SUMMER AND GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITIES
A list of
information about summer enrichment and gap year programs for high school
students is now available. As the year
progresses, there will be additional listings. Please note that this is not an
endorsement of any program, simply opportunities for interested parties to
explore further. These opportunities are often very worthwhile; introducing
students to intellectual and social experiences beyond what is available in a
typical school year.
Students are invited to experience life as a college students while pursuing credit-bearing and noncredit courses in the following disciplines: nursing, computer programming, psychology, and the arts and sciences. The school is also offering three new programs" robotics and technology, law and society and digital filmmaking.
Alfred University Summer Programs
This summer program offers top quality instruction in a supportive environment, enjoyable activities, pleasant surroundings, comfortable housing and nutritious meals, while also giving students an idea of what it is like to live on a college campus. Please check the website for program information.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
The American Public Transportation Association Youth Summit in Washington, D.C.
Students attending the Youth Summit this summer will have the unique opportunity to explore the educational and environmental benefits of public transportation. There are a variety of career tracks for those interested, including business administration, planning, marketing and communication, operations and maintenance. The Youth Summit will take place in Washington, D.C. from June 19 -23.
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017
American University Community of Scholars
This rigorous program for rising juniors and seniors will give them the chance to broaden their understanding of international relations by enrolling in a 3-credit college class designed just for them. Students will be introduced to the advancing field of global affairs in their coursework through lectures, either online or in class. In fact, the program blends both online and traditional on-campus classes to allow students to experience each learning format.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
Babson College's Summer Study for High School Students
This month-long, residential program provides rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience college life while examining the impact of business and entrepreneurship on the world. Students in this course will cover different topics, earning 4 college credits and surrounding themselves with other young entrepreneurs.
Banson NYC Fashion Summer Camps
These two camps for high school students grade 9-12 are each a week-long, teaching students the fundamentals of the fashion industry by providing an insider's perspective. Students will stay at the LIM College Residence Hall on the Upper East Side.
Barnard Pre-College Programs
An exciting opportunity, the programs offered for current 10th and 11th grade girls provide the chance to experience college life while exploring New York City. The 4-week students are even offered the chance to attend workshops with Admissions Counselors and visit workplaces around NYC as part of the Beyond the Gates series about life in and after college.
Bentley University - The Wolfram High School Summer Camp
This project-oriented camp for high school students is a unique opportunity for the entrepreneurial and STEM-minded, where they can learn how to develop and explore science and technology. The camp will be held at Bentley University from June 25th to July 7th.
Binghamton Summer College
This two-week program provides an early college experience for academically talented, rising high school juniors and seniors. The program is scheduled to run from Sunday, July 16th through Friday, July 28th, and provides students a preview into what college life at a premier public university is all about.
Blueprint Summer Programs
This program offers personal, innovative and fun pre-college programs that allow the student to explore college life and gain critical skills. Pick your course... pick your campus... picky your length of stay - it is all up to you.
Boston University Summer Term
High School Honors: A six-week program for rising juniors and seniors in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and ear up to 8 transferable college credits. There is a choice of residential, commuter or online programs.
RISE Internship/Practicum: A six-week non-credit residential or commuter program for rising seniors in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Academic Immersion (AIM): This three-week, non-credit residential program for rising juniors and seniors offers a choice of two different tracks - Introduction to Experimental Psychology or Introduction to Medicine - on which to focus while enjoying a college campus experience.
Summer Challenge: This two-week residential program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors offers two non-credit seminars of their choice, all while taking part in the college experience.
Summer Investigative Journalism Workshop: This three-week workshop will begin on June 26th and will expose students to the exciting work of veteran journalism teachers and award-winning local and national journalists. They will have the chance to participate in investigative stories that challenge their critical thinking and research skills.
Summer Preview: This one-week non-credit commuter or residential program gives students the opportunity to explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year in the the fall of 2017.
Application Deadline: Varies by program.
These two to four week programs are available to students in
middle school, high school and college, who are interested in global education
and skill building, with the chance to earn college credits, internationally
recognized certifications, community service hours and a new perspective on the
world and their place in it.
