Summer Enrichment

Check out the opportunities below for once-in-a-lifetime summer 2020 enrichment experiences.

Colleges & Universities

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2020

Creative high school students looking to develop their cinematic and journalistic skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more — this program is for you.

Learn from hands-on instruction, create your own videos and short films, and discover educational and professional opportunities.

This program runs from July 6 – 31, 2020. Click here to find program information and application materials. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

Questions? Contact the program at [email protected].

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

The Colorado College Pre-College program is the perfect opportunity for your students to make the most of their summer! At Colorado College, they will earn college credit, particpate in college-prep programming, and experience life as a CC student. Our Block Plan carries over into the summer – one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks to create a fully immerrsive learning experience. Our courses for Summer 2020 are listed and applications are open! We have everything from Film to Economics for your students to explore through our three summer blocks. Our Pre-College Block (July 13 – 29) offers:

  • Art Studio: Introduction to Drawing: Landscape Immersion
  • Organismal Biology: Chemistry and Biology of Colorado Wetlands
  • Economics: Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership and Impact
  • English: Cross-Genre Writing Workshop
  • Feminist and Gender Studies: Do #AllLivesMatter?: Historical and Contemporary Protest in the US
  • Physics: Cosmology, Antigravity, and the Runaway Universe
  • Political Science: Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics
  • Sociology: Globalization and Immigration Policy

There are also opportunities to participate in a course in Block A (May 27 – June 19) or Block B (June 22 – July 15), and go ahead and check out our FAQ page.

Are you curious about the Pre-College student experience? Hear what some of our alum have to say in this video!

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2020

Cornell’s Summer College is one of the nation’s longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs. It brings more than 1,500 motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York to

  • Experience the excitement of college life at a great Ivy League university.
  • Earn three to six college credits in courses with Cornell faculty.
  • Prep for college applications with workshops, one-on-one counseling, and a college fair.
  • Make friends from more than 50 countries.

This summer, students can choose from two-, three-, and six-week programs between June 20 and August 4 in subjects ranging from architecture, business, hospitality, and engineering, to international relations, music, science, social change, and veterinary medicine — and many more.

Most applications are due May 1. For details, visit the program dates and deadlines pages.

Please contact us if you have questions.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2020

Duke University offers three options for summer study for current high school students:

Applications open December 3rd, 2019! Click the links above to learn more as well as to find applicable application information and deadline dates.

DEADLINE: March 9th, 2020

Write in the heart of Portland!

Lewis & Clark College invites talented 10th, 11th, and 12th grade writers to apply for this two-week residential summer creative writing program.

June 21st – July 4th, 2020

  • Join 60 high school students from across the country.
  • Study and write with published, thoughtful, and dynamic authors.
  • Generate your own writing in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
  • Preview college life on the beautiful, wooded campus of Lewis & Clark.
  • Explore Oregon during faculty-led group trips in and around Portland.

Application Deadline: March 9th, 2020

Click here to read more details and apply today.

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:

  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp – Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too – Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring electronics, and building robots through the open source software and hardware. This camp is an introduction into the world of coding robotics and electronics.
  • Camp Psych – Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Civil War Era Studies Camp – Students will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying the American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. They 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.
  • 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.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – Scholarship – The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war’s most decisive battle.

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2020

Join us for a summer writing adventure! Want to learn more or apply? Click on the program or programs below that interest you the most.

  • Young Writers Workshop: Designed for intellectually curious, motivated high school students (ages 16-18 years) who are eager to expand their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. Participants join an inspiring and supportive community of writers to develop their ideas into a multitude of new poems, stories, essays, and more. Applications are due March 1, 2020 and admission is selective. Scholarships are available for qualifying students. Click here to learn more!
  • Young Science Writers Workshop: A new and unique creative opportunity for high school students (ages 16-18 years) who enjoy science, environmental studies, and who also love to write creatively. Participants will explore the lush fields, forests, and creeks surrounding Kenyon College with biologists, experiment in the lab, and incorporate these observations in their writing. Each workshop has a dozen students taught by instructors who are biologists as well as published poets and fiction writers. Applications are due March 1, 2020 and admission is selective. Scholarships are available for qualifying students. Click here to learn more!

