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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.


Art: Summer at Penn

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Four weeks at UPenn. Choose courses in animation, drawing, filmmaking, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, product design, and more.

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Focus at UC Berkeley

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

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania

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

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Portsmouth Abbey

Students learn in a friendly and structured style of life and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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Georgetown University: Summer Medical programs

If you are thinking about a career in medicine, explore the many medical programs offered this summer at Georgetown University. Apply today.

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University of Miami Summer Scholar

High school sophomores and juniors learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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Crow Canyon Archeological Center

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

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Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students

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

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Augustana Summer Academy

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

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iD Film Academy

Immerse yourself in filmmaking or photography! 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer program 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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Ringling College of Art and Design

This four-week intensive provides HS students 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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Great Summers

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

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Lone Star Scholars Academy

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

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Montserrat College of Art

Visual arts pre-college program for credit for high school juniors and seniors. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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Corcoran Pre-College Portfolio Development

Designed specifically for high school students, who want to prepare themselves for college admission and undergraduate success in photography, fine art, and design.

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Phillips Academy Summer Session, Andover

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

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Great Books Summer Program

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

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University of Dallas Summer Programs

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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World Horizons International

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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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute

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

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East Coast College Tour

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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8 Keys SuperCamp

We help you 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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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This program lets you begin your college journey early.

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Prep Camp Excel

Held at UC Berkeley, and UCLA, this program has entering 9th-10th grade students 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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Emerson College Summer Programs

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

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Summer Institute for the Gifted

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

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ColoradoCollege Summer

Colorado College Pre-College Program - Earn college credit, and find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.

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Virtual High School

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!

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Putney School Summer Programs

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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College Admission Prep Camps

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

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Alfred University Theater Institute

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

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Parsons Summer Programs

This summer, students from around the world will come to 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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Savannah College of Art and Design

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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Pratt Summer

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute this summer.

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Design at Harvard

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

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Community Service Worldwide: VISIONS Service Adventures

Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for community service 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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EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs

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

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Barnard Pre-College Program

Experience college life and prep while exploring New York City with high school young men and women from across the country and around the world!

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DC Summer Institutes for High School Students

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

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Westfield State

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

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Cushing Academy

A unique boarding school experience for students 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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Travel for Teens

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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Penn Engineering: Academy in Applied Science and Technology

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

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University of Maryland

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

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Global Works Travel

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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Global Scholar Summer in International Affairs

Ahead of the Curve is a new two-week seminar 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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A+ Summer Program

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

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Beloit Summer Language

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

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Emory Pre-College Program

The Emory Pre-College 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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AIDemocracy Global Scholar

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

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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute

This dynamic program will expand your identity as a writer through intensive workshop experiences.

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Yale Summer

We seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds and educate them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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UMass Amherst Summer College

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

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embARC at UC Berkeley

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

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege

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

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California College of the Arts Pre-College Program

Explore art, design, architecture, creative writing and more in an art-school setting for four weeks while earning college credit and experiencing college life.

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Abroad Programs by SPI

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!

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Catholic University Summer

As a 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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Smith College

Explore Smith’s diverse programs for high school girls on our beautiful campus. Choose from Writing Workshop, Women’s History, Environmental Sustainability, or Engineering. Scholarships available!

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UDayton Women in Engineering

Join other girls your age for total immersion in through classroom activities, participatory experiments, visits to industries and contact with practicing women engineers.

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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

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

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio

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

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iD Programming Academy

Calling all coders! 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer programs 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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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School

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

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships

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

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RISD Pre-College Program

A 6-week program tailored toward highly motivated students who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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Center for Creative Youth

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

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iD Tech Camps

Unlock your limitless potential! Weeklong summer programs 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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University of Chicago Summer

This college-preparatory program engages you in the most rigorous and rewarding study of your life.

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Global Leadership Adventures

GLA offers volunteer 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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Southern California Institute of Architecture

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

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment

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

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs

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

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Architecture: Summer at Penn

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This is an architecture program 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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Washington University Summer

Get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, and make new friends from around the world.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and three-week sessions beginning in June and July.

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iD Game Design & Development Academy

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

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NYU Precollege Summer Program

Make the most of your summer vacation with this six-week program 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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Earlham Explore-A-College

A college-level summer program 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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Penn Medicine Summer Program

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

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Harvard Summer School

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

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Northeastern University Summer Programs

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

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Cornell University Summer College

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students this summer taking college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and exploring college and career options.

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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College

Offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that 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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LITA

LITA is a unique language immersion program 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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Tufts Summer Study

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

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UNE Early College Programs

Immerse yourself in an accelerated 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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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program

Discover GW and DC! Two residential programs enable you to explore your academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day mini courses for grades 9-11.

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Northwestern University College Prep Program

Experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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UCSD Writing Online

Designed to prepare high school students for the demands of college-level writing.

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