Bucknell University - Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE)
This new summer program joins faculty and students from all academic areas to share expertise and work with participants to find innovative solutions to pressing current issues. Open to rising juniors and seniors, this program teaches students to consider similar ideas from different perspectives, in order to build collaboration and presentation skills.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
Catholic University of America Summer Institutes
Summer programs for Business, Theology, Architecture, and Drama offer students the chance to experience a collegiate atmosphere in the heart of our nation's Capital, all while learning and engaging through hands-on programs that enhance leadership abilities in preparation for college.
Cleveland Institute of Art
During this immersive residential program, students can spend two or four weeks experiencing college life at a premier college of art and design. Students are eligible to receive 3 college credits and grade upon successful completion of the tw-week program, or 6 college credits for the four-week program.
Columbia University Engineering Summer STEM Program
This three-week session is a rigorous program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who have demonstrated achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Students must live within commuting distance to Columbia's Morningside Heights campus, where they will take courses in robotics or computer science and develop their research skills exploring engineering labs.
Application Deadlines: February 28 (Priority) or March 31, 2017 (Regular
Cornell University Summer College
Offering a wide range of choices, this summer program for sophomore, juniors and seniors provides an opportunity to take courses at an Ivy League university while earning college credit. With more than 30 programs and 50 different courses, including a non-credit robotics program, there is a fit for any motivated student.
Application Deadline: March 10 - May 5 (depending on program)
Davidson THINK Summer Institute
This three week program for exceptional students aged 13 to
16 offers six college credits at a lower cost compared to other credit programs
(with financial assistance also available).
Students will work closely with university faculty and get a taste of
college life while living on campus.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
DeSales University Summer Video Institute
Working with state-of-the-art technology, students in this residential one-week program will design, shoot and edit films of their own creation. Students will be offered lectures on topics such as equipment training, Photoshop, green screen, composition, and sound and editing software. At the end of the program, the final films will be enjoyed in a festival screening open to invited guests.
Duke University Summer Programs
2017 Summer College: Open to current 10th and 11th grade students to earn 4-credits by taking classes with Duke undergraduate students on campus.
Applications Accepted Starting: December 1, 2016
2017 Summer Academy: Opportunity for 9th-12th grade students to immerse themselves in an international experience designed to provide an academic and residential environment to gain a global perspective on multiple areas of interest for young leaders.
Applications Accepted Starting: December 1, 2016
The George Washington University Pre-College 2017
Students may engage in their choice of either a Summer Immersion program for rising sophomores, juniors or seniors or a College Intensive program for rising juniors or seniors set in the nation's capital. The Summer Immersion program is a full-day, rigorous non-credit program that runs two weeks and integrates lectures with applied activities. The College Intensive program offers three and six week sessions with credits ranging from 3-8 per session.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Gettysburg College Summer Camps
Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school students over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, creative writing, or information technology. These camps are offered to sophomores and juniors.
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
This seven-week summer program for rising sophomore and junior girls is an exciting opportunity for exposure to tech companies, project-based learning and a sisterhood that could last a lifetime. The cost of the program is free, and there is a stipend available to offset commuting and living costs.
Application Deadline: March 17, 2017
Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp
The goal of this camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health. Through a series of lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics.
Indiana University-Bloomington: Business is Global Program
This two week program is an unique blend of culture, language and international business learning that will provide students an introduction into the myriad opportunities available in today's global marketplace.
Inspiring Girls Expeditions
These twelve day programs for girls ages 16 to 17 offers a
summer science and wilderness expedition in either Washington or Alaska, during
which they will explore and learn about glaciers and conduct scientific field
studies with professional glaciologists.
Girls participate in these programs tuition free.
January 31, 2017
Ithaca College Summer College
Summer college gives high school students the chance to experience the kind of uncommon and inventive courses they'll take as an undergraduate. Students will explore American art and culture, learn professional skills, and get a one-week preview of college life in one of the expert-led workshops.
