US Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summer Program Finder is a user-friendly search tool for finding pre-college programs and summer opportunities for high school students.

Check out the opportunities below for once in a lifetime summer enrichment experiences:

4/15/`18 –Brinn Labs Intern (Ages 15 and up): Brinn Labs will select a small number of experienced young makers to serve as LabInterns on a semi-annual basis. Interns will receive training to support classes, workshops and events at Brinn Labs and the Betty Brinn Museum and are required to help facilitate a minimum of two classes per month. Interns are welcome to attend one class or workshop per month in acknowledgment of their volunteer support.

4/15/18 – iD Tech (Ages 7-17): Code, design, engineer and make games this summer!  Experience STEM curriculum for all ages.  Courses are taught at 150 campuses including Carroll University, Marquette University and UW Madison.

3/13/18 – Career Explorations in Architecture at Tulane University: Students spend three weeks in New Orleans exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture through lectures, design studio, digital workshops, and field trips with Tulane professors and local architects.

3/7/18 – Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program’s Medicine Institute Led by cardiothoracic surgeons and offered in both Winston-Salem and Charlotte, this opportunity is a life-changing way to expose students to the medical field, first-hand.  Highlights include:
  • Pig Heart Dissection and Surgery Simulation led by a Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • Hands-On Simulations at Wake Forest School of Medicine include birthing, cardiovascular, organ systems, physical exam, respiratory, and ultrasound
  • Access to the Cardiac Cath Lab, Hemodialysis, ICU, NICU, and Microbiology Lab
  • Networking with esteemed medical professionals in a variety of specialties

3/6/18 – Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro: Run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide with Chicago area locations both downtown as well as in the northern suburbs, these programs are one-week summer day camps for high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

2/25/18 – University of Dayton: What makes someone a great leader? Open to rising high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students, this two-week experience will help students gain an understanding of the foundations of leadership, assess their leadership behaviors and preferred leadership style, discover the five practices of exemplary leadership and create a personal leadership development plan. This highly interactive session includes extensive discussion and collaborative exchange of ideas, leadership assessments, class and individual exercises, guest speakers and site visits.

2/25/18 – Marlboro College: During the Pre-College Summer Program you will explore interdisciplinary interests, gain new perspective, and meet passionate people.  Aimed at rising juniors and seniors (ages 15-18), this experience allows you to get a taste of liberal arts education and to discover what college learning is all about.

2/13/18 – Beloit College: Do you know of any students who are open to learning the equivalent of a semester (or entire year) of a language in just one summer?  In this residential summer language program, we offer rigorous immersive courses in all levels of Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Our programs are open to ages 17 and older, and whether participants are starting from zero or have some fluency, everyone makes progress after just a few short weeks of intensive language study under our dedicated faculty. 

2/13/18 – St. John’s College: Summer Academy at St. John’s College has five week-long sessions, each with a different theme.  Surround yourself with great books in philosophy, literature, math, science, and more. Living on campus in either Annapolis or Santa Fe, students also get to try their hand at an eclectic array of workshops–from poetry writing to archery to swing dance–and enjoy off-campus excursions to museums and historic sites.

2/13/18 – The Summer Podcast Institute:  Putney Student Travel is branching out into new territory! We are excited to partner with American Public Media to create the first-ever podcasting program for high school students in the country. On this two-week residential program based at Macalester College, students will learn the skills for making a successful podcast. They will get the chance to work alongside talented hosts, producers, and sound engineers from American Public Media, with access to APM’s state-of-the-art studios and production facilities in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

2/12/18 – Auburn University Engineering Summer Camps: The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering wants to expose high school students to the world of engineering through our summer camps. The camps will be conducted by faculty, staff and students from the college who will ensure students receive a broad overview of the engineering profession by participating in a number of hands-on activities.

The following summer camps will be offered:

  • Senior Tigers Engineering Camp (rising 12th graders)
  • Junior Tigers Engineering Camp (rising 10th and 11th graders)
  • Women in Engineering Camp (rising 9th-11th graders)
  • Computer Science for All Girls (rising 4th-8th graders)
  • Mentoring Alabama Girls in Computing (rising 9th-12th graders
  • Robotics and Game Development (rising 6th-10th graders
  • Cyber Security Camp (rising 9th-12th graders)

2/12/18 – Michigan Technological University: The Summer Youth Programs allows “crazy smart” students the opportunity to share the college experience and the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and math.  Take a look at the programs offered.

1/31/18 – Furman University Summer Scholars: Rising juniors and seniors, challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates, laboratory research, field trips, group and individual projects, and so much more!

1/31/18 – University of Rochester’s Pre-College Programs: Your students will join other high school students from around the world, participating in one-week courses, credit courses, or intensive programs in business, engineering, film, medicine, and pathology.

1/31/18 – Summer Programs at the University of Dayton: Get your students involved with programs that will help them explore their interests and hone their skills this summer at the University of Dayton.

1/31/18 – University of Vermont Pre-College Programs: UVM’s Summer Academy program is open for enrollment for 10th, 11th, and 112th-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 Health and Medicine; Biomedical Science and Human Disease; Using Drones to Map, Monitor, and Measure Our Changing Landscape; Shakespeare in Practice.

