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Pre-College Summer Programs

​Summer Manga Courses for Teens (Open to Middle School and High School Students)

This summer, explore manga art, character design and story development with one (or all) of The Japan Society’s manga workshops designed just for teens! Whether you are a total beginner looking for a start in the world of manga art, or are looking to improve your skills in manga design, they have courses for you throughout the summer.

NYU Tisch School of the Art Summer Programs

NYU Tisch commuter, online, and residential programs for high school students are a way for you to develop your talents and explore the possibilities of a career in the arts. They encourage creativity and self-expression while providing you with a foundation for collaboration. The rigorous, professional training you receive is an outgrowth of the undergraduate programs, offering you an immersive experience in emerging media and the performing and cinematic arts. 
Click here for more information

St. John’s College Summer Academy

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 great books. A genuine introduction to college life, Summer Academy helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills in classes led by St. John’s faculty. This summer, they are offering week-long programs on their campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and online programs from your own home. Summer Academy is perfect for high school students who want to immerse themselves in books, ideas, and a community that loves learning as much as you do. And it is fun!
Click here for more information

Goucher College Young Writers’ Camp

Goucher College is excited to offer its third annual Goucher Young Writers’ Camp from Monday, July 12, to Friday, July 16. The one-week workshop will give students the opportunity to develop and hone their creative writing skills, with direction from award-winning novelists, short story writers, and poets. Program features include:

  • Study various genres of creative writing with published authors
  • Participate in an intensive personal essay writing workshop on college essays
  • Explore Goucher’s campus and college life
  • Receive feedback on writing from peers and instructors

Click here for more information

Girls With Impact Academy Program

Girls With Impact is a unique program for all girls ages 12 – 18, equipping them with entrepreneurship skills, confidence and business knowledge that set them apart when it comes to their future success. Over the course of ten live classes, students learn to develop a venture idea, create their own business or non-profit through one-on-one coaching, and meet industry experts.
Click here to learn more about the GWI Academy. Live online briefings are held every Thursday at 11:30am EST. Click to register for a Live Briefing

New York Film Academy Online Summer Camps

New York Film Academy offers Online Summer Camps, After-School, Weekend programs for teens, providing an active, creative learning experience where students have the ability to interact with instructors and classmates from all around the world, from home, while also creating original work. Programs include live interactive instruction, group meetings, and practical, creative projects. As with their on-campus camps, classes are kept small to allow for optimal teacher-student interaction, critique, and discussion of creative work. Summer camp offerings include Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, Game Design.
Click here for more information and full list of offerings

Augustana College Summer Academy

Augustana College’s Summer Academy will run from July 12-Aug. 13, 2021, for rising high school juniors and seniors. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive one college credit that is transferable to any college or university. The cost for all classes is $220. Registration will close June 15. Course titles include: Are Sci-Fi Movies Based on Science?, Afro-futurism :From Beyonce to Wakanda, “Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face”: What Survival Movies Teach about Handling Adversity, Logic for Life, and Plagues and Poxes
Click here for more information and to apply for a course

Lynn University Summer Dual Enrollment Program

High school Juniors and Seniors can take college-level classes taught by renowned faculty remotely over the summer and enjoy Zoom hangouts with new classmates, all while exploring the exciting possibilities Lynn University has to offer. Students can take up to two online courses, receiving three credit hours for each course successfully completed. Credits may be applied to a bachelor's degree. Click here for more information and to apply.
Courses will run from May 17-June 12. Click here for a full list of available courses.

University of Pennsylvania/Schoolyard Ventures Social Innovators Program

This summer, the University of Pennsylvania is offering a certificate program called the Social Innovators Program in partnership with Schoolyard Ventures. The Social Innovators Program is an eight week project-based program designed to help upper school students launch their own social enterprises (businesses and non-profits) while also earning a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania.

The program will take place from June 14th - August 7th. The program is designed to work around students’ summer schedules, with flexibility for scheduling session times (day or evening). The program is virtual (as it has been since its inception, four years ago), featuring small class sizes (6 students, 2 instructors in each class) and significant time for one on one support and coaching.

The application deadline is May 15th, but admission is rolling. More information can be found here. 