Landmark College High School Summer Program
An academic, residential program that offers abundant opportunities for high school students who struggle to keep up or simply want to experience the atmosphere of college. They also offer a "Social Pragmatics Track" for students who have strong potential, but have challenges related to a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or a similar diagnosis.
Marist 2017 Summer Pre-College
This program for rising juniors and seniors is an enriching experience, whether you spend the time at the New York campus or the other location in Italy. Students will experience college life while earning three to six transferable college credits in one of 21 different course offerings.
Miami University Summer Scholars Progam
Providing a rich college experience for rising juniors and seniors, this will engage students in a community of learners for an intense, two-week program. Participants who later choose to apply to Miami will also receive priority consideration for Miami merit scholarships and the University's premier academic programs - the University Honors Program and the University Academic Scholars Program. Scholarships are available.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
Montclair State University Hispanic College Institute
This three-day event for sophomores and juniors who identify as Hispanic offers an opportunity for them to engage in career exploration and goal-setting, attend college-planning workshops, participate in majors fair and mock college interviews and see the campus life up-close. The Institute is free for participants.
National Grid Engineering Pipeline Program
Students will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the engineering industry through instruction, in and out of the classroom, site visits, research and projects. Highlights include interacting with real life engineers as mentors, networking with fellow program participants, participating in job shadowing to experience a "day in the life of", and opportunities for paid internships. Please check the website for accepted criteria.
The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD)
This joint project of the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation invites students to spend some time this summer doing an in-depth study in early American history. Offered are two three-week sessions, in which the participants will earn four hours of college credit and participate in an array of exciting activities. Highly motivated, rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to check into it.
NJ SAME Summer Engineering
New Jersey Post Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is accepting applications from high school sophomore, junior and selected senior students for the following summer camps:
U.S. Air Force Academy Camp - Colorado Springs, CO
U.S. Army Camp - Vicksburg,MS
U.S. Marine Corps Camp - Camp Lejeune, NC
New York University School of Professional Studies
This program offers one-week, professionally oriented intensive programs of study that allow students to explore career options and enrich their college portfolio. Commuter and residential options are available.
Application Deadline: Residential Students (June 1, 2017) Commuter (July 1, 2017)
New York University Summer Opportunities
2017 Precollege: This six-week program for rising juniors and seniors gives students a chance to experience college life in New York City during the summer, either by living on campus or commuting from home. With courses offered across a wide range of subject areas, students can earn college credits in a chosen subject area and get a jump-start on future degree requirements or try something new.
Steinhardt's Music and Performing Arts Program: This program is perfect for the student interested in learning what goes on behind the scenes in the music industry. For two weeks, students will take master classes and private lessons and perform with NYU's expert faculty, artists, and industry professionals.
Notre Dame University Pre-College Programs
2017 Summer Scholars: A two-week program for rising juniors and seniors to experience a taste of college life through college-level academics and campus life.
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
2017 Leadership Seminars: A 10-day, all expenses paid program for rising junior and senior students to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills in the company of dynamic peers. Students will engage in lively discussions on issues of global concern.
Application Deadline: January 30, 2017
2017 Study Abroad Rome: A two-week program for rising juniors and seniors that immerses students in the history and culture of the city, with a focus on the architectural landscape and its stories.
Application Deadline: January 30, 2017
2017 Study Abroad Ireland: A 12-day exploration of Irish culture, history and landscape for rising juniors and seniors.
Application Deadline: January 30, 2017
Oxbridge Academic Programs
Offer multiple programs abroad in France, Spain, and the U.K., along with experiences in Boston, NYC, and LA.
Engineering Summer Academy at Penn
These six rigorous courses give high school students an advance look at the learning experience they can expect in college. The three week courses offer sophisticated theory with hands-on work, challenging students to work harder, smarter and more creatively than they ever have before. Every course carries college credit from Penn.
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School - Livingston, N.J.
This innovative, 4-week course for young scientists and engineers offers hands-on experiences that allow them to invent, create, and build something real. Students are given the objective of identifying scientific questions, developing design proposals, and finally actualizing their designs in a state-of-the-art maker lab. Interested students are invited to an Open House on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:30 PM at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, 110 S. Orange Avenue, Livingston, N.J.
