Summer and Pre-College Programs

Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop


Based at Boston University, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop is a perfect opportunity for U.S. and international high school students to learn more about journalism, and explore the exciting city of Boston! Our award-winning faculty will help ensure that each student will be taught at a high level, and learn new and valuable journalism skills.


  • Finding investigative story ideas
  • Writing a news story (hard news, profile, and feature stories)
  • Writing an investigative piece
  • How to perform a background check
  • How to work with government databases and other information
  • Interview techniques
  • Computer-assisted reporting (CAR)
  • News ethics
  • Presenting your findings on the web, in print, and for broadcast


Scholarship aid is needs based and is issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships generally cover up to 50% of tuition and do not include room and board. Scholarship students do not have to be from the U.S.  If you would like financial aid, we urge you to apply as soon as possible. If accepted, we will provide you with a financial aid application to submit.

Northwestern University Summer Programs


High School Students

College Preparation Program
Experience college life at Northwestern University this summer in the College Prep Program. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a two-week IN FOCUS seminar in a special topic area.

EducationUSA Academy
International students can improve their English competency and become more familiar with the U.S. higher education system, academic culture, campus life, and application processes for admission to U.S. colleges and universities. Students should be current high school students from 15 to 17 years of age,reside outside the United States and be a citizen of a country other than the United States (U.S. citizens are not eligible) and be a non-native English speaker with at least intermediate-level English.

College Bridge Program
A select group of high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools are admitted to this program each summer. Each participant may enroll in one undergraduate Summer Session course, for which he or she receives college credit.

National High School Institute (Cherubs)
NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Film & Video Production, and Theater Arts. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students.

Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute
This in-depth, five-week program is designed for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and wish to become better writers and editors for print, online and broadcast. Enrollment is limited to 84 and students typically come from as many as 25 states and abroad. Teachers are top-notch practitioners and distinguished Northwestern faculty.

The Center for Talent Development
CTD offers enrichment programs for academically talented students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among participants.

Wildcat Sports Camps
Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, Wildcat Sports Camps provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages. Campers have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve skills and receive guidance from coaches and student athletes alike.


Penn Summer Programs

Penn Summer High School Programs

Get your first taste of college life at an Ivy League Institution!

Penn Summer High School Programs, open to residential and commuting students, offer an outstanding academic challenge:

  • Our programs are built around courses taught by Penn faculty, scholars, and distinguished outside experts.
  • With small class sizes you can be sure to get the individualized attention you deserve.
  • Residential programs include academically based extracurricular activities such as SAT preparation workshops, a college writing series, and presentations about college admission.

Summer Academies are academically intensive, non-credit programs for high school students. Residential and commuter options available.

High school students can experience Penn undergraduate courses during the summer and receive official academic credit.

Students from the Greater Philadelphia Area are presented with unique opportunities through Penn Summer High School programs.

Other Programs:


Boston University Summer Programs

Summer Programs for High School Students

This summer, preview the college experience at one of the world’s top teaching and research universities—in one of the most exciting US cities. Boston University Summer Term invites you to check out four summer high school programs that challenge you intellectually and introduce you to college life. Each of our high school programs offers you the chance to learn and explore new subjects as you bond with other students through fun social activities on campus and around Boston.

Join other motivated high school students from 48 states and 58 countries for a summer experience that will give you a true advantage in college.

Take a look around this site, and learn more about our exciting summer opportunities for high school students. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.



Georgia Tech Pre-College Programs


ECE Outreach: Pre-College Programs

The ECE Outreach Office coordinates several major programs for high school teachers and pre-college students of various ages, as well as tours of the School’s facilities and visits to metro Atlanta schools.

These activities are organized in partnerships with local public school systems and magnet programs, the Georgia Tech Admissions Office and other campus groups that also have K-12 outreach missions, and engineering and science professional societies.

Below is a list of programs led by ECE; please check back often for updates.

The following campus offices offer additional information about campus visits, information sessions, and other specialized programs at Georgia Tech:

Emory University Pre-College Programs

The Emory Pre-College Program is a summer academic program for high school students. It gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students may explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students, and earn transferable college credit.Two-week non-credit courses, and six-week credit courses are available.  Emory Pre-College students live together in a dorm on campus or within commuting distance with their families and participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life.

