/pro_credit_programs/precollege/summer_programs/
Sarah Lawrence Film Institute www.slc.edu/high-school
Savannah College of Arts and Design Summer Seminars http://www.scad.edu/admission/pre-college/index.cfm
School of the Art Institute of Chicago http://www.saic.edu/continuing_studies/high_school/index.html
School of Creative and Performing Arts http://www.socapa.org/
U Maine Summer Music http://umaine.edu/spa/summer–]music–]camp–]msym/

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo Architecture Summer Camp http://www.arch.calpoly.edu/programs/summer-career.html
Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Programs www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college
Catholic University of America Pre-College http://summer.cua.edu/precollege
Oregon Design Camp http://aaa.uoregon.edu/programs/portland/summerinthecity
Summer Academy in Architecture at UT Austin www.utexas.edu/architecture/center/academy
USC Exploration of Summer http://arch.usc.edu/programs/summer/explore

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Launch at MIT http://www.launchsummer.org/
Babson College Summer Studies http://www.babson.edu/undergraduate/summeratbabson/summer-study/Pages/home.aspx
Georgetown Entrepreneurship Institute http://scs.georgetown.edu/courses_nc/XSPP106/entrepreneurship?cId=14625&dId=21&format=Institute
U Penn Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology http://www.upenn.edu/fisher/summer/

LIFE SCIENCES
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine at Tufts http://www.tufts.edu/vet/avm/high_school.html
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab http://brown.edu/ce/pre-college/bell/
Environmental Studies Summer Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges http://academic.hws.edu/enviro
Project Oceanology at UConn www.oceanology.org
Sea Semester www.sea.edu/academics/high_school_programs
Shoal Marine Lab Programs for High School http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_students_highschool.html
UC Davis Young Scholars Program http://ysp.ucdavis.edu/
University of Maryland Jump Start http://hhmi.umd.edu/outreach/jumpstart
Washington University Pre-medical http://ucollege.wustl.edu/programs/highschool

PHYSICAL SCIENCES, MATH AND ENGINEERING
Aerospace Institute Summer Camp at University of Illinois www.ae.uiuc.edu/IAI
Awesome Math https://www.awesomemath.org/summer-program/
BU Summer Internship Program http://www.bu.edu/summer/high-schoolprograms/research- internship/
CAEN computer camp at University of Michigan http://www.engin.umich.edu/caen/
Canada/USA Math Camp http://www.mathcamp.org/
Clark Scholars Program http://www.clarkscholars.ttu.edu/
Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics http://www.hcssim.org/
High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering Program http://education.msu.edu/hshsp/
Honors Summer Math Camp http://www.txstate.edu/mathworks/camps/hsmc.html
Garcia Summer Scholars http://polymer.matscieng.sunysb.edu/hs.html
Georgia Tech Science, Math and Computing https://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/summerprograms
High School Summer Science Research Program http://www.baylor.edu/summerscience/
Hofstra University Summer Science Research www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/sse
ID Tech camps www.internaldrive.com/
Phillips Andover Academy Math and Science for Minority Students www.andover.edu/summersessionoutreach/summersession
Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) www.promys.org
Puget Sound Math Camp www.mathcamp.org/
Research Science Institute at MIT www.cee.org/programs/rsiRoss Mathematics Camp http://www.math.osu.edu/ross/
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship at GWU  http://lideres.nclr.org/content/opportunities/detail/3920/
Secondary Student Training Program http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/students/summer/programs/9-11/sstp/
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering for Girls www.smith.edu/summerprograms/ssep
Stanford Math Camp http://math.stanford.edu/sumac
Students Science Training Program http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/SSTP/default.html
Summer Science Program www.summerscience.org
Women’s Technology Program http://wtp.mit.edu/

ARCHAEOLOGY
Brown University Summer Studies www.brown.edu/ce/pre-college/
Crow Canyon Archaeology Camps www.crowcanyon.org/archaeology
Center for American Archaeology www.caa-archeology.org/EducationHSFS.html
University of Chicago (Egyptian Studies) https://summer.uchicago.edu/highschool/programs

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM
American University School of communications www.american.edu/soc/discover/
Ball State University Summer Journalism Workshop www.bsujournalismworkshops.com
Carolina Journalism Institute www.sc.edu/cmcis/so/cji
Emerson College Summer Program www.emerson.edu/academics/professional-studies/programs-high-school-students
National High School Institute at Northwestern www.northwestern.edu/nhsi/important_dates.html

