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2024 Summer Programs

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BU’s long-running Summer Term pre-college offerings include a choice of one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs that prepare you for success in college. With five exciting and challenging pre-college summer programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in University labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. Summer is a great time to push yourself academically while adapting to college life, making new friends, and engaging in fun, social activities around Boston and on campus. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries in our summer programs for high school students—and take the leap into college life and academics.
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Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Programs mirrors the undergraduate experience, giving rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore their interests and passions while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff.
CMU provides a holistic and robust student experience that includes academic and personal development both inside and outside of the classroom in order to prepare students for the future. Live and learn in a college setting that will challenge you to discover your best self.
For over 100 years, Carnegie Mellon has offered students unique and hands-on educational programs from the fine arts to technology and everything in between. Through Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs, rising juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to experience a world-class education on a beautiful, vibrant college campus. Our programs prepare students for their upcoming college experience, help them narrow their career focus, and build critical knowledge and skills. Programs include:
Computational Biology 
National High School Game Academy
Writing and Composition 
Fully Funded, Merit-Based Scholar Pre-College Programs
  • AI Scholars: Provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. (4-week program, rising seniors only)
  • CS Scholars: Provides students who have been historically excluded in the field of computer science an opportunity to explore the subject with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.  (4-week program, rising juniors only) 
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science:  Allows students from underrepresented communities to develop a deeper understanding of STEM via traditional classroom instruction, hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. (6-week program, rising seniors only)
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The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) is a week-long summer program for high school students. The curriculum explores African American history, identity, and contemporary culture through the framework of a liberal arts education. It’s designed for Black and African American students and those interested in African American studies. The free program provides exposure to highly rigorous, college-level coursework within the unique style of education found only at liberal arts colleges like Carleton. 
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This highly acclaimed program, designed for rising high school seniors, offers participants a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and fun-filled experience, all for the incredibly low cost of $600.
Each year, more than 300 rising high school seniors take part in the program, and leave campus with a new appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, true friendship, and the beauty of God’s creation evidenced in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
With a waiting list each year, the program helps students better understand the benefits of a liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview, and encompassed by a vibrant Catholic culture.
A number of the participants each year are somewhat hesitant to “go to school” during the summer, even if just for one week, but the vast majority of them end up being blown away by what they experienced during the program.
Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes (Philosophy, English, History, and Theology), then, after Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include canoeing on the Shenandoah River, a hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, singing/talking over a bonfire, participating in a talent show, and attending a debate and an Irish barn dance. These engaging and wide-ranging activities show the participants that you can still have good old-fashioned fun in a moral and Catholic environment!
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CC's Pre-College Block (July 8-24, 2024) includes an array of academic courses, all taught by CC professors and for college credit.
Introduction to Human Anatomy
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Entrepreneurship & Business Management
Introductory Astronomy: Your Place in the Universe
Writing the News
Introduction to Drawing: Landscape Immersion
Our summer 2024 Pre-College application is open! Need-based scholarships are available until March 1, 2024. 
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Get a head start on college by taking fascinating online undergraduate courses taught by esteemed Cornell faculty, earn college credits and a Cornell transcript, and prep for college admissions.  
Three- and six-week online summer courses will be offered June 3 to August 6. Applications are now being accepted.  
(Note: The summer residential program will not be offered in 2024.)
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The Summer Video Institute (SVI) at DeSales offers students an introduction to the theories of techniques of digital movie making. Each student will create a minimum of two short films and potentially collaborate on a larger scale production. Students will hear lectures on how to design, shoot, stabilize, and edit films of your own creation. Other topics will include scriptwriting, Adobe Premiere, and sound and stabilization techniques.
The Summer Video Institute is offered June 17-22, 2024.
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Drexel's College Access Academy is a one-week program focused on assisting prospective college students through the college selection and admissions processes. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a week filled with interactive workshops, skill development sessions, and a 
wide variety of social activities and opportunities to connect with fellow students. This in-person, residential program is targeted to support underrepresented students of color and/or first-generation college students who are rising high school juniors or seniors. Sunday, July 7 - Friday, July 12.
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The John Carroll University Young Writers Workshop (YWW), a week-long summer camp at John Carroll University, is now accepting applications. Both day and residential options are available, so students from anywhere can experience and learn inspiring and rigorous creative writing. We are a Qualified Education Service Provider for Ohio’s Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) program, so those eligible for ACE funding can use it for our program.
This year's workshop takes place from Monday, July 22, to Friday, July 26, 2024.
