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Best Colleges seeks to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, they build user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree.
Use the College Planning and College Search tabs to access college planning tools, including a comprehensive college search engine, career and majors information, an application calendar, essay-writing advice, and financial planning and aid resources.
Search 1,800+ colleges by location, size, cost, and majors; obtain detailed college profiles with data on enrollment, admission rates, qualifications of recently enrolled freshmen, costs, etc.
This site provides in-depth information about different college majors and career choices.
College Navigator provides information on nearly 7,000 colleges and universities,including information on campus safety, financial aid, accreditation, graduation rates and more.
This site provides graduation rates and comparisons for four-year U.S. colleges and universities.
This non-profit organization advances and supports a student-centered college searchprocess. Advice is given to help families take the emphasis off college names and prestige and to focus on how a student’s needs and desires “fit” with a school’s mission and identity.
College Toolkit provides online tools to research schools and scholarships, take a career assessment test, learn about financial aid options, and explain the FAFSA application.
This website provides information on college selection, financial aid, application advice, campus life, careers and majors. Scheduled online chats with college admission offices are offered, too.
Discover Different Types of Business Degrees
This website provides information on college selection, specifically pertaining to Business related degrees.
This site includes a college planning timeline, research tools to learn about colleges and graduate school programs, an application profile tool to assist in the completion of applications, an Expected Family Contribution calculator, and information on financing a college education.
Sponsored by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, Fair Test lists over 830 colleges and universities that do not require the SAT or ACT test scores in the admissions process.
This site offers college searches and ads for TPR’s publications, software, and services.
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) provides concise, web- based, consumer-friendly information on individual private colleges and universities.
“The news magazine admissions professionals love to hate” has a major net presence with their annual “Ranking the Colleges” issue online.
(St. David’s School code for the ACT and SAT: 343-236)
Free practice tests for AP, CLEP, ACT, SAT, PSAT and GED.
Use the College Planning and College Search tabs to access college planning tools, including a comprehensive college search engine, career and majors information, an application calendar, essay-writing advice, and financial planning and aid resources.
Kaplan’s products and services are offered, including some that are web-only and free. A highlight is the fee-based, online SAT prep course.
Online test prep
Learn how to assess yourself, understand college requirements, and prep for standardized tests.
College Board offers information on understanding college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing. It is also home to the CSS/Financial Aid application service used to determine eligibility for non-federal student aid funds.
This site provides financial assistance information and various other college and career searches particularly geared toward North Carolina colleges and universities.
This is the federal financial aid website which, among other things, allows you to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. (See also p.83 in College Match.)
FAFSA Forecaster provides an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.
This website offers a guide to federal student aid.
This NASFAA-sponsored financial aid information site is the “bible” for all financial aid information. It’s hard to imagine anything related to financial aid that’s not included here, with links ranging from institutions to government to scholarship and scam alerts. The EFC estimator (estimates the family contribution using either federal methodology or typical institutional methodology) and the access to Fast Web (see below) are highlights of this site.
To use this site, a student completes a detailed profile. FastWeb responds with a list of matching award programs, saves a student’s profile, and emails new sources of merit aid to the student’s online “mailbox.” Students can generate a form letter for requesting applications and further information about an award program and then print the letter directly from their web browsers.
A national data base of scholarships listed by major and special interests.
This resource provides facts regarding the college funding process through free seminars in a variety of venues, assesses your family’s financial aid eligibility and makes appropriate recommendations through a free personal assessment consultation, counsels your family in order to optimize the children’s financial aid eligibility, and offloads the task of completing your FAFSA and CSS profile forms.
This site provides a comprehensive, interactive overview of the entire college financing process and access to important college financing tools.
A comprehensive directory of merit and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.
My College Advisor provides approximate costs of attending college.
This resource provides a listing of local scholarships and grants available to students.
Most scholarships and grants today are awarded at the very end of high school. Raise.me empowers students to earn “Micro-Scholarships” all throughout high school for their individual achievements, creating a more transparent and motivational process while enabling the students to see the guaranteed minimum amount of aid they’ll receive from an institution long before they apply. So far, over 60 institutions across the country have partnered with Raise.me to provide millions of dollars in grant aid to help students achieve their college ambitions with greater ease and clarity.
The nation’s largest provider of federal and private student loans offers information about saving, planning, and paying for college.
This site helps students rank scholarships, grants, and financial aid information in order of unique fit and highest likelihood of success.
With a free directory of scholarships, grants, and awards, this site offers tips, advice, tricks, and tools for line searches for scholarships and financial aid.
Scholarships, grants, and contests.
Sponsored by SallieMae, this free college savings program offers monetary rewards for everyday purchases from member merchants.
529 College Savings Plans
These sites offer details about various 529 tax-free savings plans for education financing.
This article provides an introduction to the process of applying to a military academy, covering details ranging from the nomination process to the stringent physical requirements.
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Adelphi University’s pre-college programs allow students to explore chosen subject areas and substantially strengthen their skills while being part of a challenging university-based learning community. Programs cover Business; Computer Game Design and Programming; Emergency Services Administration; Exploring the Sciences and Health Professions; Fundamentals of Robotics; Nursing; Dance; Jazz; Cinema; and Musical Theatre.
The Community of Scholars program is a rigorous college-credit summer program designed for students entering their junior and senior years of high school. The Community of Scholars offers academically outstanding students the chance to broaden their understanding of international relations by enrolling in a three-credit college class designed just for them. Students admitted to this program sample the undergraduate experience and take advantage of what the School of International Service (SIS) has to offer.
