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Academic Summer Opportunities - 2019

Listed below are numerous academic summer opportunities.  Opportunities are sorted into the following categories:

  • Business/Entrepreneurship/Accounting
  • Creative Arts/Design
  • General Pre-College Programs
  • Journalism/Media/Communications
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM)
  • Social Studies/Politics/Law
  • Study Abroad/Travel
  • Theology/Ministry/Mission Work
  • Writing/Literary Studies
When appropriate, each program also includes a prefix indicating the state in which the experience is located. As updated information becomes available, it will be reflected on this site. If what you are looking for does not appear on this page, you may want to try using this website:




OH – UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON – Entrepreneurship 101


Rising high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students will learn more about entrepreneurship, the idea-generation process, elevator pitches and more. Through engaging lectures and class activities, site visits and guest speakers, students will have the opportunity to earn three credit hours and compete for up to $10,000 in UD scholarship dollars in an elevator pitch competition — all while living on campus and experiencing life in Dayton.
Program dates: TBA

Application deadline:
More info:

KY – BASE CAMP – Business and Accounting Summer Education Camp

Participants explore business and accounting careers while enjoying fun social activities that include visiting four college campuses, a public accounting firm and the corporate office of an international company. The camp is held on Bellarmine University’s campus. Applications are available now.

Cost: $150 (Needs-based BASE Camp Scholarship available); non-refundable application - $25

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

More information: coming soon 


KY – Sullivan University - Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts Camps

Pursue your passions for cooking and baking under the guidance of experienced chef instructors at one of the best hospitality schools in the nation.

Cost: $900 (with housing); $100 discount if registered by 2/1/19

Program dates: June 9--1-4, 2019

Application deadline: April 1, 2019 (apply and register)

More information:


IN – IU Kelley School of Business – Young Women’s Institute

Students interested in studying business and staying on a college campus benefit from this selective opportunity.  Minimum GPA of 3.5.

Cost:  Fully funded except for travel to and from Bloomington 

Program dates:  June 9-12, June 12-15, June 16-19, June 19-22

Application deadline:  March 30, 2019

More information:


TN – NABA Accounting Career Awareness Program – Christian Brothers University

ACAP is a program of the National Association of Black Accountants, designed to increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting. ACAP revolves around a one-week summer residency program for high school students. 

Cost: Students selected receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, room, meals, books, supplies and transportation.

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

More information: 





FL – Ringling College of Art + Design - PreCollege 2019

PreCollege is immersive, rigorous, and fun. All students are enrolled in a full-time program of immersions in the majors as well as courses in art and design. You will strengthen your ability to think critically and creatively.

Cost: $6,020

Program dates: June 23–July 20, 2019

Application deadline: rolling admissions

More information:


KY – Sullivan University - The Studio

Drone missions, robot repairs, web coding, ad campaign launches and trash-to-treasure design contests are all in a day's work at the Studio, where techies and creatives come together to push the boundaries of innovation and bring ideas to life using the latest technology. Choose the track that interests you most and prepare for a weeklong whirlwind of creating, collaborating, coding, drafting, automating, inventing, branding, droning and much more. Five different choices of programs.

Cost: $545 (depending on the program, with housing); early bird discount available - $100 cheaper if registered by 2/1/19.

Program dates: June 9-14, 2019

Application deadline: check website for individual programs

More information:


MD – Maryland Institute College of Art – Pre-college Studio Residency Program

Experience a challenging and rewarding opportunity for young artists and designers; three sessions offered - three different sets of dates.  Students can earn college credits.

Cost: $50 application fee; cost depends on program - $2810-$6300

Program dates:  5 week session- 6/22-7/27, 3 week session-7/7-7/27, 2 week session-6/23-7/6

Application deadline:  April 30, 2019

More information:


MI – University of Michigan – Stamps School of Art and Design – Pre-College Program

Each summer, the Stamps School offers several pre-college programs for high-school students interested in art and design. Two programs are residential in nature. They include a preview of what it’s like to earn a BFA degree, and a portfolio prep class.

Cost: TBD

Program dates:  Varies depending on the program

Application deadline: Varies depending on program

More information:  


Various Locations - US Performing Arts Camps

Designed for the serious performing arts student.  Multiple locations, dates, and concentrations are available. Check website for more details. 

Cost: Varies depending on length of class

Program dates:  Varies

Application deadline:  rolling admission, but preference given to early applicants

More information:


GA – Summer at SCAD:  The Savannah College of Art and Design


Offering multiple avenues of artistic development, students interested in art, architecture, film, etc…are encouraged to read about the many summer offerings.

Cost: Varies depending on program

More information:


CA – California College of the Arts – Pre-College Program

For rising juniors, seniors, and college freshmen, this program allows students to study art, design, or creative writing and earn 3 college credits. 