Applications for both programs are due on March 1st, 2020.

DEADLINE: May 24th, 2020

A three-week pre-college residential program for rising 6th-11th graders, Lehigh University Summer Academy premieres in Summer 2020.

Summer Academy offers innovative, thought-provoking and enriching course work, combined with learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. Service-learning projects, leadership development, field trips and social events will also be an integral part of the program. Participants will build their “tool belt” for success both in school and in life.

Summer Academy offers two three-week sessions, each limited to only 80 students to ensure a highly personal enrichment experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and financial assistance is available.

Click here to learn more. Applications must be submitted by May 24th, 2020.

DEADLINE: February 18th, 2020 (Summer Scholars) and February 28th (Leadership Seminars)

Discover your passions this summer in an encouraging environment with like-minded students from around the globe. Our Pre-College Programs offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique Notre Dame community.

Summer Scholar and Leadership Seminars participants experience residential life while on campus. You’ll be paired with a roommate and live in a dorm room. A current ND undergraduate student will be your Resident Counselor, supporting and mentoring you throughout this unparalleled college experience.

Students earn one college credit upon completion of our programs.

Click here for more information and to apply.

DEADLINE: February 10th, 2020 (Spring program) and June 15th, 2020 (Summer program)

Online High School Filmmakers Workshop
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Earn four college credits.

Application Deadline for Spring: February 10, 2020
Spring Program Dates: March 2 – April 10, 2020

Application Deadline for Summer: June 15, 2020
Summer Program Dates: July 6 – 31, 2020

Students work in online crews to develop their directing, shooting, and editing skills while also learning documentary, experimental, and narrative approaches to filmmaking. Students will learn the basics of screenwriting and script development, and produce music videos and short films (three to five minutes in length). Watch the video and visit the website to learn more about the Tisch Online High School Filmmakers Workshop.

DEADLINE: March 27th, 2020

The PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 11 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY.

The PREFACE Program is for students who will be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application.

Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 27, 2020. Notifications will be made to accepted students in late April. Questions about the program should be directed to [email protected].

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2020

Why should you have to wait until college to start honing your craft in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction?

Every summer for more than two decades, talented high school students (current sophomores and juniors) have been welcomed to Denison University in Granville, Ohio, for the acclaimed Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. The workshop is an eight-day residential program that incorporates small creative writing workshops, group sessions with Denison creative writing faculty and notable visiting writers, and much more.

Only 48 students get the chance to come to the Hill to participate each June. That means students experience small, intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with people who have made writing their career. It’s a great way to connect with a close-knit community of writing teachers, mentors, and peers from around the world.

This is your chance to work with award-winning authors whose work has appeared in publications like The New YorkerThe Atlantic, and SB Nation; who have published books; who care deeply about storytelling; and who love to teach.

The program runs from June 21–28, 2020. Financial assistance is available to families who qualify, and information about the program is online at The online application portal will open on Monday, January 6, 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Reach out to [email protected] or at 740-587-6207.

Click here for more information and to apply.

DEADLINE: June 1st, 2020

Introducing the Summer Writing Institute for high school students!

This June, Rhodes will hold its 43rd session of the college-prep program with five writing courses ranging from a fiction workshop to a history seminar. If you would enjoy this opportunity, click the link above for more information.

DEADLINE: May 15th, 2020

PreCollege at Ringling offers high school students a chance to try on the full “art college experience.”

You’ll get in-depth immersion into major areas of study, and hands-on studio instruction in core courses that provide fundamental skills and experiences similar to those in a first-year curriculum. Ringling faculty & teaching assistants will take the time to work with you and push you to create your absolute best work.

Click here for more information — and click here to apply by May 15th!