Discover the World of Communication is open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, including those students entering 9th grade in the fall. Classesare taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals. Activities, guest speakers, events, and field trips occur regularly throughout the summer. Past trips include a Washington Post editorial meeting, a Nationals baseball game, a behind the scenes visit to NBC, interviews at National Public Radio, a visit to the Newseum and AFI.
Appalachian State University offers a five-day summer residential camp experience where students work with real human skeletons in the osteology laboratory. Subjects covered include human skeletal and dental anatomy; bone and tooth biology; osseous and dental pathology; constructing an osteobiography; and identification techniques such as age at death, sex, stature, body mass, ethnic background, and trauma analysis.
Appalachian State University offers a five-day summer residential camp experience where students receive hands-on experience studying the major organ systems of the body, as well as discuss diseases and injuries that affect these systems. Subjects covered include skeleton and human anatomy; introduction to surgery, suturing, and injections; working with microscopes; the cardio-vascular system; pulmonary testing and ECG, BP, and HR testing; animal eye, kidney, and heart dissection; the urinary system and urine analysis; and the endocrine system and blood glucose testing.
The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) has a solid history of inspiring students through exploration of the business world. The MGSI seeks students who have a sincere interest in business as a college major and demonstrate leadership potential. Some candidates have an entrepreneurial spirit, or have unique or extensive part-time work experience. Also consider your most competitive students among under-represented groups and populations. Interested students should demonstrate academic achievement.
Students who embrace and appreciate new people, opportunities and experiences are ideal for MGSI. They should also be well-prepared to be away from home and able to manage a demanding schedule.
Unique aspects of MGSI
- Unlike most summer opportunities, MGSI combines a residential experience with out-of-state travel. The program concludes with a trip to Washington, DC and New York City.
- Each MGSI class is small. Twenty-four students from across North Carolina are selected. The group size provides a much more intimate, personal experience for each participant.
- It is quite affordable considering the extensive travel, excursions and activities; tuition is $1,500 plus a meal plan fee (approximately $300 based on 2014 costs). Need-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants.
Which students are well suited for MGSI?
- We are seeking students who have a sincere interest in business as a college major and demonstrated leadership potential. Some candidates have an entrepreneurial spirit, or have unique or extensive part-time work experience. Also consider your most competitive students among under-represented groups and populations. Interested students should demonstrate academic achievement.
- Students who embrace and appreciate new people, opportunities and experiences are ideal for MGSI. They should also be well-prepared to be away from home and able to manage a demanding schedule.
Art Institute of Boston The Young Artist in Residency program at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is designed for high school students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school. This intensive program of four weeks of courses and image making is designed to offer a professional art college experience and open pathways to a career in art or design. Students study with college professors and graduates of AIB. Students experience Boston and New England summer while living in residence halls minutes from Harvard Square, just across the river from the AIB studios. For more information, visit: www.aiboston.edu/yar/2013
Designed for teens entering 9th-12th grades, each week-long session will teach the students the fundamentals of the fashion industry by providing an insider’s perspective. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Enrich your academic experience and get a head start on college in the world’s greatest city. Barnard offers opportunities to discover New York City in and out of the classroom while taking fascinating classes with world-renowned faculty, exploring careers and interests from architecture to outer space, making friends from around the world, and getting a head start on college applications through an admissions workshop.
This summer pre-college program at Barnard College provides young women with a chance to examine the complex relationship between gender and leadership, learn practical skills in the Leadership Lab, and meet women in the workplace through Leaders in Action.
PROMYS is intensive experience in creative mathematical exploration for ambitious high school students with an exceptionally strong interest in mathematics. This six-week residential program provides an environment for young people that will arouse their curiosity and encourage a deep involvement with the creative elements of mathematics and fosters interaction with research mathematicians and scientists currently working in academia and industry.
This summer, preview the college experience at one of the world’s top teaching and research universities—in one of the most exciting U.S. cities. Boston University Summer Term invites you to check out four summer high school programs that challenge students intellectually and introduce them to college life: High School Honors Program; Research Internship in Science & Engineering; Summer Challenge; and Summer Preview. Each program offer students the chance to learn and explore new subjects while bonding with other students through fun social activities on campus and around Boston.
Students develop and apply knowledge and understanding of complex global issues through case studies, lectures, films, discussions and group projects In class, on the ropes course, and in evening workshops, students learn and practice leadership skills including public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork. Each attendee creates an Action Plan that applies their strengths, passions, knowledge and skills to serve others and effect change in their world. Leadership Institute alumni return to their communities as part of a network of skilled social activities.
Broyhill Leadership Conference is a five-day, four-night conference conducted each summer since 1982. The conference is designed for students in grades 10-12. Although not a requirement to attend, many conference participants are from student organizations such as Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, ROTC, and other clubs. Participants come from both public and private schools and are primarily from North and South Carolina.
Six distinct pre-college programs offer students the opportunity to explore architecture, art, design, drama, music, or the National High School Game Academy to prepare for study at the college level. Students may also take two challenging college courses in order to gain advance placement credit. These programs introduce students to life at Carnegie Mellon, offering the opportunity to meet students from all over the world, be inspired by world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus life, and explore the city of Pittsburgh. Students must have completed their sophomore year.
Each institute explores a particular area of study and allows students to gain a deeper sense of the field, and perhaps their intended major. Summer programs in business, theology, architecture, and drama offer participants a collegiate experience in a Capital location with plenty of opportunities in leadership development.
Carolina Master Scholars presents Adventure Series for rising 6th-12th graders. Academically talented students from across the country enjoy serious fun while studying. Innovative, small-sized classes are taught in one week sessions by some of USC’s most renowned faculty. Acceptance is considered selective, and enrollment in each course is limited.
