Summer Programs

The College Guidance Office annually receives an abundance of information about summer programs. If you are looking for something to do during your summer vacation, check out some of these opportunities!

Alfred University:
 Programs in astronomy, art portfolio prep, ceramic engineering, Chinese language and culture, consumer chemistry, computer engineering, creative writing, robotics engineering, engineering the elements, entrepreneurship, equestrian studies, renewable energy engineering, theatre, and swimming.  
American Collegiate Adventures: Pre-college enrichment offering college credits, community service, cultural and language immersion, internships, and SAT Prep.  
The Art Institute of Boston: Young Artist Residency (YAR) program for students entering their junior or senior year of high school; carries six college credits; students accepted to AIB YAR program are awarded with a $1000 merit scholarship should they enroll at AIB. 
Babson College: Summer study programs including Babson Idea Generation Program, Babson entrepreneur Development Experience, and Service Learning Experience.   

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Summer Young Writers Workshop: Part of the National Writing and Thinking Network; three workshop sites. 

Barnard College
: Various pre-college programs, including Young Women’s Leadership Institute, Four-week Liberal Arts Program, One-week Liberal Arts Program, Dance in the City, Architecture in the City, and others; summer coed programs are open to rising high school juniors and seniors. 
Beloit College: Center for Language Studies; summer intensive programs in critical-need languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.  
Beloit College: Summer Fields, formerly known as Summer LABS; for-credit program for rising juniors and seniors; “discovery through practice.”   
Boston University: Summer term high school programs, including High School Honors, Research Internship in Science & Engineering, Summer Challenge, Summer Preview.  
Boston University: PROMYS: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists. 
Broadreach: Summer adventures for teens. 
Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (BYFI): Summer program in Israel followed by a fall seminar in New York City and other activities throughout the year.  
Brown University: Brown Leadership Institute; Summer Study Abroad, Brown Environmental Leadership Lab; Summer Session credit courses, etc.  
Bryant University: PWC Accounting Careers Leadership Institute 
California College of the Arts: Courses in creative writing and art for high school students.  
Cambridge College Programme: Academic courses, excursions, and sports as well as optional test prep courses. 
Cardigan Mountain School: Summer session for boys and girls entering grades 3 -9. 
Carleton College: Summer Quantitative Research Institute, designed to give high school sophomores and juniors a substantial college-level experience in how social scientists think about the world, measure important variables of study, prepare research, and present their findings; Summer Science Institute, for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who have a desire to learn how different areas of science all link together. Students have the opportunity to complete a guided research project and earn college credit; Carleton Liberal Arts Experience, a week-long program for African-American high school sophomores; Summer Writing Program, teaches students how to compose academic papers similar to those they will write in college. Students will complete three academic papers and have the opportunity to earn college credit. 
Carnegie Mellon University: Two-week program exploring architecture, art & design, drama, music, or the National High School Game Academy; offers an Advanced Placement/Early Admission program to enroll in two college courses; open to rising juniors and seniors. 
CIEE: Volunteer summer abroad programs for high school students; Japan, Dominican Republic, various other places. 
CIP Summer Program: Learn necessary skills to succeed in college. 
College for Creative Studies: Pre-college summer experience. 
College of New Jersey: Summer Bonner Fellows Program; for high students interested in community service.  
College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: Pre-Collegiate Program in Early American History.  
Colorado College: Summer session for pre-college students. 
Columbia University: Summer high school programs; study at Columbia, the University of Barcelona, at Columbia and at King’s Academy in Jordan. 
Cornell University: Summer college; programs for high school students. 

Deer Hill Expeditions
: Wilderness adventure, community service, and native cultures and arts in the American Southwest and Costa Rica. 
Delaware College of Art and Design: Program run in collaboration with the Delaware Center for the contemporary Arts and the Delaware Art Museum; courses in animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, and photography.  
Denison University: Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop.  

DeSales University Summer Theatre Institute: Offers a broad range of theatre training through six different programs; admission to the Intensive and Advanced Intensive programs is by audition/interview only.

Digital Media Academy:
Various locations at prestigious universities; choose from film camp, game design camp, iPhone programming, robotics, app development, etc. 
Drexel University, LeBow College of Business: Summer Economics Institute, Camp Impact, Camp Xchange, Camp Business, and StartUp! 
Drexel University: Computing Academy
Duke Summer College:  A four-week credit-bearing program with courses in a wde variety of subjects.  
Eastman School of Music: Summer programs for high school students. 
Emma Willard School: Various programs in engineering, writing, athletics, and the arts. 
ECO Camp: “Exploring Careers Outdoors”; week-long residential camp for high school students focusing on outdoor careers in recreation, conservation, and natural resources. 
Emory University: Pre-college program exposing students to academic and residential life at a university.  
Franklin & Marshall College: Various summer courses. 
George Mason University: Washington Journalism and Media Conference and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. 
Georgetown University Programs for High School Students: Choose from numerous programs that engage students in accelerated hands-on learning (Institutes Programs), deep investigations of specific topics over five weeks while earning 3 college credits (Fundamentals Programs), academic exploration by taking college courses for credit (Summer College Courses), rigorous five-week learning designed specifically for highly motivated students interested in earning up to 12 college credits (Summer Honors Intensive), or college life (College Prep Program). 

