Pre-College Enrichment

A pre-college summer program enables you to spend time on a college campus and sometimes take classes from college professors. These programs can help ease the transition to college life when a student eventually enrolls at a college. While admission officers say attending pre-college programs matter little in the admission process, there are notable benefits for your consideration. These structured programs away from home allow attendees to experience what college life may be like, discover new or existing passions, meet other young people from around the country, and most practically, provide a growth experience that shows colleges they are curious about trying new things.

Though not exhaustive, the following links provide a launching point for families when considering pre-college programs. Make sure to check individual sites for the most accurate information as program details often change from year to year:

Architecture & Engineering
Business
Film
Environmental Science & Sustainability
World Languages, Language Intensive
Leadership Development
Math & Computer Science
Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Communication/Business
Political Science & Public Policy
Pre-Medicine
STEM
Summer Study Abroad
Theatre
Writing & Journalism

We will also list programs that are shared with our office directly. Check back often!

Boston University Summer Residential Program

BU’s long-running Summer Term pre-college offerings include a choice of one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs that prepare you for success in college. With five exciting and challenging pre-college summer programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in University labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. Summer is a great time to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making new friends, and engaging in fun social activities around Boston and on campus. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries in our summer programs for high school students—a great introduction to college life and academics.

Find more information online.

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience is a collaborative residential experience where students are invited to explore the value of a liberal arts perspective in making challenging decisions to improve today’s world. At BASE, students will experience interdisciplinary study from top tier professors while challenging their thought processes. This year’s theme is The Anthropocene: How have humans permanently changed the planet, and what do we do about it?

Cal Berkeley Coding Academy

Berkeley Coding Academy is offering a Machine Learning & AI Online Summer Program, ages 12-14 and 15-18, from July 11 – July 29, 9:00AM-12:30PM, PDT. Beginning and advanced students analyze big data in Python and make predictions using machine learning models. Students attend interactive lectures with credentialed teacher Corey Wade and build data projects in small cohorts with instructional leads. All students learn the code behind AI and receive certificates of completion.

Visit berkeleycodingacademy.com for registration information, and use discount code BCASCHOOLS2022 for a special rate.

Carnegie Mellon Summer Programs

For over 100 years, Carnegie Mellon has offered students unique and hands-on educational programs from the fine arts to technology and everything in between. Through Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Programs, rising juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to experience a world-class education on a beautiful, vibrant college campus. The programs prepare students for their upcoming college experience, help them narrow their career focus, and build critical knowledge and skills.

Learn more about the array of options online. Applications are due in February.

Colorado College Summer Programs

Colorado College Summer Session invites rising juniors and seniors to enroll in courses offered on subjects ranging from environmental science and the study of epidemics, to marketing and entrepreneurship, to cross-genre writing. CC’s summer session provides students with a rich opportunity to explore challenging academics, get inspired by the wondrous Rocky Mountain Region, and be supported by faculty that are invested in your success.

High School students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rhythm of the Block Plan and experience living on Colorado College’s campus.

Learn more and apply online. 

Columbia University Summer Program

Students in the Summer Immersion programs choose their courses from a dozen subject areas. Courses are taught by scholars and practitioners who are experts in their fields and who have a passion and demonstrated aptitude for teaching.

Summer Immersion students also choose from a wide variety of daily activities, including faculty lectures, college-prep workshops, excursions around New York City, community-building activities, and health and wellness programming. The student body is truly global, with high-achieving students from more than 45 states and 70 countries taking part in the New York City programs.

Apply online

Cornell Summer Residential Program

Through the Cornell University Precollege Summer Residential Program, you can take fascinating college courses, study with top Cornell faculty, earn college credits, enjoy the gorgeous campus, and make friends from around the world.

You’ll choose from three- or six-week undergraduate courses, in which you’ll earn transferrable credits in subjects from architecture to business, hospitality, engineering, health, international relations, science, social change, veterinary medicine, and more. Courses are taught by Cornell faculty, giving you an unrivaled learning experience with some of the university’s best professors.

Applications open in late January. 

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop

A week-long creative writing program held in-person at Denison University just outside Columbus, Ohio. June 19-26.

At the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, beginning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction get the chance to develop their talents and hone their skills. Participants spend mornings in small multi-genre workshop groups led by faculty. Afternoon classes focus on a choice of topics, supplemented by sessions with visiting writers and on-on-one faculty conferences. Students are house in Denison residence halls.

Apply online by March 1. 

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy – Summer

Drexel’s weeklong Environmental Science Leadership Academy is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students will habitat-hop from seaside, to salt marsh, to maritime forest, all along the New Jersey coastline, gaining hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh and Pine Barren ecology, botany and paleontology. Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

Based at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in Ocean Township, NJ, the Environmental Science Leadership Academy opens with a canoe trip through the Pine Barrens and ends with a fossil dig with Drexel paleontologist Dr. Ken Lacovara, whose world-class Mantua dig site has been featured on the Discovery Channel. Through a combination of theory-based courses and a lot of hands-on experience—the heart of a Drexel education—students will bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to a future in environmental science and related fields.”

Eligibility:  rising juniors and seniors

Learn more. 