CIA’s two-week Pre-College residential program offers an experiential approach to problem solving, creating, and collaborating. Each day, students learn from top professionals and instructors as they work alongside other students from around the country who share their passions. Students work in the studio daily and have the opportunity to explore the cultural, world-class museums and institutions that surround CIA in University Circle. Thirteen different programs are offered, including animation, biomedical art/anatomy for the artist, ceramics, contemporary jewelry, digital imaging, exploring identity through print and enamel, foundation in art and design, game design, glassblowing, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and the poetry of painting.
Five two-week summer programs for teens age 16-19 with Asperger’s, attention deficit disorder and other learning differences. Programs will be held on the campuses of highly-rated colleges and universities, including Elms College, UC Berkeley, IU Bloomington, Florida Tech and the University of Buffalo. Each is designed to help prepare students for the transition from high school to college or careers.
COLLEGE VISITS offers the college bound student a first-hand look at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Because of our experience in working with a multitude of higher education institutions, we are able to obtain meetings with admissions representatives, student led tours, and campus housing. This helps to take the hassle and worry away from the student and parents in organizing a family visit. COLLEGE VISITS tours cover all aspects of college life. We tour small, medium and large schools, rural and urban, and public and private schools. Our tours cover almost every region of the U.S., so if there is a particular school or region you are interested in, chances are COLLEGE VISITS goes there.
This immersive course will offer a variety of approaches to studying the past, but the chief feature will be classes conducted “on site” at the abundant historic places in the Chesapeake region. Readings and classroom work at the College will set the stage for the site visits by providing essential background on the wider context of American development.
The High School Summer Institute is an intensive 3-week program for creative high school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study and who want to immerse themselves in the visual, media, and communication arts. Students explore their ideas, develop the technical skills that bring their ideas to life, and earn college credit while they’re at it.
Columbia University offers rigorous summer pre-college academic programs in New York City, Barcelona, and the Middle East for students entering grades 9 through 12 or their freshman year of college. Students experience college life while meeting other highly motivated high school students from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to broaden their own world view.
This workshop is for those interested in exploring the world of forensic science by securing a crime scene, gathering clues and processing evidence in science labs. Students will consider real cases and then work with Converse faculty to analyze similar evidence from fictional cases. They’ll hear from forensics experts and spend an afternoon touring the Spartanburg Crime Lab. This week-long experience will develop analytical thinking and problem-solving skills in the context of intriguing and sometimes surprising evidence.
July Experience is a pre-college summer enrichment program for rising high school junior and seniors. This 3-week residential program is sponsored by Davidson College and offers a preview of college life on one of the most beautiful residential campuses in the Southeast. Students enroll in two courses representing two different subject areas selected from several liberal arts disciplines. Classes meet for 90 minute periods each weekday with additional laboratory sessions in selected courses. Professors develop strong relationships with students and are available to meet them outside of class to enhance understanding or pursue additional interests.
The Field Studies and Institutes offer challenging educational adventures to motivated, dedicated, and talented high school students. Students may study at Duke University, Eckerd College, or in one of several countries around the world. Two-week courses cover Math and Sciences, Humanities, Social Studies, and the Law.
Curriculum for girls in grades 5-7 includes experiments and lab activities in the Duke University Science laboratories; hands-on field science in Duke Forest; mini-course in Environmental Forensics; building, testing, and measuring traditional and alternative energy devices; design and production of lip balms and participation in Consumer Reports product testing at the Lip Balm Labs.
Students in grades 9-11 participate in hands-on applied problem solving activities and labs in Pratt School of Engineering and Duke Medical Center labs. Topics covered include biomechanics, biomedical imaging, electrobiology, and bimolecular and tissue engineering. Students also participate in a collaborative team capstone design project as well as workshops covering Engineering Ethics and Communication and Engineering and Biosciences Careers.
Students in grades 6-8 participate in hands-on lab experiments in Pratt School of Engineering and Duke Medical Center labs. Topics covered include sensing, mechanics, communication, and energy. Students also visit the Duke Primate Center.
Students in grades 5-8 create video games, storyboards, and interactive projects while learning computer concepts, techniques, and programming skills that can be applied in more advanced programming. Emphasis is placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills, building teamwork and collaboration skills, improving presentation skills, and having fun while learning to program.
Students receive one-on-one advising while learning to write the college application essay, ask the right questions, navigate the college visit and interview, and use the web as a tool. Students will also learn SAT tips and participate in panel discussions.
The purpose of this scholarship is to improve creative writing skills in a community of advanced writers with individual consultation with instructors selected to best match students’ genre and learning style. Students share their work with peers for support and feedback. Time is set aside daily for reflection, recreation, and socializing.
Participants examine what it means to be a citizen while deepening their knowledge of the importance of public leadership and civic responsibility. As students develop a more fervent, lifelong commitment to public service, they will examine their own ethical and moral beliefs and develop an appreciation of views that differ from their own. Students can expect to acquire skills or organize, direct and enact change in their schools, communities, nation and the world.
Elements of the program include: aligning with common core state standards in mathematical practices; modeling and real-world applications; graphing; problem solving strategies; games and puzzles; logic and reasoning; and co-curricular social and recreational activities.
With topics ranging from Twitter to Nietzsche and everything in between!
In this three-week-long session, participants enhance academic writing skills; become familiar with MLA and Chicago style citation; learn how to assess, evaluate, manage and use information from multiple resources; and create digital stories using iMovie, GarageBand and other programs. Campers will gain a better understanding of Fair Use and Intellectual Property Rights while building teamwork and collaboration skills.
