College & Summer Enrichment Programs
Various colleges and other educational programs are available to students, offering academic pursuits; cultural, leadership, and arts enrichment; and summer college bridging programs.
A description of some of the programs, including information and registration links, is listed in the document available for download below.
Please note: All programs have specific prerequisites and application deadlines.
The Association for Pre-College Program Directors is proud to present the 2021 Summer Pre-College Program Fairs, a series of virtual events that provide students, families, and education professionals the opportunity to learn about academic summer programs at top US college and universities.
At each fair, attendees may:
- Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via text or video chat with summer program representatives.
- View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program and how to make the most out of a summer program experience.
Registration is FREE to attendees. We invite you to visit the Virtual Fairs website at https://www.
Virtual Fairs will be held on the following dates:
- Saturday, February 20, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern
- Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00pm Eastern
- Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern
We invite you to share information about the Virtual Fairs with your students, and to attend yourself to learn about the wide range of programs offered next summer!
Registration for the February 20 event is now open.
We also encourage you to visit SummerStudyintheUSA.org, where you can search participating programs by student grade level, financial aid, academic interests, and more.
It may be cold outside in Boston, but it’s not too early to start planning for summer. Application forms are now live for the 2021 Summer Term High School Programs at Boston University, via our website.
Next summer, we are offering five pre-college programs for your students to choose from. All five provide rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential.
At present, we are planning for a safe and rewarding summer by giving students the option to attend any of our programs remotely or in person by commuting to campus. Residential options will be assessed in early 2021. Here is a brief overview of our programs:
- High School Honors is a six-week program in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and earn up to 8 transferable college credits. In addition to remote or commuter options, we also offer online courses through High School Honors Online. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2021.
- RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week, non-credit program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students must be entering their senior year of high school in fall 2021.
- Academic Immersion (AIM) is a three-week, non-credit program for students to focus intensively on a single academic topic. This summer we are offering four AIM tracks: Introduction to Experimental Psychology; Introduction to Medicine; Global Studies: Security, Statecraft, and Spycraft; and Creative Writing. Each track combines classroom work in the subject area with project-based learning activities. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2021.
- Summer Challenge is a two-week program in which students take two non-credit seminars of their choice and experience college life. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in fall 2021.
- Summer Preview is a one-week, non-credit program in which students explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering eighth grade or their freshman or sophomore year of high school in fall 2021.
- AMP - Academy of Media Productions Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, visual effects, webcasts and more at Boston University's Academy of Media Production. AMP's daily livestream is collaborative remote learning unlike anything you've ever experienced.
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY - Precollege Programs
Brandeis Precollege Programs are created and led by faculty, professionals and caring staff who actively collaborate with you to shape what and how you learn.
For students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, Brandeis Precollege scholars will engage in the rigors of academics at a world-class university, explore the opportunities and challenges of living on a college campus, and join a vibrant community of people interested and engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our time.
BYU Continuing Education
There is a new way for students to experience life as a BYU student—with no admission required—and live and learn with people who share their values. This program is called FlexGE @BYU.
Earned credits in the FlexGE @BYU program can transfer to BYU and almost all other U.S. colleges and universities. Courses can be taken at the Salt Lake Center, in evening classes (4:00 p.m. or later), during spring and summer terms, and through BYU Independent Study (online).
FlexGE students also enjoy these benefits:
- Planning help from academic advisors and easy enrollment
- Affordable BYU tuition and financial aid through scholarships
- An uplifting BYU social scene with students who share similar standards
- Free public transportation around Provo and to Salt Lake City
- A path to establish Utah residency and apply to a state-sponsored institution
FlexGE @BYU’s unique university experience, including the BYU academic and social atmosphere, can help students quickly jumpstart their progress toward an undergraduate degree.
Learn more by visiting flexge.byu.edu or calling 1-800-468-4634.
Carnegie Mellon University
The Carnegie Mellon Pre-College programs provide learning and development opportunities for high school students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Our Pre-College program, which mirrors the undergraduate experience, gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore their interests while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a robust student experience which is curated by Student Affairs staff and a team of residential staff who are current Carnegie Mellon students.
We value the holistic student experience that includes academic and personal development in order to prepare students for the future.
