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Academic / Pre-College Programs

Our collection of summer academic and pre-college programs and camps covers a wide range of topics for every middle schooler or high schooler. Would you like to learn more about international affairs, leadership, or perhaps the fine arts and math? Many programs offer a wide selection of subjects to provide college prep through immersion and hands-on experience. Our list includes both overnight and day summer camps in a variety of locations across the United States and around the world, and it also includes some programs just for girls. Browse our list of summer camps for your perfect camp, and be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities offered by the programs.


Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College(opens in a new window)

This summer camp offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that teen lovers of the Hunger Games and Elizabethan-era lore will find incorporated into fun events, courses, activities and campus housing for one or two weeks!

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Art: Summer at Penn(opens in a new window)

Four-week summer camp at UPenn. Teens can choose from courses in animation, drawing, filmmaking, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, product design, and more.

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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

This dynamic overnight summer camp will expand teens' identities as writers through intensive workshop experiences.

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Ringling College of Art and Design PreCollege Perspective(opens in a new window)

This four-week intensive summer camp provides teens in high school with focused, challenging artistic experiences in a structured, rigorous program. Integrates fundamental studio practices with major-specific immersions and a robust student life.

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UDayton Women in Engineering(opens in a new window)

Join other teenage girls at our summer camp for total immersion in through classroom activities, participatory experiments, visits to industries and contact with practicing women engineers.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment programs, internships, and middle-school summer camps.

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iD Film Academy(opens in a new window)

Immerse yourself in filmmaking or photography! 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer camp where teens build a portfolio, interact with professionals, and tour a studio. Held at Yale. Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Lightroom & more.

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenage students at our summer camp work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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Penn Engineering: Academy in Applied Science and Technology(opens in a new window)

A unique summer camp opportunity for a select group of high school teens. Rigorous, college-level coursework. Choose from biotech, nanotech, robotics, computer science, computer graphics, and engineering complex networks. Learn more!

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Cornell University Summer College(opens in a new window)

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students in this summer academic camp as you take college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and explore college and career options.

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding summer programs and teen camps for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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University of Maryland(opens in a new window)

College-bound middle and high school teens pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore university life at this summer camp. Enjoy interactive activities with students who share similar abilities.

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ColoradoCollege Summer(opens in a new window)

Colorado College Pre-College Program - Teens, earn college credit during the summer as well as participating in Colorado summer camp-like activities. Find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.

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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Discover GW and DC! Two residential summer program enable teens to explore their academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day camps for grades 9-11.

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Prep Camp Excel(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley, and UCLA, this academic summer camp has entering 9th-10th grade teenagers focus on the critical skills necessary for success in high school and get a head-start on building impressive academic resumes.

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

An opportunity for teens to assess their talents, interests, and values. Your summer camp experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer camp for gifted teenagers. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

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EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

At Yale University, Wellesley College, and St. Mark’s School, make teen friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun. More courses, activities, and trips than any other summer camp or program!

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Earlham Explore-A-College(opens in a new window)

A college-level summer camp for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school summer camp experience for teenagers from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.

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NYU Precollege Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Make the most of your summer vacation with this six-week academic summer camp for high school juniors and seniors. Earn college credits, explore NYC, and experience academic and student life at NYU. Scholarships are available.

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Barnard Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Experience college life and prep at our academic summer camps while exploring New York City with high school teens from across the country and around the world!

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iD Game Design & Development Academy(opens in a new window)

Game on! Build your gaming portfolio in 2-week, pre-college, intensive teen summer camps held at Stanford, Harvard, and others. Game design, development, 3D modeling, programming. Gaming tournaments, studio tours, and more.

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

Our academic summer camp program seeks exceptionally promising teen students of all backgrounds and educates them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive summer camps for high school teens in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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Phillips Academy Summer Session, Andover(opens in a new window)

Phillips Academy Summer is the premier summer academic enrichment camp for high school teens, offering over 60 courses within a diverse, rigorous, and supportive day or residential environment.

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute's summer camps for teens.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange summer camp for teens. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion summer program for teens that offers a personal and small group approach to exploring Spain. LITA programs focus around a homestay and explorations off the beaten path.

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like academic summer courses for high school students taught by popular professors. From Harry Potter to human cadaver dissection, there’s something for everyone. Evening summer camp activities included.

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College Admission Prep Camps(opens in a new window)

These summer camps held at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Tufts, offers multiple versions of a pre-college program that covers SAT Prep, Personal Statement Writing and College Counseling for students entering grades 11-12.

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Focus at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

Summer Focus camp allows entering 11th-12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school! This six-week pre-college summer program at UC Berkeley gives teens an excellent idea of what college life will be like!