George Washington University:
 Pre-college program, with credit and non-credit courses.  
Gettysburg College Civil War Institute (CWI): Four-day academic and experiential learning opportunity in historic Gettysburg; full scholarships available to high school sophomores and juniors. 

Global Works:
 Summer service adventures. 

Hartwick College:
Three-week summer college; students choose one course for college credit and enjoy both on- and off-campus activities. 
Harvard University: Summer School Secondary School Program. 
Hillsdale College, Summer Study Abroad: Earn college credit in courses focusing on Shakespeare, Churchill and World War II, and the development of Western civilization and artwork of Italy. 
International Summer School of Scotland (ISSOS): Two locations, St. Andrews and Cambridge Universities; various academic and elective programs.  
Irish Life Experience: Classes, workshops, and tours introducing students to characteristics of Irish life.  
Ithaca College: One-week or three-week pre-college programs; two-week music academy (wind, orchestra, vocal, and guitar – both classical and jazz). 
Johns Hopkins, Center for Talented Youth: Various course offerings. 
Lebanon Valley College: Daniel Fox Youth Scholars Institute; week-long programs on a variety of topics.  
Lewis and Clark College: Pre-college programs for writing and thinking or research in science. 
Loomis Chafee School: Upper School, Middle School, Immersion Geometry and SSAT/SAT Prep programs; “balanced intellectual rigor and social relaxation.” 

Loop Abroad:
One-month summer trip to Thailand during which students explore wildlife conservation and ecology through the lens of the plight of Asian elephants; hike the jungle, live with elephants. 

Marist College
: Summer pre-college.  

Mercersburg Academy:
Great Adventure (ages 14-16), includes white water rafting on the Youghiogheny River, caving at Laurel Caverns, and digital photography, science, comedy and art classes; Young Writers Camp (rising 7th – 10th graders), combines writing activities with a traditional camp experience. 

Messiah College:
Young Writers workshop; two tracks, Creative Writing or Writing for College Track; five days, residential or commuter options. 

Millersville University:
Summer language camps for French, German, and Spanish. 

Millersville University Summer Program in Science and Math:
For academically-talented students who will enter 8th – 12th grades in the fall. “Features intensive student-teacher interaction, advanced-level learning, as well as research and problem-solving experiences. The program’s courses cover a wide range of academic disciplines in mathematics and science, providing students with learning opportunities not normally available at the pre-college level.” 
New Worlds Emerge: Travel to Italy, France, England, Spain, China, Costa Rica, Florida, Washington, D.C., New York.

New York Film Academy:
 Numerous summer camps.

New York Times Student Journeys, who offers educational travel programs for high school students. Their portfolio visits destinations The Times has covered, where students can benefit from their special understanding and insider’s view as they explore themes and topics associated with Times coverage of local issues.

New York University:
 Various high school programs. 
NYU Steinhardt: Music Business Summer Institute. 

Normandie Watersports Camps:
 A camp experience for students who want to concentrate on water sports. Phone 1-518-962-4750. 

Northwestern University: Various programs including: College Preparation Program, College Bridge Program, National High School Institute, Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute, The Center for Talent Development, and Wildcat Sports Camps. Through these various programs high school students can enroll in courses that award college credit; glean college-level experience in debate, speech, journalism, film & video production, and theatre arts; improve writing skills for print, online or broadcast; engage in academic enrichment; or improve sports skills.  Each program has different age requirements, with some accepting students from PreK through grade 12 and others only accepting high school sophomores and juniors.

Otis College of Art and Design: Intensive, four-week pre-college program for students ages 15 and older; sixteen areas of concentration to choose from. 

Oxbridge Academic Programs:
 Programs in England (Oxford and Cambridge), Spain, and France.  
Parsons The New School for Design: Summer intensive in Paris and pre-college academy.
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design: Continuing Education and Youth Classes.  
Pomfret School: Various sports camps. 

Pratt Institute:
 Every summer Pratt offers a college-level program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at its Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. It is an intensive immersion experience in art, design, or architecture. Students choose elective courses such as fine arts/painting & drawing, graphic design, illustration (traditional or digital), fashion design, (Brooklyn only), photography, architecture, and creative writing. PrattMWP, an extension campus of Pratt Institute, is located in Utica, N.Y. and offers courses in fine arts/painting & drawing, illustration, jewelry/metal arts, photography, graphic design, and sculpture. 