Cost:  $3,425 – tuition; $1,350 – housing; meal plans available; scholarships available

Program dates:  June 24- July 19, 2019

Application deadline:  rolling

More information:


DC – Experiences in Architecture:  Catholic University of America

This intense three-week workshop is for students interested in architecture or other design-related fields.  Students are exposed to both the academic and the professional sides of the architecture arena.

Cost:  $3600 (includes tuition and room and board – scholarships available)

Program dates:  July 8-26, 2019 

Application deadline:  June 15, 2019

More information:


IN – Ball State University – College of Architecture and Planning Summer Workshop

Called DesignWorks, this program is for rising juniors and seniors interested in environmental design and planning.

Cost:  TBA

Program dates:  TBA

Application deadline:  TBA

More information:


Grammy Camp

Attend summer camp with Grammy professionals and learn hands-on career training from industry experts. Students can pursue performance or business tracks. Located in Los Angeles, CA.

Cost: $1500 (does not include housing; students must provide that on their own)

Program dates: July 23-27, 2019 in L.A.

Application deadline: See website

More information:


OH – DAAP High School Residential Pre-College Camps– University of Cincinnati

Spend the week living on campus while putting your ideas to work on immersive projects, exploring Cincinnati’s creative community. Classes are taught by DAAP faculty, professional guests and visiting artists, and are also staffed with current DAAP students as assistants. An exhibit and celebration culminates the camp on Saturday morning.

Cost:  TBA

Program dates:  TBA

Application deadline:  TBA

More information:




KY - Kentucky Wesleyan Scholar's Academy

Scholar's Academy is an in-depth college immersion experience that gives rising seniors a taste of what the small, liberal arts college experience is through academic life and social events. Students must have an ACT of 23 and a GPA of 3.0.

Cost: If selected, a student pays $50 fee. Students selected earn a $1000 scholarship to KY Wesleyan.

Program dates: June 23-29, 2019

Application deadline: May 24, 2019

More information: 


DC - GW Pre-College - George Washington University

GW Pre-College provides students with an enriching academic experience and an extraordinary summer in Washington D.C. Students will be guided through immersive programs that connect classroom learning with real-world practice. 

Cost: varies depending on program

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: check online information

More information: 


SUMMER SPRINGBOARD - Summer Springboard offers programs for students at UC Berkeley and Yale University. High School students are offered a safe and structured schedule that prepares students for a successful and productive college experience. 

Cost: varies depending on program

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: check online information

More information: 


CA - USC University of Southern California

USC 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. The programs offered are 2 and 4 week courses in a variety of subjects and students can receive 3 hours of USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4 week program.

Cost: $4547- $8832 depending on chosen program 

Program dates: June 16- June 30, 2019 (2 weeks); June 16- July 13, 2019 (4 weeks)

Application deadline: April 26, 2019

More information:


NC – Duke University – Summer Session

Duke University offers two summer programs: Summer College and Summer Academy. Each program has a different focus. More information about the focus, time frame, and cost can be found at the link below.

Cost:  varies depending on program

Program dates:  varies depending on the program

Application deadline: April 15, 2019

More information:


MA – Summer Session @Andover

This is a five week academic enrichment program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Cost: $9.175

Program dates:  July 2–August 4, 2019

Application deadline:  rolling admission 

More information:


IN – University of Notre Dame – Pre-College Programs

Notre Dame’s Pre-College Programs offer summer opportunities for rising high school juniors and seniors. There are three programs:  Summer Scholars is a two-week commitment (rising juniors or seniors) while the Leadership Seminar is a one week commitment (rising seniors). Study Abroad: Ireland is a twelve-day seminar in Dublin and Connemara, Ireland. Study Abroad: Rome is a twelve-day seminar in Rome, Italy with scholars from a variety of fields.

Cost:  See website-- costs vary depending on program selected

Program dates: See website- programs vary

Application deadline:  See website- programs vary

More information: 


PA - Carnegie Mellon:  Summer Pre-College Programs

Students choose between an Advanced Placement/Early Action Program, a pre-college Fine Arts program, or a National High School Game Academy.  Open to students entering their junior or senior year.

Cost:   varies from $5446- $10,581

Program dates:  see website 

Application deadline: May 15, 2019

More information: 


NY – Marist College – Summer Pre-College

The Marist Summer Pre-College Programs provide rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take a course in a field they are passionate about while getting a taste of college life. Students can choose to take college courses, earn college credit, and live on the campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. Students complete online application, obtain a high school transcript, recommendation form, and write an essay.

Cost:  $3,400 for one NY session; $6,460 for two NY sessions 

Program dates:  NY and Italy options available, see website for additional details

Application deadline:  rolling basis

More information:


MO – Washington University in St. Louis – High School Summer Institutes

Students can explore a specialized interest while living on campus.  Seven options:  see link for more information on the internet.

Cost:  $1985-$5785 (depends on institute - financial assistance is available).

Program dates:  Varies depending on program

Application deadline: rolling

More information:


NC – Wake Forest – Pre-College Residential Programs

Wake Forest University offers several different residential pre-college programs: Academic Discovery Institute, Career Exploration Institutes, Ross Kennedy Smith Debate Workshops, and various sports camps.