We are happy to announce that our 2021 Pre-College Application is now live!
For an application overview and information on our application deadlines, please visit our admission page.
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Below you'll find a link to our Student Virtual Information Session recordings that we held over the last two months. Led by our Carnegie Mellon Pre-College staff, the Virtual Information Sessions allowed students to connect with our Academic Program Directors from each of our programs as they describe the online classroom experience. In addition, our Pre-College staff provided information on our admission process and remote student experience.
Virtual Information Session Recordings
Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs in the fine arts are six-week residential experiences that provide high school students with the opportunity to develop their skills in a conservatory or studio setting. For years, Carnegie Mellon has been recognized for the quality of education that is provided within our College of Fine Arts. Through the Pre-College program, high school students have access to this instruction and mentorship from full-time faculty members.
Our summer Pre-College program options in the fine arts include the following:
- Architecture, provides students architectural experience within the studio, supported by integrated coursework in analog drawing, digital media, seminars and workshops.
- Art, where students will hone their craft through challenging courses, critique, workshops, and portfolio development.
- Design, for students who would like to receive a foundation of Design skills through studio learning, lectures, and critiques.
- Drama, for students who would like to build their audition repertoire and portfolio with acclaimed faculty.
- Music, where students participate in a conservatory-style curriculum and experience life within a research university.
Students may apply for the program here. Feel free to share this email with any student you think might be interested in applying!
As one of the nation's longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs, it gives motivated students the chance to
- Get a head start on college by earning 3 to 6 credits and a Cornell transcript
- Immerse themselves in rigorous university courses taught by top Cornell faculty
- Prep for college applications with one-on-one admissions counseling
- Connect with a diverse group of high school students from around the world
Students choose from undergraduate Cornell courses in Arts and Architecture, Business and Hospitality, Health and Humanities, International Relations, Science and Technology, Social Change, Veterinary Medicine, and more. You can also create your own six- or nine-week program.
Courses are offered between June 1 and August 3, 2021. Limited financial aid is available.
Drexel offers high school students a range of academic programs during the summer to explore what life in college is all about. Offering both residential and day options, your students can take advantage of Drexel faculty-led workshops, labs, facilities, and all the city of Philadelphia has to offer.
Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend virtual academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, and creative writing. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:
- Virtual Camp Psych: Campers 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 Virtual Camp: Campers will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying American Civil War History through unique learning experiences. Students 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 Virtual Workshop: Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
- Learn more and register on our summer camp website.
Manhattan School of Music
Montclair State University
Early College Program Montclair State University is offering academically ambitious high school students an exciting opportunity to complement high school study with Montclair State University coursework. With 11 colleges and schools, and more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.
Through this pre-college program, rising juniors and seniors earn transferable college credits, experience the rigors and expectations of college-level classes, learn alongside Montclair State University students and engage in courses taught by University professors on campus or online.
PAFA - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Saturday Art Classes are a valuable opportunity for teens to develop and hone their studio art skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to high school students entering or currently enrolled in 9th through 12th grades. All levels welcome. To view courses and register here
The New School – PARSONS PARIS
Three online courses from Parsons Paris introduce high schoolers to the world of fashion
Parsons Paris offers online courses that enable high schoolers interested in learning about fashion to explore this exciting field before they get to college. The choices include a course on the business side of fashion, one on the design side and one on sustainable fashion.
COVID-19 Announcement - For public health reasons, no events will meet face-to-face at any on-campus or off-campus location through summer 2020. For more information, visit https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu.
Students can prepare for the SAT or ACT with the Rutgers Test Prep program. This program can:
- Improve confidence
- Maximize performance
- Help gain admission into top choice schools
Learn more at testprep.rutgers.edu/
We are excited to offer you an additional opportunity to supplement and support your students' learning! Through SCAD’s renowned SCAD now Pre-College Programs dual enrollment program, students complete university coursework from their home and earn college credit before graduating high school. Courses are taught through the university’s innovative virtual platform and students have access to industry-standard technology, software and resources to complete their assignments; including the full Adobe Creative Suite.
