Summer Learning Opportunities
Many universities offer camps, courses, and programs designed for high school students. Programs vary in terms of intensity, cost, and length. Please know that while we encourage you to explore your options for summer experiences, and help by collecting information for you, we cannot endorse any of the programs below. If you are interested in a particular college or university that is not listed here, please contact that school and check their website. Most schools offer outreach or high school programming. Scholarships are often available. This list is a work in progress as many schools add new offerings all the time!
Camps and Classes for the Arts
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp www.bluelake.org Blue Lake has four sessions throughout the summer, and offer classes on piano, jazz, band, art, and many other musical/art offerings. Blue Lake also offers significant scholarships and grants.
CCS Precollege Summer Experience www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/pcse July 7-27, registration typically begins in November. Scholarships available and deadline is March 31st . Students will receive 3.0 college credit hours for attendance. At the end of the experience, students can take part in an exhibit. Courses include Graphic Design, Fashion, Drawing, Illustration, Transportation Design, 2D Animation, 3D Animation/Game Art, Concept Art for Film, Photography and Photoshop. Students will learn new skills and build their portfolios.
California College of the Arts www.cca.edu/precollege June 27-July 22 for students in grades 10-12. Students will receive 3 college credits. Class offerings include Animation, Architecture, Creative Writing, Ceramics, Drawing, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Painting, Sculpture, Comics, Photography and Film. Registration opens in November.
Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) http://www.cia.edu/continuing-education/pre-colleg... Registration is now open, and closes June 1st. There are two sessions. Students may attend one or both. Sessions run July 7-19th, and July 21-August 2nd. Students in grades 10-12 can build an art portfolio and take college classes for credit. Biomedical Art, Digital Cinema, Foundation in Drawing, Foundation in 3D Art + Design, Game Design, Glassblowing, Illustration, Industrial Design, Painting, Wearable Art + Design, Animation, Interior Architecture + Design, Digital Painting, Foundation in 2D Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking + Ceramics Sculpture
Interlochen Art Camps http://camp.interlochen.org/summer-arts-programs#s... Camps are available based on interest. Students can register for Creative Writing, Dance, General Arts, Motion Picture Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts. There are numerous programs, each with their own dates and applications. Please request a book from the website, or see more information online.
Northwestern University http://sps.northwestern.edu/program-areas/summer/h... Northwestern offers many summer options. Courses for Credit is one pathway. They also have a College Prep Program called IN Focus Seminars, which are 3-8 week programs. Additionally, there is a National High School Initiative. The NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Film & Video Production, and Theatre Arts.
NYU Film and Acting http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/high-school-programs... NYU’s varied array of high school programs offer flexibility and options that can be tailored to your individual needs and schedule. Most programs are offered during the summer, but there are options for weekend workshops during the fall and spring. Application processes, requirements and deadlines are varied; as are housing and financial aid offerings.
Pratt Institute https://www.pratt.edu/academics/continuing-educati... Pratt offers many residential programs for college credit, or for enrichment. Courses include art, design, fashion, and architecture. Each summer Pratt Institute’s PreCollege program welcomes over 400 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to our Brooklyn campus for nearly a month, where they encounter life as an art and design college student. Students choose a concentration of study modeled after Pratt's undergraduate offerings. To complement this concentration course, students are automatically enrolled in foundation, art history, and portfolio development classes. Upon completion of the program, students earn four elective college credits.
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) http://precollege.risd.edu/ Students will stay on campus for 6 weeks and choose from 20 different visual or fine arts majors to study. RISD Pre-College offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to experience life as a RISD undergrad. For six weeks you’ll follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, critiques and final projects. You’ll work alongside hundreds of other creative, highly motivated students from around the world who will challenge, inspire and encourage you to push your limits and produce your best work. You’ll live like a RISD student, access renowned resources and instructors, strengthen your portfolio and forever change the way you approach art and design.
SCAD http://www.scad.edu/academics/pre-college-summer-p... Students may attend camps in Atlanta, Savannah, or Hong Kong. This summer, explore new avenues of artistic development and spark your imagination at The University for Creative Careers. SCAD offers summer programs for high school students of all ages to pursue art and design disciplines while working alongside peers from all over the world. With exceptional buildings, extensive equipment and inspirational settings, SCAD summer programs offer ideal opportunities for artists at all levels to create, learn and grow.