High school writers explore blogging, micro-fiction, and song/rap lyric writing. Classes teach the basics of composition - how to initiate, plan, develop, organize, and revise and edit one's writing – and the core “rules” of writing - finding and developing a writer’s focus, purpose, and individual voice; techniques for developing and organizing one’s work; a sense of the structure of various genres of composition; and an understanding of audience. Small class sizes allow instructors to give concrete, specific oral and written feedback as to what students are doing well and on what pupils need to work on in their compositions.
The Summer Scholars Program is designed for intelligent, gifted young men and women who aim to become not just successful employees, but fully human persons, as God intended. More specifically, this is an opportunity to sample a special kind of college education –a kind that aspires not only to prepare its students for prosperous careers, but to investigate the meaning of a truly good life: a life of honest self-examination, truth-seeking, delighting in what is True, Good, Beautiful, and formation into the image of Jesus Christ. There are two dates for this program and scholarships are available.
The goal of the Economics for Leaders program is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting our nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our well being in the future. The Foundation for Teaching Economics is committed to finding and nurturing those budding leaders. Camps are held at various colleges and universities across the country.
The Emory Pre-College Program is a summer academic program for high school students. It gives college-bound rising juniors and seniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students may explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students, and earn transferable college credit. Two-week non-credit courses, and six-week credit courses are available.
This exciting and innovative week-long program features sessions with local, state and national governmental leaders as well as members of the faculty of Furman's Department of Political Science. Students attend lectures, participate in off-campus trips, and interact with speakers and faculty individually and in small-group session. Participants develop plans for student-led projects addressing needs in their communities. They return home to work with local residents and peers on the implementation of their projects. During the following spring, students are invited to return to Furman to present their completed projects. The program is offered free of charge to a select group of rising high school seniors who want to get involved and make a difference in the world. For more information, visit:
Stimulate your creativity and sharpen your performance skills at Furman’s Summer Keyboard Institute. Open to pianists and organists ages 12-18, the Institute provides a unique major and minor style of study that allows students to focus on the keyboard topics that interest them most.
Challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates, laboratory research, field trips, and more!
The Future Leader Camp (FLC) is a two-week summer program dedicated to developing the leadership potential of current high school students. FLC provides participants with a challenging and meaningful adventure camp experience while building an understanding of small-group leadership techniques, leadership ethics, team work, problem-solving and effective communication.
The Game Experience is designed by video game developers to allow students to explore their passion. Experience the video game industry and connect with fellow gamers for a summer in Seattle! Day and Overnight camps are available for Grades 10-12 at the University of Washington Seattle.
High school students explore their academic interests at a top research university. Challenging credit and non-credit courses are enriched by the intellectual and cultural resources of Washing, DC, and taught by GW faculty and field experts. Students are empowered as they learn about themselves, experience college life, and meet new friends from across the nation and around the world.
Held on the campus of American University, this is a program for rising juniors and seniors. Through seminars, conversation, field trips and simulations, participants debate the meaning of global citizenship, explore issues that define our interconnected world, and build essential skills they will need to engage and lead us into the future.
Spend a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. Meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. Grammy Camp is a live-in music industry camp where participants with varied interests learn how the music business works. They leave with a greater sense of how they can develop a strategy that will increase their chances at having a successful career in music. Career tracks include: audio engineering, electronic music production, songwriting, vocal performance, music journalism, video production, music business, and instrumental performance.
Alongside college and adult students, students can explore subjects not available at a typical high school and earn college credit in Harvard courses. Students work with distinguished faculty, use well-equipped labs, and have access to the largest university library system in the world. Participants meet people from around the world and prepare for college by living on campus and participating in fun activities—like sports games, a trivia bowl, and dances. Students can also attend college prep workshops, a college fair, and talks by Harvard admissions staff.
Held at over 60 prestigious universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory, Vanderbilt, Duke, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, NYU, and more, ID Tech Camps provide an intensive pre-college experience in gaming, programming, visual arts, app programming, robotics engineering, filmmaking, web and graphic design, and 3D animation.
For high school juniors interested in business, YWI provides students a taste of the college experience and prepares young women for success. Selected students join approximately 30 women from around the country for a week at Indiana University in June. While living on the IU campus, students participate in workshops with top-notch IU faculty members, interact with successful Kelley alumni, meet current students, explore the IU campus, and prepare a real-world business case project.
The Ivy Scholars Program is a college-level global leadership development initiative for outstanding high school scholar-leaders sponsored by International Security Studies at Yale University and is an outreach program of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, ISS's strategic leadership education initiative dedicated to developing global leaders in government, business, public service, and education sectors for the 21st century. The Program is designed for exceptional high school student scholar-leaders who aim to become senior leaders in their home countries whether they be future presidents, prime ministers, CEOs, corporate directors, public service, civic leaders, or educators. The goal of the Program is to study and apply the lessons of the world's greatest strategists and leaders spanning over 2,500 years to contemporary and future issues of the 21st century.
Talented rising high school juniors and seniors meet students from all over the world, take classes for potential college credit, and live on campus in Baltimore, Maryland, an exciting city with lots to do – all in a carefully structured and widely acclaimed program. Immersion-style classes and personal attention from world-renowned Hopkins faculty members combine to let students dig deep into fascinating subjects. A separate Engineering Innovation program is also offered.
The JSA Summer School offers a challenging, dynamic academic experience for students who have a passion for making a difference. For over 75 years, non-partisan Junior Statesmen programs have provided unparalleled training ground for the students who will be the civic leaders of their generation. With programs at Georgetown, Stanford and Princeton, the Junior Statesman Summer School provides an advanced college curriculum, dynamic skills-based leadership activities, and interactive sessions with prominent politicians, journalists, academicians and other opinion leaders.