- Conduct Evening Research Projects
- Attend Professional Workshops
- Leave with a Stronger College Application
- Explore a Potential Major
- Make new friends through Social Activities
March 1st, 2021 is the priority deadline to apply to our pre-college programs, so we hope you can encourage your students to submit their application and supporting documents by this date. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (201) 216-3683 or email email@example.com.
February 17th – 2:30 P.M. EST
Looking for summer opportunities to share with students who are interested in STEAM fields? Do you want to learn more about what we offer at Stevens so you can guide them in the application process?
Join us for our Informational Webinar on Wednesday, February 17th at 2:30pm EST, where we will talk about 2021 Virtual Summer Pre-College programs at Stevens Institute of Technology.
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As the educational landscape continues to shift, Summer Discovery is pleased to introduce non-credit college-level academic courses online for the Spring Term, including sessions designed to accommodate international students. Summer Discovery Spring 2021 Online is an ideal opportunity for students to get a head-start on the American college experience by taking courses that are taught by world-class university instructors and provide a foundational knowledge in key subject areas.
Tufts' Summer Pre-College Programs. Applications open December 1, 2020. Visit precollege.tufts.edu today to learn more.
We offer a program for every interest. Highly motivated high school students can choose from:
- 1 to 3–week intensive programs exploring topics from engineering to fine arts, international relations, climate resilience, medical school, food sustainability, and more
- 6-week Tufts College Experience
- 6-week Tufts Summer Research Experience
- Enroll in a single, university-level course in a variety of disciplines, including sciences and the liberal arts
Also, Pre-College Programs The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts is excited to offer a full portfolio of virtual continuing education courses this fall semester.
With most courses open to high school students over the age of 15, we invite you to check out these opportunities! Advance your art beyond the limits of your high school art class, learn from professional artists, and add new skills and experiences to your resume; all from the comfort of home.
University of Alabama
UA Early College
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts
Good news! Applications are now open for Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst! We've partnered with University faculty from many campus departments to offer you a wide variety of options this summer. Topics range from sport management and business to engineering, animal science, architecture and much more. Visit our website for the full list of program offerings.
New for Summer 2021:
- Creative Coding & Data Visualization
- Isenberg Business Ethics Academy
- Equine Science Intensive: Horse Pregnancy & Foaling
- Programming for Aspiring Scientists: Python with Applications to Physics
- Research Intensives in Psychology - Labs include the Deater-Deckard Lab and Mandalaywala Lab
All programs will be fully online and taught by UMass Amherst faculty and graduate students, combining live video instruction, independent project / group work, and check-ins with faculty and TA’s. Each course includes a minimum of 8 hours/week of live instruction plus offline assignments. Students will earn college credits and will be able to request an official UMass transcript.
Please visit our website and check out the full list of programs, as well as the application. Admissions are rolling!
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Whether students are looking to earn college credit, explore possible career paths, or learn from renowned faculty, the University of Miami Summer Scholars Program provides an authentic college experience to prepare high-achieving high school students for academic success.
University of Pennsylvania -
At the University of Rochester, students pursue only what they’re interested in. With Rochester’s Pre-College Programs, high school students get that same freedom. Students make significant contributions to campus, foster respect for other cultures, and bring unique perspectives to the classroom.
University faculty, graduate students, and esteemed local educators teach classes and are committed to cultivating the minds of young students. With small class sizes, instructors mentor each student and give valuable insights into the theories, technologies, and principles of their field.
The YYGS application is now open, and we encourage students in grades 10 or 11 (or international equivalent) from all around the world to apply! We hope you will help share this opportunity:
YYGS invites eligible students to join us this coming July! Experience life as a university student at Yale while attending an academic session of your choosing.
Here's what you need to know:
- Meet peers from over 130 countries around the world (including all 50 U.S. states), and join discussions where students offer global perspectives.
We provide over $3 million USD in need-based financial aid equally to both domestic and international students, offered as discounts covering up to 100% of tuition costs.
Apply by our Early Action deadline and hear your decision back by late December. If the fee poses a financial burden, submit a fee waiver to make your application fee $0 USD.
While YYGS is excited to host on-campus sessions, we will notify students by March 5, 2021, if that is not possible. More details are listed on our COVID-19 update page.
Apply Today: https://globalscholars.
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