Washington University-St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts http://www.samfoxschool.wustl.edu/precollege The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers top-ranking programs within a world-renowned academic and research institution. You’ll experience college-level courses and studio culture, and explore the dynamic art and design scene in St. Louis. Both our Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program offer rigorous instruction that prepares you for college-level work. Our programs are recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school.
Michigan Camps and Classes
Alma College https://www.alma.edu/offices/conference-services/s... There are many conferences and programs for high school students including different athletic camps, veterinary interest camps, Model UN, STEM, music, and student life. Two particularly strong programs are ASPIRE for math and science, and the e-STEM research week.
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/cmubs/students/P... Earning college credit as a high school junior or senior is a great way to launch your college career. Learn field biology techniques and gain understanding of the natural world. Prepare for your first year of college. Earn 3 college biology credits in three weeks and interact with distinguished faculty members.
Link for athletic camps: http://www.cmusportscamps.com/
Hope College http://www.hope.edu/camps/ At this time, Hope offers many sports camps and science camps. In the past, camps have included STEM academies include Nuclear Forensics, Watershed Investigation, and Engineering in the Future.
Lawrence Tech http://www.ltu.edu/community_k12/summer-camps.asp LTU’s Marburger STEM Center offers stimulating academic camps for students interested in engineering, technology, design, and science. Expert professors will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios on Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus. Courses include: Architectural Engineering, Architecture and Interior Design: Two-Dimensional Design Techniques, Architecture and Interior Design: Three-Dimensional Design Techniques, Automotive Design: Designing with Digital Tools, Automotive Design: Sketching and Theme Development, Automotive Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Build an Android App, Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Engineering - Building Big!, Computer Networking and Cybersecurity, Design Basics, Digital Fabrication and Design, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Game Art, Game Art: Character and World Development, Graphic Design, Industrial Design: Product Design and Innovation, Interaction Design: Create a Mobile App, Machining and Fabricating, Managing Your Money, Mathematics in Action, Molecules in Medicine, Nanotechnology: The Science of Really Small Things, Psychology, Research Writing, Robotics Engineering: Camp I, Robotics Engineering: Camp II, Sketching and Visual Communication
Michigan Tech https://www.syp.mtu.edu/ Each summer, we offer more than 50 camps/explorations that allow participants to discover and learn about various fields through hands-on laboratory, classroom, and field experiences. Summer Youth Programs run from Sunday through Saturday from late June through the end of July. Please be aware of which courses are for middle and high school students according to the following criteria:
Middle School Explorations: Students completing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Spring 2019
Pre-College Explorations: Students completing 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in Spring 2019
There are many courses available to high school students including engineering offerings: Bridges, Dams, and Skyscrapers, Engineering 101, Civil Engineering, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Video Game Programming, and Mobile Robotics. There are over 50 courses offered, and camps run every week through August. Students may also take outdoor courses such as ropes, mountaineering, camping, etc.
Michigan State University Spartan Youth Programs http://spartanyouth.msu.edu/Default.aspx Students in all grades can use the interactive website to select academic, social, and athletic camps offered at different times in the summer. Camps are overnight or offered to commuters. Many camps available. Two highlights include:
CHAMP: Cooperative Highly Accelerated Math Program http://spartanyouth.msu.edu/Resource.aspx?Resource...
High School Engineering Institute, for students in grades 10-12 http://spartanyouth.msu.edu/Resource.aspx?Resource...
Northern Michigan University http://www.nmu.edu/summer Camps include Environmental Science, and Exploring the UP. This is a great source for academic camps coupled with outdoor exploration. Camp registration will open soon, and 2019 dates will be announced after the 1st of the year.
Oakland University https://oakland.edu/summer/camps/ OU offers many different camps for high school students in almost every department. Oakland offers Career Exploration camps, Robotics, and Engineering. The Camp RN is only accepting 25 students and registration will fill quickly. Arts Piano Camp NewDANCEfest Summer Guitar Orchestra Summer Music Camp for Young Children Summer Music Theory Autism Spectrum Disorder OUCARES camps, for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, include: Pee Wee Camp (3-6 year olds) Summer Day Camp (7-12 year olds) Life Skills Camp (11-14 year olds, 15-18 year olds and 18+) Business Business camps Engineering, Computers and Math Summer Mathematics Institute A free program for students interested in high level mathematics. Engineering and Computer Science camps, including: Engineering Exploration Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Science Basic Computer Science Advanced Energy and Structures Ground Robotics VEX Robotics Minecraft Basic Minecraft Advanced OU INC Entrepreneurship Academy Bio-Engineering Macomb County Summer Career Camps Summer Career Camps in Macomb County Medicine Future Physicians Summer Enrichment Program Nursing Camp RN at OU Writing and Reading Youth Writing Camps through the Meadow Brook Writing Project include: Grades K-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 There are also writing and reading clinics through OU's Department of Reading and Language Arts.