The Summer Academy is a week-long camp designed for students who love ideas and want to understand the philosophical foundations of modern society. Through original source readings, lectures, and discussions you will broaden your understanding of the ideas that animate our society. You will experience New York City through visits to museums, historic sites, activities, discussions, and other attractions. Summer Academy students can choose to study under one of the following concentrations: Political Economy, Media and Journalism, or Leadership.
Whether a student has studied world languages for years or doesn’t even know how to say “hello,” the Language Academy @ Wofford is open to rising 8thgraders through recently graduated high school seniors and offers two or four week residential programs in Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. Studying a foreign language in a safe and controlled immersion environment builds a student's confidence in his or her language abilities by boosting listening and speaking skills, improving vocabulary, and developing a deeper understanding of grammar. Students are also exposed to the culture of areas of the world where the language they are studying is spoken as well as cross-cultural awareness.
Lees-McRae College offers a variety of summer camps to students who seek excitement both in and out of the classroom. Academic camps include: Creative and Performing Arts, Outdoor Leadership and Adventure; Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies; and Advanced Wildlife Rehabilitation and Field Studies. Athletic camps include: softball, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse, and more. Meet other students from across the country, and enjoy summer days like no other in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
LENS is like an incubator for change-makers. Rising high school juniors and seniors learn from nationally renowned experts, who teach them how to confront complex issues and tap into their passions to develop solutions that they can then put into action and implement at home.
Rising high school juniors and seniors get a head start in college at Marist’s campus in Poughkeepsie, NY, or at their Florence, Italy location. Students in New York may study Business, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Digital Movie Making, Environmental Science, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Game Design, Spanish, Sports Communication, or Theatre. Florence campus students may pursue Fashion, Studio Art, or Interior Design.
Participants will spend all day with a faculty member (8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday) where they will get an introduction to Marlboro’s interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to college academic work. Depending on the topic, an average day might include reading and discussing an article, doing a lab experiment, writing and performing a scene, or solving a moral quandary using game theory. Groups will come together Saturday to present their discoveries to other students and faculty.
During afternoons and evenings, plan to have fun and explore Marlboro’s approach to creating intentional living communities. With college student RAs and the assistant director (who lives at the dorm), participants will help create a weekly dorm charter and contribute to planning evening activities on and off campus. In past summers, activities have ranged from game nights, to ice cream at the Chelsea Royal, to a Friday night campfire / open mic night. We ask participants to leave cell phones, tablets, computers and other screens at home, so they can be fully active and present community members.
The Pre-College Residency Program in Baltimore offers rising high school juniors and seniors a college-level art experience at MICA, a leader in art and design college education. Students live in Baltimore, at the heart of the East Coast cultural corridor, exploring the galleries and museums of both New York and Washington, DC, while they enhance their portfolio and earn three college credits.
This summer seminar gives high school women a glimpse of what college is really like, and helps them prepare for an effective college search.
This two-week summer academic program for accomplished high school students allows rising juniors and seniors to delve into a specific academic topic, engage in hands-on learning, and forge relationships with professionals in their chosen field.
The Summer Scholars Program at the University of Miami offers academically-motivated high school sophomores and juniors the ability to sample college life, explore one of 16 exciting programs taught by UM’s distinguished faculty, and take classes and form friendships from around the world. In addition to the hands-on campus experience, students leave the three-week program with six college credits – a jump start on their college education.
The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy is the nation’s premier summer language program. It takes place on prestigious college campuses across the United States for rising 8th through 12th grade students. The MMLA program advances students' language proficiency, covering up to a year of study in a month.
MIT offers a variety of specialized programs on campus for high school students including but not limited to the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science, Research Science Institute and Women’s Technology Programs.
The National Student Leadership Conference has a unique partnership with American University to offer college credits for high school summer programs. The American University is distinguished as a premier global university and known for turning “ideas into action and action into service.” As a result of this NSLC/AU alliance, students attending the NSLC’s high school summer programs have the opportunity to earn college credit from American University. This credit option enhances students’ education within the framework of the program experience, without interrupting NSLC activities.
New York University Precollege Program
NYU Precollege offers students to immerse themselves in the college experience with a six-week program that provides intensive learning opportunities and helps students develop writing skills through a fee writing workshop. Students will earn college credit by taking courses with current NYU students and live in on-campus housing.
Design Day Camp exposes rising 10th and 11th grade students and Design Camp Overnight exposes rising 11th and 12th grade to career choices in design, experience in creative problem solving, and exposure to design study at the college level. Students will complete a series of projects in Architecture, Art & Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture.
The College of Engineering offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience engineering, science, and technology through week-long residential programs in a variety of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Autonomous Robotics, Biological Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Civil & Construction Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science & Engineering, and Wolfpack Motorsports.
The NC State University NC-MSEN Pre-College Program offers a 2-week summer program on NC State’s campus. The program provides classes in math, science, robotics, communications, and career awareness for middle and high school students. The main focus of the program is to prepare students for the math course they are taking in the fall. Students are grouped together according to their current math class. Middle school students must attend the full-day program while high school students have the option to attend for a half-day or a full-day. Lunch is provided each day for students who attend the full-day program. Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to participate in this program.
North Carolina State University Polymer Day Camp
The Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers and Fibers Workshop is designed for high-school students interested in physical sciences and engineering and attending NC State University.
The Shelton Leadership Challenge Institute is a residential program for students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. The program is an intense one-week experience for youth who are current leaders and aspire to be greater leaders in the future. Participants will explore areas of values-based leadership, integrity, team building, public speaking, and social responsibility. This program is available on several different college campuses.
STEP is a residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors to experience a taste of NC State life by working with professors in a project area of their interest. The project choices include apparel design, business/marketing, chemistry, computer science, and engineering.