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There is more to being part of a college community than living on campus. This three-week program instills the values of mutual respect, dedication to academic achievement, and opportunity for personal change and growth. When it is time for them to matriculate onto a college campus, students in this program will be better prepared to interact with faculty members and fellow students.
Program Dates: July 6-27, 2024*

Traditional Track: $5,990
Social Pragmatics Track: $7,390
Plus $150 refundable damage deposit
(Cost includes double occupancy residence hall room, meals, and activities)
Here's an opportunity for technically-inclined students, specifically those who want to explore actuarial science or computer programming. For more than 30 years we've run a one-week summer camp for rising high
school seniors to help them decide if they want to pursue actuarial work, and new this year LVC  is offering a programming camp with applications to data science.
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The Marist Summer Pre-College Program gives rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take hands-on, college-level courses in a variety of subject areas, learn from experienced faculty and earn three transferable college credits.
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The Summer Scholars Program is a week-long summer experience for high-achieving high school students who will be juniors or seniors the following fall. This program provides experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you for college and future success. The Summer Scholars curriculum is built for active learners. Students participate in lively discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world experiences with our faculty.
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Pre-college Summer is a 1-week, July 14-20, residential experience designed to provide a dynamic and immersive learning experience for high school students in grades 9-11. From exploring the vibrant streets of New York City to diving into the world of entrepreneurship, animation, and beyond, our diverse range of academic offerings caters to every interest and aspiration.
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The program is called First Ascent. Students will take 5 courses and participate in activities around campus, including a hike, craft night, and making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. The courses are non-credit bearing, but students will be eligible for a $2,000 recurring scholarship if they choose to come to the Mount. 
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NYU Pre-College offers highschoolers the opportunity to experience life as an NYU student, earn college credits toward a future degree, and immerse themselves in the dynamic, global community that is New York University. 
Take undergraduate courses in a wide range of academic subjects taught by NYU's world class faculty. Explore a possible future major or discover a new academic interest, all while engaging with NYU classmates from around the world.
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What began in 1986 as a summer program in Oxford, England, has grown to offer programs in Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona, and New York City. Imaginative teaching, experiential learning activities, and cultural enrichment remain central to all of our programs as we encourage students to immerse themselves in some of the world's most fascinating cities.
What's Included:
Our tuition includes all costs related to classroom instruction, accommodation, two daily meals, transportation to and from the airport, all books and materials, workshops, field trips, and other activities organized by the program. Tuition does not include airfare, daily lunch, or personal expenditures. A select number of scholarships are available based on financial need and academic merit and we offer multiple payment options.
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Enroll in two, 2-credit classes from a list of 19 different concentrations! This immersive, 4-week program takes place on Pratt’s beautiful Brooklyn campus. Residential students live in Pratt residential halls and participate in extracurricular activities such as museum visits and artist lectures. 
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The  2024 PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-represented in science, engineering, and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place in-person, Sunday, July 28 through Saturday, August 10, 2024 (2 weeks), on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY. 
The PREFACE Program is for students who will be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application.
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Residential Summer Immersive - June 29–August 3, 2024
Pre-College isn’t just an education—it’s an experience.
This summer, live like a RISD student and work alongside hundreds of other creative, highly motivated students who will inspire you to push your limits and produce your best work.  Applications open November 14, 2023.
Follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, visits to the Nature Lab and RISD Museum, critiques and projects that will forever shape the way you approach art and design.
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Summer applications are now being accepted to sign up for online courses.  They are designed for high school students to help them explore their interests. Students can discover if a subject they are passionate about could lead to a college major or a future career.
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The Summer Institute for Politics is offered through the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve. The Pell Center is a leading think tank focused on a variety of issues including promoting bipartisanship, restoring the power of local media, and the role of media in democracy. This week-long, residential program will expose students to many opportunities in politics and how their generation can help our country move past the cynicism sometimes associated with political discourse.
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Through SCAD Summer Seminars and SCAD Rising Star, future creative stars make new friends, trendsetting work, and career connections with acclaimed professors — all while getting a glimpse into university life. Explore our options:
SCAD Summer Seminars
Session 1: June 23–28; Atlanta and Savannah
Session 2: July 7–12; Atlanta and Savannah
Session 3: July 14–19; Atlanta and Savannah
Session 4: July 21–26; Savannah only
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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a summer enrichment program that provides passionate and intellectually curious students with intensive study in a single course.  Our program covers advanced subjects rarely taught in high school, offering students a chance to challenge themselves by diving deep into cutting-edge topics
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Each of our programs give students the opportunity to explore a college major and test drive the college experience. Each of our programs have been creatively designed by a world-class Stevens faculty member who is an expert in their field. Our goal is to get your students thinking strategically about their future! 
