Summer Enrichment

Check out the opportunities below for once-in-a-lifetime summer 2020 enrichment experiences.

Colleges & Universities

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2020

Creative high school students looking to develop their cinematic and journalistic skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more — this program is for you.

Learn from hands-on instruction, create your own videos and short films, and discover educational and professional opportunities.

This program runs from July 6 – 31, 2020. Click here to find program information and application materials. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

Questions? Contact the program at [email protected].

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

The Colorado College Pre-College program is the perfect opportunity for your students to make the most of their summer! At Colorado College, they will earn college credit, particpate in college-prep programming, and experience life as a CC student. Our Block Plan carries over into the summer – one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks to create a fully immerrsive learning experience. Our courses for Summer 2020 are listed and applications are open! We have everything from Film to Economics for your students to explore through our three summer blocks. Our Pre-College Block (July 13 – 29) offers:

  • Art Studio: Introduction to Drawing: Landscape Immersion
  • Organismal Biology: Chemistry and Biology of Colorado Wetlands
  • Economics: Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership and Impact
  • English: Cross-Genre Writing Workshop
  • Feminist and Gender Studies: Do #AllLivesMatter?: Historical and Contemporary Protest in the US
  • Physics: Cosmology, Antigravity, and the Runaway Universe
  • Political Science: Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics
  • Sociology: Globalization and Immigration Policy

There are also opportunities to participate in a course in Block A (May 27 – June 19) or Block B (June 22 – July 15), and go ahead and check out our FAQ page.

Are you curious about the Pre-College student experience? Hear what some of our alum have to say in this video!

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2020

Cornell’s Summer College is one of the nation’s longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs. It brings more than 1,500 motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York to

  • Experience the excitement of college life at a great Ivy League university.
  • Earn three to six college credits in courses with Cornell faculty.
  • Prep for college applications with workshops, one-on-one counseling, and a college fair.
  • Make friends from more than 50 countries.

This summer, students can choose from two-, three-, and six-week programs between June 20 and August 4 in subjects ranging from architecture, business, hospitality, and engineering, to international relations, music, science, social change, and veterinary medicine — and many more.

Most applications are due May 1. For details, visit the program dates and deadlines pages.

Please contact us if you have questions.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2020

Duke University offers three options for summer study for current high school students:

Applications open December 3rd, 2019! Click the links above to learn more as well as to find applicable application information and deadline dates.

DEADLINE: March 9th, 2020

Write in the heart of Portland!

Lewis & Clark College invites talented 10th, 11th, and 12th grade writers to apply for this two-week residential summer creative writing program.

June 21st – July 4th, 2020

  • Join 60 high school students from across the country.
  • Study and write with published, thoughtful, and dynamic authors.
  • Generate your own writing in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
  • Preview college life on the beautiful, wooded campus of Lewis & Clark.
  • Explore Oregon during faculty-led group trips in and around Portland.

Application Deadline: March 9th, 2020

Click here to read more details and apply today.

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:

  • 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.
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too – Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring electronics, and building robots through the open source software and hardware. This camp is an introduction into the world of coding robotics and electronics.
  • Camp Psych – Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Civil War Era Studies Camp – Students will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying the American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. They will explore the circumstances leading to the war, investigate significant battles during the war, and explore the condition of the United States after the war.
  • Young Writers’ Workshop – Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – Scholarship – 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.

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

Johns Hopkins University is pleased to offer two pre-college programs this summer for high school students:  Engineering Innovation and Biomedical Engineering Innovation.  Applications will be reviewed every two weeks on a rolling basis until the programs fill. Apply early for best opportunity!

Engineering Innovation will be offered in-person in at least fourteen locations around the U.S., including two residential programs.  The course includes lectures and hands-on activities and labs which cover chemical, mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering, as well as materials science.

Academic pre-requisites are:

  • Have As and Bs in their high school math and science classes
  • Successfully completed Algebra II
  • Successfully completed a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.  To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students, must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable applying the laws of sines and cosines to non-right angle triangles.
  • Successfully completed Chemistry or Physics

Biomedical Engineering Innovation is a fully online course that introduces biomedical engineering to high school students by (1) modeling biological systems and designing experiments to test those models and (2) introducing engineering principles to solve design problems that are biological, physiological, and/or medical.

Academic pre-requisites are:

  • Have As and Bs in their high school math and science classes
  • Successfully completed Algebra II
  • Successfully completed a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.  To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students, must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable applying the laws of sines and cosines to non-right angle triangles.
  • Successfully completed Physics and Biology

Students who earn an A or B in either course will receive three college credits from Johns Hopkins University. 

More details about both programs, including dates, times,  and costs can be found here.