Georgetown University Pre-College Program (Online)

Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of our its Pre-College Online Program—offering courses that enable high school students 13 and older to explore subjects they may wish to study in college. The program is launching with two interesting courses—Law: How to Think Like and Attorney and Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries—with more in the works. Click here for more information.

Dean College Pre-College Programs (in Person)

With Dean College Summer Pre-College programs, students can ahead by earning college credit and getting practical experience!  Programs are being offered in Sport Management & Leadership, Forensics, and Sports Broadcasting.  Students will find unique experiences embedded in each program including blood spatter analysis or behind-the-scenes access to the New England Patriots training camp. Visits to Gillette Stadium or other locations appropriate to your program are also included.

Learn more about these exciting programs by attending a live virtual information session. This session will take place on Wednesday, May 5th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

University of Toronto Summer Enrichment Programs

Enrichment and summer programs are offered by many areas at the University of Toronto in a wide range of topics. These programs are for high school students looking to explore new areas, challenge themselves, and expand their horizons. 

Click here for more information

AIRR-NA International Universities College Fair

Thursday, April 29 from 7pm-9:30pm EDT

This online chat will connect you directly with US based representatives from 22 universities in 9 countries. Use this opportunity to explore the incredible international graduate study courses available for you around the world! After signing in, you'll be able to explore the available information and opportunities, and participate in 1-on-1 text-based chats with representatives from participating organizations. 

Click here for more information and to register

Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Pre-College Programs

This summer, Drexel’s Westphal College is offering summer programs in Dance, Digital 3D CGI, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Merchandising and Music Industry.

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WPI Frontiers (Grades 11/12) and Launch (Grades 9/10) Summer Programs


Rising 11th and 12th grade students can explore a STEM major and Humanities and Arts minor in a two- or four-week online program in July. Students will learn in tandem with other students in this synchronous program and get the chance deepen their knowledge alongside WPI faculty and likeminded students. Check out our course offerings and apply today!


In the Launch program for 9th and 10th grade, students will leverage research and technology to find solutions to current problems in a variety of scientific fields alongside WPI’s renowned faculty. Students will be able to step in the shoes of a video game designer, computer programmer, crime scene investigator, or robotics engineer. Registration is open and fills on a first-come, first-serve basis.

WPI is hosting live information sessions and POP-IN hours throughout the month of April.  Click here to register for one of these sessions and learn more about these amazing programs.

Japan Society Junior Fellows Leadership Program – Application due Monday, April 12

The Junior Fellows Leadership Program is an online leadership experience for high school students who possess the potential for strong leadership and demonstrate the skills necessary to be future leaders. During this online program, Junior Fellows have the opportunity to build networks with current industry leaders and program alumni in Japan and the U.S., expand leadership skills, learn about Japanese high school life through virtual school exchange, conduct team research on SDGs with their Japanese counterparts, and experience Japanese culture through a virtual workshop.

U.S. high school students from 9th to 11th grade are eligible to apply. Junior Fellows will be selected based on demonstrated leadership skills and potential, as well as the qualities necessary to have a successful and engaging experience with other program participants; including (but not limited to): ability to adapt to a foreign culture, emotional and interpersonal maturity, strong academic background and a demonstrated interest in Japan. Knowledge of Japanese language is helpful, but not required.

Click here for more information and to apply

Barnard College Pre-College Programs

This summer, Barnard is offering virtual pre-college opportunities including Pre-Baccalaureate Program, Young Women Writers Institute, STEMinists in Training Institute, and Young Women’s Leadership Institute.  All programs will be synchronous learning opportunities and connect students from across the globe.

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Stanford & Close Up Public Policy Course (June 28 – July 9, 2021)

This public policy course will bring together a diverse cohort of high school students from across the country to work on a real-world deliberative democracy project! Students will identify the most important issues facing their generation; gain the knowledge and skills needed to lead deliberations in their schools and home communities; and develop resources and events to encourage youth participation in nationwide deliberations. Apply here by April 15th! 

PREFACE: The Rensselaer Summer Engineering Design Program

PREFACE is a summer experience hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for talented high school sophomores and juniors (who will enter the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2021) interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions, from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 16, 2021.

