Usummer is a free pre-college summer program directory built to help you. Pre-college summer programs are a fantastic way for high school students to test drive college life, discover great new schools and find the colleges that best fit their individual needs.
Attending the right pre-college program can help set the foundation for a successful college search and college career. But with literally hundreds of summer programs for high school students to choose from, finding the right one can often be the hardest part. At Usummer, we encourage you to browse through our free directory and explore the world of pre-college summer programs available to high school students. And don’t forget to take a look at Usummer’s Featured Program. Each year we take time to research and profile some of today’s best pre-college programs, just for you. At Usummer, we’ll point the way. You take the step.
Summer Educational Programs and Camps Directory
Student Education Programs (SEP) is a directory of summer educational programs for high school students and middle school students.
There are different types of summer programs and camps with varying areas of emphasis. For example, there are programs that focus on areas such as art, business, computers, drama, math, music, science, college test preparation, and writing. As a result, students are encouraged to carefully research programs in order to determine which ones would appropriately align with their goals and interests. It also recommended that students examine the location, admission requirements, supervision, costs and other factors of importance for any summer program of interest.
To begin viewing the summer educational programs and camps that are included in this directory, please select a page from the navigation bar on the left side of the page or use the box below.
To view frequently asked questions about summer programs and camps, please visit the FAQ page. Please note that the frequently asked questions page only provides general information and that it is important for students to carefully examine each summer program that they may be considering.
High School Students
- Summer College at Duke (four-week academic credit program for US students currently in grades 10 or 11 and international students currently in grades 10 – 12)
- Summer Academy – Traditional (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
- Intensive STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
- Summer College Online (six-week credit-bearing online program for students currently in grades 10 – 12)
We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:
- seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.
- hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.
- seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.
Check out our 2017 Duke Summer College and Summer Academy Blog for more information and a glimpse at what the programs are like.
“The Columbia summer program gave me the opportunity to amplify my academic passions alongside students from all over the world, explore the beauty of New York City, and experience a taste of college life.”
– GRACE ZHANG, 2016
Each session, take one curricular option for an in-depth examination of a specific subject area.
Residential program open to students who will be 16 years of age or older by the start of the program.
Commuter program open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall.
Summer College offers academically motivated high school students an unparalleled opportunity to take courses at a great Ivy League university while earning college credit, working closely with internationally recognized faculty, exploring majors and career options, making friends from around the world, and enjoying the great natural beauty of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region.
Architecture, Art, Design, and Fashion
Business, Hospitality, and Leadership
College Success and English for Speakers of Other Languages
Debate and Literature
Engineering and Robotics
Government, History, and International Relations
Psychology, Research, and Science
Social Change and Sustainability
Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Summer Programs for High School Students
Are you a high school student age 15 to 18? Then consider spending your summer at Harvard, where you can explore a variety of college-level courses, and live and learn alongside a diverse set of peers.
Our summer programs for high school students are designed to prepare you for that all-important next step—both academically and socially—paving the way for a successful college experience.
Here, you will expand your worldview, meet new people from all over the globe, test-drive potential majors, gain valuable knowledge and skills, and explore Boston—one of America’s most vibrant and historic cities—amid a community of supportive peers and advisors.
TWO OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
A two-week residential experience featuring noncredit courses
Join other intellectually curious high school students on campus at Harvard, where you can explore topics as wide ranging as American law, philosophy, public speaking, the sciences, and writing. The program features:
- A choice of over 100 noncredit courses designed to give pre-college students a preview of college academics.
- On-campus housing with fellow pre-college students and residential staff.
- Structured days, with weekday class meetings and pre-college activities.
During your two weeks at Harvard, you attend class for three hours a day and participate in college readiness workshops or team-building events. In the evenings, you eat in the dining hall, finish homework in your room, and attend social activities.
You leave the pre-college summer program more capable of thinking critically and communicating confidently—skills that will lead to success at school, in college, and in your career.
Applications for the Pre-College Program are now open.
Secondary School Program
College courses for credit in a seven-week session
This is your test-drive of college. At Harvard, you are fully immersed in college life—balancing time between classes, homework, and extracurricular activities. The program features:
- College courses (over 200 to choose from), which you attend alongside current college students, other high school students, and professionals from around the world.
- Credit you can transfer to a college in the future.