Purdue University:
 Engineering summer camps.  
Research Science Institute: Highly competitive program in mathematics, the sciences, and engineering sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. 

Ringling College of Art and Design: Pre-college perspective. 

The Road Less Traveled:
 Life-changing travel: language and service, service learning, global perspectives, adventure expeditions, and leadership training.  
Robotics Programs: CMU, WPI, Brown, and University of Rochester: see the web sites for details.
Roger Williams University: Summer Academies in architecture and visual arts. 
Rustic Pathways: Travel and service programs. 
SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago): Summer study for high school students; painting, drawing, photography, fashion design, graphic design, video, film, animation, creative writing, architecture, designed objects, and sculpture. 
Sail Caribbean: Sailing, scuba, and land-based adventures. 
Saint Vincent College, Challenge Program: Week-long sessions for gifted, creative, and talented students in grades 6-12); course offerings change depending on the year’s theme.

School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA):
  Filmmaking, acting for film, dance, photography, screenwriting with campuses in New York, California, and Vermont.  
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Five- or three-week programs; 2D (painting, drawing, printmaking), 3D/4D (sculpture, installation and performance), digital studio (video, digital photography, and sound art), as well as other programming.

Science Service:
 This site lists numerous programs in math, computer science, computer engineering, and science, many sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Sewanee, The University of the South:
 The Bridge Program in Math and Science.  

Shippensburg University:
 Various programs that can change year to year but may include acting and theatre arts,
parent/student sports camp, creative writing, chemistry, and TV producing and directing. Camps for middle schoolers are also available.

Skidmore College:
Offers summer arts programs in dance, flute, jazz, SITI theatre, and writing; academic programs in liberal arts and studio arts; college preparation and college campus experience; sports camps, all in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Smith College:
 Summer Science and Engineering Program for Girls. 
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program; high school intensive summer in art.  
Spark of Hope Challenge: Leadership program to translate classroom social justice instruction into application.  
Spoleto Study Abroad: Courses in visual arts, photography, vocal music, creative writing, and drama taught in Spoleto, Italy. 
Study Abroad Italy (SAI): Summer high school program abroad;  Florence University of the Arts.  

Various locations, often one close by to LCDS; language learning programs in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu; sponsored by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). 

St. George’s University Med/Vet Summer Academy: 10-day summer program ini Grenada, West Indies, for high school students interested in medicine or veterinary science. 
St. John’s College: Summer Academy, Great Books.  

Stevens Institute of Technology:  Get a taste of college life and possibly check out a major at the same time.  To quote the website, "Live Like a College Student.  Learn Like an Expert."
Suffolk University: Boston Summer Institute: courses on the theme of Boston; High School Summer Scholars Program:  college courses in regular summer sessions; New England School of Art & Design Pre-College Program:  curriculum includes painting, drawing, and two- and three-dimensional design; Madrid Summer Program:  live with families in the city while taking language and culture classes. 
Summer Discovery: Pre-college enrichment, business, and leadership and summer high school internship programs located on 12 college campuses. 

Summer Institute for the Gifted:
 Programs at various post-secondary institutions (changes year-to-year), such as Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Vassar College and Yale University. For more information call 1-866-303-4744 or e-mail to

Susquehanna University:
Wind Ensemble, Writers Workshop, Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship. 

Summer Study Programs at Penn State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Vermont, and the Sorbonne (Paris):
 Pre-college summer programs that combine challenging courses with enrichment experiences (field trips, travel, etc.).

Sweet Briar College:
Explore Engineering weekend and residential courses for high school girls (1 college credit).
Syracuse University, Summer College: More than 20 programs and 50 courses to choose from, including architecture, forensic science, acting and musical theater, accessory design, creative writing, eco-fashion design, writing the graphic novel, management and technology.

Telluride Program:
 Residential programs at various universities offering seminars in humanities and social sciences. 
The Berridge Conservatory: (France) open to all high school students, including graduating seniors; a variety of advanced acting and performance classes.
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts: A Great Books school, Thomas More offers a Great Books Summer Program and a Catholic Leadership Institute.

Theater of the Seventh Sister:
Shakespeare Summer Camp 

United States Military Academy, Summer Leaders Seminar: A select program for juniors; students should come to the College Guidance Office to check the criteria. Participants should be considered competitive for admission to the United States Military Academy. Interested participants can also contact the Admissions Office at 1-845-938-4041. 

Université Sainte-Anne:
 French Immersion Program; eight levels of linguistic competence.  
University of Chicago: Summer Programs for High School Students. 
University of Delaware: Summer College.  

