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Summer Opportunities


*Listed in alpha order, by school


Bolsa Chica Conservancy

The Youth Leadership in Environmental Action Program (YLEAP) is a twelve-month program for 8th to 12th grade students. This unique experience provides local youth the opportunity to learn about wetland ecology and gain important life skills like public speaking, leadership, teamwork, and habitat restoration.

Deadline: July 26, 2019 *flyer attached below

Boston University Summer Term

This summer, prepare for success in college and discover new horizons at Boston University Summer Term. With five exciting and challenging high school summer programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in university labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making friends with fellow students, and engaging in social activities around Boston and on campus.

BU Summer Term offers one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs for high school students, with options to live on campus, commute from home, or study online. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries to experience this great introduction to college life and academics.

Deadline: Varies by program


Cornell University Summer College Programs for High School Students

Cornell's Summer College is one of the nation's longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs. It brings more than 1,500 academically talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, each summer for three- and six-week programs. Summer College students have the unparalleled opportunity to:

  • experience what it's like to live and learn at a great Ivy League university
  • take real university courses
  • work closely with Cornell's world-renowned faculty
  • earn three to six college credits
  • explore majors and career options
  • get a jump on successful college applications
  • make friends from around the world, and much, much more.

This summer, we will offer programs between June 22 and August 6 in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from architecture, business, hospitality, and engineering to international relations, science, social change, and veterinary medicine—and many more. Click on the link above for more info!

Deadline: varies by program


Duke Summer Session for High School Students

  1. Summer College: A four-week, credit-bearing program for students currently in 10th– 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses
  2. Summer Academy: A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.
  3. Accelerated STEM Academy: A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of hands-on labs, tours of Duke’s research facilities, faculty lectures, and workshops.

Orange Coast College Summer STEM Academy

Orange Coast College is now accepting applications for Summer STEM Academy! The STEM Academy Summer Camp is for students in grades 4-12 and is a FREE Program. Ssign-up early as space is limited. There will be a few sessions offered in the following classes:

  • Engineering & Robotics: Robo Revolution
  • Code Academy: Android Apps & Arduino
  • GAMEMAKER: 3D Game Development with Unity and Unreal
  • Jump Start to Calculus
  • Pre-Calculus Refresher

Please see attached flyer/application. For information email: or call 714-432-5880.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

From Business to Bioscience, Creative Writing to Cosmology, participants engage in single-subject intensive study in a field they are passionate about, working with brilliant instructors and peers during this three-week, residential program.

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Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

For three weeks on campus, rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.

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Stanford Summer Arts Institute

Experience how the arts thrive at Stanford! Participants come together for a three-week intensive arts program offering academically challenging, interdisciplinary courses in architecture, visual design, and music.

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Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)

SUMaC welcomes an elite group of talented current 10th- and 11th-grade students from around the world for five-weeks of intensive study in advanced mathematics on Stanford campus.

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Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP)

This five-week summer residential program offers low-income and underrepresented minority students from select counties in Northern and Central California the chance to explore medicine through lectures, mentorship, and a hospital internship.

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Stanford AI4ALL (formerly SAILORS)

Each summer, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory opens its lab doors with an outreach summer program aimed at increasing the number of women in computer science, particularly in the field of AI research.

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Stanford Humanities Circle

For local middle and high school students passionate about history, literature, or philosophy, Stanford Humanities Circle offers a chance to read and discuss important concepts in the humanities.

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Stanford Science Circle

Stanford Science Circle offer weekly classes throughout the quarter for Bay Area middle and high school students who are interested in exploring the vast and exciting world of science.

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Stanford Math Circle

Math circles are weekly gatherings of local students on Stanford campus, offering students the chance to explore complex and advanced mathematical topics in a group environment guided by mathematicians and educators.

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics

Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, giving students an advanced offering of math and physics courses not typically available in secondary schools.

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Discovering Medicine @ Stanford

This three-day program is interactive, with small group workshops, and direct interactions with a variety of health professionals from the Stanford Health Care hospital, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the Stanford School of Medicine.

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UC Irvine


Nursing Camp in Summer at UC Irvine (NCIS: UCI) is a one-week summer program that introduces the nursing career to high school students.

Session 1: July 15 - 19, 2019, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Session 2: August 5 - 9, 2019, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Entering junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2019
  2. Be over the age of 15

Register here!


The Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) is a weeklong educational program designed for young women who will be rising Juniors and Seniors in High School.