- The choice to live on campus, commute, or study online.
- The freedom to schedule your days.
You may choose to enroll in one or two courses. Outside the classroom, you can attend workshops, take trips to nearby colleges, and unwind through activities like intramural sports and musical pursuits. You find a healthy balance of organized events and free time, allowing you the independence you will find in college.
Applications for the Secondary School Program are now open.
If you haven’t decided how to spend your summer, you may want to think about the possibility of participating in a summer program.
Not only is it an exciting way to spend your summer, but you’ll get to experience life on a college campus, explore new and exciting fields you may want to pursue as for college majors, make friendships with students from around the globe and, perhaps, even earn college credit for the courses you take.
If summer programs interest you, you should act soon! Application deadlines come early in the year.
To get you started on the process, check out the following directory of popular summer programs for high school students.
Keep in mind that, if you do not like any of the programs listed below, there’s no need to worry. There are hundreds of summer programs offered each year at colleges all over the country. No matter where you live or what your interests are, chances are that there’s a program offered at a college near you.
The deadline to apply is January 31 at 11:59 PM EST. We encourage all potential applicants to begin and complete their applications as soon as possible to ensure all materials are submitted by the deadline.
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The application fee for 2017 is $55, and can be payable online after the application was submitted.
YYGS will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family. The application fee waiver formmust be submitted with the scholarship portion of your application.
Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March or early April.
YYGS reviews all applications holistically. Our staff understands that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with different educational and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, the essays and letters of recommendation are the most important parts of the application.
The YYGS application requires:
- resume / activity list
- official school transcript
- two letters of recommendation
- unofficial standardized test scores, if available (these are not required)
- one 500 word essay and two 200 word responses
Frontiers of Math & Science (FMS)
June 19 – July 2, 2017
For students interested in exploring cutting-edge developments in the physical sciences and mathematics.
Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship (SDSE)
June 19 – July 2, 2017
For students who are interested in exploring innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges facing our people and the planet.
Applied Science & Engineering (ASE)
July 9 – July 22, 2017
For students who want to explore the application of physical & computer sciences and engineering.
International Affairs & Security (IAS)
July 9 – July 22, 2017
For students with interests in international relations and security and learning historical lessons about leadership.
Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE)
July 27 – August 9, 2017
For students with interests in understanding American legal principles, economic ideas, and values and practices of government in historical and comparative perspectives.
Biological & Biomedical Science (BBS)
July 27 – August 9, 2017
For students who want to delve deeper in the study and application of life sciences.
An unparalleled academic and leadership program at Yale and abroad,
Founded on the tenets of liberal arts,
Renowned for its diverse and inclusive community, and
Committed to increasing education access.
The Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program was founded in 2001 as a small pre-collegiate summer program under the name Ivy Scholars.
In 2013, YYGS admitted 310 students to the Politics, Law, & Economics session and Studies in Grand Strategy session. In summer 2014, the Science, Policy, & Innovation session was added to the mix and the program expanded to accommodate 600 participants. Summer 2016, due to overwhelming interest in STEM subjects and entrepreneurship, ran six distinct sessions, four were science and entrepreneurship focused and two were the flagship sessions – Politics, Law & Economics session and International Affairs & Security session. Building off the success of 2016, YYGS is offering six sessions with two new focuses in 2017: The Frontiers of Math & Science session and Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship.
The 2012 name change from Ivy Scholars to Young Global Scholars reflects the program’s continuing mission to educate increasing numbers of international students and to expose students from the United States and abroad to global issues, international affairs, American government in comparative perspective, and policy leadership. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, participants represented all 50 states and over 100 countries. Countries represented included China, Brazil, Turkey, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Mexico, as well as Myanmar, Tunisia, Kenya, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Afghanistan, and many more.
Yale University directly administers the program through the Yale Office of International Affairs. The members of the program leadership team are all employees of the university and most of our instructional support staff are Yale affiliates, including current Yale undergraduates, recent Yale College graduates, and Yale graduate students. Those few who are not Yale degree holders have backgrounds at schools like Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and Brown University.
The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.
In addition to formal internship programs for high school students, Stanford labs sometimes host high school interns on an informal basis, usually in unpaid internships. The Office of Science Outreach is not able to help individual students identify a host lab or project but if you click on the red title above, you will find some information and tips. Please do not call the Office of Science Outreach for advice or guidance.