HISTORY, LAW AND ECONOMICS
Foundation for Teaching Economics http://www.fte.org/student–]programs/
Georgetown Summer Programs http://scs.georgetown.edu/departments/21/summer-programs-for-high-school-students
National Institute of American History and Democracy www.wm.edu/as/niahd/precollegiatesummer/index.php

LANGUAGE STUDIES
Bryn Mawr Russian Language Institute www.brynmawr.edu/russian/rli.htm
Concordia Language Villages http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/
Middlebury Language School www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls

OVERSEAS PROGRAMS
Academic Study Associates Summer Programs www.asaprograms.com
Asian Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo www.sophia.ac.jp/E/E_summersession.nsf/Content/summer
Encounter India www.uwcmahindracollege.org/how/experiential/outreachprogrammes/encounter-india
Experiment in International Living www.experimentinternational.org
Oxford Advanced Studies www.oasp.ac.uk
Oxbridge Studies Program www.oxbridgeprograms.com/index.php
Where There Be Dragons www.wheretherebedragons.com

SPORTS PROGRAMS
Many colleges offer sports camp on their campuses over the summer. See for example the
University of Michigan’s listing at www.mgoblue.com/camps/
For a non-college based listing, see for example the Nike Sports Camps at www.ussportscamps.com/about/

ADVENTURE
Academic Tracks www.academictreks.com/programs/overview_cs.asp
Action Quest Adventures www.actionquest.com/go
Broadreach Summer Adventures www.gobroadreach.com/?age=G2
Discovery Student Adventures www.DiscoveryStudentAdventures.com
Keystone Mountain Adventures www.keystone.org/cfe/kss/summer-programs/kma

YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Global Youth Leadership Conference (US, China, Central Europe) www.cylc.org/gylc/GYLC_dates.cfm
Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership http://www.hoby.org/
Junior State of America (JSA) Summer School Georgetown, Stanford, Princeton http://jsa.org/summer-programs/
National Student Leadership Conference www.nslcleaders.org
National Young Leaders Conference www.cylc.org/nylc/NYLC_dates.cfm
National Youth Leadership Forum www.nylf.org
Presidential Classroom www.presidentialclassroom.org
St Alban’s School of Public Service www.stalbansschool.org/page.aspx?pid=413

PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME OR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS
College Horizons for Native American Students www.collegehorizons.org/
MITES (Minority Introduction to Math and Science http://web.mit.edu/mites/
Phillips Andover Math and Science for Minority Students www.andover.edu/summersessionoutreach/mathscience/pages/default.aspx
Questbridge (various campuses) www.questbridge.org/
Stanford Medical Youth Science http://smysp.stanford.edu/
Telluride Association Sophomore Camps www.tellurideassociation.org/programs/high_school_students/tass/tass_general_info.html

Upward Bound – programs are offered on campuses across the country. Google Upward Bound Summer.

SERVICE ORIENTED PROGRAMS
Academic Treks www.academictreks.com/programs/overview_cs.asp
Do Something www.dosomething.org/
Global Works Travel www.globalworkstravel.com
Lifeworks International www.lifeworks-international.com
Student Conservation Association www.thesca.org
Texas Brigades Wildlife Leadership www.texasbrigades.org
Washington School of World Studies www.schoolofworldstudies.org/

INTERNSHIPS
Intern Exchange International (London) www.internexchange.com
Julian Krinsky Camps (Philadelphia) www.jkcp.com/internships/
AustraLearn (Australia and NZ) www.australearn.org/programs/internships/
Projects Abroad www.projects-abroad.org
Boston University Science Research Internships www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/

USEFUL ONLINE RESOURCES
www.camps.com
www.enrichmentalley.com
www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/787-summer-programs-for-high-school-and-college7students
www.internationalcounselor.org/summer2/Summer_Omnibus/Omnibus.html
www.mysummercamps.com
www.nelnetsolutions.com/summerop/code/ssector.asp
www.summeroncampus.com/
www.summerdiscovery.com
www.studentsreview.com (includes some reviews of summer programs on college campuses too)
www.usummer.com
www.teenink.com/Summer

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