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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

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.


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

Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program is the ultimate 2 week summer camp for gifted teenagers. Great campuses with academic, performing arts and sports classes. Show off your talent at the Final Program!

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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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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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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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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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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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Investigative Reporting at Boston University(opens in a new window)

Based at Boston University, this hands-on, two-week workshop from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn the craft of investigative news reporting, experience life on a vibrant college campus, and explore the world-class city of Boston.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Davidson Think(opens in a new window)

Davidson THINK Summer Institute is a challenging, residential, academic program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students take two university courses in three weeks and earn college credit.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to learn more about these hot summer offerings for teens!

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

Penn Summer High School Programs offer an outstanding Ivy League academic challenge to teens in the US on a beautiful, historic campus.

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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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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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