The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Summer Internship Program for HS Students is sponsored by the Office of Science Outreach. It’s an intensive 7-week summer program for local Bay Area students interested in science, engineering, math, computer science, or psychology. Students spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active research lab under the guidance of a mentor from the lab (typically a graduate student), and attending weekly group sessions that include field trips, presentations, hands-on science activities, and lab tours. RISE is designed for bright low income students and those who will be the first in their families to attend college.
At the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, high school students spend the summer working in research laboratories. The students become involved in existing research projects and are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. This program enables graduate students to serve as supervisors, prepares high schools students for college and helps strengthen the connections between Stanford and local high schools. We offer several different options, with different areas of focus and time commitments. Applicants can apply to more than one option.
The SMYSP Summer Residential Program offers five weeks of intensive science and health training each summer for low income and under-represented high school students from northern and central California. Participants live together at Stanford, attend scientific lectures, complete anatomy laboratory practicums, intern at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital, and learn about college entrance requirements, application procedures and financial aid. The program is tuition-free; selection is based on an application process.
SIMR – The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program, is for high school juniors and seniors interested in hands-on research in various fields of medicine (immunology, stem cell, cancer, neuroscience, bioinformatics and cardiovascular medicine). This eight week program enables the selected students to take part in research, attend introductory lectures and to present their work at a poster session open to the Stanford community.
The Space Weather Monitor program is an education project to build and distribute inexpensive ionospheric monitors to students around the world. The monitors detect solar flares and other ionospheric disturbances.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers online classes for academically talented youth, residential programs on campus during the summer for high school students, and a fully accredited online high school.
Discovering Medicine @ Stanford is offered by the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) for high school sophomores and juniors who are preparing for a 4-year college and have a serious interest in pursuing a health or medical career. The program is interactive, with small group workshops, and direct interactions with a variety of health professionals from the Stanford Hospitals & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the Stanford School of Medicine. There is a $850 program fee to attend.
For the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience. Visit the program website to access the classes.
The mission of the Stanford Educational Studies Program community is to reach out, to enthuse young eager minds, and share our muses and sources of joy and inspiration with people around us, especially middle and high school students.
We offer days on campus full of academic and non-academic classes taught by Stanford students. ESP invites students to attend classes that could vary from completely “non-academic” stuff like cookie baking and origami, to complicated and challenging classes on machine theory or quantum mechanics.
The Splash! program fee is $40, but generous need-based financial aid is available.
SMASH is a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer enrichment program for high school students at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA campuses, and is expanding to other sites in the future. Live on campus with other high potential Black, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander high school students. Be prepared for college!
Stanford Explore is an exploratory series covering the basic fundamentals and current research areas represented by the five Institutes of the Stanford School of Medicine (Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine, Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine, and Cancer Biology) as well as research areas in Bioengineering and Genetics. Participants are encouraged to sign up for all 4 weeks but may also sign up for just 1, 2 or 3 weeks. Cost is $750 per week.
The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school.
This program is open to all students worldwide. There is a fee to apply and a $6,950 fee to participate.
This program has a second session to accommodate additional students. Please note that the curriculum for both sessions are identical, and the application deadline is the same for both programs. Session 2 begins July 16, 2017
The Stanford University Math Camp, SUMaC is designed for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall, who have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics. SUMaC is for those who seek to be challenged in mathematics and those who would enjoy four weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits. SUMaC provides an environment that fosters social and intellectual development centered on the study and enjoyment of mathematics. Tuition for the 2017 SUMaC summer (including room and board) is $6,500.
This two-week course is for students considering careers in a variety of procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, or to become EMTs/paramedics. There is a $4,250 fee to participate.
The Stanford Middle School and High School Science Circles are academic enrichment programs for students in the Stanford area who are interested in the sciences. Activities take place in the evening during the academic year. Program fee of $250 or $375 per quarter.
The Collaborative Haptics & Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab offers field trips and demos/presentations in local K-12 classrooms and on campus. The CHARM Lab creates robots and human-computer interfaces that use haptics in order to improve human health, safety, and quality of life. The word haptics refers to the sense of touch. Applications of our research include:
- Robot-assisted surgery
- Simulation and training
MEDCSI is a rigorous 2 week program in Medicine that is open to highly motivated high school and premed students. It was created to empower students with the knowledge to plan for a career in medicine. Workshops and sessions are taught by Stanford faculty and include hands on experiences such as performing bedside ultrasounds, dissections, suturing, splinting and visits to the Stanford emergency life flight station and free clinics.