North Carolina State University VetCAMP
VetCAMP is for high school students taking place June 27th- July 1 from 9 am-5 pm. This camp is designed to allow pre-veterinary high school students to delve into the immense field of veterinary medicine. Students will hear from veterinarians in many different fields and take a behind the scenes tour of the NC State University Vet School. Lessons will be given on veterinary clinic basics, surgery, dissections and anatomy.
North Carolina State University Young Investigators in Nuclear Technology
Young Investigators in Nuclear Technology is a residential experience that engages participants in the role that nuclear technologies play in meeting the needs of society and solving everyday problems. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors and graduating seniors. Participants will learn about: the development of energy sources for the U.S.; the detection of environmental pollutants; and how nuclear methods are revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatments.
Several opportunities exist within this program including by not limited to Leadership Seminars, Summer Scholars, and Study Abroad opportunities in Rome and Ireland.
This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art skills as well as students with limited art training are invited to participate.
Summer School at Phillips Exeter Academy welcomes more than 780 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields. Typically, students come from more than forty states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and forty-five foreign nations. Together, they embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion, and race. Curriculum offers students a wide variety of academy opportunities, and classes are small with students engaged in seminar discussions that promote intellectual inquiry and collaborative discourse. For an additional fee, Upper School students may also enroll in the Academic Approach SAT or ACT Preparation course.
Students may experience college-level study in both college credit-bearing and non-credit courses in a wide array of art and design courses while exploring art, design, architecture, creative writing, critical and visual studies or construction management. Participants develop a body of work for their college admissions portfolio while working with students who share their interests.
Imagine a place where students use their unique talents in theater, writing, economics, science, philosophy, history, or music to become effective environmental leaders and help change the world.
This is a two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields, and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions. Applications are due in March.
For one month you will eat, breathe, and live art and design. Most importantly, PreCollege will help you become a creative thinker and doer. In four weeks, you will not only improve as an artist, you will also have the chance to strengthen your portfolio for college admission and scholarships.
Summer programs at SCAD are for participants of all ages to pursue art and design disciplines and work alongside peers from all over the world. With exceptional facilities, extensive equipment, and inspirational settings, SCAD summer programs offer ideal opportunities for artists at all levels to create, learn, and grow. Pre-college: Rising Star is a five-week residential program that awards college credit to rising high school seniors who are ready for a pre-college experience in Savannah. SCAD Summer Seminars are residential or non-residential, non-credit workshops designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to explore a variety of creative disciplines across the SCAD curriculum in Atlanta and Savannah.
The ECP Summer Institute offers high school students a challenging curriculum, evening workshops, and outstanding studio facilities. Students don’t start with the basics, but build on their already gained knowledge, allowing them to work at a more sophisticated level. Students may choose an area that is new to them, but all students should have prior experience in the arts. Students enrolled in the Summer Institute should be prepared to make an active and intensive commitment to the study of art and design.
SMFA’s rigorous program is unique in its focus on making, sharing and living art. The Pre-College Summer Studio will immerse students in an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking. Students will be exposed to studio art in numerous disciplines and, at the same time, be given the flexibility to navigate their own individual paths. Conceptual thinking, experimentation, collaboration, critique, discussion and community engagement are encouraged throughout each discipline. Five college credits are awarded upon completion of the program.
The Shelton Leadership Challenge at Hampden-Sydney College is a six-day summer residential experience where young men explore the cornerstones of values-based leadership - honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility - through problem-solving and team-building activities, ropes courses, and service projects. The curriculum includes
- Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics
- Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership
- Leadership Traits and Approaches
- Teambuilding and Empowering Others
- Civic and Social Responsibility
- Goal Setting
Smith College offers summer programs that are intellectually stimulating for young women who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond. The learning environment is hands-on, collaborative, exploratory, challenging and rich in role models.
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate in a variety of summer programs in areas such as architecture, business, dance, engineering, journalism and more!
Stanford’s programs offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers. Students in the residential programs get a taste of college life on Stanford’s campus. Programs include High School Summer College, Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Youth Orchestra and many more.
During this one-week program, local entrepreneur Scott Kelly and team will lead dozens of high school students on an adventure to engage business leaders, perform community service, eat at cool restaurants, and learn how to present an internship proposal to an organization.
Summer Discovery offers two to six week pre-college enrichment and college prep programs, as well as business institutes for high school students on 12 campuses in five countries. In addition, Jr. Discovery offers middle school enrichment programs. Programs vary and include language immersion, research mentorship, intensive business, sport management, intensive golf and tennis, fitness and conditioning, college tours, and ESL and TOEFL programs.
SIG offers unique programming for gifted and academically talented students where they can connect with peers who share common interests, abilities and goals in a safe and secure residential learning environment. Residential programs are held on the following campuses: Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Emory University, Princeton University, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UT Austin, Vassar College, and Yale University. University Prep programs include SAT prep and college tours and are held at University of Chicago and Yale University.
Summer Scholars offers exciting enrichment programs for academically talented middle and high school students. Challenging courses, fun recreational and cultural activities, and plenty of new friends make for an unforgettable summer experience! Specialized full or half-day classes are combined with evening and weekend activities such as nature studies, campus tours, small group discussions with Clemson faculty members, and career and educational guidance.
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics (SVSM) is a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who may pursue careers based in science and mathematics. The program brings rising juniors and seniors together in residential settings for intensive study. A statewide program of the University of North Carolina system, SVSM is administered by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Five campuses of the university system host the SVSM institutes.
Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students provides current sophomores and juniors the opportunity to jump-start their college career. With over 50 courses and programs – from two to six weeks in length – students can explore possible college majors while studying with university faculty and instructions.