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Center for Creative Youth(opens in a new window)

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts, high school students spend 5-weeks at Wesleyan University. Our summer camp program offers 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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University of Dallas Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers can experience a unique combination of informed European travel and rigorous study, and earn college credit, through University of Dallas High School Summer Abroad.

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Savannah College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

SCAD offers summer art camps and workshops for younger teens in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and a precollege experience for rising high school seniors in Savannah.

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Northeastern University Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Northeastern’s Summer Programs for teens include credit and noncredit summer camp options designed to prepare rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the academic, social, and campus experiences of college.

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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School(opens in a new window)

The Summer School at Phillips Exeter Academy seeks bright, highly motivated teens to participate in five weeks of academic exploration and discovery at our summer camp.

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California College of the Arts Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Teens can explore art, design, architecture, creative writing and more in a summer camp that provides an art-school setting for four weeks. Our students earn college credit during the summer and experience college life.

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Alfred University Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

The AU Theater Institute summer camp, created for talented high school students, offers a unique blend of in-depth performing arts training, dynamic, engaging faculty, terrific facilities and lovely surroundings.

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World Horizons International(opens in a new window)

Summer travel for teens includes community service, language and cultural immersion. Project locations: Iceland, Fiji, Costa Rica, Canada, Dominica, Maine, Utah, Hawaii.

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embARC at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

embARC is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED). Teens explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning at our camp through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios.

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AIDemocracy Global Scholar(opens in a new window)

An intensive academic enrichment summer camp offering rising juniors and seniors college-level coursework in international affairs and leadership training in Washington DC.

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Northwestern University College Prep Program(opens in a new window)

Teens, experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit at our summer camps. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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8 Keys SuperCamp(opens in a new window)

This academic camp program helps teens get ready for the world with learning and life skills that get you motivated to make things happen. Fun 7- and 10-day summer programs held on college campuses.

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Crow Canyon Archeological Center(opens in a new window)

Touch the Past. Archaeology Learning Adventures summer camp programs for teens offer a chance to experience archaeology firsthand. Have fun, make new friends, and gain experience in excavation and analysis.

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Emory Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

The Emory Pre-College summer camp program gives college-bound high school students an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.

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Montserrat College of Art(opens in a new window)

Visual arts pre-college summer camp for credit for teens entering 11th and 12th grades. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago(opens in a new window)

The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and four-week summer camp sessions for teens beginning in June and July.

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Lone Star Scholars Academy(opens in a new window)

Two-week residential academic summer camp for high school teens, offering university-level courses for college credit, awesome field trips, fun evening activities and a group service project.

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Georgetown University: Summer Medical programs(opens in a new window)

If you're a teen thinking about a career in medicine, explore the many medical summer camp programs offered at Georgetown University. Apply today.

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Young Actors Camp Hollywood(opens in a new window)

As a launching pad for teen actors who aspire to work in the Los Angeles film/TV industry, our training DURING and support AFTER summer camp is the most unique of its kind.

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers, explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from summer camps in filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio(opens in a new window)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Pre-College Summer Studio--Teenagers can explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital photography, and more while earning college credit at summer camp.

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Parsons Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

This summer, teens from around the world will come to summer camps at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and Paris to learn more about design and themselves through intensive pre-college courses.

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East Coast College Tour(opens in a new window)

On this tour, entering 10th-12th grade students visit two prominent East Coast colleges each day. They meet with multiple admission representatives and receive materials to evaluate each school.

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Global Scholar Summer in International Affairs(opens in a new window)

Ahead of the Curve is a new two-week seminar-style summer camp on globalization at Michigan State University. The seminar is designed for talented high school students who have an interest in international affairs.

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming summer camp community of outstanding teens, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania(opens in a new window)

Summer at Penn provides among the most comprehensive and academically-stimulating credit course summer camps for teens in the U.S. on a beautiful, historic campus.

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Marymount DC Summer Institutes for High School Students(opens in a new window)

Rising high school seniors: Marymount’s Institutes offer teenagers like you the opportunity to complete a college course during summer camp while experiencing the excitement of the nation’s capital!

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance summer camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to teen students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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Smith College(opens in a new window)

Explore Smith’s diverse programs for high school girls on our beautiful campus. Choose from Summer Science and Engineering, Women’s Writing Workshop, Discovering Women’s History, Field Studies for Sustainable Futures, or College Admission Workshop. Financial aid is available!

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UMass Amherst Summer College(opens in a new window)

A Pre-college summer camp for qualified high school teens. Two week or six week course intensives and research opportunities, the end of June through early August.