DEADLINE: May 24th, 2020

A three-week pre-college residential program for rising 6th-11th graders, Lehigh University Summer Academy premieres in Summer 2020.

Summer Academy offers innovative, thought-provoking and enriching course work, combined with learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. Service-learning projects, leadership development, field trips and social events will also be an integral part of the program. Participants will build their “tool belt” for success both in school and in life.

Summer Academy offers two three-week sessions, each limited to only 80 students to ensure a highly personal enrichment experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and financial assistance is available.

Click here to learn more. Applications must be submitted by May 24th, 2020.

DEADLINE: March 27th, 2020

The Summer Language Academy is a four week program for rising 8th grade students to just graduated 12th grade students who are passionate about learning languages. Using the famed Middlebury College Language Schools’ language immersion pedagogy, students, faculty, and staff all take the Language Pledge® together—a pledge to stay in language for the duration of the program. 

This school year, the Summer Language Academy will provide two full-tuition scholarships to its language immersion Academy in Vermont, plus a $1,000 travel stipend for rising 8th graders to just graduated 12th graders who have a passion for learning languages. There is no cost to apply, and applicants must demonstrate high academic potential and financial need. Students can choose to study Spanish, French, Chinese, or Arabic. The deadline to apply is March 27th.

Click here to learn more and to apply!

DEADLINE: February 10th, 2020 (Spring program) and June 15th, 2020 (Summer program)

Online High School Filmmakers Workshop
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Earn four college credits.

Application Deadline for Spring: February 10, 2020
Spring Program Dates: March 2 – April 10, 2020

Application Deadline for Summer: June 15, 2020
Summer Program Dates: July 6 – 31, 2020

Students work in online crews to develop their directing, shooting, and editing skills while also learning documentary, experimental, and narrative approaches to filmmaking. Students will learn the basics of screenwriting and script development, and produce music videos and short films (three to five minutes in length). Watch the video and visit the website to learn more about the Tisch Online High School Filmmakers Workshop.

DEADLINE: March 27th, 2020

The PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 11 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY.

The PREFACE Program is for students who will be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application.

Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 27, 2020. Notifications will be made to accepted students in late April. Questions about the program should be directed to [email protected].

DEADLINE: June 1st, 2020

Introducing the Summer Writing Institute for high school students!

This June, Rhodes will hold its 43rd session of the college-prep program with five writing courses ranging from a fiction workshop to a history seminar. If you would enjoy this opportunity, click the link above for more information.

DEADLINE: May 15th, 2020

PreCollege at Ringling offers high school students a chance to try on the full “art college experience.”

You’ll get in-depth immersion into major areas of study, and hands-on studio instruction in core courses that provide fundamental skills and experiences similar to those in a first-year curriculum. Ringling faculty & teaching assistants will take the time to work with you and push you to create your absolute best work.

Click here for more information — and click here to apply by May 15th!

Click here for more information and to apply.

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2020

Spark your imagination while refining your personal artistic vision with SCAD pre-college programs this summer. At SCAD Summer Seminars and SCAD Rising Star, participants can experience all the perks of being a SCAD student — from inspired settings and professional-caliber resources to one-on-one guidance from acclaimed faculty.

Rising Star is a five-week summer program offering current juniors immersion into a creative environment in which they can expand their portfolios and gain college experience. Students enroll in two SCAD courses, which will reward college credit, and engage in activities each week to get to know their peers, explore SCAD and discover alluring city attractions. Apply today!

Rising Star 2020 dates:
Atlanta — June 20-July 24
Hong Kong — June 21-July 24
Savannah — June 20-July 24

SCAD Summer Seminars offer workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Students have an opportunity to develop their creative vision through exciting art and design projects. Students attend two workshops taught by SCAD professors, alumni or select graduate students, and have an all-access pass to the university’s extensive resources. Register today!

Atlanta sessions:
Session I: June 14-19
Session II: June 21-26
Session III: July 5-10
Session IV: July 12-17

Hong Kong sessions:
Session I: June 28-July 3
Session II: July 12-17
Session III: July 19-24

Savannah sessions:
Session I: June 14-19
Session II: June 21-26
Session III: July 5-10
Session IV: July 12-17
Session V: July 19-24

DEADLINE: May 15th, 2020

You may know that SMSC—a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University—offers summer courses for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in conservation, environmental science, biology, and related topics. We wanted to introduce you to our pair of upcoming immersive programs so that you could share this information with interested students.

Our high school courses are residential, so students stay in our recently built residence hall within the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. There is no better place to live and learn about the world of conservation from some of the leading experts in the field! Each of our Summer 2020 courses is worth 2 college credits. The courses won’t overlap, so students may take one or both.