Students will enjoy the beautiful, tree-lined Emory campus and its outstanding facilities, meet new people and make lifelong friends. Students come from all across the U.S. and the world. Ranked #20 by U.S. News and World Report and #15 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for best values among private universities, Emory University offers a small liberal arts college environment within a major research university. Click here to begin your application.

Brown University Pre-College Programs


Summer@Brown offers courses that are designed for students looking to experience college-level academics on an Ivy League campus. Reflecting Brown’s broadliberal arts curriculum, Summer@Brown features nearly 200 courses, designed andtaught at the level of first-year college courses, and ranging in length from one to four weeks. Resting on the principles that are at the core of a Brown undergraduate education and its open curriculum, the program shifts the focus away from grades and credits and towards learning itself.

The program attracts likeminded students, ambitious and driven in their educational pursuits. This, combined with passionate instructors, fuels the program’s challenging curriculum. Students engage in their own academic development and are encouraged to explore topics of interest. Without the pressure of formal grades, students can focus on studying what they are passionate about.

Prepare for College Success

Along with a robust co-curricular program and a supervised residential experience, Summer@Brown is designed to help prepare students for the self-discipline and independence required for college-level life and learning. Students learn to balance rigorous academics and free time by making daily decisions about homework, activities, and relaxation.

Classes meet for three hours daily, and are scheduled during the morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon. Each course may require up to three hours of daily out-of-class homework assignments—reading, writing, group work, and studying. This time also includes scheduled meetings with your instructor or course Teaching Assistant. Many courses feature site visits, excursions, labs, or hands-on projects, all of which broaden the student learning experience.

At the close of the summer, all students who successfully fulfill the course requirements will receive a certificate indicating so. Students enrolled in courses two weeks or longer will also receive a narrative Course Performance Report (CPR), in which the instructor outlines the content of the course and evaluates the student’s performance.

Live and Learn on Brown’s Ivy League Campus

Outside of class, students experience the independence and responsibility of life on an Ivy League campus. They meet fellow students from around the world and attend events, workshops, and social activities, including Prepare for College Success Workshops and the Summer@Brown Speaker Series.

For the duration of their stay, students live and learn on the Brown University campus. Brown’s residence halls are within walking distance of academic buildings and campus resources. Each hall is staffed with carefully selected and trained Residence Directors (RDs) and Residential Advisors (RAs), who live onsite and help students create a balanced academic and social life. Students eat their meals in Brown’s dining halls, which offer a variety of options, and have access to Brown’s libraries, study center, and Writing Center.

What to Study?

The process of choosing your courses begins with some questions about yourself:

  • What areas of study do you find most intriguing?
  • What do you consider you are “best” at and want to do more of?
  • What are you determined to “do” better?
  • What do you know little about but are deeply interested in exploring?
  • What course of study do you think will bring you in contact with the kinds of people you most want to be with?
  • Among those things you think you “ought” to study, which do you most “want” to study?
  • Where do you want to go, and what do you need to know to get there?

Find Courses »

Take More Than One Course

Accepted students may choose to enroll in multiple courses, arranging them in successive, overlapping, or concurrent sessions. Most students who take more than one course enroll in a series of courses in succession, taking one course at a time. While enrolling in concurrent courses is demanding, given the amount of class and study time each course requires, many students build a schedule that includes courses that meet during the same week(s) for part of their time at Brown. For more information about course scheduling, please contact our office.

With academics at the core of the program, Summer@Brown challenges students to explore their independence and emerge better prepared for their transition to college.

University of Georgia Summer Music Camps

Summer Music Institute:

Orchestra, Band, Chorus, Guitar, & Piano

Grades 10-12

The Institute differs from our traditional summer experience in a number of ways.  A performance-intensive curriculum will serve advanced students who are seriously considering music as a major area of study in college.  All Summer Music Institute students will participate in a chamber ensemble coached by Institute faculty.  Students will also enjoy numerous lectures and laboratory exercises which are designed for the advanced musician.

In order to concentrate our resources on the most serious musicians, several criteria will be used to select students for the Summer Music Institute.  Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be considered for the experience.  Students who have been selected as members of All-State Band, Orchestra, Choir or Jazz Band, Governor’s schools, regional youth orchestras and Wind ensembles will receive strong consideration for acceptance into the Summer Music Institute.

Students will be considered based upon faculty evaluation of a recorded audition.  The recording should include a lyrical and technical selection of the applicants choice. Students must also send in a recommendation letter from either their school music director or their private teacher on or before May 2, 2014.