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

  • Civil War Era Studies (CWES) – Students will immerse themselves in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, while studying American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. The program 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.
  • Camp Psych – Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this interactive and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Eisenhower Institute’s Civic Engagement Camp – Built on the tradition of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s commitment to public service, this program is designed for highly motivated high school students who have a passion for understanding the importance of civic engagement within the American political system and advancing the “unfinished work” of American democracy.
  • 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.
  • Athletic Camps – Gettysburg College coaches share their knowledge as they work with students interested in playing athletics at the college level. Camps include football, swimming, women’s soccer, and men’s lacrosse.

MIT Summer Programs

If you’re the kind of student who would like to spend much of your summer learning as much hands-on math, science, and engineering as you can, you might be a good fit for MIT. They offer an array of summer programs that students have found enriching and enjoyable.

These are small, specialized programs on campus. If studying the human genome, building a robot, or scoping out the stars sound like a rad way to spend your summer, then visit their website to learn more.

Miami (OH) Summer Programs

Session I: July 9-15, 2022
Session II: July 17-23, 2022

Miami University’s Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will get a glimpse of life on campus as they dive into a specific academic program with faculty and other students who share their interests.

Northeastern Summer Programs

Northeastern’s Accelerate: Pre-College Programs application is open for Summer 2022. The Accelerate programs features innovative content, experiential learning, and a world-class environment in Boston. Accelerate: Pre-College Programs for Summer 2022 include:

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Engineering programs, including Bioengineering Immersion as well as Engineering Innovation and Design
  • Ethics and Human Connection in a Digital World
  • Experiential Entrepreneurship
  • Innovations in Health Professions
  • Interaction and Games in Extended Reality
  • And more!

Notre Dame Summer Programs

Notre Dame is offering an array of summer programs, including study abroad and on-campus experiences, to high school students of all grades. Learn more about their pre-college offerings online on their website.

Stanford University Institute For Deliberative Democracy – Summer Program

How can young people move beyond political labels and become effective leaders on critical policy issues? Join high school students from across the country to deliberate on pressing national challenges and create informed, lasting solutions! This two-week Institute begins with the National Youth Impact Summit and moves towards examining why it is so difficult to enact change on pressing challenges facing the nation in the second week. Students who are accepted for the full two-week program will participate in a facilitation training and be certified by Close Up and Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy as Student Ambassadors of Deliberative Dialogue.

Learn more and apply online. 

Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) School of Business

The School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology is offering a paid virtual summer research program for high school students. In this six-week program, students will have the opportunity to work alongside a faculty member from the School of Business and assist them with research in their area of study such as entrepreneurship, marketing, management, economics, and finance.  The program will run from July 1, 2022 – August 12, 2022, and students will receive a $500 stipend after completing the program.

Eligibility – Applicants must currently be in their junior year of high school.

CLICK HERE for application form. 

University of Chicago Summer Immersion Programs

University of Chicago offers a variety of summer programs covering an array of topics. They draw from the multidisciplinary emphasis and intellectual richness of the College’s Core curriculum. Whether it’s creative writing, economics, or molecular engineering, students can find a formative college-level experience on campus this summer. To learn more, visit their website at summer.uchicago.edu

University of Montana Summer Residential Program

Who? High school students who are entering their sophomore, junior and senior year the fall of 2022 and are at least 16 years old, as well as seniors graduating spring 2022.

What? An intensive, hands-on, transformational learning opportunity hosted by the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana. Students will live on campus for the duration of the program, engaging in classroom learning every morning and exploring the UM campus, Missoula, and the surrounding areas in the afternoons. The program also includes a weekend spent at the Flathead Lake Biological Station and in cabins at UM’s field station in the Lubrecht Experimental Forest.

Where? The University of Montana (Missoula, MT.), Flathead Lake Biological Station (Polson, Montana), and Lubrecht Forest facilities (Blackfoot Valley, northeast of Missoula, MT).

When? Sunday, June 12 – Friday, June 24, 2022

Why? Students will be exposed to all aspects of life as a UM student. Students from in-state and out-of-state will earn three college credits and have a choice from two environmentally-themed courses listed below. Accepted students will choose one of the courses to participate in for the two-week session.

Cost: $2,000 (tuition, course fees, housing, all meals and program costs) Scholarships are available.

Find more information online.

University of Wisconsin – Madison Summer Immersion Programs

Badger Precollege welcomes students completing grades 9-12 to pursue their academic passions and meet new friends this summer. Badger Precollege encourages students to:

  • Challenge their curiosity and expand academic interests
  • Learn from experienced educators, UW faculty and other experts
  • Participate online or in person on the UW–Madison campus
  • Meet like-minded peers from around the world
  • Enjoy the resources and reputation of a top-ranked university
  • Explore their personal path to college

Courses this summer include Forensic Science (ALP program), Music, Art & Technology (Badger Precollege Online) and Human Language & Identity and Satellite Science & Programming for Meteorology (Badger Summer Scholars) — just to name a few!

Wake Forest University Summer Immersion

The Summer Immersion Program is an immersive, week-long experience for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen designed to provide an introduction to college life and the opportunity to explore a potential career pathway or field of study.

Yale Young Global Scholars

For those seeking outstanding summer enrichment opportunities, this one warrants a close look:
Yale University’s “Young Global Scholars” program is designed for talented high school students interested in a variety of academic topics. Learn more at the website linked in their message below. Among other details, be sure to note the eligibility requirements: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/eligibility.