Click here for more information and to apply.  If you have questions, email

Case Western Reserve University Pre-College Program

Case Western Reserve University is offering a new pre-college program for high school students to allow them to participate in a rich learning experience created by one of the nation’s top research institutions. Each course features video lessons by Case Western Reserve instructors and live sessions with university mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format lets students study anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.  Upon finishing a course, students receive a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University.

Course options for 2021 are Origins: How The Universe, The Solar System, And Life Began and Social Entrepreneurship: The Business Of Helping Others

Brandeis Precollege Online Program

Brandeis Precollege offers programs that enable high schoolers age 13 and up to explore subjects they may wish to pursue in college. Current offerings are: Civil Litigation, Climate Change, Global Health and Women’s Health. Each course is taught by Brandeis faculty through video lectures and supplemented by live sessions with university mentors.

Throughout the month of April, Brandeis Precollege is hosting several virtual open houses to provide more details on each program being offered.  Click here for the full schedule and to register for each open house.

Pratt Institute PreCollege Summer Intensive

Pratt’s summer 2021 PreCollege Intensive Program provides students with an opportunity to build their art and design skills, create a portfolio of their work, and explore possibilities for study and employment in creative fields. Classes are modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate curriculum, taught by experienced faculty and alumni in order to provide students with a rich and immersive educational experience. The application-only program equips students with elective college credits accepted at Pratt and most other colleges and universities.  Pratt PreCollege welcomes students of all experience levels!

To learn more about the Pratt Summer Intensive, attend their Live Zoom Information Session on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:30PM-1:30PM Eastern Time. For an updated list of course offerings, visit

Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches Global Hospitality Summer Programs

Are you interested in exploring a career in Hospitality, Business, International Events, Luxury, Marketing, Finance, or Real Estate and Asset Management?  If so, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches Global Hospitality Education is hosting a presentation on their summer program where you will also learn about their campuses, student life and have the opportunity to meet some of their alumni. The Summer Program at Les Roches will teach you about hospitality arts with expert faculty and go behind the scenes at world-class hotels to see how hospitality magic is made.  To learn more, Live Information Sessions will be held in April 16 and April 17 and will be delivered in both English and Spanish.  Please click on the following links to register for these webinars.
3:00 pm EST -  Spanish Session
5:00 pm EST -  English Session
12:30pm EST - English Session
2:30pm EST - Spanish Session

Kaleidoscope Fellowship - For students ambitious about understanding & changing the world, starting with themselves

Kaleidoscope Fellowship Online offers live, interactive summer classes for high school students ambitious to find their paths & make a difference. 

Topics include climate change, mental health & wellbeing, systemic racism, and more. Each class teaches concepts from a social science like psychology, sociology, or political science to help you understand the world in a deeper way, to become someone who can evaluate the headlines, not just read them. Students will be able to apply what they learn to their daily lives this summer & beyond, and also hear from compelling speakers--the founder & CEO of an electric aviation company, a White House correspondent, an education philanthropist, the director of a virtual reality lab studying human behavior, and more.   Fellows will complete a student-driven project with support. This is the type of project that can help them figure out their interests and show colleges what matters to them. 

Two-week programs. Start dates 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9. Morning, afternoon, and early evening options. 

Priority deadline 4/16. Scholarships available. 

Boston University Summer Journalism Academy

The Boston University Summer Journalism Academy gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills and presents a virtual classroom experience for high school students interested in journalism, writing or photography.  Each instructor is also a working journalist, so what’s taught is grounded in real-life experience. Each lesson is tied to its practical application, by giving students reporting assignments they can do from home. Each day is a sample of life as a news reporter.
Note: An on-campus, in-person session may be offered as the pandemic recedes. In this event, students enrolling in the online academy may opt to change their registration to the on-campus session.
Two-week sessions begin on June 21, July 5, and July 19.  To learn more visit our website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: If students are accepted to the program and pay the registration fee by April 24, they will receive a special discount of $200 off the tuition. Discount code to use online: 21BUADMISSIONS

ArcStart at the University of Michigan Summer Program (Online)

ArcStart is a pre-architecture program designed to introduce students to the work within a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture. It offers students the opportunity to explore the built environment firsthand through an introduction to architectural design. Participants will experience the rewarding intensity of an engaging college architecture studio, partake in skill-building workshops that reinforce analytical and conceptual problem solving skills, and explore architecturally significant projects.
ArcStart will be held July 6-16, 2021 and the application deadline is March 31, 2021.
Learn more and Apply

