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, 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!
We also encourage you to visit SummerStudyintheUSA.org, where you can search participating programs by student grade level, financial aid, academic interests, and more.
Applications for Baylor's pre-college programs are open! And course listings are now online.
With Baylor's Accelerate program, current sophomores and juniors can begin their academic pursuits at a discounted rate and get ahead on core course requirements that not only will apply to a range of Baylor degrees but may also be transferable to other universities. This is an especially great deal for rising high school seniors. If a rising high school senior earns a 3.0 GPA in at least 9 Baylor hours, they will jump to the front of the line for admission into Baylor’s incoming class of 2022!
Baylor's Summer of Discovery program is perfect for Baylor-bound graduating seniors. Featuring an innovative collection of discounted courses, classes will be taught by Baylor faculty in the supportive Christian environment that is a hallmark of a Baylor education. Students will learn alongside their peers and also have the assurance that these classes will support most degree plans and majors.
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. Application Deadline March 31, 2021. Sign up Today
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.
Announcing Pre-College Online Program
Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of our new Pre-College Online Program—offering courses that enable high school students 13 and older to explore subjects they may wish to study in college. The program is launching with two interesting courses, with more in the works.
Studying with Georgetown is a rewarding experience. We follow the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis—care for the whole person—and our goal in creating this new program is to provide a holistic experience. Students deserve the opportunity to develop their own talents and dreams, and we believe this program will help them do that.
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.
Lebanon Valley College
Lebanon Valley College Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program, which will be held online from July 26-28, 2021.
The Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program will be held via Zoom from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. ET each day and costs $175. We are happy to welcome rising High School freshmen-seniors.
The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health. Our online Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer program will include live lectures from LVC faculty, visiting guest speakers, online laboratory exercises and other interactive activities. While we cannot duplicate the in-person experience of our traditional summer camp, our faculty are committed to providing students with an engaging and valuable experience!
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology and neuroscience. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences Program will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.
For more information about the camp, you can visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website (http://www.lvc.edu/
A world of opportunity awaits students at LIM College. We empower young people to realize their intellectual and professional potential, as they acquire the knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in the global business of fashion.
Since 1939, we’ve helped thousands of students graduate with both a degree and a resume. Our popular Summer Fashion Academy lets students "try on" a fashion college education. Weeklong workshops include:
- creating a digital magazine concept
- building a plan for a sustainable business
- delivering a vision board for a styling client
- and much more!
They can even attend “Lunchtime Live” Q&A conversations with LIM alumni and learn about their experiences as students and professionals in the fashion industry.
Manhattan School of Music
This summer, Marist is offering 14 unique Virtual Summer Pre-College programs, giving students the opportunity to earn three transferable college credits while they're still in high school!
Some of our 2021 Virtual Pre-College programs include:
- Criminal Justice
- Fashion Merchandising
- Polling & Politics (new in 2021!)
- Sports Communication
The free application for 2021 Virtual Summer Pre-College is currently live! A complete application requires a personal essay, high school transcript, and recommendation form. Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space available basis per program.
MIT - AI Summer Program
At Inspirit AI, students participate in live online video sessions where they work in small groups (4:1 student-instructor ratio) with mentors from MIT and Stanford to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, participate in critical discussions about ethical implications, and develop a socially impactful project in domains such as healthcare, media, art and more. Students can apply their diverse interests to trace different strains of COVID-19, identify exoplanets using NASA datasets, prevent the spread of fake news online, conduct algorithmic stock trading, and more.
Students of all levels (from complete beginners to advanced coders) are invited to apply here by March 31st for our spring or summer sessions.
We’d like to share our brochure and the short note below below with students and parents in grades 9 to 12.
High School AI + Social Good Program by MIT and Stanford Graduates
AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session (25 hours) pre-college enrichment program that exposes high school students (Grades 9-12) to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and guides them to build a socially impactful project in areas including medicine, astronomy, journalism, finance, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1. We offer multiple dates and times for our Spring Semester and Summer Break programs. Students of all backgrounds may apply here (inspiritai.com/apply) by March 31st for Spring/Summer and learn more in our brochure or on our website. Please contact Lucas Hornsby at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you!
This year we are offering four major academic tracks:
- Digital Film Production
- Theater Arts
The cost of the program is $1,700. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Course Completion.
Students who complete this program and are subsequently admitted to Pace as an undergraduate will receive three general credits toward their degree, as well as a yearly $3,000 scholarship as long as they maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
For more information about the program, please attend one of our upcoming webinars on April 15th. Register here.
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.
Rider University - Westminster College of the Arts
Virtual summer programs to help students get ahead
High school students are invited to take a step toward achieving their academic and artistic goals by attending a Pre-College Summer Program from Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts.
We offer a variety of virtual programs in voice, theatre, organ, piano and musical theory.
Rutgers University - Pre-College Physical Therapy Summer Academy
This summer we will be holding an online version of our Pre-College Physical Therapy Summer Academy for high school students 16-18 years old taking place July 19 – July 30 Monday through Friday. This virtual summer academy is a two-week certificate program that provides students with perspectives about the exciting field of physical therapy and the exercise science major. This major provides an ideal track at Rutgers University to prepare students to apply to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Graduate Program.
In this summer academy, students will also be able to learn about a wide range of physical therapy career opportunities, receive an overview of undergraduate coursework, and engage with professionals in the field and current DPT students. The cost of the academy also includes college credit, where students will be taking the course ‘Foundations of Kinesiology and Health’. This course is 1.5 credits and is a required course for students in the Rutgers University Department of Kinesiology and Health, where the Exercise Science major and DPT 4+3 Program are housed. The cost for the program plus course credit is $1,752 for NJ Residents and $2,574 for Non-NJ Residents. A flyer for the summer academy is also attached to this email if you would like to share it with students and parents.