Math circles are weekly gatherings of high school, middle school, and elementary school students working on problems involving complex and advanced mathematical topics, guided by mathematicians and educators. Fee of $250 per quarter.
Stanford’s Clinical Anatomy invites high school students to visit their labs and facilities. Through customizable programs, instructors help students discover, learn, and apply human anatomy in a professional context by introducing students to many of the same learning resources used by Stanford medical students.
Stanford offers many free lectures for the general public on science and engineering topics that are delivered by Stanford’s top researchers in terms understandable to the lay public. Examples include the SLAC Lecture Series and the Summer Science Lecture Series. See the “Lectures & Public Events” page on this site for more information.
Inspiring Future Scientists Through Shadowing (IFSS) is a program hosted annually by the chemistry department at Stanford University during the first two weeks of August. This program gives rising juniors and seniors in high school an opportunity to experience cutting edge chemical research while shadowing a graduate student mentor as they work in the laboratory.We encourage applications from US citizens and permanent residents over the age of 16 interested in careers in science – particularly from women and under-represented minorities. Preference will be given to local students, as no on-campus housing is available for this program. Participants must arrange for their own transportation to/from the Stanford Campus. There is no cost to participate.
The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory sponsors a summer program aimed at girls who will be in 10th grade in Fall. SAILORS aims to expose high school students from underrepresented populations to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The two-week, full-time program will provide both broad exposure to AI topics through faculty lectures and industry field trips, as well as in-depth experience with a research area through hands-on projects. Mentoring and career/personal development sessions with faculty, researchers, and graduate students will further enable personal growth and an opportunity to explore career interests in AI. Tuition, including housing is $4,400. Some financial aid available.
The Canary Center at Stanford is a research center dedicated to early cancer detection research. As part of our efforts to train the next generation of scientists, we offer a paid and unpaid summer internship program. Canary Center interns will work in faculty labs for a 10-week internship in our state-of-the-art research facility. Each participant will be matched with a faculty, postdoctoral scholar, or senior scientist mentor who will help them craft a research project. The successful applicant can expect to work in a dynamic lab environment on challenging projects that involve a broad range of research techniques. The program also includes a series of weekly seminars on early cancer detection research, conducting scientific research, careers in science and the chance to interact with other interns. The program culminates with a research symposium, where students present individual talks or posters on their summer projects in front of their peers, faculty and lab mentors.
The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC, is an independent laboratory of Stanford University based at SLAC in Menlo Park. It serves as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. One of KIPAC’s missions is to reach out to local communities and provide resources and tools for K-12 teachers, students and the general public. KIPAC offers: •Tours for your students •Speakers for your classroom •A viewing of one of their presentations in the Visualization Lab (Viz Lab), including a 3-D movie that traces the development of the universe, from the birth of the first star to the formation of the galaxies.
The Stanford Visitor’s Center offers many public tours.
- Walking tours for the general public,
- Self-guided podcast tours,
- Special tours for high school students interested in attending Stanford,
- Tours designed exclusively for school, team, or community groups larger than 10 people
Project Motivation, affectionately known as ProMo, is a student group dedicated to promoting higher education to minority youths through on-campus visits and tours. Project Motivation is determined to instill a positive attitude towards higher education and help K-12 students understand the unlimited opportunities open to them. Formed in the mid-70’s, Project Motivation seeks to encourage under represented high school students to pursue higher education. It is a program that facilitates the interaction between high school students and Stanford undergraduates. Teachers, help your students tour part of campus, see a dorm room, hear college stories from undergraduates and get the scoop about college life.
SIMR Bioengineering Bootcamp is a hands-on design experience in bioengineering for high school students. Students attend lectures on a diverse set of bioengineering research topics and work for 2 full days a week only (Tues/Thurs) for 8 weeks on a real-world biodesign project which addresses a medical need. There is no cost to participate other than an application fee.
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day residential conference at Stanford University. High school students (including those entering high school Fall 2016 or those who will graduate Summer 2016) from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation. There is a $450 fee to participate (some financial aid available).