Cost: varies depending on the program

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: rolling basis until all spots are filled

More information:


CA – Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes are three-to-five-week summer residential programs. Not for credit or grade, these programs provide in-depth hands-on exploration of advanced topics, development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, exposure to current research directions, and a challenging and rewarding academic experience in an environment with others who share a passion for learning and self-discovery. Programs exist for grades 9, 10, and 11. Check out Stanford University Mathematics Camp [SUMaC], Summer Humanities Institute, Summer Arts Institute, Sports Business Academy, Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, or the Summer Session.

Cost: Varies depending on the program

Program dates: Varies depending on the program

Application deadline: Varies depending on the program

More information:


NY – Cornell University – Summer College 2019

Talented sophomores, juniors, and seniors can choose between 20 programs and 60 Cornell courses to study for either three or six-weeks. 

Cost:  varies; financial assistance available

Program dates:  varies based on program

Application deadline:  varies depending on program

More information: 


MA – Tufts University – Summer Study 2019

Tufts Summer Study offers students an opportunity to explore academic and career options, experience learning and living on a college campus, and prepare for the next stage of your education.

Cost:  check website

Program dates:  varies depending on program                                                        

Application deadline: April 1, 2019

More information:   


NC – Davidson College – July Experience

This offers a pre-college summer enrichment program for rising high school juniors and seniors.Students take two liberal arts courses taught by full-time Davidson faculty, live in residence halls with students from across the country and around the world, and participate in sessions about the college admission process, while getting prepared for college.

Cost:  $4,000 (scholarships available)

Program dates:  June 30- July 20, 2019

Application deadline:  April 1, 2019

More information:


MO – Washington University in St. Louis –High School Summer Scholars Program

This five week program provides an early taste of college life for academically talented rising juniors and seniors. Students take undergraduate courses for credit.

Cost:  $8,384-$10,885 depending on session selected

Program dates:  Three sessions: June 9-July 13, 2019, July 14-August 16, 2019; OR June 9-August 3, 2019

Application deadline: April 1, 2019, Early bird registration deadline February 15, 2019

More information:


MA – Stonehill College – Summer@Stonehill Pre-College Program

This selective 3-week program provides an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to earn college credit.

Cost: $1395-$2295

Program dates: July 6-23, 2019 or July 6-19, 2019 

Application deadline: rolling

More information:


MA - Smith College Pre-college Program for High School Girls

Smith College Pre-college Summer Programs offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school girls who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond.

Cost:  $3300-6380 depending on the selected program

Program dates:  varies by program

Application deadline:  June 1, 2019, registration fee discount prior to April 22, 2019

More information:


IN – Northwestern University – College Prep Program – Summer 2019

This summer program is designed for high school students who are ready for academic challenges and the experience of real college life.  Students can take college courses and earn college credit.

Cost: varies on the program you choose

Program dates:  varies depending on the program you choose

Application deadline:  application opens December 18

More information:


SC – Clemson University – CU Summer Scholars

This academic summer experience for gifted students provides opportunities for challenging courses, fun, and friendship. Students can study everything from communications to engineering to architecture to journalism.

Cost: $950-$1100

Program dates: Eight different weekly sessions from which to choose

Application deadline: varies depending on program selected

More information:


KY – Western Kentucky University – VAMPY

This camp is designed for students who are gifted verbally or mathematically and want to spend three weeks studying one area of focus in depth. Freshmen or sophomores are eligible.  Students have to been identified through the Duke TIP program and earned a qualifying SAT or ACT score as a 7th grader.

Cost: $3100; limited financial aid is available

Program dates:  June 23– July 19, 2019

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

More information:  


MN – Carleton College - Summer Academic Programs

The Summer Academic Programs Office offers six three-week long pre-college programs in topics dealing with science, computer science, writing, humanities, quantitative reasoning, and language and global issues. Both rising juniors and seniors can participate. 

Cost: $3,250

Program dates:  July 7-26, 2019 

Application deadline: see website for more information for scholarship and non-scholarship application deadlines

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IN - Indiana State University - Summer Honors

More than 14,000 high school students have completed seminars, earned credit, and jump-started their college education during the 46-year history of the Summer Honors Program.

Cost: $425 (includes tuition, housing, food)

Program dates: July 14-20 2019

Application deadline: June 1, 2019 

More information:


KY - Centre College - Summer Scholars Program

Centre College invites motivated high school students to apply now to the Summer Scholars Program, taking place on Centre’s campus. The program offers a taste of the Centre experience to high school students. 

This two-week program is for rising juniors and seniors who seek an enriching academic and leadership experience. The three-track program will be taught by Centre professors and include content relating to global diversity and cultures, philosophical puzzles and paradoxes, and the art of film. All three tracks will include experiential activities, field trips, and collaborative learning with a Centre professor. In addition, there will group activities, such as outside speakers and on-campus events. 

