Although summer break seems pretty far off, students who plan to use their summers wisely need to start making plans now. Summer offers a lot of unique opportunities for college-bound students to explore their options, familiarize themselves with college life, and boost their college applications. While application deadlines for a lot of programs have already passed, there are still many prestigious programs that are accepting applications, including the ones we’ve listed below.
A week-long immersion in academic, military, and social life ideal for those students considering applying to West Point, the Summer Leaders Experience program is highly competitive. Applications are open to high school juniors.
Brown University offers a wide variety of summer programs, including both online and on-campus courses in many subject areas. Other Brown programs offer both domestic and international travel opportunities. Some programs are open to students in 10th grade and below, but most are limited to juniors.
Columbia University offers domestic and international immersion programs that are ideal for exceptional high school students seeking intensive summer programs. Columbia also offers the opportunity for students to take credit-bearing classes alongside undergraduate students.
Cornell offers summer programs ranging from three to six weeks in length in a wide variety of subject areas. These programs offer college credit, and many of them are open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Washington University in St. Louis offers summer programs for middle and high school students. The High School Scholars Program offers college credit while the High School Institutes and the Middle School Challenge programs do not.
USC offers non-credit bearing 2-week classes and credit bearing 4 week programs in a wide variety of subject areas. Many class options are already full, so be sure to apply soon.
Harvard offers highly competitive 7-week programs that can be taken online or on-campus. These programs offer college credit and the opportunity to experience life as a Harvard student.
Open to rising juniors and seniors, Carnegie Mellon’s pre-college programs offer programs in the arts and credit-bearing Advanced Placement/Early Admission courses.
SCAD offers weeklong seminars for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors and the opportunity for rising seniors to enroll in two college courses while experiencing life as a SCAD student.
This program is geared toward rising juniors and seniors. Students earn college credits in one of several academic areas. Marist offers programs in New York and Italy.
Offered through Boston University, this six-week residential program is intended for gifted high school math students who want to explore the creative side of math.
The University of Chicago offers several 3- and 4-week immersion programs open only to high school students. These programs are offered at the University of Chicago campus and at campuses in Beijing, Bengaluru, and Hong Kong. The University of Chicago also offers the opportunity to enroll in summer courses or to explore partnership programs.
GWU offers credit-bearing college intensive programs for rising juniors and seniors and noncredit immersive programs for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These programs are offered in a wide variety of subject areas, ranging from the arts to STEM.
For girls only: These summer programs are offered by schools that only admit female students.
Barnard offers 1- to 4-week programs in a wide variety of program areas ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, allowing students to experience life in New York City.
Students who enroll in these intensive learning programs not only get an invaluable immersive learning experience but also get a faculty recommendation to bolster their college applications.