The Joy Of Coding Summer Program at the University of Michigan (Online)

The Joy of Coding is an online course specially created for anyone who wants to experience first-hand the power and thrill of coding computers to do amazing things. Created with high school students in mind, it is a great way for anyone to step into the wondrous world of coding. You’ll learn by doing and experience how coding powers apps such as Snapchat and TikTok.  No prior coding experience is required! Anyone who wants to learn is welcome!
Students will: 

  • Learn to code at their own pace with support from Michigan ECE faculty and students 
  • Have weekly coding lectures/assignments using an interactive textbook
  • Have our commitment to help you get unstuck when learning to code
  • Receive a certificate of accomplishment to include in college applications

Please visit our website for further information including math prerequisites, cost ($99), important dates, and more! For priority consideration, please submit an application by April 15, 2021!

Beacon College Summer for Success (In Person and Online)

Founded in 1989, Beacon College is the first college in the nation accredited to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities (LD, ADHD, AD, dyslexia, ASD). The Summer for Success program aims to give college-bound high school students who learn differently the skills, confidence and preparation to successfully transition from high school. They do so by helping students better understand their learning differences, recognize early stumbling blocks and know what they need to succeed in their first year of college. Their core courses are structured to meaningfully prepare students for college to be more effective and confident learners. Most importantly, rising juniors, seniors, and new graduates get to experience what it’s like to live — and learn — on a college campus.
This year, they are expanding the summer high school programming to include additional opportunities at their live on-campus Summer for Success and they also are providing a virtual Summer Boost option for students who would like to begin to develop their skills from home.  Join them on Apr. 7, 2021 for the next Summer for Success informational webinar, which includes an overview of the 2021 Summer for Success options, key benefits of each, limited time scholarship opportunities and a live Q&A.  Click here to register.

Imperial College London Global Summer School (Online)

Imperial’s Global Summer School offers a unique experience for students. At its heart is an intensive academic programme, giving students a taste of what it is like to learn at a world-leading university.  Their programme is a great way to develop your subject knowledge in science, engineering or medicine.  Lectures, seminars, project work, masterclasses and social programme activities will be hosted live online, giving students the chance to interact with staff and students and ask any questions. Lectures will be recorded for students to re-watch or catch up on later if they are not able to watch live.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Marist College Pre-College Program (Online)

The Marist Pre-College Program will be virtual this year but still allow students to earn college credit while exploring majors and courses with like-minded students from around the world.  With 14 courses to choose from, this summer's courses will take place over a three-week period from July 12-30. 
Attend a virtual information session & student panel to learn more about 2021 Marist Summer Pre-College!

Smith College Summer Pre-College Programs (In-Person and Online)

Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, precollege programs offer an inspiring learning experience.  A hands-on, collaborative environment lets students directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Enjoy learning without the pressure of grades or competition. Outside the classroom (whether it be remote or on campus), enjoy Smith’s social offerings in the evenings and on weekends. Remote learners will have multiple options every week to take part in creative, health and wellness, and social online activities. On-campus students will live in a house just a few steps from downtown Northampton and will have the same opportunities in person.
Programs offered in 2021 include: Creative Writing, Science and Engineering, Sustainable Futures (online only), and Women, Gender and Representation.
Click here for more information and to apply

University College Dublin Summer Program

The UCD High School Summer Program is an enrichment program designed specifically for North American students who are interested in learning more about Irish history and culture and may be considering the possibility of applying to universities in Ireland for their undergraduate degrees. Through a series of taught lectures and interactive workshops at UCD, they introduce students to the academic culture in Ireland and the variety of subjects they can study. They also introduce students to Ireland's rich history and cultural identity through field trips around Dublin and the Irish countryside.
Students who apply by April 1 will receive an early application discount.
More information about the program and the application form can be found here. 