Cost: TBA

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

More information:  


MD and NM – St. John's College – Summer Academy

This summer program for high school students (ages 15-18) is modeled after St. John's discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. The program offers a hands-on introduction to college life, helps students hone reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. Multiple sessions take place on choice of the Maryland or New Mexico campuses.

Cost: $1100 per week

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: check website

More information:


RI – Brown University – Pre-College Programs

A residential pre-college program for talented students. Take online courses, attend classes on campus, or abroad from 1-7 weeks.

Cost: $2776-$6976

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: varies depending on program

More information: 


TN – Summer in Sewanee – High School Students Summer Programs

Sewanee offers four different programs or institutes for high school students. These include a Pre-Health & Field Science Program, an Environmental Institute, a Musical Festival, and a Young Writer’s Conference. It is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Cost:  Varies depending on the program

Program dates:  Varies depending on the program                                           

Application deadline: Varies depending on the program

More information:   


NH – Thomas More College of Liberal Arts – Summer Programs

Students are invited to attend one of four offered summer programs.  These challenging classes are based in the tradition of the Liberal Arts.  For more information visit the website.

Cost:  TBD

Program dates:  TBD

Application deadline: see website

More information:


VA – Hollins University – Hollinsummer 2019

Looking for an adventure for this summer? Take a look at Hollinsummer, a great combination of learning and fun, on one of Virginia's most beautiful campuses. With three distinct experiences, Hollinsummer encourages students to explore their talents with opportunities ranging from creative writing to acting to horseback riding. Open to rising 9th-12th grade girls.

Cost: Varies depending on the program chosen 

Program dates:  July 21-27, 2019

Application deadline:  rolling admission until all spaces are full

More information:


TN - Lipscomb University - Summer Scholars
Students can acquire a taste of college academics and life in this 10 day program on the campus of Lipscomb University.  Available for rising seniors.
Cost: $3582 + $800 program fee
Program dates:  July 12-21, 2019
Application deadline:  May 15, 2019
More information:


GA – Emory University – Pre-College Program

An academic program for rising juniors and seniors gives students a glimpse of academic and campus life at a top-ranked national university.  Two week program available.

Cost:  varies depending on the session; financial aid available

Program dates:  varies depending on the session.

Application deadline: rolling basis

More information:


IL – Loyola University – Chicago Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars

Attend a one week seminar or a six week academy for rising juniors and seniors. Students can earn college credit and experience college life.

Cost:  Starts at $1495 

Program dates:  Varies depending on program

Application deadline:  see website

More information:  


OH – Miami University – Summer Scholars Program

This program provides a total college experience for academically-talented, rising high school juniors and seniors during a two week, summer term.

Cost: TBA

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline:  TBA

More information:


NJ – Centenary College – Summer Scholars

This program offers enriching learning experiences for grades 8-12.  Sessions offered include everything from fashion design to veterinary science to television production.  Students may attend 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks with tuition discounts if staying more than one week.

Cost: $1095 per session

Program dates:  July 7-13, 2019, July 14-20, 2019, July 21-27, 2019

Application deadline: rolling basis; fills up quickly

More information:


IL – The University of Chicago – Summer Session ‘19

The University of Chicago offers a variety of programs for accomplished high school students. 

Costs: check website; varies depending on program

Program dates: depends on the session; check website for information

Application deadline: Varies depending on the program.

More information: 


OH – Ohio Northern Summer Academic and Honors Institute

Ohio Northern University will host its 14th Summer Academic and Honors Institute for gifted high school students who will be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in 2017-18. This year’s institute includes 12 challenging courses scheduled over the months of June and July. Each weeklong course provides a great way to investigate potential career choices or college majors. Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to interact with other gifted students with instruction provided by ONU professors and special guest lecturers.

Cost: $495 per week

Program dates: varies

Application deadline:  see website

More information:


SC – Furman Summer Scholars

See what college life is like and learn with your peers from some of Furman’s favorite professors.

Cost:  $1,200 (one week) $2,200 (two weeks discounted) 

Program dates:  July 7-13, 2019, July 14-20, 2019

Application deadline:  May 1, 2019

More information:


AL – Samford University – Summer Programs

Samford University hosts several programs that tap into various intelligences whether they involve medicine, music, great books, etc… Over ten programs are offered of various lengths and prices. 

Cost: varies depending on the program

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: varies depending on the program

More information:


TN - Vanderbilt University - Summer Academy (VSA)

This is a summer academic program for highly talented learners.  This is not the same program as Vanderbilt’s PAVE.  It is available for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Cost: $2975-$3975
Program dates: June 16-28, 2019 (rising 9th-10th graders); July 7-26, 2019 (rising 11th-12thgraders)

Application deadline: application opens 2/6/19

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NY – NYU Precollege Summer Programs

For rising juniors and seniors, this program allows students the chance to immerse themselves in a six week college experience.  Students can earn college credit, develop writing skills, and plan for college admission.

