Summer Programs (General)

*Please note that many summer programs offer need-based scholarships. Please see their websites for more information. Additionally, we have been told by College Admissions Counselors that it is not a requirement that you pay for an expensive program.

*Students can fill their time in anything they feel passionate about. Paying to attend a summer program, volunteering, doing research, leading a sports camp or having a part-time job or taking summer courses would all be advantageous ways for students to stand out.

*Most colleges offer summer programs. You can search any college and type summer programs to see what comes up!


Students must be at least 16 years old to hold an internship within a research lab. Please go to this link to understand the process for finding an internship at Stanford University.

Name of Program

Application Deadline

Program Length and Costs

Program Description

Apply by January 29th at 9am Alaska Time

Dates: TBD Tuition FREE! Must pay for cost of travel.

A program that interweaves field science, artistic inquiry, and wilderness travel. We seek engaged, multi-faceted, talented folks who embody the human experience; we believe the diversity of our program makes our expeditions so much stronger and insightful. Because we look for applicants who will share their perspectives and learn from one another, we do not choose team members based solely on their individual applications. We choose the team as a whole, according to what each member brings to the team.

Registration opens February 15, 2020

Dates: June-July

The De Anza College Academy offers not-for-credit enrichment and studies skills classes for students in grades 1-12 both during the summer months and throughout the Academic year. The Academy is open to all students regardless of their school district. You can see all our course listings and register online!

March 3, 2020

Dates: You choose course and dates available

The Summer Academy experience is designed for personal and academic enrichment; participants receive a certificate and a narrative assessment. Students enrolled in the Summer College for High School Students receive Duke academic credit and a Duke University transcript.

May 15, 2020

Dates: June 29-July 31, 2020

Cost: $1,750

Eligibility: Must be rising junior or senior in high school by summer 2020. Must submit an application, transcript, and letter of rec.

Students in the Summer Scholars program spend six weeks taking two introductory courses in a hybrid online/on-campus format with our dynamic Regis faculty. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn a certificate of achievement and six college credits.

March 1, 2020

Dates: June-August 2019

Cost: Varies depending on the subject you choose. Average: $6,000 (3 weeks) -$9,000 (6 weeks)

Eligibility: Students who completed the 10th and 11th grade and who is 16 yrs of age

CMU's Pre-College programs are intensive, highly challenging programs. The amount of work varies from program to program and also depends on how much time you want to personally invest. Remember this is not summer camp. APEA includes real college classes and the Pre-College Fine Arts programs are intense conservatory/studio programs. Course options include architecture, design, drama, music, game academy, computational biology, and Advanced placement and Early Admission

Early Decision - March 1, 2020

Dates: July-August

Cost: $3,300-$6,380

Eligibility: Women in grades 9-12

Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, their programs not only give you an inspiring learning experience, you can also request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Outside the classroom, enjoy Smith's beautiful setting, live in a house on campus, make new friends and have a great time joining in on fun activities. Programs available in writing, engineering, and women's history.

Varies by program - see website

Dates: July-August 202020

Cost: Prices vary depending on the program. Click here for details.

Eligibility: Varies upon program.

NYU’s varied array of high school programs offer flexibility and options that can be tailored to your individual needs and schedule. Most programs are offered during the summer, but there are options for weekend workshops during the fall and spring. Application processes, requirements and deadlines are varied; as are housing and financial aid offerings.

January 15, 2020- Early Bird Deadline

May 15, 2020- final deadline

Dates: June-August 2020 1, 2, and 3 week summer programs available. Specific dates vary.

Cost: Ranges between $3,025-$6,500


  • Be a current high school freshman, sophomore, or junior during the academic year prior to your summer program

  • Show evidence of good academic standing, with at least a 2.0 GPA

  • Have no history of suspension from high school

  • Students must be at least 15 years old by the date of check-in

Georgetown’s Summer High School Programs offer an immersive learning experience that prepares you with the tools needed for college success. Programs span a wide range of subjects, covering everything from forensic science and politics to creative writing and digital design. You'll have the opportunity to live on Georgetown's historic hilltop campus, meet classmates from around the world, and earn college credit—all while experiencing the excitement of college life.

Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020

Late Deadline: April 15, 2020

Dates: Session I July 12-24, and Session II July 26 – August 7, 2020.

Costs: $5,895

Eligibility: Generally, students can expect to submit a high school transcript and personal statement/essay; additionally, there will be a portfolio requirement for the Design Discovery program. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor is not required. Be 16 yrs old by start of the program.

These pre-college programs are designed for talented high school students who want to give themselves an edge. We offer a choice of innovative programs led by Northeastern’s internationally acclaimed faculty. Accelerate programs are hosted on our Boston campus, allowing you to experience true collegiate learning in a world-class environment. Try something new, or challenge yourself to rise to a new level in an existing area of interest.

Rolling Admissions Deadline: May 18. 2020 9pm

Dates: Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, August 16, 2020

Costs: $3,525


  • Be a current sophomore, junior, or senior, or a gap year student at the time of application.

  • Be at least 16 at the start of the program, June 20, 2020, and no more than 19 by the last day, August 16, 2020. There are no exceptions to these age restrictions.

  • Not be matriculating into Stanford as freshman.

  • Live and learn in the heart of Silicon Valley at one of the world’s leading research universities. Renowned for entrepreneurial innovation and academic excellence, Stanford enriches your curiosity, creativity, and knowledge with more than 145 summer courses in the Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering, to help you reach your full potential. Study alongside a dynamic, diverse student body from more than 30 countries in small classes with dedicated instructors, with the opportunity to earn credit and an official transcript from Stanford

March 15, 2020

Dates: Session 1: June 28-July 11, 2020

Session 2: July 19- August 1, 2020

Costs: $4,800

Eligibility: Summer Pre-College Programs at LMU are open to rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in high school. Students must be between 14 and 18 years old and must not have graduated high school by the start date of their intended program to apply.

LMU Summer Programs is designed to provide a transformative pre-college experience to a selective group of boldly imaginative high school participants. Our applicants, who come from across the country and around the world, seek not only an advanced educational summer activity, but are driven by the pursuit of a life of purpose.

April 24, 2020

Dates: 2 Week Program: June 14 - June 28, 2020. 4 Week Program: June 14-July 11, 2020


2 Week Program: $4,699

4 Week Program: $9,126


  • You must have completed at least the 9th grade by June 14, 2020.

  • You should be pursuing a rigorous high school curriculum.

  • You are required to attend all class meetings beginning Monday, June 15, 2020. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

  • You may be either a domestic or international student.

USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4 and 2 week summer courses. Accepted students to the USC Summer Programs will balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college in the nation’s entertainment center – Los Angeles, California.

Rolling Admissions


Multiple 1-4 Week Sessions

June 14 - August 7


1-Week Course: $2,849

2-Week Course: $4,413

3-Week Course: $6,282

4-Week Course: $7,154

Eligibility: For students completing grades 9-12, ages 15-18 by June 2020

Summer@Brown offers more than 200 courses reflecting the wide range of Brown University’s “open” curriculum, and puts students in contact with ways of thinking, seeing and doing that challenge them to reflect deeply and think critically about their work, their learning and their lives.

And with over 3,000 students attending across the many terms of the summer, coming from all 50 United States and over 70 different countries across the world, Summer@Brown students join a community of peers with just as broad and deep a variety of backgrounds and aspirations.

Priority Deadline: Monday, January 20th, 2020 (application fee is waived at this time)

Final Deadline: April 1, 2020

Dates: June - July, 2020

Cost: 2 Week Resident- $5,750

4 Week Resident- $9,165

Eligibility: Female identifying students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of high school in Fall 2020. Students must be at least 14 years of age by the first day of their summer program.

Students from around the globe come to Barnard College to pursue their passions in a rigorous, academic setting. With five distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the city that never sleeps!