University of Michigan https://lsa.umich.edu/wise/k-12-students-families/... Link has not been updated as of this posting. Check above link often for updates. Below is a list of opportunities offered in the past: ArcStart is offered by the Taubman School of Architecture and is a 3-week program, and registration ends in March. Portfolio Prep through the Stamps School of Art and Design prepares high school students who need an artist portfolio in a 2 week intensive camp. Computational Camp, MiBytes, Earth Camp, and Girls in Science all appeal to high school students interested in math, science, and robotics. LEAD is a 3 week business symposium for 11th grade students that includes corporate visits. Summer Discovery is for students interested in sports management, law, music, or writing. The residential classes are offered in 2,3, or 5 week configurations. Telluride (TASS) offers students 2 college level classes, one in African American studies. Students must be rising juniors (10th grade summer) to enroll. College 101 is for rising 10th graders, and offers 3 days of college preparation. Genesis Project ENACT is a 2 week nursing course for students in grades 9-11. Girls in Health, Biomedical Engineering, Wolverine Health Explorers, and other programs offer medicine and science. The University of Michigan offers two engineering camps, as well as pre dental studies. Debate, theater, and many academic offerings complement sports camps.
Wayne State University http://www.k-12.wayne.edu/ WSU typically offers engineering, math, science, and medical programs for high school students Current offerings are not yet posted, but check frequently for updates.
Out of State Camps and Classes
Barnard College www.barnard.edu/summer 10th and 11th grade girls are invited to apply to programs ranging from one day to weeklong classes, including programs such as “Young Women in Leadership”, “Summer in the City” or “Dance in the City”. Scholarships are offered. Applications are available December 17th .
Boston University Summer Term http://www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/ There are many programs for students in grades 9-12; request information online. Summer Preview: for 9th and 10th grade students. Academic Immersion: for 10th and 11th grade students. High School Honors: 11th and 12th graders can earn college credit for taking two courses. Applications available after December 15th .
Brandeis University www.brandeis.edu/highschool Brandeis provides you with the opportunity to explore academic and artistic pursuits with prestigious Brandeis University faculty who share your commitment to improving the world. We offer you an environment rich with challenge and inspiration, where self-expression is encouraged and welcomed. You will also benefit from the invaluable opportunity to meet young people from different backgrounds, different cultures, and different practices, and to learn about—and from— one another. Programs like App Design, Jewish Arts and Medical Studies are offered.
Broadreach www.gobroadreach.com Broadreach offers over 70 individual programs in 40 different countries. There are three different levels based on your comfort: Discovery level, Explorer Level and Expedition Level. Adventure options vary: Real World Learning, Measured Achievement, Global Citizenship, Teamwork, Environmental Stewardship and Leadership.
Carnegie Mellon http://www.cmu.edu/summer/pre-college/ Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer in one of our six distinct Summer Pre-College programs. To prepare for study at the college level, you can explore architecture, art& design, drama, music, and the National High School Game Academy! Through our Advanced Placement/Early Admission (APEA) program, you can take two challenging college courses in order to gain advanced placement and get a head start in college. Class offerings include drama, music, fine arts, gaming, and design. Students may also enter the AP/Early Admit Program and take two challenging classes for college credit.
Columbia College Chicago https://www.colum.edu/admissions/summer-at-columbi... Columbia College Chicago’s acclaimed Summer at Columbia program provides high school students with an introduction to campus life, while they earn college credit and explore their creativity and talent in areas such as Filmmaking, Entrepreneurship, Investigative Journalism and Podcasting, Digital Music Production, Game Development, and more. Summer at Columbia is a three-week exploration of what it means to have a career in the creative industries.
Cornell Summer College https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/ Cornell University Summer College - one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind - invites talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to its acclaimed three- and sixweek precollege programs.