Rider University BRONCast Sports Media Camp
Students interested in pursuing a career in Sports Media are invited to attend this camp from July 9th to the 14th. They will be introduced to a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the sports broadcasting and journalism arena.
Rochester Institute of Technology College and Careers Weekend
College & Careers is a two day program which begins on Friday and concludes mid afternoon the following day. During the program, students will attend up to four academic workshops from a variety of majors including Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Game Design & Development, Graphic Design, Marketing, Packaging Science, Photography, and many more. Students are invited to stay overnight on campus, and there will be opportunities for parents to gather for social and informational purposes.
Rutgers Business School Summer Camp
This camp is an experiential camp which allows campers to experience the various business disciplines: Marketing, management, Accounting, Finance, and Supply Chain. The week-long camp includes trips to local businesses, introductions to many areas of business from faculty, and participation in a business plan competition, all while experiencing the college life.
Rutgers Waksman Institute
This summer program, the Waksman Institute Summer Experience (WISE), will provide an authentic molecular biology and bioinformatics research project. The program boasts that "almost all of the 2016 participants successfully submitted the analyses of their novel experimental findings for publication", which allows their work to be shared with scientists around the world. The program lasts for two-weeks and is non-residential, with a requirement that the applicant should have completed at least one course in high school biology.
Application Priority for those received by March 31, 2017
Skidmore Summer Pre-College and Studio Art Program
Talented high school students can take college-level art courses or noncredit workshops during this five-week program, all while experiencing campus life. They can use the time to create unique artwork for a college portfolio, and build skills and vocabulary in the visual arts field.
Smith College Summer Pre-College
Open to current high school girls interested in exploring
challenging and intriguing subjects while living and studying with other
motivated and ambitious students from around the world. PLEASE see the website for important deadline
Stanford University Pre-College
Students from around the world will participate in engaging academic programs designed to give them the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. They can choose from among several programs, where instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching will give them a taste of college life on the beautiful Stanford campus.
Stevens Institute of Technology
These one and two week programs for high school students
offer a world-class educational experience minutes from New York City. Participants will be given hands-on,
project-based learning, gaining applied experience in a variety of disciplines.
February 15, 2017
High-achieving high school students are invited to spend a
week at Susquehanna University, which is
a selective, residential liberal arts and sciences college in central
Pennsylvania. Students will live on the
picturesque campus while experiencing college-level workshops in a variety of
TCNJ Summer Robotics Camp
Participants will experience residential collegiate life on the campus and get a behind-the-scenes look at how robotics work. Students can apply their skills to their own robotics-related projects that culminate in a competition, and they get to keep their robot at the end of the program. Eligible participants are high school students who rank in the top 30% of their class, have an interest in engineering, and have successfully completed one year of college prep mathematics.
Teen Global Education
Teen Global Education provides ambitious high school students from around the world an intellectually stimulating, physically invigorating, socially dynamic, and, above all, fun immersive summer experience in an idyllic European setting. It is dedicated to fostering critical and creative thinking, meaningful professor-student relationships, exceptional teaching, personal responsibility, and confidence in navigating foreign environments. Our 4-week programs in Greifswald, Germany (GGE) and Girona, Spain (SGE) are designed to strengthen self-awareness and -confidence, improve existing skills while nurturing new ones, and encourage a stronger sense of purpose and direction.
Tulane School of Architecture
This short, intensive and engaging introduction to architecture gives high schoolers the chance to explore the visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation, and professional training that forms an architectural education. The program runs from July 9th through July 29th. Upon completion, participants will have earned a university elective worth three credit hours. (Credits are non-transferable.)
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
UC Santa Barbara
The Research Mentorship Program (RMP): This six week program engages high school
students from all over the world in interdisciplinary university-level
research. Paired with a mentor (graduate
student, postdoc, or faculty), students will learn research techniques, observe
professional research-based opportunities, and refine their academic goals. Students will be immersed in university life
and network with equally ambitious and curious peers.