These 7-week unpaid internships are awarded to outstanding high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in biomedicine and biological sciences. Interns work from mid-June until early August on a research project within the lab of Professor Jill Helms that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field.
Stanford High School Summer College is a selective program that grants high-achieving students, ages 16 – 19, access to undergraduate education at Stanford University. This program offers an eight-week or nine-week college experience that provides academic, social, and intellectual opportunities not found in a high school classroom. High School Summer College participants enroll as visiting undergraduates in Stanford’s Summer Quarter and take the same courses as matriculated Stanford students taught by Stanford faculty.
The Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine is a hub of interdisciplinary research in genomics with a goal towards improving human health. GeneCamp offers a 9-week internship program for high school students and undergraduates. There is no charge to participate.
The SSTEM program consists of 4 Saturdays; each day introduces students to four different specialties: primary care, general surgery, ophthalmology, and cardiology. Each day will include breakfast, an opening activity, health professional-led presentations, and 2-3 hands-on activities led by Stanford medical students. Students will get opportunities to suture, learn surgical knot tying, perform CPR on mannequins, and dissect sheep hearts and cow eyes. In addition, students will also get an opportunity to visit Stanford for a session in the anatomy lab and a tour of campus. The 2016 program will take place onOctober 22th and 29th and November 5th and 12th.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics courses bring motivated and academically-talented high school students together to allow them to explore their intellectual passions, develop analytic reasoning and creative thinking, and study directly with expert instructors. These online courses are offered throughout the year and give students the opportunity to take a broad offering of math and physics courses not typically offered in secondary schools.
All courses carry Stanford University Continuing Studies credit, and students earn a Stanford Continuing Studies transcript. Formerly offered as University-Level EPGY and OHSx online courses at Stanford.
Girls Teaching Girls to Code is a program where Stanford women teach and inspire Bay Area high school girls to explore Computer Science and Engineering. Students learn coding basics, build exciting projects, and develop strong relationships with mentors in the field. We host Code Camp and several smaller events throughout the year, including workshops, puzzle hunts, and company tours, to encourage continued engagement and to help our students further explore their passions.
The Clinical Neuroscience Internship Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive week long summer program for rising seniors in high school. Interns are introduced to the amazing breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Packed back-to-back are sessions and lab trips seeing how creativity is visualized with brain waves, miniature human brains are grown in dishes, apps and virtual reality are treating eating disorders, cognition is studied in flight simulators, psychiatric testimony supports human rights at the World Court, and more.
Co-sponsored by the Stanford d.school, Design the Future is a week long immersive design thinking summer program in which students work to design solutions to real problems faced by paraplegics, amputees, and others with physical disabilities.
Tours are available to school and community groups on the 1st or 3rd Fridays of the month, depending on the Goodman staff and faculty availability. Tours must be reserved in advance and are limited to 15-20 students. They begin at 3pm or 4pm and typically last one hour.
Tours are led by our educational fellows, who are general surgery residents. Our fellows will talk briefly about the educational path to medical school and residency with a focus on general surgery and its subspecialty programs. The students will also have an opportunity to practice laparoscopic surgical techniques in the simulation suite.
The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Science Conference aims to empower and engage all high school students captivated by the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The Science Conference 2016 features ongoing research from Stanford scholars and the Bay Area science community as well as the fascinating scientific work being conducted by young scholars across the country. Students experience hands-on activities, presentations, roundtable discussions, professional panels, and more!
This program is designed for high school (rising juniors and seniors) and pre-medical undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, STEM, medical research and development, or health care design, with a specific focus on medicine, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. Tuition is $4,000 with a $100 application fee. Supervised on-campus housing available for an additional fee.
Syracuse University Summer College offers a variety of 2 – 6 week programs through which you can discover your passions, live on campus, and explore college life. Some of next year’s programs include:
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Check out our web site for an updated listing of our full program offerings.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Matthew J. Fee, Ph.D.
Director, Summer College
Summer College for High School Students
700 University Ave. Syracuse, NY 13244-2530
- Phone: 315-443-5000
- Fax: 315-443-4410
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Matthew J. Fee, Ph.D.
Director of Summer College
Jessica D. Pitcher
Assistant Director of Summer College
Office Phone: 315-443-5000