Cottey College’s Summer Workshop www.cottey.edu/workshop Summer Workshop for high school girls entering their junior or senior year. Week long summit where college professors teach interactive courses focused on leadership and skill building for female bosses, change makers and barrier breakers. The workshop is dedicated to providing an environment where girls are encouraged to have fun while discovering how leadership takes a role in everything they do. June 16-21, 2019. Registration opens March 1st at www.cottey.edu/workshop
Denison University Reynolds Writing Project https://reynolds.denison.edu/ The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison is an energizing 8-day program for motivated high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write. For over 20 years, the Reynolds Workshop has brought together young writers who are passionate about writing and eager to connect to a close-knit community of writing friends. The workshop is held each June on the beautiful campus of Denison University, a leading liberal arts college, in the village of Granville, Ohio.
Duke University www.summersession.edu Duke has several options for high school students: Summer College – a four week credit bearing program for students currently in 10th -12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses. Summer Academy – A three-week program for students currently in 9th -12th grade in which they take a certificate course. Accelerated STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM based program for students currently in 9th -12th grade that consists of a variety of hands-on labs, tours of Duke’s research facilities, faculty lectures, and workshops. Applications open on December 3rd . There is not a specific deadline, but limited space and interest mean spots will fill quickly.
Georgetown University Summer High School Programs http://scs.georgetown.edu/departments/21/summer-pr... There are many different programs, some for credit and others for enrichment. This summer, join us for an exciting and hands-on experience at Georgetown University. Our Summer High School Programs offer the opportunity to live on campus, meet classmates from around the world, and earn college credit—all while experiencing the excitement of college life.
Harvard University http://www.summer.harvard.edu/programs/secondary-s... Imagine studying at Harvard for seven weeks, fully immersed in the college experience. Whether you choose to live on campus, commute, or take courses online, you’ll have the opportunity to explore complex topics, gain valuable life skills, and form lasting bonds. If you are a high school student who will graduate in 2019, 2020, or 2021, we invite you to explore all that the Secondary School Program has to offer. Neuroscience, film, philosophy, creative writing, and computer science—these are just a few of the 200-plus courses you can choose from. Branch out from typical high school offerings, and explore more advanced topics that aren’t available back home. You’ll study with Harvard faculty and visiting scholars, and earn college credit you may transfer to your chosen university.
Indiana University http://mediaschool.indiana.edu/hsji/ Mark your calendar for the 73rd annual High School Journalism Institute. Join us for an immersive learning experience at Indiana University Bloomington, where high school students participate in hands-on workshops to practice and improve their skills, and high school advisers take advantage of collaboration with seasoned pros or develop independent projects. Attendees stay in IU residence halls and attend workshops at The Media School in Franklin Hall, and they have all of campus and the city as a backdrop to their projects. 2019 workshops are July 8-12, July 12-14 and July 14-18.
Miami of Ohio http://www.miamioh.edu/admission/high-school/summe... The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program in which they do the following: Participate in challenging, immersive academic modules centered on a specific topic or area of interest. Learn alongside our leading faculty and professional experts. Reside in a "living-learning" community with other Summer Scholars participants and get a real preview of college life — live in a residence hall, eat in our award-winning dining halls, and enjoy campus facilities such as our Recreational Sports Center and Goggin Ice Center. Attend special workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial assistance. Get an insider's look at the college application process — learn about ACT/SAT test preparation, how to find the right college fit, how to write the best college essay, as well as get an introduction to financial aid and scholarships. Participate in special excursions to local attractions, such as Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and a Cincinnati Reds game. Receive priority consideration for merit scholarships and for selection to top programs such as the University Academic Scholars Program, and the University Honors Program.
Northwestern University http://sps.northwestern.edu/program-areas/summer/h... National High School Institute (Cherubs) NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Film & Video Production, and Theater Arts. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students. Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute This in-depth, five-week program is designed for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and wish to become better writers and editors for print, online and broadcast. Enrollment is limited to 84 and students typically come from as many as 25 states and abroad. Teachers are top-notch practitioners and distinguished Northwestern faculty. The Center for Talent Development CTD offers enrichment programs for academically talented students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among participants. Wildcat Sports Camps Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, Wildcat Sports Camps provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages. Campers have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve skills and receive guidance from coaches and student athletes alike.
Notre Dame Summer Scholars (note early registration deadline) http://precollege.nd.edu/summer-scholars/ Summer Scholars participants spend two intense weeks in one of 21 exciting programs of study. We keep the classes small and personal attention from Notre Dame faculty high. The coursework is a true preview of college academics—it is both rigorous and rewarding, and students earn one college credit upon the completion of a program track. Students collaborate on coursework outside designated class times, as they would in any college setting. There is also ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame. Decisions will be released week of April 15, 2019.