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Harvard Summer School(opens in a new window)

Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college camp program experience.

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UCSD Writing Online(opens in a new window)

Academic online courses designed to prepare high school teens for the demands of college-level writing.

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Catholic University Summer(opens in a new window)

Skip summer camp – as a teenage CUA Summer College student, become immersed in college life and get a head start on your college career before you finish high school!

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Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students(opens in a new window)

Explore an array of exciting subjects for high school teens at Georgetown University this summer. Space is limited; apply today to secure your spot in our summer camp.

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RISD Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

A 6-week academic art summer camp tailored toward highly motivated teens who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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University of Miami Summer Scholar(opens in a new window)

Teens entering their junior and senior years in high school learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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iD Tech Camps(opens in a new window)

Teens, unlock your limitless potential! Weeklong summer camps held at over 80 prestigious universities across the nation, including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others. Create iPhone apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, robots, and more.

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Virtual High School(opens in a new window)

Take your summer school course online. Earn the credit you need, while getting the tan you want! Visit us at www.goVHS.org to learn more about these hot summer offerings for teens!

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Community Service Worldwide: VISIONS Service Adventures(opens in a new window)

Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for community service summer programs for teens. Build schools and homes, help children and elders. Live with other teens in a neighborhood of our host community; be more than a tourist.

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment(opens in a new window)

JKCP offers an innovative lineup of summer camps that include instruction by professionals in tennis, business leadership, science, computers, fitness, cooking, the performing arts, engineering and more.

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Westfield State(opens in a new window)

Westfield State features residential summer camps for teenagers ages 14 to 17. Check out Westfield CSI or Flight Academy!

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Travel for Teens(opens in a new window)

Travel for Teens offers community service, language immersion, photography, and cultural immersion trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia for students 13 to 18 years old.

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Washington University Summer(opens in a new window)

At Washington University Summer camps, pre-college teenagers can get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, and make new friends from around the world.

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Global Leadership Adventures(opens in a new window)

GLA offers volunteer travel summer programs for teens in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites, learn the local language and history, and serve the community through volunteer efforts.

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St. John's College Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

A residential, pre-college academic summer camp engaging teens rising into their junior and senior years in substantive discussions of remarkable works. 5 sessions, 2 campuses, 1 inspired intellectual adventure!

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UNE Early College Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers can immerse themselves in an accelerated academic summer camp program in Coastal Marine Ecology, Creative Writing (Poetry), Neuroscience, or Pre-Law. Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast, and earn 3 college credits. Scholarships available!

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Duke University Youth Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camps that offer enrichment opportunities for students in grades 9-11. Creative writing, performing arts, leadership/service learning, and college prep (selection/admissions). Study with professionals and published writers.

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Beloit Summer Language(opens in a new window)

If you’re serious about learning a language, come to one of the nation’s finest language summer camp programs, the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at beautiful Beloit College in Wisconsin.

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Southern California Institute of Architecture(opens in a new window)

Design Immersion Days summer camp program introduces teen students to careers in architecture and design through the exploration of how products, buildings, and environments are imagined and made.

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory summer camp engages teens in the most rigorous and rewarding study of their lives.

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Architecture: Summer at Penn(opens in a new window)

This is an architecture summer camp for high school students offered by University of Pennsylvania School of Design. The program prepares students for college admission. Students will experience college life and create their own portfolios.

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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Teens learn in a friendly and structured summer camp and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life with an SPI summer program!

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Penn Medicine Summer Program(opens in a new window)

The Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn offers a summer medical camp for HS juniors and seniors. It’s ideal for high school teens considering a career in medicine or medical research.

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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design(opens in a new window)

Summer art camps at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for high school teens who are serious about building their portfolios for college admission.

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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College(opens in a new window)

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This academic summer camp lets teenagers begin their college journeys early.

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A+ Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford University, A+ Summer Program is designed for motivated middle school and high school students. Our stimulating academic camp builds teens’ proficiency in critical thinking, logic and writing skills.

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Design at Harvard(opens in a new window)

Our Career Discovery summer camp helps teens decide if a career in design is right for them and prepares them for admission to a professional degree program.

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iD Programming Academy(opens in a new window)

Calling all coders! 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer camps for teens held at Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others. Tour an app development studio and interact with industry professionals. Build a portfolio and discover a future career.

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Global Works Travel(opens in a new window)

Global Works’ summer programs for teens encompass service projects, outdoor adventures, cultural exchanges and language immersion in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege(opens in a new window)

Internationally recognized for our summer camp programs in computer science, fine arts, engineering, business and the humanities. You’ll find a dynamic, intense teen student body working very hard -- and playing hard, too!

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