Participants will:

  • Shadow and learn from physicians, nurses, administrators, research scientists and allied health professionals
  • Take part in hands-on labs and procedure simulations
  • Receive personalized college counseling, including test preparation, an essay-writing clinic and interview coaching
  • Collaborate on a digestive health awareness project
  • Complete American Heart Association "Basic Life Support" training
  • Meet mentors and like-minded local peers
  • Graduate with a certificate of completion and a letter of reference

You should consider applying to the Summer Healthcare Experience if:

  • You are a young woman in high school, ages 16 to 18 and will be a rising Junior or Senior.  Participants must have turned 16 years of age by the start of the Program.
  • You are considering pursuing a career in healthcare, such as doctor, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, healthcare administrator, physical therapist, nutritionist, genetic counselor, surgeon, dermatologist, radiologist, cardiologist, physician assistant, occupational therapist and more.
  • You want to learn more about career opportunities in the healthcare industry.
  • You want to learn how to apply to college and/or make your college application more competitive.
  • You want to make friends who share your interests.
  • You want to meet role models and mentors.
  • You are ready to work hard and have fun for a week this summer.

Submit the Program Application, including your transcripts, by April 22, 2019

UC Davis Young Scholars Program

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose high achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphasis on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. To be eligible for the summer of 2019, students must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in high school and be rising juniors or rising seniors during the program summer. Participants in the 2019 UC Davis Young Scholars Program will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work. In addition to scientific research, the UC Davis Young Scholars Program strives to introduce participants to the climate and culture of living and working on a university campus. Staff make every effort to model the experiences that participants will have during their first years of college.

Deadeline: March 16, 2019

UCI High School Summer Institute in Law

This week-long experience led by distinguished UC Irvine School of Law faculty in a law school setting is designed to equip students with knowledge, understanding, and skills that will benefit them as they continue their education and chart their future to perform better in high school, prepare for college, and explore a possible career as a lawyer. With curriculum developed by UCI Law faculty, college-bound participants will become stronger candidates through a unique program of timely lectures, intellectually rigorous small group activities, lively open discussion, and practical skills enhancement. Students who have completed their sophomore year in high school will find this program engaging, informative, and inspiring as they prepare for higher education in a variety of pursuits. This prestigious summer institute is an ideal opportunity for high-achieving students who:

  • are preparing for college
  • want to enhance their college application
  • aspire to work in law
  • seek practice in public speaking, writing, analytical reasoning, persuasion techniques, and negotiation skills
  • have an interest in learning about their rights and those of others

Enrollment form here!

UC Santa Cruz

As part of Summer Session, high school students from all over the world who completed their sophomore or junior year with a GPA of 3.0+ can live and learn at UC Santa Cruz! This program combines support and independence to model a true college experience for five weeks.

Per credit tuition is 50% off  - exclusively for high schools students.

Students choose their own classes and have the option to live in the residence halls, eat in the dining halls, and get involved in extracurricular activities. If they stay on campus, they have dedicated peer mentors and resident assistants who live in the halls with them. Interested?

Explore the cost, courses, activities, and FAQs, and follow these steps to get started:

  1. Register (open April 1 - June 15) Even if they took summer classes at UC Santa Cruz last year, all visiting students must register annually to enroll in classes.
  2. Submit High School Verification form (2019 form coming soon)
  3. Choose class(es)
  4. Apply for Session 1 housing (if living on campus)
  5. Submit Welcome Packet & Waivers (provided after registration)
  6. Get Packing!
  7. High School Summer University runs from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 (June 24 - July 26 if students do not live on campus)

USC Summer Program

USC Summer Programs’ courses are taught by USC faculty and experienced professionals of the USC academic community. Summer Programs’ faculty create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, hands-on workshops and labs, guest speakers, and academic field trips to locations throughout Los Angeles. Each course is designed to be more interactive, engaging, and challenging than accelerated high school classes or the broad introductory courses offered by other summer pre-collegiate programs. The USC Summer program extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4 and 2 week summer courses. Accepted students to the USC Summer Programs will balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college in the nation’s entertainment center – Los Angeles, California.  

2019 Summer Programs Application

Deadline: April 26, 2019


Washington U in St. Louis, Summer Experiences

In order to apply to the High School Summer Scholars Program, students must complete an online application, including three short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:

  • Transcript
  • Teacher Recommendation

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Once they receive all of the required supplemental information to complete an application, students are notified by email of the admission decision within 10-12 business days. Qualified applicants are admitted until all spaces in the program are filled or until April 1. We strongly encourage students to apply early!

To be eligible for the High School Summer Scholars Program students should:

  • Be a current sophomore or junior in high school (graduating in 2020 or 2021)
  • Have an academic average of B+ (3.3/4.0) or better
  • Have a combined SAT score of at least 1200 or a combined ACT score of at least 25

Deadline: April 1, 2019 or until program is filled