Summer Enrichment Programs

The following programs are operated by colleges and universities.


High school students in the Pre-College Program spend a summer in Washington, D.C., taking advantage of GW’s expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies and the arts.

Top-tier faculty guide, inspire and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice.

The summer programs are intensive and exciting, allowing students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. They are academically-challenging courses that integrate lectures and seminars with exploration of area organizations.

Pre-College also offers an introduction to college life. Students develop confidence in their ability to become part of a new community, participating in recreational and social activities while making friends with peers from around the world.

*Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. Scholarships are available.

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Students from around the globe come to Barnard College to pursue their passions in a rigorous, academic setting.  With five distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the Big Apple!

Summer in the City: Students take two courses of their choice over the span of four weeks. As part of the program, students both participate in admissions and career workshops and explore New York through class trips and excursions

Liberal Arts Intensive:For one week, students take one course of their choice in the morning.  Afternoons are free for students to explore what the city has to offer!

Entrepreneurs in Training: In just 10 days, students learn how to turn an idea into a promising business.  Students attend class, workshops, and site visits to build their entrepreneurial skills and gain a better understanding of the start-up world.

Dance in the City: In this rigorous ten day program, students explore dance from all angles.  From dance theory and history classes to technique classes at the Alvin Ailey Extension School, students have the opportunity to delve into the dance world from every perspective.  As part of the program, students have the opportunity to observe performances of some of the world’s best and  perform their own work.

Young Women’s Leadership Institute: Students delve into gender issues, social change, and leadership in this intensive 9-day program. Comprised of morning lectures and afternoon workshops, students develop a deeper understanding of leadership through a feminist lens.

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Georgetown’s Summer High School Programs offer an immersive learning experience that prepares you with the tools needed for college success. Ranging in length from one to five weeks, the programs span a wide range of subjects, covering everything from forensic science and politics to journalism and digital design. You’ll have the opportunity to live on Georgetown’s historic hilltop campus, meet classmates from around the world, and earn college credit—all while experiencing the excitement of college life.

College Prep Programs: These three-week programs emphasize the English, math, SAT and TOEFL prep, and study skills that will give you a competitive edge and a head start on college.

College Credit Courses: Earn official academic credit, learn from world-renowned faculty, and engage in challenging coursework through these undergraduate courses—available in both online and on-campus formats.

1 Week Institutes: Take an in-depth look at a topic of interest and get a glimpse into the college experience through these accelerated, hands-on programs.

3 Week Immersions: These highly experiential programs integrate field trips, prominent guest speakers, and collaborative activities to provide an intensive exploration of a subject area.

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Yale Young Global Scholars 

yale The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven and the Yale Center Beijing in China. YYGS offers six unique sessions in New Haven and one session in Beijing, China.

Participants attending a YYGS session in New Haven can expect a great summer experience studying in beautiful campus classrooms, living in the historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, meeting a talented community of fellow students, and engaging with world-renowned professors..

Participants attending a YYGS session in Beijing, China will have the opportunity to experience Yale’s world-renowned education while exploring one of the most culturally-vibrant and influential cities in the world. In addition to bringing some of Yale’s most renowned professors to China, this session will take advantage of its location by inviting distinguished professionals with real-life experience to lecture on relevant, important issues. Students will also have the opportunity to visit significant cultural sites, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. YYGS-Beijing is limited to 90 students, making an intimate atmosphere for students to learn and make connections with their instructors and peers. This is the third year YYGS is offering a session in China, but the first time it is doing so during the summer.

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Application due February 6, 2018.


Challenge, Discovery, Success.

Students from around the world choose Brown University Pre-College Programs to prepare for college success, and to experience the challenge of college-level academics.

The Brown Pre-College Programs are committed to the on-going work of building a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning community where differences are valued and respected.

Click here for more information on the programs and access to the application

At Vanderbilt Summer Academy, highly gifted students can soar—learning at a rapid pace in a true community of peers. Students have the opportunity to flex their intellectual muscles, make lifelong friends, and have lots of fun—all while enjoying the many benefits of a secure setting at a top-ranked national university.
Vanderbilt Summer Academy offers engaging and challenging curricula in math, science, and the humanities. The program integrates resources from the university’s many research programs directly into the classroom experience.

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Applications will start to be accepted February 2018


High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, undergraduate-level academic programs.

