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Summer Opportunities


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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.

Engineering Summer Academy at PENN  

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore Engineering at the college level.  The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. Work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world.

Application Requirements

  • Online application: including Personal Essays/ Short Answers
  • Official high school transcript: submitted directly from your school via mail, fax, or email
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation: Contact information for your recommenders must be submitted on the online application (name, phone number, and email address). They will then be emailed instructions for submitting their letter online.
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Deadline: March 1, 2019 *Application info here!

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

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