100+ Top Summer Programs for High School Students (with links!)

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Below is a list of 100+ top summer programs for high school students. It is NOT a comprehensive list; there are plenty of other programs not listed. This list is provided to give you an idea of the range of programs across the United States available for students.

(All links were active and current when this was originally posted in May 2019.)

Alfred University Academic Summer Camps

American University Discover the World of Communication

American University School of International Service – Community of Scholars AMP Global Scholars(at American University in Washington DC)

Arizona State University Summer Programs

Asian American Journalists Association JCamp (Open to journalism students of any background)

Bank of America Student Leaders

Bard College at Simon’s Rock—Young Writer’s Workshop

Boston University – Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

Boston University – Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)

Brown University – Pre-College Summer Programs

Brown University – On Location in Segovia, Spain

Brown University – Summer@Brown Online

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)

Camp Neuro & Camp Cardiac—1 Week Day Camp (over 30 locations)

Canada/USA Mathcamp 

Carleton College Summer Writing Program

Carnegie Mellon – Pre-College Architecture

Carnegie Mellon – Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)

Carnegie Mellon – National High School Gama Academy

Chapman University Summer Film Academy

Clemson University Summer Scholars

Columbia College Hollywood – Summer Program in LA(film, acting, screenwriting, animation) Columbia University Entrepreneurship and Innovation: New Product Development

Columbia University Filmmaking with iPhone and iPad

Columbia University Summer Immersion

Cornell University Pre-College Summer Studies

Cornell University Research Apprenticeship in Biological Sciences (RABS)

Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute

Denison University—Reynolds Young Writer’s Workshop

Emerson College – 5-Week Acting Studio

Emerson College – Design / Technology for Stage & Screen

Foundation for Teaching Economics – Economics for Leaders (EFL)

George Washington University Summer Programs

Georgetown University—1 Week Medical Academy

Georgetown University— National Security & Intelligence Academy

Georgetown University— 3 Week Foreign Policy Academy

Georgetown University— Summer Programs

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Camp

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSIM)

How to Be a Literary Editorfrom Polyphony Lit

Iowa Young Writer’s Studio

Indiana University – Young Women’s Institute

Jackson Laboratory – Summer Student Program(genetics & genome research)

Jerome Fischer Program in Management & Technology(at U. Penn / Wharton School)

Johnson & Wales University– (Baking & Pastry, Culinary, Hospitality)

Kenyon College Review Young Writer’s Workshop

Lake Forest College—Writing & Thinking Workshop

LaunchX Entrepreneurship Program(various locations)

Loyola Marymount University Summer Programs

Marist College Game Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES)

MathILy – Bryn Mawr College

MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research Fellowship

Middlebury College – Interactive Language Academy

Michigan Math and Science Scholars

Michigan State University – High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering Program (HSHSP)

Mississippi State Architecture – Design Discovery Workshop

MIT Research Science Institute

Monell Center Science Apprenticeship Program

National Institutes of Health – Summer Internship in Biomedical Research (SIP)

New England Young Writers Conference (NEYWC)

New York Film Academy Camps(Film, Acting, Animation, Photography, Gaming, Broadcast Journalism, Graphic Design)

North Carolina State University Engineering Residential Camps

Ohio State University – Ross Mathematics Program

Oklahoma State University—Sports Media Program

Penn State College of Communications Summer Programs

Pratt Institute Pre-College Program

Princeton University – Summer Journalism Program

Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program

Rhodes College—Mock Trial Academy

Rhodes College—Summer Writing Institute

Saint Louis University Aviation Summer Academy

Saint Louis University Adventures in Science & Medicine (AIMS) Program

Savannah College of Art & Design Pre-College Programs

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer Institute Residency Program

Sewanee the University of the South—Environmental Field Studies

Sewanee the University of the South— Summer Music Festival

Sewanee the University of the South— Young Writers Conference

Simons Summer Research Program(Stony Brook University, NY)

Southern Methodist University Engineering Camps

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

Stony Brook University— Garcia Scholars Summer Research Program

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)(various locations)

Texas A&M Aggie Stem Camp

Texas A&M Camp ARCH(architecture, construction, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual design)

Texas A&M University Summer Mathematics Research Training (SMaRT Camp)

Texas Christian University High School Investor Challenge

Texas Governor’s School

Texas Musical Theatre Workshop

Texas State – Honors Summer Math Camp

Texas State University—NEXUS Musical Theatre Camp

Texas State University – Theatre Camp

Texas Tech University – Clark Scholars

UC Berkeley Pre-College Scholars Program

UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs

University of Alabama Business Majors Awareness Program

University of Alabama Student Introduction To Engineering (SITE)

University of Arizona Summer Engineering Academy

University of Colorado Boulder—Summer STEM Academies

University of Houston Bauer College of Business Camps

University of Iowa – Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP)

University of Kansas School of Engineering Project Discovery

University of Massachusetts at Amherst—Juniper Institute for Young Writers

University of Miami—Summer Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame – Leadership Seminars

University of Pennsylvania – Leadership in the Business World

University of Saint Andrews (Scotland) Summer Academic Experience

University of Southern California– Bovard Scholars

University of Southern California—Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Television, Animation & Gaming

University of Southern California—High School Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts

University of Southern California— 2 Week Summer Program (Architecture or Pre-Health)

University of Southern California— 4 Week For Credit Summer Program

University of Texas at Arlington – Entry to Engineering

University of Texas at Austin McCombs Summer High School Programs

University of Texas at San Antonio Engineering Summer Camp

University of Texas at San Antonio Architecture Camp(non-residential)

University of Toronto Youth Summer Program in Medicine

University of Virginia—Young Writer’s Workshop

U.S. Air Force Academy – Summer Seminar

U.S. Coast Guard Academy – Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)

U.S. Military Academy – Summer Leaders Experience

U.S. Naval Academy – Summer Seminar

Wake Forest Sports Medicine Institute

Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program

Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs (Dance & Theater)

Washington University in St. Louis Portfolio Plus Program

Wharton School – Leadership in the Business World(University of Pennsylvania)

Wonder Works – University of Houston Architecture

Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics (YSPA)

Yale Young Global Scholars

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