Cost:  $4849-$12,244

Program dates: July 7- August 16, 2019

Application deadline:  admitted on a rolling basis; available Feb. 1, 2019

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IN – Hanover College – Summer High School Academy

If you've ever wanted to experience college life while still in high school, then Hanover's Summer Academy program may be the perfect opportunity. Respected professors teach a wide range of subjects that will help engage and expand your interests as well as deepen your knowledge of a topic.  Students live in dorms, eat on campus, learn from Hanover faculty members, and engage and expand interests. Eight separate institutes are offered. Students who attend an institute are guaranteed a minimum $15,000 academic merit scholarship to Hanover.

Cost:  $600-700 depending on institute selected

Program dates:  June 9-14, 2019

Application deadline:  March 15, 2019

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NY – Columbia University - Columbia Scholastic Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop

Presented by CSPA and hosted by Columbia University, the annual Summer Journalism Workshop is a week-long conference offering sequences focused on either writing, editing, management or advanced design.

Cost: $1,399

Program dates: June 23-28, 2019

Application deadline: Space limited; all fees must be received by May 22.

More information:


IN – Indiana University – High School Journalism Institute

Students are invited to attend a variety of workshops listed on the website.

Cost: $425 per five day workshop. Additional cost for housing. Scholarships are available - due April 5.

Program dates: July 8-12, July 12-14, July 14-18

Application deadline: June 14, 2019

More information: 




OH – UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON – Leadership 101

What makes someone a great leader? Open to rising high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students, this two-week experience will help students gain an understanding of the foundations of leadership, assess their leadership behaviors and preferred leadership style, discover the five practices of exemplary leadership and create a personal leadership development plan. This highly interactive session includes extensive discussion and collaborative exchange of ideas, leadership assessments, class and individual exercises, guest speakers and site visits.
Program dates: 
Application deadline: 
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IL – World Leadership Congress 2019 – Loyola University Chicago

World Leadership Congress is a weeklong program designed to empower high school juniors and seniors to become mature, cognizant leaders and active global citizens. Students leave the WLC feeling empowered and equipped with the leadership skills they need to reach their goals and make meaningful contributions to society.

Cost: $1825

Program dates: July 20-27, 2019

Application deadline: April 1, 2019

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NY - The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

ERVK is pleased to announce the 2019 Girls’ Leadership Workshop.  This workshop is an international leadership development program for girls their sophomore or junior year in high school.

Cost:  $2,500

Program dates:  July 13-21, 2019, July 27–August 4, 2019

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2019

More information:


VT - Norwich University – Future Leader Camp

A miliary-style two-week summer program dedicated to developing the leadership potential of current high school students.

Cost:  $1,975; $25 application fee

Program dates:  June 30-July 13,2019; July 21–August 3, 2019

Application deadline:  not available

More information:  Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors; 2.5 GPA or higher


PA – The Wharton School – The University of Pennsylvania

Four different summer programs give students the opportunity to explore and discover their particular academic interests on an Ivy League campus.  The programs include:  Leadership in the Business World, Management and Technology Summer Institute, Wharton Sports Business Academy, and Wharton Moneyball Academy.  For rising high school juniors and seniors.

Cost:  Varies depending on the program

Program dates:  varies depending on the program

Application deadline:  varies; check website for deadlines

More information:


RI – Bryant University – Leadership Institute

Open to African American or Black and Latino rising seniors, this full week program seeks to help high school students explore their career choices. The program seeks to educate students about various areas in accounting. Except for transportation costs, the program is offered at no charge to students who apply and are accepted.

Cost: Program is fully paid; students only have to pay for transportation costs

Program dates: June 23– June 28, 2019

Application deadline: March 29, 2019

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KY – Young Leaders Academy – University of Louisville

Kentucky students, rising 11th and 12th graders, are eligible to apply for the Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership conference at the University of Louisville. The McConnell Center offers this annual program to outstanding high school students to help hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history.  This year's theme is "Revisiting American Constitutionalism."

Cost: Each participant receives a scholarship.

Program dates: June 19-22, 2019

Application deadline: April 15, 2019

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MA – Boston University High School Programs

Boston University offers several academic programs where students can earn college credit, complete a research project, experience what college life will be like, etc…  Programs last as little as one week or as long as six weeks.

Cost:  varies based on program; check website; financial aid may be available

Program dates:  varies; check website

Application deadline:  varies; check website

More information:




KY – University of Kentucky – WiE Explore: Women in Engineering Summer Camp 2018

Women in Engineering (WiE) Explore at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering is a six-day, residential camp designed to provide an opportunity for female students to explore all nine UK engineering majors. The program is for young women entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in fall 2019.

Cost: TBA 

Program dates:  TBA

Application deadline:  TBA

More information:


KY – INTERAPT - Summer Coding Academy

Summer Coding Academy focuses on a rigorous introduction to computer science fundamentals, software,engineering principles, and mobile development for either iOS or Android devices.

