It’s Time to Start Applying to Pre-College Summer Programs
In the middle of winter, you might not be thinking about summer just yet, but colleges across the country are. Many pre-college summer programs have already begun the registration process for this summer. In many cases, they accept or enroll students on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll want to register or apply for the program ASAP.
Here’s a list of a few pre-college programs by the month of their application deadlines.
California College of the Arts Pre-College Program: Study art, architecture, design or creative writing over the summer in California’s Bay Area. The
priority application deadline is March 16
John Hopkins University Discover Hopkins Programs: These programs focus on the health studies field.
Apply by March 15
, particularly if you plan to apply for financial aid.
Emory University (GA) Pre-College Summer Program: In this program, meet professors, enroll in college courses for credit and stay in a dorm on campus (or commute if you live nearby). The earlier you apply, the better chance you’ll get your residential preferences and course preferences.
Apply by April 1
to be considered for financial aid for this program.
Michigan Technical University Summer Youth Programs: This university offers a variety of programs. Deadlines vary by program, but most have deadlines as early as April or May.
Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Programs: Choose from a variety of programs to suit your academic interests.
Apply by May 1
Syracuse Summer College: Syracuse University’s (NY) Summer College for high school students lets you take two-, three- or six-week college classes (some for college credit, others not for credit) in a wide range of disciplines.
Apply by May 15.
The University of Pennsylvania Summer Academies: Penn has Summer Academies on biomedical research, chemistry research, experimental physics research and social justice research. Penn also has a general pre-college program for rising juniors and seniors. You may even be able to earn college credit for courses you take through Penn’s program.
Apply by June 1.
University of Maryland Young Scholars Program: This summer program is open to rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. During the program, you’ll take one college-level, three-credit introductory course. The
official application deadline is July 15
, but students who are admitted by April 18 must confirm their admission by April 20. Check the program website for complete list of deadlines.
National Student Leadership Conference programs: The NSLC offers many prestigious leadership programs at colleges across the country, and on topics from biotechnology and business to culinary arts and medicine. You must be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor.
Check with your guidance office for deadlines.
If you’re accepted into the program, enroll as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
Look for other programs at colleges in your area by Googling your location or the name of certain college, and the term “pre-college programs.”