Click here for more information and to apply.

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2020

Spark your imagination while refining your personal artistic vision with SCAD pre-college programs this summer. At SCAD Summer Seminars and SCAD Rising Star, participants can experience all the perks of being a SCAD student — from inspired settings and professional-caliber resources to one-on-one guidance from acclaimed faculty.

Rising Star is a five-week summer program offering current juniors immersion into a creative environment in which they can expand their portfolios and gain college experience. Students enroll in two SCAD courses, which will reward college credit, and engage in activities each week to get to know their peers, explore SCAD and discover alluring city attractions. Apply today!

Rising Star 2020 dates:
Atlanta — June 20-July 24
Hong Kong — June 21-July 24
Savannah — June 20-July 24

SCAD Summer Seminars offer workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Students have an opportunity to develop their creative vision through exciting art and design projects. Students attend two workshops taught by SCAD professors, alumni or select graduate students, and have an all-access pass to the university’s extensive resources. Register today!

Atlanta sessions:
Session I: June 14-19
Session II: June 21-26
Session III: July 5-10
Session IV: July 12-17

Hong Kong sessions:
Session I: June 28-July 3
Session II: July 12-17
Session III: July 19-24

Savannah sessions:
Session I: June 14-19
Session II: June 21-26
Session III: July 5-10
Session IV: July 12-17
Session V: July 19-24

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2020

Pick your niche this Summer at Smith. Faculty teach Precollege courses on Smith College’s campus in…

Want to live in a house on campus, directly engage with world-class scholars, and make new friends? Accepting young women entering grades 9, 10, 11, 12 in fall 2020.
Click here to apply!

DEADLINE: May 15th, 2020

You may know that SMSC—a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University—offers summer courses for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in conservation, environmental science, biology, and related topics. We wanted to introduce you to our pair of upcoming immersive programs so that you could share this information with interested students.

Our high school courses are residential, so students stay in our recently built residence hall within the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. There is no better place to live and learn about the world of conservation from some of the leading experts in the field! Each of our Summer 2020 courses is worth 2 college credits. The courses won’t overlap, so students may take one or both.

CONS 100: Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology

June 21 – 28 (2 credits) | Registration Fee: $2,300

Get hands-on field experience in conservation, and define an ecological research question with a conservation practitioner.

CONS 110: How to Be a Better Naturalist

July 19 – 25 (2 credits) | Registration Fee: $2,100

Describe field marks for a variety of animal and plant taxa, deploy observation and monitoring equipment, and apply conservation techniques to the natural world near your home.

Included with the course costs are:

  • all program lodging and meals;
  • all course fees, entrance fees, and field-trip costs during the program; and
  • complimentary round-trip transportation between Front Royal, VA and Dulles International Airport (IAD) on arrival/departure dates.

Registration is open now through mid-May. Students and parents can register using the red button at the top of the page here.

DEADLINE: February 26th, 2020

Stanford University invites high school students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes offers two sessions for high school students, grades 8–11. Each session runs for three weeks and provides a diversity of courses from which to choose.
The program seeks intellectually curious students with a record of achievement inside and outside the classroom. Admission is selective.
Click here for more information, including program details and course selections.
Deadline to apply is February 26th, 2020.

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2020

Mount Mary University’s Summer Leadership Academy helps young women — rising sophomore, junior and seniors — develop into bold leaders!
What can students expect from the academy?
Students will participate in sessions for their career and personal development led by Milwaukee business leaders and Mount Mary faculty:
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Importance of Sisterhood
  • Confidence
  • Financial Aid 101
  • Finding the Right Fit in a College
  • Career Exploration
  • Racial Dynamics as a Leader
  • Finding Your Authentic Self
  • Networking with Young Professionals
The 2020 academy will be held June 22-25. The cost to attend is $150 and includes all meals, lodging, activities and program materials. Financial need scholarships are available. Click here for program details.
The participant application for this year’s Summer Leadership Academy is now available! Click here to apply by April 1st, 2020.
Questions about the academy? Please contact Alexandra Hoslet, Program Coordinator for the Women’s Leadership Institute, at [email protected].

