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Selective Summer College Programs for High School Students Open for 2019

by Cheryl Lukeski, on May 21, 2018 8:18:38 AM

Summer is almost here, and there’s still time to make the most of it by applying for these competitive college programs for high school students. 










Georgetown Summer Programs

Washington, D.C.Live on Georgetown’s historic campus with other students from around the world. Choose from college prep programs for a head start on post-high school life or earn official college credits. Application deadline is two weeks before each program starts.


Providence, RI“Each summer, serious students choose Summer@Brown to prepare for college success, and meet the challenges of Ivy League academics.” More than 200 courses are available over multiple 1-4 week sessions throughout the summer. Study anthropology, engineering, creative writing, history, math and much more. Scholarships and financial aid are available while applications are open. 

American University - Community of Scholars

Washington, D.C.“Community of Scholars will introduce you to the advancing field of global affairs through college-level coursework. By the end of the program, you might find yourself developing a national security strategy or conducting a conflict assessment of an ongoing insurgency. You will visit government agencies and non-profit organizations to see how leading policy-makers put ideas into action. You will experience the excitement of Washington at work and see first-hand what others only read about.” Summer 2019 applications are still open. 

Columbia Summer Programs: Summer Immersion, New York City (1 week)

New York, NYColumbia’s one week NYC summer immersion program still has spots available for students entering grades 9 through 12 or their freshman year of college in the fall of 2018. Choose from seven intense course areas and enjoy NYC with a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Applications for the commuter-only course starting August 5th, 2019 are still open.

Explo 360 at Yale

New Haven, CT“Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.” Limited spots are still open. Scholarships are available.

Penn Summer - Young Scholars Program

Philadelphia, PAPursue your chosen discipline or learn something new by experiencing real college classes alongside Penn undergraduate students. Applications have closed for Summer 2019, but check back if you'd like to attend next year.

Intensive Law & Trial at Stanford University

Stanford, CA - This 10-day immersion course is presented in partnership with Stanford Law School, and is designed as a springboard for high school students who wish to pursue a career in the legal field. Limited scholarships are available. The deadline has passed for 2019; apply in the Spring of next year if you're interested.

Bard College Young Writers Workshop

Great Barrington, MA - This three-week summer creative writing program for students currently completing grades 9,10, and 11 takes place at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Only 84 students are admitted each year. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

UC Irvine Summer Session

Irvine, CAGet an early start on college with open enrollment in UC Irvine’s Summer Session. Choose from courses in nearly every academic department. Most take place on campus; some are offered online.

UC Riverside Summer Academy

Riverside, CAUC Riverside’s Summer Academy is meant for “advanced high school students” who are looking for opportunities to learn more about the college experience and explore possible college majors or try a course in a new area of study. Current UC Riverside students will be on hand for extra guidance and insight.

Summer Fuel

Multiple locationsAt Summer Fuel, they “offer personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. Our extensive range of programs encourages independence and friendship, striking the perfect balance between learning, exploration, and fun.” Summer Fuel offers a wide variety of summer programs for high school students. Choose from pre-college campus experience programs that allow students to study at Oxford, Tufts or UC Berkeley. Learn about business and entrepreneurship at Stanford, Columbia or across the pond in Barcelona.

JSA (Junior State of America) Summer Programs

Multiple locations“Nobody builds leaders like JSA. Our pre-college summer programs are transformational. They prepare you to be way ahead of the curve when you get to college. If you’re ready for life out in front, we’ll help get you there.Spend your summer at Georgetown, Princeton or Stanford. Apply for the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, or choose a more compact option with four-day JSA Summer Institutes. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but space is limited. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

Summer Discovery

Multiple locations, 14 university partners“Summer Discovery is a pre-college academic enrichment program offering middle school and high school students a meaningful summer experience with lifelong value...Our summer programs combine academics with social activities, travel, recreation, and sports. You’ll have the summer of a lifetime, experience college life, and make new friends from all over the world.” Spend your summer studying architecture, communication, engineering, music, journalism, STEM, psychology, business or choose from a wide variety of other options.

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BONUS RESOURCES Browse summer internships available throughout the U.S.

GenCyber: Summer cybersecurity camps at various locations throughout the U.S. Available for K-12 students and meant to encourage interest in cybersecurity careers as well as help students understand safe online behavior.

Cornell’s Adult University Summer Program for Teens: Cornell’s weekly summer program for teens (13-15) allows this younger group to explore subjects like fashion, law, photography and more.

MathILy at Bryn Mawr College: Intense five-week program for mathematically gifted students. Still accepting rolling applications.

iD Tech STEM Programs: Open to students ages 7-18, held at multiple top colleges across the U.S. Some programs still have spaces available.


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