High School Summer Institute students live on campus in one of the top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to coursework, students participate in specialized seminars and a variety of social events. Click here for more information on the program and access to the application

High School Summer Scholars Program:

Students have the opportunity to enroll in courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a  range of  introductory courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. High School Summer Scholars live on campus in one of the top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to coursework, students participate in specialized seminars, academic support groups, and a variety of  social events. Click here for more information on the program and access to the application

West Point LogoSummer Leaders Experience

Current Junior students are eligible to apply for a  1-week summer session to give them the opportunity to explore West Point and experience some of the academic and physical challenges they will face as a cadet. Application opens in January. Click here for more information on the program and access to the application

American University Community of Scholars

207The Community of Scholars program is a rigorous college-credit summer program designed for students entering their junior and senior years of high school. The Community of Scholars offers academically outstanding students the chance to broaden their understanding of international relations by enrolling in a college class designed just for them.

Community of Scholars will introduce students to the advancing field of global affairs through college-level coursework.  Instructors will provide dynamic lectures and engage students in discussions as well as simulations, such as a mock UN debate, either online or in-person.  Students will visit government agencies and non-profit organizations to see how leading policy-makers put ideas into action. Click here for more information on the program and access to the application


The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering, and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering. Click here for more information on the program and access to the application. Applications open December 2017


Students spend three weeks diving into any two art forms they love or long to try. Find creative friends, learn from experts, and let your creativity loose all on a gorgeous campus in the hills of Vermont. Click here for more information on the program and access to the application


220Rice Summer Sessions, offer more than 140 courses in a wide variety of disciplines offered on campus or online. Students have access to excellent teaching—the heart of a Rice education. The small class sizes offer an engaging and challenging classroom environment. Four Summer sessions are available: Summer Session I:May 14-June 1, 2018(three weeks) Summer Session II:May 28-June 29, 2018(five weeks) Summer Session III:July 2-August 3, 2018(five weeks) Summer Session IV:April 30-August 10, 2018(15 weeks)

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wmRising senior and newly graduated high school students can take full-credit classes during two summer sessions. This is an excellent way to get a taste of academic life at a highly selective university. W&M also have an active partnership with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth.

  1. High school juniors, seniors and recent graduates participate in our National Institute of American History and Democracy’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History. This exciting four-credit academic program includes hands-on exploration of the region’s many colonial, revolutionary and Civil War sites and museums.
  2. The Virginia Shakespeare Festival’s Young Shakespeare Camps are a dream opportunity for young actors who want to learn about the production of Shakespeare’s plays. Young people ages 10-17 are guided through the meaning of Shakespeare’s language, the choreography of stage combat and the demands of period costuming. Each camp lasts one week and culminates in a performance of an abridged version of a Shakespeare comedy.
  3. Through the Center for Gifted Education, William & Mary operates one of the nation’s top programs for gifted and uniquely talented students in elementary and middle school. The Saturday and Summer enrichment courses are designed to challenge the advanced student in a way that’s not possible in a conventional classroom. Camp Launch is a residential program for gifted 7th- and 8th-grade students from all socioeconomic levels. Click here for more information and access to the application


GSFC educational opportunities include research experiences for high school students. Participants are teamed with mentors to work on various projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and business management that support Goddard’s unique missions. The opportunities are on-site at Goddard facilities.

The summer high school internship program is an intensive 6-8-week summer research program for diverse students interested in careers in aerospace, science and engineering. Students are teamed with Mentors working on various projects conducting cutting-edge research and innovation. The students will have an opportunity to show-case their work through their final presentation.


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The Society of American Military Engineers offers a very unique series of engineering camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing engineering in college. These one–week camps are high energy, hands–on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the military services. These exciting week–long camps take place during the summer months in a variety of settings—centered on a military base in the colorful Colorado Rockies, the beautiful Southern California Coast, or the historic Mississippi Valley.Each camp has it own unique focus and theme and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn what engineers do from professional engineers, learn practical skills and gain exposure to the military services. Your first step is to determine if you are eligible and then go through the application process for the camp you select.

BBYO and Brandeis University have teamed up to create this dynamic two-week summer experience focused on social action, community service, and advocacy.
The Brandeis Summer School welcomes advanced high school students to experience undergraduate college courses on a commuting basis. Test your readiness for college, explore subjects not available in your high school, and earn college credit. 