Cost: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

More information: 


DigiGirlz High Tech Camps

During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops.Camps take place all over the country. There is no charge for the camps. Microsoft pays. Only cost would involve travel and lodging. .

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KY – Kentucky Science Center - Summer VolunTeen

Earn school volunteer hours, have fun, and make a difference at Kentucky Science Center. We need your talents, intellect, creativity, and enthusiasm. Get to know all the ways we do science by being part of the team. Open to 9th-12th graders.

Cost: none; students earn valuable experience and service hours

Program dates: students volunteer one day a week, Monday through Saturday

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

More information:  Email your counselor for more details.


LA – Tulane University - Pre-College Programs

Participate in the Tulane Summer Program. Offering four different options, high school students can pursue leadership, architecture, and STEM related programming that provides a chance for enrichment or college credit.

Cost: $550-$4425, depends on the program

Program dates: various dates, depends on the program

Application deadline: rolling; spots fill quickly

More information: 


KY – Sullivan University - MedCamp

Pursue your interests in several healthcare careers. Med Camp is a unique opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a medical career to gain invaluable experience and insider knowledge on what it takes to be successful in the field.

Cost: $545

Program dates: June 9–14, 2019

Application deadline: April 15, 2019 (apply and register)

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AL - Samford University - McWhorter School of Pharmacy Camp

McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University is offering a one-week Pharmacy Camp this summer for high school students that are interested in investigating a career as a Pharmacist.  During the week of pharmacy camp they will experience hands-on learning about health careers in pharmacy, participate in tours of local health care facilities and local pharmacies, participate in compounding activities and hands on demonstrations in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy science laboratory.  

Cost: $550; $100 non-refundable deposit; (some scholarships available)

Program dates: June 23-28, 2019

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

More information: 205-726-2008 or email 


KY - YCAP - Youth Community Agriculture Program

Sponsored by the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm, the Youth Community Agriculture Program, or YCAP for short, is a 7-week summer employment opportunity during which participants will learn more about growing, harvesting, and selling fresh vegetables; learn culinary skills from local chefs at restaurants as well as cooking activities on the farm; and learn more about local food system issues through activities on the farm and through field trips to community organizations around Louisville. Students work 4 days a week, 30 hours a week.

Program dates: June 1-August 1, 2019

Application deadline: Students must complete applications to the Food Literacy Project and to SummerWorks. Must apply by May 1 but if a first time applicant, it is highly recommended to apply by March 1.

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MD – United States Naval Academy – Summer Seminar and Summer STEM Program

The Naval Academy offers two programs: Summer Seminar is for rising seniors interested in the Academy. Summer STEM is designed to encourage rising 9th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology.

Cost: Summer Seminar - $525; STEM - $550; cost covers room and board; transportation must be paid for by the student

Program dates: Various dates; Summer Seminar 6 days; STEM is 5 or 6 days

Application deadline: March 31, 2019

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KY – iD Tech – University of Louisville

University of Louisville is one host of this summer tech camp.  Students can learn code, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more.

Cost: Between $799-$1299 depending on the class; see link for more details

Program dates: varies depending on the program

Application deadline: see website for more details

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KY – Baptist Health Corbin - Academic Med-Camp Course

Available to rising juniors and seniors, this camp will broaden students' knowledge in health care related careers and opportunities.Two levels of camp are offered: basic med camp and advanced camp.

Cost: $1000 (includes meals, activities, lodging, CPR certification, and hands-on training). Each student will receive scrubs and a stethoscope. 

Program dates:  June 9-14, 2019 (basic camp); July 21-26, 2019 (advanced camp)

Application deadline:  students need to register for the basic camp by May 15; the advanced camp by June 15.

More information: contact Debbie Hardin 606-682-3725 or 


KY – Morehead State University – SpaceTrek: Space Science Camp for Young Women

SpaceTrek is a unique space science camp offered at Morehead State University’s state-of-the-art Space Science Center housing a Satellite Development Laboratory, Space Tracking Antennas, Electronic Laboratories and a digital Star Theater for planetarium and LASER shows. This one week educational experience is designed to expose incoming sophomore, junior and senior high school girls to space science and engineering concepts in fun and exciting ways.

Cost: $800

Program dates: July 12-20, 2019

Application deadline: April 30, 2019

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AL – Auburn University – Women in Engineering Summer Camp 2018

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering invites you to be a part of our Women in Engineering Camp this summer!! This camp is a girls-only residential camp that will focus on issues important to women in the field of engineering. Sessions will be led by women engineering organizations, faculty members and current Auburn engineering students. Two different programs, one for rising 9-11th graders and one for rising 11th and 12th graders; minimum GPA 3.0

Cost: $450 

Program dates:  July 14-17, 2019

Application deadline:  March 1, 2019

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KY – Kentucky Forest Leadership Program – University of Kentucky

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program began over 50 years ago and has evolved during that time. The program is designed for high school students completing their sophomore and junior years. This weeklong experience concentrates on forest management and related subjects.