Science & Engineering Research Academy (SERA): This four week program introduces qualified
high school students to research through project-based, directed research in
The University of Chicago Summer Session
Rising sophomore, junior, and seniors can immerse themselves in the exceptional academic environmetn at the University of Chicago through this summer program. Students may choose from almost 100 credit-bearing courses drawn from our undergraduate curriculum or enroll in selective programs taught at the college level but designed exclusively for talented high school students.
University of Dallas
All programs at this exciting university are taught by faculty through small-group discussions and tutorials while visiting relevant historical and cultural sites. Students emerge from this program with skills essential for the college classroom, having formed the long-lasting friendships that inevitable develop in a a learning community. Students can earn three hours of college credit.
University of Dayton Summer Camps
Three exciting residential engineering camps are available this summer: METEC: Minority Engineering and Technology Enrichment Camp for Young Men, Women in Engineering Summer Camp, and Summer Honors Engineering Camp. Students who excel at math and science and wish to learn more about the exciting opportunities available in a career in engineering should consider this program. Check the website for more program information.
University of Maryland - Terp Young Scholars
College-bound seniors, juniors and sophomores are invited to experience this exceptional, pre-college program to pursue their academic interests, investigate career opportunities, and explore campus life - all while earning three university credits. Whether living on campus or commuting from home, students will participate in activities that incorporate exceptional resources taught by the dynamic faculty, including field trips and guest speakers who are experts in their field.
University of New Hampshire Summer Program
This one-week residential opportunity for 20 rising seniors allows them to experience the college life for a summer, while taking college courses with renowned hospitality management faculty. UNH is the No.2-ranked best hospitality program in New England, and 26th in the country.
Applications Accepted Starting: February 6, 2017
U.S. Naval Academy Summer Programs
Naval Academy Summer Seminar: This fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year teaches students about life at the Naval Academy. There, participants will see that academics, athletics and professional training play equally import roles in developing our nation's leaders. Students interested in an appointment to one of the service academies and serving our country as an officer are encouraged to apply.
Summer STEM: Open to rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders, this program is a hands-on, design-based program that challenges students to think scientifically, problem-solve creatively, and work cooperatively in teams. Summer STEM is led by USNA faculty and currently enrolled midshipmen.
NASS Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
STEM Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
Wagner Summer Pre-College Program
Designed exclusively for rising seniors, juniors, and select sophomores, this program introduces students to a curriculum that incorporates both classroom and off-campus experiences. Students can choose from five unique programs: pre-med and science, filmmaking/video production and history, music technology/production and history, stagecraft, and musical theatre.
Application Deadline: April 21 (Priority) or May 19 (Regular), March 31 for the Musical Theatre
West Point Summer Leadership Experience
Open to current juniors, this one-week program gives students a chance to experience life as a cadet before making their college decisions. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics.
The Wharton School of the University
Leadership in the Business World: A select group of rising high school seniors
will be exposed to an intensive summer program that will hone their leadership,
teamwork, and communication skills through a mix of classes, company site
visits and team building exercises.
Management & Technology Summer Institute: This three week for-credit summer program is
for students who want to learn about the integration of technological concepts
and management principles.
Wharton Sports Business Academy: Talented rising juniors and seniors will be
afforded the opportunity to learn about sports business leadership. This program will examine the areas of sports
ownership, sports agents, marketing, media, and labor, as it relates to various
intercollegiate, Olympic and professional sports.
Wharton Moneyball Academy:
This two week summer program is for students interested in examining
sports through analytics and statistical programming.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Summer Programs at WPI
This on-campus, residential, research and learning experience for rising juniors and seniors blends science, technology, and engineering programs with humanities and arts workshops. Two separate sessions are offered, allowing participants the flexibility to choose from a wide-range of science, engineering, technology and math specialties in each session.
The Yale Young Global Scholars Program
An academic enrichment and leadership training program for talented high school students from around the world, who live and study on the Yale campus during the summer. The program features intensive undergraduate-level coursework and interaction with Yale faculty and graduate students.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017