Summer Programs

There are various summer pre-college programs available locally, as well as out of state. Additional programs and program details will be added to this page as they become available. In addition, there are many programs across the U.S. that are not listed on this page. If you are interested in a specific college, reach out to them or check their website to see if they offer in-person or online pre-college programs. 

Program Description

Bucknell Summer Programs

 At BASE, the Bucknell Academy Summer Experience, rising high school juniors and seniors spend a week living like a college student.

You'll stay in our residence halls, attend classes taught by Bucknell professors and develop problem-solving skills designed to help you make an impact on the world.

BASE participants join Bucknell faculty and students to find innovative solutions to pressing issues. Perhaps you'll team up with environmental engineers and global managers to create better technology for clean water. Or maybe you'll collaborate with performing artists and biomedical engineers to reimagine prosthetics used by actors or musicians.

Reach into your imagination and solve problems in innovative ways. It all starts at Bucknell. 

 ASU Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Institute

The César E. Chávez Leadership Institute seeks to improve access to higher education for Arizona high school students entering their junior and senior year by providing a variety of enriching experiences emphasizing leadership development and civic engagement, while advocating for the completion of high school, attending college and educational opportunities at Arizona State University.

 ASU Barrett Summer Scholars

The Barrett Summer Scholars (BSS) program provides students with the opportunity to experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College. The program is designed for academically talented and motivated students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in Fall 2024. BSS invites students to engage in college-level coursework and participate in a community of peers from across the state.

ASU Fleischer Scholars Program

ASU Fleischer Scholars is an immersive pre-college business program for current sophomores and juniors who plan to graduate from an Arizona high school. Students who attend will discover career paths, develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and more.
  • Interact with W. P. Carey School of Business students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Ask questions about university admission and financial assistance options
  • Learn to use a mental roadmap and become a master adaptive learner

Campus Location: Online

Cost: 0

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2024

For program inquiries, contact: [email protected] 480-965-5187

ASU Comics and Storyboards - School of Art Summer Camp

Launch yourself into new universes while exploring favorite animations and graphic illustrations! Invent your own stories, characters, and worlds as you create and illustrate your own comics, anime, or manga. Collaborate with peers or develop unique drawings as you learn to storyboard, practice figures and poses, explore color palettes, and more.

Our summer camps welcome students ages 13-18 with a wide range of experience, from beginners to advanced artists. The program is designed to provide students with an art immersion experience: the opportunity to engage in studio practice, to collaborate with peers, and to receive one-on-one feedback from specialized faculty members about their artistic craft. Requisite materials are provided to each student.

Campus Location: Tempe

Cost: $450

For program inquiries, contact: [email protected] (480) 965-8521


ASU Logic, Leadership, & Life Skills

What is the key to success for teens and young adults? Success isn’t just about doing well in school or getting into a good college. Being successful is about discovering your strengths, mastering your emotions, and adding value wherever you go. A child is only truly successful when they learn to be happy and confident with who they are.

Happiness is the goal for this one-of-a-kind youth summer camp! Hosted at Arizona State University campuses, Leadership Society of Arizona’s 2024 Logic, Leadership, and Life Skills summer program is a day camp where teens complete licensed professional development training. We’ve taken college-level curriculum and turned it into a fun and interactive 4-day course. Students will set new goals, learn proven leadership skills, and get individualized attention from our certified teen life coaches.

Campus Location: Various

Cost: $350 (Use code ACCESS for $25 off the total cost)

Registration Deadline: Main Deadline: July 1, 2024

For program inquiries, contact: [email protected] 480-779-8592
 ASU Barrett Summer Scholars

Barrett Summer Scholars is a week-long residential 2024 summer enrichment program designed for academically talented and motivated students entering 9th grade beginning in Fall 2024.  Participants engage in an honors course and an elective taught by university faculty to prepare them for enrollment and success at Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College.

Academically motivated and/or high-achieving students are encouraged to apply.  While there is no minimum GPA required, eligible students should demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (except for students entering 9th grade in Fall 2024).