DEADLINE: February 26th, 2020

The University of Chicago’s summer pre-college programs draw from the multidisciplinary emphasis and intellectual richness of the College’s Core curriculum. Whether it’s economics, paleontology, or art history, students can find a formative college-level experience on campus this summer. We offer a variety of courses in diverse subject areas and engagement levels that match any motivated high school student. Programs include:

  • Pathways: Explore a cutting-edge field of study not often covered in high school curricula though three-week courses in subjects such as economics, molecular engineering, data science, law & society, world politics, and urban studies. Students engage in lectures, discussions, and other activities that feature multiple faculty instructors and other practitioners in the field.
  • Immersion: Through labs, discussions, field observations, and other hands-on activities, students immerse themselves within a specific topic through these three-week-long undergraduate-level intensive courses designed for pre-college students by UChicago faculty and instructors. Course subjects include neuroscience, international relations, art, philosophy, biotechnology, physics, and more.
  • NEW Scholarship Programs!: We are thrilled to be able to offer students the opportunity to enroll in Summer Session course free of charge through our Scholarship Programs, such as Emerging Rural Leaders, Latin American Phoenix Scholars, Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars, Police & Fire Summer Scholars, UChicago Summer Scholars, and the UWC Global Academy. Our selected scholarship students will also benefit from co-curricular programming to prepare them for the highly selective admissions process.

All students enrolled in Summer Session can also participate in the Admissions Academy, a series of workshops that focus on the holistic admissions process to provide insights on admissions to highly selective colleges and universities and offer essay writing tips.
Students should apply by February 26th for the best selection of courses!

The participant application for this year’s Summer Leadership Academy is now available! Click here to apply by April 1st, 2020.
Questions about the academy? Please contact Alexandra Hoslet, Program Coordinator for the Women’s Leadership Institute, at [email protected].

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2020

At the University of Miami’s Summer Scholars Program, students get the chance to litigate a mock trial, participate in a medical scenario in a state-of-the-art simulation hospital, or get up close and personal with sharks and dolphins all while earning six college credits. High-achieving high school sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits this summer in a variety of areas while exploring their academic passions and considering their future career opportunities.

For students seeking to gain hands-on college experience in a more condensed format, we also offer a two-week, non-credit academy program, where they’ll enjoy an intense experiential learning environment.

Explore our two options:

Three-week Summer Scholars Program (credit): For high school sophomores and juniors The program runs July 4–24, 2020

Two-week, UM Academies (non-credit): For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors The program runs July 4–17, 2020

Limited Scholarship Opportunities are available for students who qualify. To be considered, eligible applicants must complete both the Summer Scholars application and the scholarship application and submit supporting documents by the March 1 deadline. Students who meet the requirements for our need-based scholarship may also qualify for application fee reduction waivers.

Click here to apply. Students who apply before December 1, 2019, can use waiver code “EARLYBIRD” to receive 50 percent off the application fee.* Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program.

*Waiver code expires December 1, 2019. Your application must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1. With waiver code, the application fee is reduced to $37.50. Please note refunds/discounts cannot be issued once the application has been submitted.

To contact an enrollment advisor or to request more information, click here or call 305-284-4000.

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2020

Penn Summer High School Programs welcome bright and ambitious high school students who want to experience campus life, pursue challenging academic studies with leading faculty, and stand out on college applications. With residential and commuter options available for 2-, 3-, or 6-week programs, high school students from around the world can experience summer at Penn.

  • Penn Summer Prep: Experience college life in the 2-week, non-credit program
  • Penn Summer Academies: Dive deep into academic study for 3 intensive weeks in one of the non-credit academies
  • Pre-College Program: Take 6-week, for-credit summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates

Click here to learn more!