University of Iowa, Iowa Young Writers’ Studio:
 A program for creative writers who have completed at least their sophomore year; application must include a creative writing sample, a statement of purpose, an academic transcript, a letter of recommendation from an English teacher, and the completed application or call 1-319-335-4209 for answers to questions; brochure in the College Guidance Office.

University of Miami, Summer Scholar Programs: Programs in broadcast journalism, business and law, engineering, filmmaking, forensic investigation, health and medicine, international relations, sports administration, and sports medicine. Call 1-800-788-3986 or e-mail

University of Pennsylvania:
  GEMS, Girls in engineering math & Science Camp for girls entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade. 
University of Pennsylvania: Various programs in science, humanities, foreign language (Hindi, Urdu, etc.), both on Penn’s campus and abroad.

University of Pittsburgh:
 Health Careers Scholars Academy (formerly a PA Governor’s School).  
University of Rochester: Rochester Pre-College Programs.  

University of Southern California:
Four-week and two-week summer programs; four-week programs offer the option of enrolling in one of over 20 courses offered in a variety of subjects; two-week programs ask students to choose from art, architecture, education, or pre-health/global studies.

University of St. Andrews
: Summer science school; designed to introduce students to the University of St. Andrews, and give them an opportunity to take part in a variety of classroom and laboratory-based activities.

University of Virginia:
 4-Star Summer Camps; offers a Junior Academics program (grades 7, 8, 9) and a Senior Academics program (grades 10, 11, 12), as well as tennis camps.

US Performing Arts Camps: Performing arts and media offerings. 
Vanderbilt University, PAVE Program (pre-college program): Six-week program open to high school seniors who are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical, science, or technology program; or juniors who are planning to take  AP or honors mathematics and science courses. 

: Service adventures.
Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Programs:  Offer one- to two-week hands-on learning experiences in nine institutes (Academic Discovery, Sports Marketing, Technology, Biosciences & Engineering, Law, Leadership, Sports Medicine, Business & Entrepreneurship, and Medicine) in Winston-Salem and in Charlotte, NC (check the brochure to see which institute is being held in which city).  
Washington University: Participate in either the five-week High School Summer Scholars program and earn up to 7 units of transferable college credit; or the three-week High School Summer Institutes program and choose from the writing institute, the pre-medical institute, or the photojournalism institute.

Washington Workshops Foundation:
 Week-long seminars in Washington, D.C., for middle school or high school students; high school seminars include The Congressional Seminar, an International Conflict Resolution Seminar, a Presidential Seminar, and a Democracy in Action Seminar; scholarships available.

Wesleyan University: Center for Creative Youth, Summer Arts Residency; five-week intensive study in the arts; emphasizes multicultural and interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking and leadership with an emphasis on problem-solving skills in instrumental and vocal music, theater, musical theater, technical theater, creative writing, dance, filmmaking, and visual arts (which includes photography); open to rising sophomores through rising seniors.

West Point Invitational Academic Workshop:
 Week-long immersion in academic, military and social life for students considering West Point; students “explore West Point from all angles, including some intense military training and athletic activities.

Where There Be Dragons:
Cultural immersion, experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences. 

Wilderness Ventures: Leadership adventures, leadership expeditions, international adventures, community service adventures, explorer adventures.

Wolfeboro Summer Boarding School:
 Focuses on study habits, academic credit, ESL, and SAT prep.  
World Affairs Seminar: Week-long program brings together students from all over the world to discuss current world issues in a non-threatening environment. “Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict with the idea that if the causes are understood, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.” To apply and glean more information about WAS visit the website.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute:
 Several well-balanced one-week or two-week programs that give students the chance to do exciting work in disciplines such as filmmaking, engineering (aerospace, biotechnology, biomedical, biochemistry, civil, environmental, electrical, computer, etc.), computer science, interactive media and game development, mathematics, robotics, and physics. Students also enroll in humanities and arts workshops (writing, art, speech, history, international studies, law, or theater); see also the Leadership Academy for Young Women, for girls rising 8th – 12th graders. 

Yale University, Exploration Summer Programs:
 Explo at Yale (grades 10-12); Explo at Wellesley (grades 8-9); Explo Focus programs (various high school levels) change yearly, with recent programs in world exploration, the culinary arts, sports medicine, emergency medicine, and veterinary science.

York College of Pennsylvania Summer Music Camps:
A pre-college enrichment program for students ages 13 and up; students participate in master classes, theory and ear-training classes, workshops on varying topics, chamber ensembles, and optional private lessons.
 New York Times Student Journeys, who offers educational travel programs for high school students. Their portfolio visits destinations The Times has covered, where students can benefit from their special understanding and insider’s view as they explore themes and topics associated with Times coverage of local issues.

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