Ohio State University - Ross Mathematics Camps http://u.osu.edu/rossmath/ The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those six weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.
University of Pennsylvania https://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/programs/highscho... Penn delivers the challenge of an Ivy League curriculum to academically talented high school students seeking a pre-collegiate experience. Explore Penn's historic campus, engage with leading faculty and build intellectual connections within accelerated two, three or six week Penn Summer High School Programs. Penn Summer Prep Program *Dates subject to change Session A: July 7 - July 19, 2019* Session B: July 21 - August 2, 2019*
Smith College www.smith.edu/summer Girls in grades 9-12 are invited to apply. The campus is beautiful, and this is one of the only women’s institutions with an engineering program. Designed by Smith's professors and staff, our programs not only give you an inspiring learning experience, you can also request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Outside the classroom, enjoy Smith's beautiful setting, live in a house on campus, make new friends and have a great time joining in on fun activities.
Stanford University http://summercollege.stanford.edu/ Stanford Summer Session provides high-achieving and ambitious students a transformative educational experience at a world-class university. By combining challenging academics with a rich array of extra-curricular programming, Stanford Summer Session successfully shares the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility. Stanford unveiled a new website for summer programming, and the applications are now open. Students can take from 1-5 classes for college credit. Scholarships are available.
St. John’s College Summer Academy https://www.sjc.edu/summer-academy Offered in both Santa Fe, NM, and Annapolis, MD, this summer academy focuses on the Great Books Curriculum. Students will learn inquiry, collaboration, and analysis skills whilst reading the classics. WB students have attended and found it to be excellent. There are 5 one-week sessions offered. St. John’s Summer Academy is a college summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18), modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our Great Books Summer Reading Program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.
Tufts https://summer.tufts.edu/study-about.asp Want to spend part of your summer experiencing the world-class academics at Tufts University? We have the program for you! Tufts offers multiple exciting opportunities for high school students to study and explore the university during the summer. Tufts offers several topics, such as Engineering Design Lab, Leadership for Social Change, Programming and App Design, Studio Art at the SMFA, and Summer Study Abroad. Limited financial aid is available.
UC-San Diego http://academicconnections.ucsd.edu/ Academic Connections provides an opportunity for high school students with a 3.3 (or above) weighted cumulative GPA to get a jump start on the college experience. We invite students to explore the best UCSD has to offer. Students choose one of approximately 25, three-week courses offered. Classes meet five hours a day, with a maximum of 25 students per class, to ensure quality interaction with instructors and instructional assistants. Academic Connections instructors are typically UCSD doctoral students who design and instruct the course. This engaging combination brings freshness and excitement to the classes. A large part of the college experience for students is living on campus in the residence hall, which enables them to see first hand what it is like living on a college campus. As a residential student, the student has many opportunities to participate in activities in the afternoon, early evening and weekends. These activities include sports, arts and crafts, music, dances, talent shows and more. Participants are able to take advantage of the resources the beautiful UCSD campus has to offer. The resident halls are staffed with an experienced and trained Resident Dean, Assistant Resident Dean, office staff and residential assistants who provide supervision 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
USC https://summerprograms.usc.edu/ USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4 and 2 week summer courses. Accepted students to the USC Summer Programs will balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college in the nation’s entertainment center – Los Angeles, California. Learn more about USC Summer Students may study for 2- or 4-week stints. Courses commence with 3 USC credits should students study at USC in the future. There are classes in science, writing, pre law, pre health, global studies, business, engineering, architecture, and global studies. Additionally, students visit Disneyland, beaches, and other area attractions.
Washington University in St. Louis https://summerexperiences.wustl.edu/ All of the programs below are residential and require students to live on campus. The website is very comprehensive and offers lengthy descriptions of each program. The Early Bird deadline is February 15th, and the final deadline is April 1. Pre Medical Institutes Pre Engineering Writing Environmental Studies and Sustainability Ancient Discovery Global Leadership Initiative Young Leaders
Yale Young Scholars Program (note early registration deadline) http://globalscholars.yale.edu/ Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program for outstanding high school students from around the world. Each summer, students from over 100 countries participate in one of nine interdisciplinary sessions and immerse themselves in a global learning community. YYGS-Beijing: Asia in the 21st Century (ATC) is administered by Yale Center Beijing and takes place in Beijing, China. Learn more about ATC. You can Preview the YYGS Application and begin preparing to apply today! Application deadline is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. International Experiences