Cost:  $500, scholarships available

Program dates:  June 2-7, 2019

Application deadline:  May 3, 2019

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OH - University of Dayton – Women in Engineering Summer Camp

The Women in Engineering Summer Camp at the University of Dayton gives you the chance to dabble in engineering through hands-on, learn-by-doing activities.

Cost:  $700

Program dates:  July 16-21, 2019

Application deadline: rolling; will only take first 90 registered

More information:  Money is due at time of application


KY – Eastern Kentucky University - Camp Inner Space

A residential camp for high school students interested in psychology, EKU offers students a chance to immerse themselves in learning about the human mind and behavior. Students must have a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher

Cost: $500

Program dates:  June 16-21, 2019

Application deadline: May 20, 2019; space is limited

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OH – University of Dayton – Summer Honors Engineering Camp

Available to 9-11th graders; minimum GPA 3.5.

Cost: $700

Program dates:  June 23-28, 2019

Application deadline:  rolling basis

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FL – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Summer Academy

Students attending an Embry-Riddle summer program will have the opportunity to explore subject areas from business basics, robotics and autonomous systems, aerospace studies, or flight training.

Cost: varies depending on program selected

Program dates:  varies depending on program selected

Application deadline:  consult website for information

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TX – Lyle Engineering Summer Camp at SMU

The Lyle School of Engineering at SMU offers residential summer camp programs for students in Engineering for rising 11th and 12th graders. Student participants must have completed or plan to complete Algebra II in 11th grade, in addition to completing at least one science lab-based course prior to the beginning of camp.

Cost: $1200 (includes room and meals)

Program dates: July 22-26, 2019 (session for females only)

Application available: March 1, 2019

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NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology – Pre-College Summer Programs

The Stevens Summer is a pre-college experience that challenges and promotes discovery and exploration. Explore majors and interests from engineering to cybersecurity to medicine to multimedia. The program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Cost:  between $2300-$3800 depending on the program

Program dates:  varies depending on the session; most are 7 days programs     

Application deadline: February 15, 2019 for priority deadline

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KY - Camp Cardiac – University of Louisville School of Medicine

Run by local medical students in 29 cities nationwide, this is an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring medicine. Students will attend a 1-week summer camp where they will learn from experts in the medical field. Any high school student may attend as long as she is 15 by the first day of assigned session.Scholarships are available – apply for these by April 2.

Cost: TBA

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

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KY - Camp Neuro – University of Louisville School of Medicine

Camp Neuro is a 1-week summer day camp open to all high school students at least 15 years and older as of first day of assigned session. Although Camp Neuro’s primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine. Scholarships are available – apply for these by April 2.

Cost: TBA

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

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PA – University of Pennsylvania – Summer Academy

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore engineering at the college level, combining sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies. Work with leading faculty, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends.

Cost: $7,635

Program dates:  July 7-27, 2019

Application deadline:  March 1, 2019 (priority); April 5, 2019 (general)
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CT - United States Coast Guard Academy – Summer Program

This summer program for rising seniors offers a six-day intense, immersive, hands-on program. Students will spend time in the engineering lab, the playing fields, the parade grounds, and the water. Students will test their mind, body, and spirit to find out if the Coast Guard Academy is for you.

Program Cost: $525 – scholarships available – apply for scholarships by May 18.

Program Dates: Three sessions available: I: July 7–12; II: July 14–19; III: July 2126

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

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CN – Yale Young Global Scholars for Outstanding High School Students

Yale sponsors seven intensive interdisciplinary summer pre-collegiate experiences – Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship; Politics, Law, and Economics; International Affairs and Security; Applied Science and Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Science; Frontiers of Science and Technology; Asia in the 21st Century. Students learn from leading authorities in their areas of expertise; read primary source materials, articles, and books on a wide variety of issues; participate in lively team exercises and simulations; and gain invaluable instruction in university-level writing. Admission is selective.

Cost: $6,250  (travel costs not included)

Program dates:  depends on the program; sessions are June 16-June 29, July 7-20, or July 28-August 10 

Application deadline: February 6, 2019

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KY – Louisville Bar Association – Summer Law Institute

The Summer Law Institute (SLI) is a seven-day residential program for high school students interested in the law and the legal profession.

Cost: TBA

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

More information: TBA


TN – Lipscomb University – Institute for Law, Justice, and Society

Each summer, Lipscomb University hosts high school students from across the country to participate in a week long camp that exposes students to various aspects of the legal profession.

Cost: $250 (scholarships available)

Program dates: June 17-21, 2019

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

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VA – William and Mary – Pre-Collegiate Program in Early American History

Offered to rising juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors; program provides opportunities for students to earn college credit and experience college life.