For more information and a detailed tentative schedule of the summer academy, please visit: https://
Saint Elizabeth University
Pre-collegiate Virtual Summer STEM Camp 2021
This virtual Summer STEM program provides students the chance to engage and participate in virtual experiments, connect with Unversrty STEM scholars and hear from recently graduated students in STEM careers.
Stevens Pre-College programs distinguishes itself by having students participate in...
- Evening Research Projects
- Student Life & Admissions Workshops
- Virtual Social Activities
- Exploring a Potential Major or Academic Interest
- Meet Stevens faculty, undergraduate Stevens students and staff
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.
Smith College -
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
Click here for more information and to learn about the application process
University of Delaware - Edge Summer Program
The Edge summer college program is a five-week, credit-bearing college experience held July 11 – Aug. 14, 2021. Edge is designed for high school students moving into their junior and senior years. Students in Edge will have the opportunity to attend college courses taught by University of Delaware faculty, participate in on- and off-campus curricular and co-curricular activities, and live in a UD residence hall.
Please note that while we are planning to host the program on UD’s campus this summer, we are monitoring public health conditions and will follow the guidance of the CDC, health officials, and the leadership of the University. Should our plans need to change, we will be sure to send updates promptly.
More information about this program, and the link to apply, can be found at www.udel.edu/edge.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
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.
The General Application Deadline for the University of Miami's three-week, credit-bearing Summer Scholars Program (for high school sophomores and juniors) and two-week, non-credit UM Academies (for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) is April 30, 2021.
University of Michigan
Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan is excited to be offering a virtual course that high school students can participate in this summer, The Joy Of Coding, which takes place July 5, 2021-August 13, 2021.
The Joy of Coding is an online course specially created for anyone who wants to experience first-hand the power and thrill of coding computers to do amazing things. Created with high school students in mind, it is a great way for anyone to step into the wondrous world of coding. You’ll learn by doing and experience how coding powers apps such as Snapchat and TikTok.
No prior coding experience is required! Anyone who wants to learn is welcome!
Learn to code at their own pace with support from Michigan ECE faculty and students
Have weekly coding lectures/assignments using an interactive textbook
Have our commitment to help you get unstuck when learning to code
Receive a certificate of accomplishment to include in college applications
Please visit our website for further information including math prerequisites, cost ($99), important dates, and more! For priority consideration, please submit an application by April 15, 2021!
For further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Pennsylvania -
Penn Summer Academies – New programs added for American Sign Language and Intercultural Communication!
- Non-credit program
- For current 9th-11th grade students
- International students welcome
- Financial aid for select Philadelphia students
Penn Summer Data Analytics Camp – New for 2021!
- Non-credit program
- For current 9th-12th grade students
Penn Summer Coding Camp
- Non-credit program
- For current 9th-12th grade students
Penn Summer Prep
- Non-credit program
- For current 9th-11th grade students
- International students welcome
- Financial aid for select Philadelphia students
- Undergraduate credit offered
- For current 10th-11th grade students
- International students welcome
Young Scholars Program
- Undergraduate credit offered
- For current 10th-11th grade students
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.
USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program is again online for Summer 2021 and is available for your students to apply. With the student success of last summer, we’re thrilled for the opportunity to open our doors up once more to a diverse and engaging Summer 2021 student cohort.
Our courses cover topics from all the divisions within the School of Cinematic Arts and are taught by current USC faculty who teach during the full-time sessions. All classes are for USC college credit and may be transferred to any university with an official university transcript. Some of our more popular classes include: Filmmaking Online, Beginning Screenwriting, Inside the Business of Film & Television, and Animation Fundamentals.
Applicants must be of ages 16 & above and in good standing to be considered. Below is a link to our program where our available classes can be reviewed as well as a few testimonials from former students:
- Summer Program Website: cinema.usc.edu/summer
- AnnaBella Vaca: https://www.
- Ethan Jones: https://www.youtube.
If an applicant has specific questions about a course or the process, questions can be emailed directly to email@example.com.
The University of Southern California School o Architecture is pleased to announce the 40th year of an exciting opportunity for high school students to explore their interest and aptitude related to architecture and design: EXPLORATION OF ARCHITECTURE.
USC, like many schools of architecture with a five-year professional degree program, requires students to declare architecture as a major upon application, and includes architecture courses in the first year of the college curriculum. This early commitment to architecture can be daunting to freshmen. We have created the program to inform students and assist them in making academic and career decisions.
Our virtual four-week program (June 14th- July 9th) offers three units of college course credit, providing motivated high school students with a head start on their college education. Our rigorous two-week virtual program (June 14th- June 25th) offers students a glimpse into design thinking and architectural education with a shorter time commitment. Both options provide an invaluable opportunity to meet other inquisitive students while honing design and critical- thinking skills. Students with a wide range of interest find the exposure to architectural design enlightening, stimulating, and fun.
Application information may be found at USC Summer Programs. If further information is needed, please contact us at the USC School of Architecture.
University of Vermont - Summer University
Our 4-week, academically rigorous, and fully online Summer Academy courses are designed exclusively for students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and are tailored to provide an in-depth exploration of a specific field of study in subjects ranging from journalism and photography to health and medicine.
What's more, all summer Pre-College programs at UVM (including our courses below) are offered to out-of-state students at 50% off academic year tuition rates.
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.
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