Campus Location: Various

Cost: $1000 (Need-based scholarships available)


ASU Camp Cronkite

Camp Cronkite is where high school students from across the country come to grow their media skills—and get a taste of college life! Campers leave with real media skills and work to bolster (or kickstart!) their professional portfolios. Students are immersed in a variety of topics and skills within journalism and mass communication including digital journalism, broadcast journalism, sports journalism, digital marketing and so much more. At Camp Cronkite, students learn new approaches and get hands-on experience across a variety of media techniques. With tons of opportunities to grow one’s knowledge and skills, you will not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Campus Location: Downtown

Cost: $699 per camper (need-based scholarships available)

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2024


Graphic Design Through the Art of Screenprinting - School of Art Summer Camp

Add some flair to your backpack or t-shirts, print your own logos on a tote bag, or create your own prints to hang up at home! In this screenprinting camp, you'll practice the printing and layering processes with transparencies and stencils as you incorporate techniques of drawing, tracing, detailed cutting, composition, and found object exposure. Water-based inks in a variety of colors will be mixed for printing. Students will take home their creations, as well as their own School of Art tote bag.

Our summer camps welcome students ages 13-18 with a wide range of experience, from beginners to advanced artists. The program is designed to provide students with an art immersion experience: the opportunity to engage in studio practice, to collaborate with peers, and to receive one-on-one feedback from specialized faculty members about their artistic craft. Requisite materials are provided to each student.

Campus Location: Tempe

Cost: $450

For program inquiries, contact: [email protected]


Art Under the Microscope - School of Art Summer Camp

Interested in art, nature, and science? Grab your watercolors and lab coat as we examine specimens at the Life Sciences Collections at ASU. Learn about and take a closer look at animals, botanicals, shells, insects, and more under the microscope! As we explore, you’ll create watercolor paintings and drawings based on your visual research. Make it abstract or paint exactly what you see! This is your time to be creative and investigate a magical microscopic world you never knew existed. Please note that Art Under the Microscope will be held at ASU’s Natural History Collections, located at 734 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe AZ 85282; this is a short five-minute drive from ASU’s Tempe Campus.

Our summer camps welcome students ages 13-18 with a wide range of experience, from beginners to advanced artists. The program is designed to provide students with an art immersion experience: the opportunity to engage in studio practice, to collaborate with peers, and to receive one-on-one feedback from specialized faculty members about their artistic craft. Requisite materials are provided to each student.

Campus Location: Tempe

Cost: $450

For program inquiries, contact: [email protected]


ASU Popular Music Summer Camp

Discover the art of performance, songwriting, production, engineering and music entrepreneurship at ASU’s Popular Music Program summer camp.

Guided by our world-class faculty and staff, students will have the opportunity to explore their various interests, develop their musicianship, and prepare for studying music at the college level.

Taking place in our state-of-the-art facility in the cultural hub of Downtown Phoenix at Fusion on First, participants will have hands-on experiences in our studio suites, performance, and rehearsal spaces, writing rooms, and digital media labs, all outfitted with the latest technology.

During the day, write songs, compose and produce music on your instrument and/or computer, engineer and perform in the studio, collaborate with other students, perform on stage, and get real-world advice from veteran songwriters, industry professionals, and up-and-coming artists.

At night, have a college experience by living in a dorm, going to programmed events, and hanging with all the other students.

Campus Location: Downtown

Cost: 1100-1600

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2024


RISE Leadership Institute Summer Program

RISE Summer Leadership Institute is a residential college readiness program for Black and African American students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2024. It emphasizes college readiness, leadership development, and community engagement through workshops led by Black and African American industry leaders and educators. The program aims to enhance college attainment rates, ultimately leading to graduation and entry into various post-secondary education paths. 

Topic(s) for the camp include but are not limited to: College Readiness, Choosing A Major, Financial Aid, Work Study, Resume, Black Excellence, Community Service, Personal Growth and Self Care, Mental Health, etc."

Campus Location: Tempe

Cost: 50

Registration Deadline: April 5, 2024

For program inquiries, contact: [email protected] 6024536610

George Washington University

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 and scholar practitioners guide, inspire and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice. Our 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 a transformative 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. 

GW also offers a 6 week online program for rising juniors and seniors. Please note that each session has specific deadlines. 

Boston University Summer Programs 

BU’s long-running Summer Term pre-college offerings include a choice of one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs that prepare you for success in college. With five exciting and challenging pre-college summer programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in University labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. Summer is a great time to push yourself academically while adapting to college life, making new friends, and engaging in fun, social activities around Boston and on campus. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries in our summer programs for high school students and take the leap into college life and academics.

Includes programs for rising 8th graders through 12th graders. 

