Summer Programs


We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are: seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty,  interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject,  spending the summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus, seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.  Explore Duke University Summer Programs

  1. College at Duke (four-week academic credit program for US students currently in grades 10 or 11 and international students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  2. Summer Academy - Traditional (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  3. Intensive STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 - 12)
  4. Summer College Online (six-week credit-bearing online program for students currently in grades 10 - 12)     


Students, are you looking for a summer program on a college campus? Wentworth offers 4-week summer program usually in July. This opportunity is for students who have an interested in: designing and constructing a full-scale structure, temporary art or temporary installation, creating a community-based project , earning college credit,  living on a college campus in Boston (optional).  Explore Wentworth Summer Program.

3. TEEN Life

13,000+ Experiences for students in grades 7-12. Discover how spending time in the world outside the classroom can help teens do better in school, during the college admissions process and in their adult lives. Our mission is to connect students, parents and educators with the best experiential learning opportunities for middle- and high-school students.  Explore Teen Life

4. Boston University Rise internship/PRACTICUM 

Students who are passionate about the sciences and currently in their junior year of high school are invited to apply for the Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) program. Spend six weeks at BU conducting university laboratory research with some of the nation's brightest scientific minds, and advance your knowledge and skills in the sciences.  Explore Rise Internship/Practicum

5. Massachusetts institute of technology - MITES Summer program

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program at MIT for rising high school seniors - many whom come from underrepresented or undeserved communities - who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering from across the country. Explore MITES

6. The Science and engineering apprenticeship program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at the Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating high school students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN. Explore SEAP

7. The summer science program

SSP is an immersion into experimental science, designed to challenge and inspire talented rising seniors from around the world. Working in teams of three, participants complete a research project from beginning to end: either in Astrophysics – near-earth asteroid imaging and orbit determination – or (new in 2017) Biochemistry – fungal enzyme inhibition and drug discovery. Each team acquires its own original data and performs its own analysis. Field trips and guest speakers round out an intense 39-day schedule. The experience changes their lives, and the benefits continue for life.  Explore SSP

8. university of wisconsin-madison engineering summer program

Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.  Explore ESP

9. Worcester polytechnic institute - frontiers summer program 

There are regular pre-college summer programs, and then there’s Frontiers. Enjoy hands-on classes and labs, an exploration of the humanities, and a full-range of activities that make for much more than an academic experience.Frontiers offers soon-to-be high school juniors and seniors two or four weeks of hands-on classes and labs, plus an exploration of the humanities. Live on campus. Eat in the dining hall. Enjoy workshops, field trips, performances, and activities with students across the United States and around the globe. It makes for one unforgettable summer!  Explore Frontier

10. UCLA Summer college immersion program & precollege summer institutes

The UCLA Summer College Immersion Program (SCIP) is designed for exceptionally high-achieving high school students to provide a real-world introduction to an academic life at UCLA, one of the world's greatest research universities, where students discover their purpose and prepare themselves to make a meaningful difference in society. SCIP emulates the UCLA undergraduate experience, which is academically enriched by the opportunities not only to pursue a particular discipline in depth but also to access a broad range of UCLA's academic expertise through lectures, workshops, and seminars, with the campus support and resources that empower students to integrate balance and thrive in the face of challenges. Admission to SCIP is highly competitive, and applicants will be required to meet specific academic thresholds. Precollege Summer Institutes are designed for advanced high school students who wish to gain academically challenging college-level experience. Most of our programs offer mandatory housing. Explore UCLA Summer Programs

11.  Stanford Pre-College SUMMER ProgramS

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies selects the finest students from around the world to come to Stanford for an amazing summer experience. Applications are open now. Start planning your life-changing summer today! Our programs offer intellectually curious students the opportunity to explore topics not typically taught in high schools, including the intersections of art and culture, the nature of evil, astrochemistry, and a wide range of other subjects. Across all programs, students engage in small classes with passionate instructors who are experts in their fields. Deadlines for most summer programs are in February. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available. Explore our diverse program offerings:

12. STevens institute of technology - pre-college programs

You may not know exactly what you want to do yet, but you know whatever it is, it’s going to be big. When you enroll in a pre-college program at Stevens, you can explore your ideas and interests in a pressure-free, inspiring academic environment that welcomes big thinkers.

What distinguishes our pre-college programs from others is that you get to create something from to start to finish: a business plan, a video game, an investment portfolio, a short animation. Yes, you’ll leave with a stronger college application, you’ll try out a potential major, get a taste of what campus life is really like and make some new friends. But: designing your own portfolio project with cutting-edge technology…in state-of-the-art facilities…while studying alongside our exceptional and talented faculty…while exploring New York City? Only at Stevens! For more information, visit: https://www.stevens.edu/admissions/pre-college-pro...

13. carnegie mellon PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS

This opportunity is available to juniors and seniors. Mirroring the undergraduate experience, our Pre-College program gives students the opportunity to explore their interests while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. Students will also participate in a robust outside of the classroom experience.

Our summer Pre-College program options include the following:

  • Summer Session, students take two full-length Carnegie Mellon courses in a variety of disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, History to Music Technology.
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science, provides students from underrepresented communities the opportunity to achieve skills to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields.
  • National High School Game Academy, for students who want to learn about modern video game development through a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work.
  • Computational Biology, a three-week program for students looking to learn more about the intersection of the two disciplines.
  • Unique programs in the Fine Arts - Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music – in which the students experience developing their skills in a conservatory or studio setting.
  • Writing & Culture is our new program this year. Guided by the mentorship and instruction of our highly distinguished, permanent faculty members, students will improve their ability to analyze complex, ever-changing problems through astute investigations of culture and society.