University of Rochester Pre-College Programs (Online)

The University of Rochester’s Pre-College Programs offer current high school students a wide range of academic programs and a true sense of college life. The Intensive Studies are a two to four week, non-credit program that focus on one area of study, and are reflective of Rochester’s most popular majors. Students will learn from academic departments about different paths within that subject matter. Non-Credit Courses are up to two weeks in length and will give students the opportunity to choose from a variety of disciplines. Students can explore the flexible Rochester Curriculum and learn what they love with like-minded peers.  Credit Courses are also available to high school students who are looking to get college credit and learn alongside Rochester undergraduates.
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Summer Pre-College 2021 at UMass Amherst 

UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College offers academic intensives for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors ranging in length from 1 to 6 weeks. Their programs give students an opportunity to explore their academic interests & help them decide what to study in college. It's a great way for high school students to experience college-level coursework first-hand. 
Topics range from sport management and business to engineering, animal science, architecture and much more. Please see their program flyer for an overview of courses, dates and fees. You can also visit their website for the full list of program offerings and descriptions.
New for Summer 2021:

All programs will be fully online and taught by UMass Amherst faculty and graduate students. Each course includes a minimum of 8 hours/week of live instruction plus offline assignments. Students will earn college credits and will be able to request an official UMass transcript. 

Rice University ELITE Tech Summer Camp (Online)

Rice ELITE Tech offers high school students an inside look at how to use and/or develop cutting-edge technologies and techniques (e.g., artificial intelligence, internet of things, Python coding, R coding, 3D modeling and 3D printing, data analytics, machine learning, etc.). Rice ELITE Tech has four key components that make it a unique STEM camp: 

  • Tech courses on cutting-edge technologies (e.g., machine learning, human spaceflight, internet of things, 3D printing and modeling, etc.)
  • Engineering problem solving using coding (e.g., Python, R, C++)
  • Engineering leadership training
  • Information about engineering majors and how a student can choose the right one 

Weekly Rice ELITE Tech camps begin June 7.  Registration for Rice ELITE Tech is now live!  They are offering a $100 early registration discount to all students who enroll before April 1.  Visit the website for more information!

Villanova University – NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering (Online)

NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering – Virtual Summer Program is a five-day program that introduces a diverse population of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional fields of engineering, including Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer and Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Students also will be introduced to unique aspects of Villanova’s College of Engineering, which include Sustainable Engineering and Engineering Entrepreneurship. Lectures and hands-on laboratory will involve at home experiments which are taught by Villanova engineering faculty, and daily guest speakers who will provide academic and industry instruction.  

Program Details

  • Program Dates – July 12 – July 16
  • The program is open to rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students.
  • The program cost of $300
  • Participation in the program will be capped at 40 students.

Click here for more information and to register. 

Università Bocconi (Italy) Summer Program (Online)

Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy is offering a summer program for students to attend courses through an interactive platform and get to know students from around the world and learn to work with peers from different countries and cultures.  All subjects will be streamed live and available for re-watching asynchronously, and will be taught in English.  Courses include computer science, fashion, communication, business and economics and more!
Click here for more information

TeenLife Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair

Thursday, February 25 at 8pm EST, the leading site for finding teen-centered enrichment, is hosting a TeenLife LIVE Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair on Thursday, February 25th from 6-8:45pm EST. The experience is similar to an in-person fair where students, parents, and educators can hear short presentations from 18 summer program representatives in a short period of time. To register and see the list of exhibitors click here. To make it easier for you, the presentations will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers. TeenLife recently published the 2021 Guide to Summer Programs featuring 60+ in-person and online opportunities - another great resource for planning your summer.

Drexel University Summer Institutes

Drexel's summer academic programs are summer camps open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Programs include ats, business, medicine, engineering and more!  Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel's labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia's many resources.
Click here for more information

Virginia Tech Black College Institute (Online)

The Black College Institute is a 4-day academic summer enrichment program by Virginia Tech. It hosts talented, high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors.  While this program is designed to attract underrepresented and/or first-generation students, they welcome the participation of any student who has a potential interest in Virginia Tech. The program activities are planned using a multicultural perspective and places a special emphasis on the African-American identity.
Click here for more information
Rising Juniors: Apply using this link
Rising Seniors: Apply using this link

Boston University Summer Journalism Academy (Online*)

The Boston University Summer Journalism Academy gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills and prepare for college during a time of uncertainty and limited travel due to this year’s pandemic.  Each instructor is also a working journalist, so what’s taught is grounded in real-life experience. Each lesson is tied to its practical application, by giving students reporting assignments they can do from home. Each day is a sample of life as a news reporter.
*Note: An on-campus, in-person session may be offered as the pandemic recedes. In this event, students enrolling in the online academy may opt to change their registration to the on-campus session. 
Click here for more information