This week-long workshop in the legislative process is sponsored by the North Carolina American Legion Auxiliary. Some 300 of North Carolina’s most promising rising high school senior girls come from every part of the state to learn about and participate in various parts of government.
Career explorations offers students a short, intensive and engaging introduction to architecture. As high schoolers consider careers, they may not yet have been exposed to the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation, and professional training that forms an architectural education. Students will spend three weeks exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture with Tulane professors and local practicing architects. Lectures, studio time, digital workshops, field trips, discussions, and critiques will be supplemented by regular design exercises to be completed outside class time.
Whether you’re intrigued by languages, law, or the latest laboratory techniques, Summer Session courses at the University of Chicago offer an exciting array of one-of-a-kind learning experiences. These dynamic and challenging courses offer the chance to experience firsthand the highest caliber of college life and put talents to the test in an atmosphere that demands nothing less than a student’s best.
This program is open to rising juniors, seniors and college freshmen interested in the veterinary profession. VetCamp will house up to 52 high school students on UGA’s campus for seven days. During the program, students will be involved in various activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, providing mentorship and helping them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path.
The UNCW Summer Jazz workshop has established itself as the premier summer workshop for jazz study in North Carolina for middle and high school student musicians. Directed by noted music educator Frank Bongiorno, the workshop provides students an opportunity not only to mingle with and learn from gifted educators and professional performers, but also to enjoy an intensive week-long event of music making and jazz study in an intimate and supportive environment.
This week-long summer program strengthens participants’ leadership skills and teaches them how to navigate the college application process.
US Performing Arts is associated with some of the finest university facilities in the nation. Exposure to a campus setting adds a stimulating, cultural dimension to a student’s experience and provides a secure, safe environment. Students may elect to stay for multiple weeks in one program or take another offering, enrolling in as many weeks as desired. Locations include Georgetown University, NY City – DNA Studios and Pace University, Oberlin College, Pepperdine University, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, Stanford University, Texas Christian University, UCLA, and University of Massachusetts.
The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is a hands-on learning experience built to provide real-world knowledge and a comprehensive view of an academic field of study.
The five-week High School Summer Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to enroll in two college courses for credit, transferable to most accredited universities, in order to develop academic skills through specialized seminars. The Summer Institutes allows students to explore one of several areas of interest – Writing, Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, and Business – under the guidance of Washington University instructors. Both programs provide students with the opportunity to live in a residence hall and enjoy social and cultural opportunities with students from around the world.
Are you passionate about art or architecture? These pre-college programs – architecture discovery program and portfolio plus program – give high school students the opportunity to develop skills that are fundamental to these fields while producing work in a real studio under the guidance of WUSTL faculty.
WPI Frontiers is a residential research and learning experience for rising juniors and seniors that blends science, technology, and engineering programs with humanities and arts workshops as well as a full schedule of social activities. WPI Launch is a five-day learning and research opportunity designed for rising freshmen and sophomores offering workshops in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, interactive media and game development, or robotics.
Learn from leading authorities in policy, politics, and international affairs, reading from primary resources and participating in lively team exercises and simulations. Gain invaluable instruction in university-level writing and make friends from all around the world. As an official Yale University program, participants can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale’s historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, engaging with world-renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners.
Workshop participants will learn from professional writers through daily critique sessions, writing workshops, craft discussions, panels and readings. The hands-on approach will include personal instruction to help writers recognize their strengths, potential, and avenues for successful writing, editing and publishing.
These programs combine hands-on learning, cooperative living and adventure travel throughout the world to ignite the inherent leadership skills within young adults.
Adventure Treks is all about making memories, fostering lifelong friendships, and creating more confident young men and women through amazing outdoor adventures. Students learn independence, optimism, resilience, and employable life skills while building self-confidence and broadening their horizons.
Broadreach offers experiential summer adventures for teenagers including scuba, sailing, multi-sport and wilderness programs that span the globe. Programs focus on individual initiative, group dynamics and genuine participation in the world while promoting teamwork, leadership, compromise and consideration.
Lees-McRae College offers a variety of summer camps to students who seek excitement both in and out of the classroom. Meet other students from across the country, and enjoy summer days like no other in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Since 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound has delivered challenging wilderness adventures that teach more than outdoor skills. Outward Bound courses can help students learn the value of teamwork, discover their leadership abilities, find inspiration and feel a sense of accomplishment. Outward Bound’s mission is to inspire people to discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others and the world around them through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings.
The Road Less Traveled offers a summer experience where young people engage in a service of presence and active listening in the world. The program encourages involvement and cultivates leadership, excellence and professionalism, openness and sensitivity, initiative, communal participation, and social activism.
Students spend a fun-filled, high-flying, academically-challenging week in Aiken, SC, enjoying flights and flight simulations, field trips to Shaw Air Force Base and aircraft manufacturing facilities, courses on aviation history, physics, and aircraft maintenance, and more.
The Spark of Hope Challenge is a leadership development program for high school students in the last two years of secondary school. It is an incredible opportunity for students to translate social justice learning into actual, meaningful impact in the real world.
SEA Summer Seminars are modeled after SEA’s undergraduate SEA Semester program but are specifically designed for high school students. These 3-week academic programs balance on-shore research and team building with oceanographic research aboard a traditional sailing vessel. Program offerings include Science at Sea, Oceanography of the Southern California Bight, and Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine.
These are a sampling of available programs and do not imply any endorsement by St. David's School.
For insights into the value of a well-planned gap year, consider Brief but Spectacular, a PBS news segment on the value of a gap year.
Join a Gap experience that offers learning and interning in Washington, D.C. and discover who you want to be.
This website includes great information on gap programs and provides a list of currently accredited AGA members.