1/25 – Naval Academy Summer Seminar: offers an opportunity for rising high school seniors to experience the academy for one week. Participants learn about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s future leaders at this four-year college.

1/24 – Boston University Summer Term: Boston University offers students five exciting programs with rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that enable them to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential.

1/24 – Skidmore College: Skidmore’s Pre-College Program is a summer college credit-bearing experience for motivated students who share a common interest in preparing for college success.  The summer curriculum allows students to take two Liberal Arts courses, two Studio Art courses, or one of each.

1/15 – Rutgers University-New Brunswick: The Rutgers School of Engineering is offering the chance for students (ages 16-18) to participate in a new Pre-Engineering Summer Academy to develop their knowledge and skills through real-world field experiences.  The intensive one-week certificate program will introduce students to a variety of engineering areas including Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Forensic, and Mechanical.

1/10 – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD): MIAD’s program supports students in the essential transition to a college-level student of art and design.  Study Animation, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Interior Architecture & Design, Communication Design and more!

1/10 – Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Frontiers is an exciting residential opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to explore STEM topics and humanities.

1/10 – Smith College Precollege: These programs offer women entering grades 9-12 the freedom to explore challenging and intriguing subjects, to strengthen their college applications and to sample the Smith undergraduate experience while living and studying with other motivated and ambitious students from around the world.

1/8 – Notre Dame Pre-College Programs: Summer Scholars participants spend two intense weeks in one of 21 exciting programs of study.

1/8 – Cornell College: Cornell College’s One Course Summer Institute is designed for highly motivated students who are ready for college-level work. Students can choose from one of our five hands-on courses (each worth three college credit hours!)

1/8 – Wake Forest College: This summer, Wake Forest will be offering week-long institutes in Biosciences and Engineering, Business & Entrepreneurship, Dance, Debate and Public Advocacy, Documentary Film, Health and Exercise Science, Law, Leadership, Medicine, Neuroscience, Psychology, Sports Marketing, Sports Medicine, Technology and Visual Arts.

1/8 – The George Washington University: GW Pre-College offers credit and non-credit programs for motivated high school students to study in Washington, D.C.  Our programs are intensive and exciting, offering a transformative introduction to college life.

12/18 – Ringling College of Art & Design: Some of the PreCollege immersions include: Imaginative Environments; Graphic Design; Interface Design; Motion Design; and Leadership, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.

12/18 – Cornell Engineering Diversity Program (CURIE AcademyCATALYST Academy: The CURIE and CATALYST Academies are one-week summer residential programs for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. The CURIE Academy is for rising junior and senior female students of all backgrounds, while the CATALYST Academy is for rising junior and senior male and female students from backgrounds severely underrepresented in STEM disciplines (African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/a and Pacific Islander).

12/8 – Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University: Why should you have to wait until college to start honing your craft in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction?  Experience small, intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with people who have made writing their career.

12/8 – UC Berkeley and Yale University Summer Springboard: Summer Springboard offers programs on either campus focusing in Digital Journalism, Creative Writing, Computer Science, Engineering & Innovation, Medicine & Health, Startup Law, or Civic Service & Leadership .

12/4 – Washington University in St. Louis: Students have the opportunity to enroll in courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences.

12/4 –  Hampshire College: Rising juniors and seniors are invited to immerse themselves in the innovative, critically engaging, unique Hampshire College community through the two-week pre-college summer programs.

11/29: NYU TISCH Summer High School Programs: This four-week, conservatory-style program immerses students in emerging media and the performing and cinematic arts through intensive, highly structured classes based on the undergraduate curriculum.

11/29/17 – Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute in STEM: Provides middle and high school students the opportunity to explore science and engineering at Tulane University through a project-based curriculum designed around fun and engaging activities that foster the creative problem-solving skills needed for lifelong engagement with STEM fields.

11/16/17 – University of Southern California: Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom with college-level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities.

11/16/17 – Milwaukee School of Engineering: Students can learn the basics about engineering and business-related majors (Explore Camps), hone in on a specific area of interest (Discover Camps), or analyze different aspects of their chosen major (Focus Camps).

11/16/17 – Sewanee: The University of the South: With pre-college programs in biomedical science, choral or instrumental music, environmental science, creative writing, and theological debate, get your jump-start at Sewanee.

11/8/17 – University of Chicago Summer Session: From researching on campus to field experience in Wyoming, join students who are as curious and idea-driven as you at one of the world’s great intellectual destinations.

11/8/17 – Colorado College Pre-College Program: Explore a new topic of interest in one of the three terms.

11/8/17 – Hillsdale College High School Summer Study and Travel Programs (Gr. 9-11): All courses begin with lectures on campus and continue on-site at cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad.

11/8/17 – Duke University Summer Session:
-Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for students (Gr. 10-11) in which they take undergraduate-level courses
-Summer Academy – A three-week program for students (Gr. 9-12) in which they take a certificate course.
-Intensive STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students (Gr. 9-12) that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.