 Miami University Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Program is a week-long summer experience for high-achieving high school students who will be juniors or seniors the following fall. This program provides experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you for college and future success. The Summer Scholars curriculum is built for active learners. Students participate in lively discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world experiences with our faculty.

To be eligible for the Summer Scholars Program, you must:
- Complete your sophomore or junior year of high school by June 30 of the year you would attend Summer Scholars and not graduate from high school before the following January.
- Demonstrate strong academic ability in a challenging curriculum. Students typically have a high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

NYU Summer Programs (Middle and High School)

Whether you’re looking to build your academic portfolio, earn college credit, hone your talents, or boost your preparedness for college, middle and high school students can explore exciting opportunities to experience the dynamic learning environment at NYU. You’ll learn from NYU faculty while forming lasting connections with students from across the U.S. and around the world who share your passion and curiosity.

Start exploring our high school and middle school opportunities to find an NYU program that's right for you. Choose from more than 50 unique programs that fit your academic interests, goals, and schedule. NYU offers immersive academic experiences for students grades 5–12 during the summer and throughout the academic year spanning everything from weekend workshops to 1- to 2-week intensive programs through 6-12-week courses.

Build connections and gain first-hand experience that will help you chart exciting academic pathways, wherever they may lead.

 Engineering Academy at Penn

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students 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. Work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world.

Admissions is highly selective, and each required element of the application is taken into careful consideration. Students who succeed in ESAP not only demonstrate a history of academic excellence, but also creative thinking skills, the ability to work well independently as well as on a team, and the motivation to take an active learning role in a collegiate environment.

The program is designed for rising sophomores to rising seniors.  Applicants must have completed their freshman year in high school (ninth grade) and must be at least 15 years of age by the start of the program.  Students currently in their senior year of high school are not eligible for ESAP.  A minimum 3.0 GPA, or equivalent, is required for all applicants with a preference for strong performance in math and science subjects, as well as honors and advanced coursework.

Please note: ESAP is NOT a summer camp.  Enrolled students will be immersed in an academically intense, fast-paced college environment for the duration of the 3 week program.

 SCAD The University for Creative Careers

Explore new avenues of artistic development and spark your imagination at The University for Creative Careers. SCAD offers pre-college programs during the summer and throughout the year for high school students of all ages to pursue art and design disciplines while working alongside peers from all over the world — and offer ideal opportunities for artists at all levels to create, learn, and grow.

Incoming high school seniors ready for a college experience benefit from the challenging and exciting atmosphere of SCAD Rising Star. Enrolling in one or two college-level classes and building professional portfolios, SCAD Rising Star participants benefit from all of the perks of being a SCAD student.

SCAD Summer Seminars offer weeklong workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Students gain valuable experience while developing their creativity through exciting art and design projects.

Explore opportunities to enroll in university-level courses while still in high school. Eligible students may be qualified to earn college credits.

Stanford Summer Programs 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes offers single-subject summer enrichment courses with focus in humanities, science, math, business, and more.

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is a three-week residential program where rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by Stanford professors and graduate students.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) welcomes a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors from around the world for intensive study in advanced mathematics.

The Stanford Middle School Scholars Program prepares students for a rigorous high school education with a three-week online summer course, and weekly online after-school meetings. The program serves low-income students in grades 6 or 7 who reside in and attend school in the United States.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics offers high school students an opportunity to take advanced courses online and earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit and a transcript. 

Anytown Leadership Camp

ANYTOWN is a nationally recognized, award winning leadership and social justice program for youth ages 14-19.  Every year, we bring diverse groups of Arizona high school students together for a weeklong residential learning experience. Through interactive workshops, simulations and discussions, participants explore topics like prejudice, discrimination and bias.

Anytown addresses widespread cultural competence gaps by educating young leaders about the value of diversity and inclusion and teaching participants to recognize and counter stereotypes and bullying. 

Our approach to creating change can be summed up in three words: understanding through sharing. Anytown is the only program of its kind, intentionally bringing together unlike teenagers with diverse beliefs and backgrounds to learn appropriate and effective methods of discussing difficult topics such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism and more. Anytown changes hearts and minds by bringing diverse people together to engage in respectful, productive dialogue – an essential step in moving past conflict and division. 

By advancing those conversations, we build and nurture empathy and understanding. Teens who experience Anytown Leadership Camp leave the program equipped with the tools to increase their ability to foster inclusion and respect among all members of society.


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