Funded jointly by the US Congress and the German Bundestag, CIEE is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that provides a full scholarship exchange program annually to 250 American students to live and study in Germany. Students live in a host family, become fluent in German, and attend high school for a full year. Previous German experience is NOT required. Applicants must be high school students at the time of application.
GCY is a gap year program that provides a fully immersive international experience for young people between high school and college. Students become part of a local “host family” and community and work alongside that community in local projects in education, environment, and social enterprise internships. Over time, they learn not only a new language, but more importantly are able to see the world with new eyes. And when they come home, it is with a foundation of empathy that informs their leadership and worldview. GCY is an accredited and award-winning program currently in four countries: Brazil, Ecuador, India and Senegal. Reference information: The Best Freshman Year Is A Gap Year.
Dragons is dedicated to cross-cultural education because they believe that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders when considering the implications of resource scarcity on a global community. Their courses are designed to help young adults develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competencies to be active participants in this conversation.
ACA offers two- to four-week adventure travel programs stateside and overseas that include challenging courses taught by engaging academic professionals. Trips to must-see landmarks, specialized meal plans, semi-private sports instruction, and classes earning college credit are all part of the ACA experience.
These programs offer a firsthand experience with another country’s culture and way of life, as well as an opportunity to improve foreign language skills. Homestays are available in Australia, France, Spain, and Germany.
Broadreach offers experiential summer adventures for teenagers including scuba, sailing, multi-sport and wilderness programs that span the globe. Programs focus on individual initiative, group dynamics and genuine participation in the world while promoting teamwork, leadership, compromise and consideration.
This program provides a unique opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to earn three college credits from Hillsdale College while also traveling to cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad.
A summer with The Experiment is not a trip or a tour. Each program, in 30 countries world-wide, challenges students to develop a close connection with the people and culture of another country. Students experience daily life firsthand within a caring host family and as part of a diverse group sharing a fun and thought-provoking adventure. Through homestays, adventure travel, experiential learning, and language immersion, students build leadership and communication skills, gain essential international experience, increase their self-confidence, and enhance global awareness. For three, four, or five weeks, Experimenters travel in small groups and engage directly in a new culture through community service, language study, travel, ecology, the arts, cooking, photography, theater, or outdoor adventure.
Lifeworks offers summer programs and camps for teens that combine adventure travel, cultural immersion, community service, and global education during extraordinary expeditions around the world. Lifeworks is not a typical teen summer camp, but rather a community service adventure program.
This program offers rising high school juniors and seniors a college-level studio experience in the tradition of MICA’s renowned study abroad programs. Students live and study in the Monte Amiata region of Italy while they draw and paint the landscape. Field trips to Florence and other cultural venues throughout the region provide insight into the Renaissance and its continuing influence on modern and contemporary art. Students earn two college credits.
Oxbridge offers summer study programs featuring imaginative teaching, experiential learning and cultural enrichment in exciting cities across the globe – Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, and New York City.
Oxford Tutorial University offers a summer course each July at Brasenose College, Oxford. The program features a wide selection of academically-relevant courses, creative workshop options, opportunities to explore the many treasures of Oxford, and visits to some of the premier heritage sites in England. Applications are invited from students who are setting their sights on a competitive college placement and who wish to gain new perspectives and develop their academic skills in an historic and inspiring environment.
Teen Summer Workshops are designed for students aged 14-19 to pursue art and design disciplines and work alongside their peers in SCAD Hong Kong’s outstanding educational facilities.
Located in the historic town of Spoleto, Italy, this 4½ week program offers students an opportunity to explore the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Italy; to work closely with talented faculty and motivated peers from around the world; and to grow artistically, academically, and personally while studying vocal music, photography, visual arts, creative writing and/or drama.
UBC Summer Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for international high school students to learn about environmental science and sustainability at one of the world’s leading universities. Students live and learn in Kelowna, BC, while exploring one of Canada’s most scenic regions. Students are taught by top UBCV professors in daily lectures examining a range of topics from water and forest management to urban planning. Outside of the classroom, students apply these concepts through interactive field research, gaining hands-on experience in the mountains, lakes, and forests of the Okanagan Valley.
Students study abroad with University of Dallas faculty on their popular Shakespeare in Italy program.
Windsor Mountain specializes in creating fun and enriching programs involving community building, leadership development, outdoor adventure, language learning, cultural understanding, and environmental awareness. Students travel simply, allowing them to experience each culture from the ground level, which enhances the authenticity of the programs. Through life-changing travel experiences, travelers grow and learn interpersonal skills that they carry with them long after their return. Each adventure imparts appropriate risk-taking, respect and responsibility.
Dragons is dedicated to cross-cultural education due to the belief that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders when considering the implications of resource scarcity on a global community. Courses are designed to help young adults develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competencies to be active participants in this conversation.
AIM is a challenging summer program for high school juniors interested in serving their country and exploring technical degree programs. For six action-packed days, participants are immersed in Coast Guard tradition and Academy life.
This week-long immersion program in academic, military and social life is for those considering West Point. Students will explore West Point from all angles, including some intense military training and athletic activities. It is the best way to gauge the challenges a student encounters as a cadet, and participants will get a good sense of whether West Point is the right fit.
The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches students about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. Students who think they may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving their country as an officer should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy's Summer Seminar.
The United States Naval Academy Summer STEM Program focuses on four areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This one-week program is designed to encourage rising 8th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college.
Collegebeat…is a newsletter published monthly throughout the academic year by the College Counseling office. It is packed with information to help students and parents through the college preparation, search, and admissions process. Regular features include student accolades, scholarship spotlights, trends in college admissions, standardized testing schedules and tips, summer opportunities, and news about college counseling events at St. David’s School.