Applications are now open: the deadline for 2020 applications is May 1. Programs fill up quickly; it’s not too early to encourage your outstanding students to explore our program options and get in touch with our team!

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

The University of Vermont is pleased to offer academically challenging experiences designed to bring out the best in high school students.

Our Pre-College Program offers out-of-state high school students the opportunity to enroll in UVM courses, gain college credits, and receive a 50% out-of-state academic year tuition reduction.**

We are now accepting applications for our summer pre-college courses, providing motivated high school students 100+ opportunities to:

  • Earn college credits
  • Experience campus life (or learn online)
  • Discover a new interest and potential career paths
  • Explore a subject that isn’t offered at their high school
  • Gain a competitive advantage when applying to college

Additionally, UVM’s Summer Academy program is open for enrollment for 10th, 11th, and 12th 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:

  • Adventures in Neuroscience
  • Animal Science
  • Biomedical Science and Human Disease
  • Drones for Environmental Mapping
  • Facing Environmental Futures
  • Health & Medicine
  • Journalism with Words and Photography
  • Microbiology in Action: Antibiotic Discovery
  • Renewable Energy: Harvesting Technology Design

Application deadlines vary! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at 800-639-3210.

Click here to apply. Students who apply before December 1, 2019, can use waiver code “EARLYBIRD” to receive 50 percent off the application fee.* Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program.

*Waiver code expires December 1, 2019. Your application must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1. With waiver code, the application fee is reduced to $37.50. Please note refunds/discounts cannot be issued once the application has been submitted.

To contact an enrollment advisor or to request more information, click here or call 305-284-4000.

DEADLINE: April 24th, 2020

USC Summer Programs offers students a preview of “freshman year” through its college immersion experience. Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom. Programs are designed to combine college level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities.
USC Summer Programs offers courses in a variety of subjects (over 20 courses in more than 10 subject areas) from which students choose one course for intense study. Students receive 3 units of transferable USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4-Week program.
Students may visit for more information and instructions on how to apply.

DEADLINE: Varies – read more below!

Did you know students can experience life as a WashU student well before their senior year?

WashU offers several summer programs for high school students that allow them to experience university life inside the classroom and beyond!

Students in their first three years of high school will have the chance to build valuable academic and career skills, while also living on campus and making lifelong friendships and memories.

We encourage you to check out our summer programs in business, art, architecture, math, science, and many others! Questions? Feel free to reach out to us by phone at (314)-935-6000 or (800)-638-0700 or by email at [email protected].

Application deadlines vary! Check your specific program of interest for more details.

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2020

The Summer Immersion Program at Wake Forest University is an immersive, week-long experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors 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.

Program Highlights:

  • Explore a Career Pathway or Major: Students choose from 19 specialized institutes and learn from industry professionals and Wake Forest faculty.
    • Animation
    • Biosciences and Engineering
    • Business
    • Debate and Public Advocacy
    • Documentary Film
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance and Investing
    • Health and Exercise Science
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Neuroscience
    • Law
    • Leadership
    • Medicine
    • Policy and Politics
    • Psychology
    • Sports Marketing
    • Sports Medicine
    • Technology
    • Virtual Reality
  • Prepare for College: Students experience college life by living in the dorms, eating in the dining hall, and participating in a campus tour and admissions information session.
  • Build Your Network: Students engage with peers from all over the world and build relationships with our Academic Leaders who are experts and faculty members in various fields of study.
How to Apply:
To apply, visit immersion.summer.wfu.eduand complete the free, online application. The application requires a recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal, and the completion of two short essays. Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
If you have further questions regarding the Summer Immersion Program, please call us at (980) 224-9298 or email us at [email protected].

Local Organizations

DEADLINE: February 26th, 2020

Students age 14 or older (by June 15th) are invited to serve as a “Volunteen” at the Wisconsin Ave. and Spring St. campuses, including the Little Saints Child Care Center.

Informational meetings will be held the first and second weeks of March. Click here to learn more.