Pre-college Summer Programs for High School Students
Looking forward to summer? Summer is not only a time to have fun, but also to help build your admissions resume, particularly by attending a pre-college summer program. Colleges and universities across the country offer programs for high school students interested in learning about academic majors, improving their sports performance or gaining leadership skills.
Deadlines to apply for summer programs vary, but some colleges have deadlines in early spring (and programs fill up fast!), so start looking for programs now and apply early.
To find a program, Google summer program and the name of a college or university near you. If there’s a specific major or program topic you’re interested in, include that in your Google search, such as writing summer program, leadership summer program or basketball summer camp.
Here are a few examples of pre-college summer programs to explore:
The Brown Leadership Institute—This two-week summer program at Brown University (RI) helps you understand global challenges, develop leadership skills and create an action plan to help your community at home.
Georgetown Leadership Institute—Learn about decision-making, ethics, leadership techniques, government leadership and more in this eight-day program at Georgetown University. The university’s Washington, D.C. location offers great opportunities for field trips to Capitol Hill offices and museums.
Notre Dame Leadership Seminars—While the deadline for this program at the University of Notre Dame (IN) has already passed this year, consider this program for next year. Each year 100 students are accepted into this program to take discussion-based courses to improve leadership, communication and analytical skills. You even get one college credit upon completion of the program.
College Major-specific Programs
Fashion Boot Camp—Mount Mary University (WI) holds a two-week Fashion Boot Camp for students interested in fashion majors. Get hands-on experience with industry computer software, develop drawing skills and learn how to sew.
The Summer Academy 2014 at St. John’s College—Interested in an English, philosophy or other liberal arts major? Live on campus during this week-long summer program offered at the college’s Annapolis, MD, and Santa Fe, NM campuses. Study various works of literature during the week to grow intellectually. Several fun on-campus events and field trips off campus are included, too.
Flight Camps—If you’re interested in aerospace engineering or becoming a pilot, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL) hosts several different residential flight camps that might be a good fit. Beginners can start with the Flight Exploration camp, which introduces you to flying and flight training. Continue with the Aviation Voyage program, which is for students who want to apply lessons from Flight Exploration and continue on to recording flight time.
CU Summer Scholars—This program at Clemson University (SC) is designed for high school students interested in science to take summer classes and live on campus. Choose from courses such as bioengineering, DNA science, molecular biology, physics and astronomy, and vet (aka veterinarian) camp.