Juniper Institute for Young Writers (Online)

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers will gather students for online for one or two weeks of synchronous, dynamic and participatory learning, sharing, and community building.
Click here for more information

Seattle University Pre-College Programs

Seattle University offers two pre-collegiate summer programs that provide opportunities for self-paced learning, experiential projects, and real-time engagement with faculty and undergraduate program advisors. Students will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded young leaders from across the country!
The Albers Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a credit-bearing, project-based learning program focused on social entrepreneurship. The program provides youth from African-American, LatinX/Hispanic, Native American Indigenous, and Pacific Islander heritages the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship, marketing, data visualization, accounting, economics, and more.
The Seattle University AI4ALL is an experience for high school students interested in criminal justice and artificial intelligence (AI). Throughout the two weeks, students learn about the intersection of modern technology and criminal justice issues, such as bias and equity. The program is a hands-on experience that includes law enforcement and local organizations.
To learn more, students can sign up for Information Sessions on February 23 and March 23 at 6pm EST.

Inspirit AI: Artificial Intelligence Spring and Summer Program

Inspirit AI, is an artificial intelligence program run by graduate students from Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. The program is both in-person and online and offers a project-based curriculum that allows students to explore the intersection of AI and law, education, healthcare, and more. It is open to all high school students from Grades 9 to 12 and welcomes both students with no programming background (though an interest in AI is appreciated) and students with prior programming experience who will be placed in an advanced cohort.Click here for more information 

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Programs (In Person and Online)

Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U.) offers a variety of summer programs for highly motivated students to experience WashU in the classroom and beyond. Options include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Art of Design, Business, Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Research and Athletics.
Click here for more information

Global Leadership Adventures (In Person and Online)

Global Leadership Adventures offers international volunteering and community service programs for high school students. Every GLA travel program and virtual program – regardless of theme – invites high engagement, critical thinking and a willingness to see the world through many different perspectives, inviting students to participate in interactive experiences that expose them to diverse cultures, arts, value systems and histories.
Click here for more information

Fir Acres Writing Workshop at Lewis & Clark University (Online)

At Fir Acres Writing Workshop, up to sixty high school students (Rising 10, 11 and 12) from across the country come together for two weeks to write and join a community of writers. In daily Workshops, participants study great writing and produce their own under the guidance of dynamic, thoughtful, published faculty. At night, participants gather to socialize, meet and hear from distinguished visiting writers, and work on their own poetry, fiction, and creative prose. During the two-week summer program, students will participate in writing Workshops guided by published faculty members teaching at the college level and, for the first time at Fir Acres, receive one week of individual one-on-one creative writing mentoring from a faculty member.
Deadline to apply is March 8.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Penn Summer High School Programs

The University of Pennsylvania 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.
Click here for more information and to apply

ARCC Summer Programs

Adventures Cross Country (ARCC) has offers 22 summer program options on six continents. Their summer travel programs for teens take place between June and August and last from two to four weeks.  ARCC has three distinct styles of programming: Cultural Immersion, Focus Programs, and Service Learning.
Click here for more information

Tufts Pre-College Programs

Tufts University offers a variety of programs for every learner, and provides the opportunity for teens to experience a rigorous academic environment while growing alongside like-minded students.
Click here for more information and to apply

Indiana University Business is Global (BIG) Summer Program (Online)

The Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Kelley School of Business invites students to Business is Global 2021, a unique, two-week summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. BIG offers immersion opportunities in international business, less commonly taught languages, and cultures from around the world. 
Click here for more information and to apply

2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs

Current high school students, parents, and guardians are invited to register for the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs, taking place beginning in January 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from leading US colleges and universities to learn more about Summer 2021 academic programs for high school students.   You will be able to visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via video or text chat with summer program representatives and view helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience. 
Registration is FREE to all attendees. Limit one event registration per household.

Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College Programs (Online)

Stevens Pre-College Programs allow students to explore ideas and interests in a pressure-free, inspiring academic environment that welcomes big thinkers. They are offering 11 different programs this summer for students interested in business, science, technology and engineering.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Smith College Pre-College Online Community

The Smith College Precollege Community is a non-academic group for students in grades 9–12 that meets monthly. Students will get a chance to participate in three live sessions a month. Every month includes a health and wellness workshop, creative workshop and relevant skill-based session.

Smith College Pre-College Crash Courses

Smith Precollege Crash Courses is the academic component of their online offerings. These intensive weekend courses are taught by Smith Precollege academic directors in subjects such as writing, women and gender studies, science and engineering, and field studies. Courses include:
January 23:  Creating Compelling Characters: How to Create Engrossing, Complex Characters
February 27 – 28: College-Level Scientific Research
March 6 – 7: Writing and Comprehending Lab Reports
March 20: Where Exactly is This Going? How to Design a Captivating, Cohesive Plot
Click Here for more information and to Register

University of Chicago Summer Session (Online)

Discover the awesome course opportunities for high school students this summer with the University of Chicago. Within a supportive online community, students from all over the globe are exposed to diverse ideas in classes taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In their classes, students are given the chance to take intellectual risks, dive more deeply into subject matter, and discuss questions that go beyond the realm of their high school curriculum.
Learn more about the 2021 Summer Session via virtual Information Sessions in February and March. Click Here to Register in advance.

Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program (On Campus and Online)

The Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program offers 9th – 12th grade students the chance to dive deep and explore a particular field of study. Those selected for the program will enjoy access to world-class faculty, resources, industry professionals and a one-of-a-kind view from inside a career field.

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

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 25 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.  

Boston University Summer Term for High School Students (Online)

With five exciting and challenging pre-college summer programs to choose from, students can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in University labs, or be immersed in project-based learning.

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program

The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program (SSP) provides an exciting opportunity for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to explore their academic passions while diving into the college experience.  The program offers two options: the three-week, credit-bearing program, and the two-week, non-credit UM Academies. Both options enable students to concentrate on the subject area they are most interested in and develop friendships with other high-achieving high school students worldwide.

University of Southern California Summer Program (On Campus and Online)

USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4 and 2 week summer courses.  Courses are taught by USC faculty and experienced professionals of the USC academic community. Faculty create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, hands-on workshops and labs, and guest speakers.

Edge Summer College Program at the University of Delaware

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. Edge courses are designed to encourage students to expand their knowledge in new directions and to provide a supportive environment where learning is valued for its own sake.  The Edge exclusive courses offer a minimum of six or, in the case of a class with a laboratory element, a maximum of seven college credits. Upon successful completion of Edge courses, students earn regular University of Delaware credit.
Learn more about The Edge Program via virtual Information Sessions.  Click Here to Register.

Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation (Online)

Engineering Innovation offers high quality, challenging courses for diverse high school students in a supportive and dynamic environment.  We introduce students to engineering, improve college-readiness, and prepare them to succeed in engineering and other STEM fields.  Our typical student is a rising junior (~35%) or senior (~65%) in high school. Talented 9th graders (rising sophomores) may be considered, however, priority will be given to older students. Graduated seniors are also eligible to participate during the summer before they begin their college career.

OxBridge Academic Programs

Oxbridge Academic Programs has been offering summer study programs to students in grades 8-12 for over 35 years. Depending on the program, students choose up to two subjects to study – a Major and a Minor/Workshop - from a range of more than 200 subjects. Outside of class, there are a huge number of elective extra-curricular activities for every program, as well as guest speakers, workshops, and field trips.
You will get a full pre-college experience by studying topics that fascinate you while living in the same spaces that undergraduates reside during the year.
To learn more about OxBridge, attend a virtual information session.  Click here to Register.

OxBridge Scholarship Essay Contest

The Oxbridge Essay Contest, entitled Unpacking History, asks students to step into the future and tell us how historians of the future will write about the pandemic. The contest is open to students in U.S. grades 8-12 and completed essays (1,000 words) must be submitted by January 31, 2021 for consideration.  The winners will be announced in mid-February.  There is no cost to enter and two winners will be selected to receive full scholarships (100% tuition) for the 2021 OxBridge program of their choice:
8th Graders: Programs available in Oxford or Cambridge
9-12th Graders: Programs available in Oxford, Cambridge, Barcelona, Salamanca, Paris, Montpellier, or New York City