Summer Program Opportunities

Name of Program

Brief Description

Grades Applicable

Deadline to Apply

Link to Information or Application

Naval Academy Summer Seminar

Designed for Juniors considering enrolling in the Naval Academy as their college of choice.

11th grade

March 31, 2019

Summer Seminar Link

Naval Academy Summer STEM

Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.

9th, 10th & 11th grades

April 15, 2019

Summer STEM Link

UCLA Summer Blueprint Program

Choosing a major is a big decision. California high school students can join Blueprint to “test drive” a major on the UCLA campus. Students explore careers with a top-notch Blueprint instructor, without the stress of tests and homework.

9th - 12th grade

UCLA Blueprint Information

Blueprint Info for other colleges across US

UCLA Summer Session - Online Classes

Online classes available to students wishing to take classes over summer.

Summer Sessions Link

Stanford Summer Session

Stanford Summer Session provides high-achieving and ambitious students a transformative educational experience at a world-class university. By combining challenging academics with a rich array of extra-curricular programming, Stanford Summer Session successfully shares the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.

10th - 12th grades

Rolling until May 1, 2019

Stanford Summer link

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a three-week summer residential program held on Stanford campus that provides academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course.

8th - 11th grades

March 27, 2019; then rolling until full

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Link

YouSTEM for San Francisco Bay Area

YouSTEM is a free web resource for K-12 students to find out about local programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Most of the programs listed are free too!


Varies by program

YouSTEM information link

Grand Canyon University Summer Camps

Get ready for the hottest Christian camp experience of the summer at Grand Canyon University! GCU invites high school students to get a jumpstart on their college learning and explore potential careers by spending five days on campus and four nights in one of our suite-style dorms!

Experience GCU's college life and gain insight into career fields that interest you most. Each day is planned with exciting social events and informative academic programming. Not only will you have fun-but you'll leave feeling confident and ready to choose a major and start college on the right track.

9th - 11th grades

May 17, 2019

GCU Summer Camp Information link

ATDP (Academic Talent Development Program)

UC Berkeley

Since 1982, the program has invited excelling students from the Bay Area and around the world into a unique academic community. We look for strong students from all backgrounds who are hardworking, enjoy learning, and are prepared for an intellectually stimulating and demanding summer class. We believe gifted education should be a choice for all highly motivated and prepared students. ATDP maintains a financial aid fund to help all qualified applicants attend our summer program, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

6th - 11th grades

Various deadlines

ATDP link


(California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science

COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.

8th - 12th grades



Our Mission is to empower brilliant underrepresented students with rigorous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, culturally-relevant coursework and access to resources and social capital that allow them to pave a successful career in tech and entrepreneurship.  SMASH is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by young underrepresented people of color in STEM and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

SMASH link

PQ Rise

Pacific Union College is pleased to offer PQ Rise 2019, an academic summer program where high school students take college-level STEM classes taught by PUC Professors. The PQ Rise 2019 theme is the SCIENCE of EXPLOSIONS. Experiential learning in the laboratory and field settings is emphasized.

9th & 10th grades

April 16th

PQ Rise link

Northfield Mount Hermon

For more than 100 years, NMH has been making the most of the summer months with rigorous academic programs, innovative teaching methods, individual attention, and bountiful opportunities.  NMH Summer Session students come from all over the U.S. and the world, and they each have their own goals. For some, it’s a chance to experience a rigorous academic environment, possibly for the first time. For others, it’s an opportunity to build on their existing foundation and get a jump on college preparation.

7th - 12th grades

NMH Summer Session link

Davidson July Experience

Get a head start in your college selection process and join us for July Experience this summer. July Experience is a rigorous three-week college immersion program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, collaborative, and self-disciplined.

Join others from across the United States and around the world and take two liberal arts courses taught by full-time Davidson faculty, live in residence halls with other students, and participate in information sessions about the college admission process.

11th & 12th grades

April 1, 2019

Davidson July Experience link

Miami University Summer Scholars

(In Ohio)

The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program.

11th - 12th grades

May 1, 2019

Summer Scholars link

Summer Career Workshop - Architecture

(Cal Poly)

The Architecture Department offers an intensive 4-week in-residence workshop designed for high school students considering architecture as a career or developing a design portfolio. The Workshop provides an in-depth view of the career through hands-on experience in studio design exercises, lectures, projects and field trips. Activities cover architectural design and history, computer applications, structural engineering and site planning. Studios and lectures are taught by the faculty of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Education and career advising are integral elements of the program.

Participating students live in residence halls where they become familiar with the dynamics of campus life. The program typically runs mid June - mid July, and includes lodging, most meals, field trips and most materials.

11th & 12th grades; 10th grade possible

Summer Career Link

William & Mary College

Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History

2 courses to choose from:

HIST 217: Jamestown through the American Revolution

HIST 218: American Revolution through the Civil War

11th & 12th grades

Link for more information

Project Fashion Summer Camp

Project Fashion summer camps give creative-minded students an opportunity to explore a career through classes taught by industry professionals, hands-on projects, and company tours. Both camps create an environment where students can discover what role suits them best and whether they truly want to explore their chosen field as a career before committing time and money to the pursuit after high school.

High School age

Project Fashion link

Game Experience Summer Camp

Game Experience summer camps give creative-minded students an opportunity to explore a career through classes taught by industry professionals, hands-on projects, and company tours. Both camps create an environment where students can discover what role suits them best and whether they truly want to explore their chosen field as a career before committing time and money to the pursuit after high school.

Ages 12-18

Game Design link