CONS 100: Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology

June 21 – 28 (2 credits) | Registration Fee: $2,300

Get hands-on field experience in conservation, and define an ecological research question with a conservation practitioner.

CONS 110: How to Be a Better Naturalist

July 19 – 25 (2 credits) | Registration Fee: $2,100

Describe field marks for a variety of animal and plant taxa, deploy observation and monitoring equipment, and apply conservation techniques to the natural world near your home.

Included with the course costs are:

  • all program lodging and meals;
  • all course fees, entrance fees, and field-trip costs during the program; and
  • complimentary round-trip transportation between Front Royal, VA and Dulles International Airport (IAD) on arrival/departure dates.

Registration is open now through mid-May. Students and parents can register using the red button at the top of the page here.

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2020

Mount Mary University’s Summer Leadership Academy helps young women — rising sophomore, junior and seniors — develop into bold leaders!
What can students expect from the academy?
Students will participate in sessions for their career and personal development led by Milwaukee business leaders and Mount Mary faculty:
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Importance of Sisterhood
  • Confidence
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Finding the Right Fit in a College
  • Career Exploration
  • Racial Dynamics as a Leader
  • Finding Your Authentic Self
  • Networking with Young Professionals
The 2020 academy will be held June 22-25. The cost to attend is $150 and includes all meals, lodging, activities and program materials. Financial need scholarships are available. Click here for program details.
The participant application for this year’s Summer Leadership Academy is now available! Click here to apply by April 1st, 2020.
Questions about the academy? Please contact Alexandra Hoslet, Program Coordinator for the Women’s Leadership Institute, at [email protected].

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2020

Penn Summer High School Programs welcome bright and ambitious high school students who want to experience campus life, pursue challenging academic studies with leading faculty, and stand out on college applications. With residential and commuter options available for 2-, 3-, or 6-week programs, high school students from around the world can experience summer at Penn.

  • Penn Summer Prep: Experience college life in the 2-week, non-credit program
  • Penn Summer Academies: Dive deep into academic study for 3 intensive weeks in one of the non-credit academies
  • Pre-College Program: Take 6-week, for-credit summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates

Click here to learn more!

Applications are now open: the deadline for 2020 applications is May 1. Programs fill up quickly; it’s not too early to encourage your outstanding students to explore our program options and get in touch with our team!

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

The University of Vermont is pleased to offer academically challenging experiences designed to bring out the best in high school students.

Our Pre-College Program offers out-of-state high school students the opportunity to enroll in UVM courses, gain college credits, and receive a 50% out-of-state academic year tuition reduction.**

We are now accepting applications for our summer pre-college courses, providing motivated high school students 100+ opportunities to:

  • Earn college credits
  • Experience campus life (or learn online)
  • Discover a new interest and potential career paths
  • Explore a subject that isn’t offered at their high school
  • Gain a competitive advantage when applying to college

Additionally, UVM’s Summer Academy program is open for enrollment for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, providing them with the unique opportunity to earn 3 college credits through intensive 4-week courses (2 weeks on-campus followed by 2 weeks online).

This year’s Summer Academy course offerings include:

  • Adventures in Neuroscience
  • Animal Science
  • Biomedical Science and Human Disease
  • Drones for Environmental Mapping
  • Facing Environmental Futures
  • Health & Medicine
  • Journalism with Words and Photography
  • Microbiology in Action: Antibiotic Discovery
  • Renewable Energy: Harvesting Technology Design

Application deadlines vary! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at 800-639-3210.

Click here to apply. Students who apply before December 1, 2019, can use waiver code “EARLYBIRD” to receive 50 percent off the application fee.* Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program.

*Waiver code expires December 1, 2019. Your application must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1. With waiver code, the application fee is reduced to $37.50. Please note refunds/discounts cannot be issued once the application has been submitted.

To contact an enrollment advisor or to request more information, click here or call 305-284-4000.

DEADLINE: April 24th, 2020

USC Summer Programs offers students a preview of “freshman year” through its college immersion experience. Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom. Programs are designed to combine college level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities.
USC Summer Programs offers courses in a variety of subjects (over 20 courses in more than 10 subject areas) from which students choose one course for intense study. Students receive 3 units of transferable USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4-Week program.
Students may visit for more information and instructions on how to apply.

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

Did you know students can experience life as a WashU student well before their senior year?

WashU offers several summer programs for high school students that allow them to experience university life inside the classroom and beyond!

Students in their first three years of high school will have the chance to build valuable academic and career skills, while also living on campus and making lifelong friendships and memories.

We encourage you to check out our summer programs in business, art, architecture, math, science, and many others! Questions? Feel free to reach out to us by phone at (314)-935-6000 or (800)-638-0700 or by email at [email protected].

Application deadlines vary! Check your specific program of interest for more details.

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