Cal The Pre-Collegiate Program offers you the chance to join the community of more than 250 high school students who spend their time enjoying a summer at Berkeley. Get involved through Berkeley courses, co-curricular activities, and workshops planned just for you. Take advantage of everything campus has to offer, while simultaneously earning college credit.


Cy-Tag is our three-week summer program for students entering grades 8-12. Students in this residential program live in Iowa State University’s residence halls closely supervised by a fun-loving and exceptionally talented group of resident advisers. During the time students are with us, they attempt to complete course work that is equivalent to one year of high school material or a semester of college level material. Cy-Tag students study curriculum that is fast paced, yet fully attentive to an individual’s needs and learning styles. The students’ experiences are enriched by the small class sizes which allows for close working relationships with instructors.

Boston Now in its 10th year, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting helps students gain hands-on experience and develop personal networks to benefit them in college and beyond. Our Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute, based at the Boston University College of Communication, provides students an opportunity to improve their journalism skills and develop as storytellers.  Using the city of Boston as a news beat, students are assigned to newsrooms and work with award-winning journalists as their editors to cover stories, entertainment, politics, sporting events, and investigations in the Boston area. At the end of the two weeks, every student will have two to four articles to add to his or her professional portfolio.   Three three, two-week workshops begin on June 25 and run through August 3. During each session, students will also attend guest lectures from experts and local journalists; visit historic sites and museums; participate in group community service; receive unofficial tours of local colleges, and more. For more information about the program, visit the website.

Dave Gifted students interested in a challenging academic summer program should consider attending the Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers exceptionally gifted 13- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to earn up to six transferable college credits.


Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes are three-week summer residential programs held on Stanford campus that provides academically talented and intellectually curious students intensive study in a single course. Programs emphasize building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and are designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors. Choose from Stanford Sports Business Academy, Summer Humanities Institute, Summer Arts Institute, or Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer Program. Click here for more information and access to the application

The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program (SSP) is an exciting opportunity for current high school sophomores and juniors to explore their academic passions and experience what it’s like to be a college student. This unique academic program allows students to earn college credit, interact with world class professors, make lasting friendships, and grow as independent thinkers.


Duke University Summer Session

Summer College Application – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade and international students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses.   Summer Academy Application – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.   Intensive STEM Academy Application – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.


A college program at Harvard for high school students

Wondering what college is like? Experience it yourself this summer in Harvard’s Secondary School Program.

Take real Harvard courses

Alongside college and adult students, you can explore subjects not available at your high school and earn college credit in Harvard courses. You work with distinguished faculty, use well-equipped labs, and have access to the largest university library system in the world.

Meet people from around the world and prepare for college

By living on campus or participating in fun activities—like sports, a trivia bowl, and dances—you will make friends from all over the globe.

You can also attend college prep workshops, a college fair, and talks by Harvard students and Harvard admissions staff.

Who can apply?

The Secondary School Program is open to high school students who will graduate in 2018, 2019, or and who meet the application and admission criteria.


USC Summer Programs extends this tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through 4 and 2 week summer course options, offering students a preview of “freshman year” through a variety of college subjects. Online courses are being developed also, for year-round availability.

USC Summer Programs’ courses are taught by USC faculty and members of the academic community who are experienced in their field. Summer Programs’ faculty create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, hands-on workshops and labs, guest speakers and academic field trips to locations throughout Los Angeles. In both depth and scope, each course is designed to be more interactive, engaging, and challenging than either accelerated high school classes or the broad introductory courses offered by other summer pre-collegiate programs.



The Pre-College Program is designed for rising juniors and seniors interested in the intellectual challenge and rigorous pace of a true undergraduate experience. Students enroll in one or two summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates. Our program offers more than thirty undergraduate courses in exciting disciplines taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Successful completion of courses will result in official academic credits and a Penn transcript. Academic advising, access to university learning resources, and college admission workshops are also provided.

Pre-College Students choose one of two challenging curricula:

  • One college-credit course and one non-credit coursedesigned to complement the academic experience
  • Two college-credit courses


footer_gettysburg is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, history, creative writing, or information technology. Below are the Gettysburg Summer offerings:

  • Camp Psych – Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy – This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns.
  • Writing Camp – Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp – Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp – Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war’s most decisive battle.



Penn Engineering offers motivated students the chance to explore Engineering at the college level.  The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. Student will work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world. students can earn credit on one of the following areas: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Complex Networks, Nanotechnology, or Robotics.

Priority deadline to submit application: February 26, 2018. Click here for more information and access to the application


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