Cost:  $4,200 – financial aid is available based on need

Program dates:  Session I – June 23-July 13, 2019; Session II – July 14-August 3, 2019

Application deadline:  April 20, 2019

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KY – The Henry Clay Center for Statesmenship – Student Congress

The Center brings fifty of our nation’s most accomplished high school students from around the country for an intensive educational program focused on statesmanship. This program is for rising seniors and will take place on the campus of Transylvania University. The next-generation of leaders and public servants will learn the lost art of negotiation, goodwill, and compromise.

Cost: No cost if a student is selected.

Program Dates: June 10-15, 2019

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

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Oxford Royale Academy Summer School 2019

Inspirational cultural and academic courses available in June, July, and August.

Cost: varies depending on the program

Program dates: varies depending on the course and campus

Application deadline: rolling admissions until all programs are full.

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NY – Oxbridge Academic Programs

Various academic summer programs offered in England, France, Spain, Scotland, and the U.S. 

Cost:  various costs depending on the program; scholarships available

Program dates:  various times

Application deadline:  rolling admissions until all programs are full

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Study Programs International

Summer Immersion Programs Abroad

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Summerfuel 2019

Offering personalized adventures for high school students around the United States and the world.  Destinations include:  Oxford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UMass-Amherst, Columbia, Tufts, Yale, Stanford, Spain, France, and Italy.

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MI – Hillsdale College Summer Study Domestic and Abroad

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior students.  Participants can earn college credit and either study abroad during three different trips or study domestically during one trip.

Cost: domestic program - $2,390; abroad program - $4,395

Program dates: varies depending on the program; check website for more details

Application deadline: February 15 for first consideration

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NC – Duke University – Field Studies 2019

Available for students in grades 9-12, TIP’s Field Studies are rigorous academic programs where high school students experience academic passions and potential careers firsthand. Located throughout the U.S. and abroad, these authentic, two-week programs allow students to take advantage of unique surroundings to enhance hands-on learning.

Cost:  varies depending on program, $3,975

Program dates:  varies depending on the program

Application deadline: February 4, 2019 (early); February 25, 2019 (regular)

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KY – Georgetown College – Faithways Academy

Faithways Academy is a two week, high school theology program. Students study theology and an elective and experience a short mission trip to Birmingham. It is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Only 50 spots are available.

Cost:  $225

Program dates:  June 15-21, 2019

Application deadline:  March 31, 2019

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IN – St. Mary's College – Embody: Beauty, Justice, and Faith in Action

Embody is a week-long theological summer institute for high school girls held at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. It is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Cost:  $300 (covers tuition, room, and board)

Program dates:  July 7-12 or July 14-19, 2019

Application deadline:  April 2019

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IN – Marian University – Missionary Disciples Institute (MDI)

MDI is designed to prepare high school age students to assume leadership roles as young missionaries in service to their communities and the world at large through their local churches. Marian University is hosting the first ever institute this summer. The program will accept the first 60 students. Students stay on the campus of Marian University. Students who apply must get a recommendation from their pastor.

Cost:  $450

Program dates:  June 17-22, 2019

Application deadline:  rolling basis

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OH – John Carroll University - Young Writers Workshop

This is a summer program in creative writing for rising juniors and seniors.

Cost:  $950- early bird, $980- regular

Program dates:  July 22-26, 2019

Application deadline:  June 1, 2019

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OH – Denison University - The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop

This is a summer program in creative writing for rising juniors and seniors.

Cost:  $1,300 (financial aid is available)

Program dates:  June 16-23, 2019

Application deadline:  March 3, 2019

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MN – Carleton College - Summer Writing Program

The Summer Writing Program emphasizes a writing process approach, teaching participants how to compose academic papers similar to those that are expected in college.  The program is designed for college-bound students with strong reading and writing abilities.

Cost: $3,250, scholarships available

Program dates: July 7-26, 2019

Application deadline: Scholarship Deadline- February 15, 2019, Regular Deadline- March 22, 2019

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OH - Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop

A workshop in writing for high school students ages 16-18.

Cost: $2,375 (includes meals, accommodations, and activities)

Program dates:  Session I – June 23-July 6, 2019, Session II – July 14-27, 2019

Application deadline:  March 1, 2019 (available in early January)

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NY – Skidmore College – New York State Writers Institute

The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute is a week-long in-residence writing workshop for New York State high school students.  It offers young writers artistic development, recognition and respect, and peer support. Students work closely with professional writers, immersing themselves in poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and the critical evaluation of each other’s work. Admission is limited and participation is determined by the evaluation of creative writing samples submitted as part of the application process.

Cost: Tuition and Room and Board - $1813

Program dates:  July 1-13, 2019

Application deadline:  April 1, 2019

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CA – Thomas Aquinas College –Summer Great Books Program

This 2-week program is open to rising seniors and encourages insightful thinking through the reading and discussion of “great books”.

Cost:  $975

Program dates:  CA-July 15 – 27, 2019, MA-July 28-August 10, 2019

Application deadline:  rolling admission

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