Another Summer of Boredom? Think Pre-College Summer Programs!
Considering another summer spent playing video games, bumming at the mall, or vegging out in front of the TV? Not that there’s anything wrong with taking a little break but – that’s not going to set you apart from the college bound crowd! To make yourself really stand out to college admissions (and earn a college credit) you might want to look into a pre-college summer program offered by a college or university!
From math summer programs to summer business programs – if you want to study it, it’s out there! What a great way to check out the actual workings of a college!
Staying in the dorms or residence hall, eating the cafeteria food, and exploring the college campus give you a sense of the college atmosphere before you ever make that official campus visit! Take a look at a small sampling of the big variety of pre-college summer programs to fit any student! Get in touch with the colleges and see what is still available (or the application due dates for next year). Explore your options – you’ve got years left to plan!
Love science and math? You might have met your match! The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) presents a Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (or SAAST). High achievers can choose from five fabulous UPenn summer programs in exciting fields: biotechnology, computer graphics, computer science, nanotechnology, and robotics in an intense three week course full of hands-on learning — and fun! Successful completion of this UPenn summer program could net you a college credit!
Looking for something even longer? Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) has a six week long summer college for high school students program with a shot at earning seven college credits (with non-credit two and three weeks programs, too). There are a lot of choice from – more than thirty courses from the Liberal Arts section alone! There’s also Fashion Design, Law, and Architecture (to name a few more). Connect with the Summer of Syracuse 2010 group on Facebook and start planning!
College + Workshops + Seminars. Students in the University of Maryland Young Scholars Program choose one intro-level three week college course (mock trials, kinesiology, or landscape architecture to name a few) for college credit. Scheduled workshops at the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland) mix things up a bit, including Stock Market Planning and Tai Chi as well as informative seminars with topics like social media privacy or tips about traveling abroad – talk about a nice (and super fun) little bonus!
More fun than a barrel of monkeys! The Emory College of Arts and Sciences at Emory College (Atlanta, Georgia) offers up a six week residential or commuter program with courses like Public Health, Sustainability, Film Studies, or Anthropology.. When not listening to speakers or participating in student-panel discussions, students live it up on awesome scheduled tours and field trips, like to the Planetarium, the High Museum, or an Atlanta Braves baseball game.
Say goodbye to summer boredom! The five week High School Summer Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis (St Louis, Missouri) is for high school Sophomores and Juniors – and you could net yourself up to seven college credits! Dig in to courses like geology, mathematics, Italian, dance, history, or economics. With scheduled trips, social events, and free time (of course), it could be the makings for a summer to remember! WUSTLhsscholars is on Twitter – so you can get connected!
Cornell University Summer College Programs for High School Students (Ithaca, New York) attracts students interested in veterinary medicine, business, or even college success (a program to help ease your transition to college and then some!). You can browse through Cornell University summer program highlights through photos, videos, a Facebook page, even blogs! What’s even better? They are all eligible for college credit!
We weren’t kidding when we said there were plenty of choices! So go ahead, start planning and creating the summer of your dreams – and jump into college life!