March 1st 2024 is the priority deadline to apply to our Pre-College programs.  If students submit by March 1st, they will receive a decision from us by the end of March!
What distinguishes our Pre-College Programs from others?
Engaging with state-of-the-art technology
Exploring a potential major
Learning in cutting-edge facilities
Collaborating with our exceptional faculty
Experiencing the amazing views of New York City
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For more than 60 years Syracuse University’s Office of Pre-College Programs has been giving high school students the opportunity to explore potential college majors and careers in its renowned pre-college programs. Students not only learn about what it’s like to be a college student, they leave the program with more confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of being ready for college. Students can choose from over 100 courses in one of our six pre-college programs. 
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Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Pre-College Programs educate and inspire creatively-driven students entering grades 10–12 to be active in achieving their highest artistic and academic goals. Tyler Pre-College offers a profoundly transformative experience, and prepares young artists to express, discover, and innovate within a large, urban, public research university where students and faculty engage with the world's most pressing and complex issues. 
Held in state-of the-art facilities, Tyler Pre-College classes are taught by makers and thinkers from many practices, cultures, identities, and backgrounds. Our dedicated faculty teach students to lead confidently and navigate challenges as young artists through an immersive studio experience in art, design, architecture and the built environment.  
Beginning and advanced student artists will find classes that allow them to explore new media, progress technical skills, and create work suitable for their college admissions portfolio. On-campus housing is available for all of our programs introducing students to Temple’s campus and Philadelphia’s cultural highlights.
Visit our website to learn more about on-campus housing options, financial aid, and how to apply. 
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Summer Institute offers innovative in-person programs for rising students in grades 10–12 designed to prepare young actors, dancers, musicians, artists, designers and entrepreneurs to navigate their art form.
Choose a program that parallels UArts’ college experience. You’ll be immersed in artistic and critical study while getting inspired with new ideas, insights and perspectives. You’ll also earn three college credits for successfully completing a program.
At UArts, independent thinkers from around the globe are your collaborators and community. At the end of the program, you’ll be thinking and making like an artist—with focus, motivation and vision.
July 8–July 26, 2024
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The UD Edge Summer College Program prepares high school students moving into their junior or senior year for a future as a successful college student. By emphasizing academic excellence, practical skill building and student leadership, Edge offers you the challenge, independence and excitement of a learning experience that can only be found at a top national university.  
The Edge Summer Program will be held July 7-27, 2024.
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As a high school student who is motivated to change the world, we invite you to consider the pre-college online program offered by the University of Notre Dame. Designed to empower brilliant and energetic thinkers, courses feature dynamic video lessons by renowned faculty, and access to mentors. Best of all, study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace, since the program is available year-round. This is a great opportunity for you to explore your passions and prepare for college.
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Villanova College of Professional Studies is excited to once again offer our Pre-College Summer Academy program! Taught by esteemed Villanova faculty, this immersive 4-week program is designed to prepare rising high school juniors, seniors, and incoming college freshmen for a collegiate education and student life experience.    
Students can choose from the  3 + 1 Option, which includes:
one (1) 3-credit college course of their choice plus a 1-credit college prep class, or they may enroll solely in the 1-credit course.  
July 1 - July 29, 2024
3-credit + 1-credit Option - $3,160
1-credit college readiness course $790
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Applications for Virginia Tech's 8th annual Black College Institute (BCI) are now live! We invite high-achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and seniors to apply and participate in this summer academic leadership program! All programs are FREE of cost to students!
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In the Launch Program for rising 9, 10, and 11th graders, students will leverage research and technology to find solutions to current problems in a variety of scientific fields alongside WPI’s renowned faculty. Launch is offered as a commuter program where students will be able to step into the shoes of a video game designer, computer programmer, crime scene investigator, robotics engineer, and more! Please see the program details for more information regarding format. 
The Frontiers Program, running for over 40 years, is a residential, overnight program for rising 10, 11, and 12th grade students who want to explore STEM through a collegiate lens, and prepare for their own college journey. Students will be challenged to explore the outer limits of their knowledge in STEM and explore unsolved global issues, along with a touch of humanities through another aspect such business entrepreneurship, digital painting, psychology, and more.
Virtual Offerings 
The College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers is a pre-college program designed for rising 11th and 12th graders who are interested in earning college credit and experiencing an academically challenging college course. Students enroll in a WPI undergraduate course, lasting 5-weeks and taught by WPI’s world-renowned faculty. ​Upon completion, students receive an official WPI college transcript.