Summer Music Camp:

Orchestra, Band, Chorus – Grades 6-12

Guitar – Grades 6-12

Jazz Band – Grades 9-12

Piano – Grades 6-12

The University of Georgia Summer Music Camp is an intensive five day musical experience that offers students a place to grow musically in a fun and exciting learning environment. Summer Music Campers attend academic classes that address important areas of musicianship. Campers also attend instrument-specific masterclasses under the direction of the acclaimed faculty of UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Band, orchestra, and chorus students rehearse and perform in the appropriate large ensembles, while piano and guitar students focus on performance practice and the standard literature for the instrument. In addition, Summer Music Campers have ample opportunity to socialize, develop relationships with other young musicians, and experience life on a great university campus.

To contact the UGA Summer Music Camp please call the Summer Music Camp office at (706) 542-2061 or email the camp office at

Camp Director: Dr. Skip Taylor

Associate Camp Directors:
Dr. Rachael Fischer, Dr. Stephen Fischer

Graduate Associate Director: Gary Garvin

Summer Marching Band Camp:

At the University of Georgia Summer Marching Band Camp, our experts will give you the extra level of attention required to help you master your specialty. Drum majors, color guard members, and marching percussionists come to Athens to learn from outstanding performers and teachers. If you’re just getting started in your specialty, our staff can help you hit the ground running. If you’re an old pro looking to tweak some part of your performance, we can help with that too and you have never had more fun than you will in the process.

To contact the UGA Summer Marching Band Camp please call the Summer Music Camps office at (706) 542-2061 or email the camp office at

Camp Director: Dr. Skip Taylor

Associate Camp Directors:
Dr. Rachael Fischer, Dr. Stephen Fischer

Graduate Associate Director: Gary Garvin


Florida State University Summer Music Camps

We know that selecting a summer camp is a big decision. Finding just the right combination of location, activities and price and be daunting. Our staff is here to help make your camp experience as easy as possible – from the time you select one of our 14 camps to the very last day of the camp session.   We also understand that for some of you this will be the first time that you, your son or your daughter will be away from home for an extended period of time, so we hope that you will explore all of our web pages to find information about Counselors, Housing Options, Recreation, Safety, Health Care & more.  Certainly feel free to call us if you have any additional questions.

Registering For Camp / Wait Lists

CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  Once you have selected a camp to attend, you can either register online or by  mail.  Visit our Registration page for further information.

The following instruments are closed and we have a begun wait list.  Please call us at 850-644-9934 if you would like to be placed on the wait list:

  • Jazz Ensemble Camp: Middle School – Alto-Saxophone
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp: Middle School – Trumpet
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp: Middle School – Tenor-Saxophone
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp: Senior High – Alto-Saxophone
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp: Senior High – Trumpet
  • Jazz Ensemble Camp: Senior High – Guitar
  • String Orchestra Camp – Cello
  • Senior High Band Camp – Alto-Saxophone
  • Senior High Band Camp – Trombone

Berklee College of Music Summer Programs


Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program, now in its 26th year, is the largest, most comprehensive summer music program available-anywhere. Better known as “Five-Week,” the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, with its diversity of study options, world-class Berklee faculty, visiting artists, and state-of-the-art facilities, is the premiere contemporary music summer program for young musicians. Each summer, approximately 1,000 participants from across the U.S. and around the world (70 countries) share in this unique summer experience-all instruments, all contemporary styles, and all levels of musical ability. Five-Week is your opportunity to experience the summer of a lifetime, at the world’s most prestigious institution for the study of contemporary music.

For students who are also interested in enrolling at Berklee full-time, there are several benefits to attending Five-Week:

  • Audition for scholarships to Berklee during the program. Roughly $3.5 million in scholarships are awarded to Five-Week students by audition during any given summer.
  • Find out what it takes to succeed in music and at Berklee.
  • Study with Berklee faculty.
  • Learn about admission, audition, and scholarship requirements.
  • Get a head start on your full-time studies.
  • Get to know Boston, New England’s hub of culture and academia.

At the Five-Week Program, you will be immersed in all aspects of performance. Your classes, workshops, and rehearsals will focus on this important side of your musicianship. You will play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve your technique in weekly private lessons, and enjoy lectures/demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists.