2020 Pre-College Summer Program List: Part 2

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There is no better way for college-bound students to get a feel for the future than participating in summer pre-college programs. Students gain valuable work experience, build relationships, and boost their admissions chances through these opportunities. Each entry includes a link to the program’s website, as well as information on program dates, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements. Find Part 1 of this list here.

Programs are listed alphabetically.


LEDA: Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

Princeton, NJ

Application Deadline: December 11th, 2019, at 11:59 PM (PST) – CLOSED

Program Dates: TBA

Description: The Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week program and completely free of charge for LEDA Scholars. It includes leadership training, academic writing instruction, standardized test preparation, college guidance, and community building. The Summer Institute provides LEDA Scholars with a unique range of learning experiences that help them develop and sharpen their problem-solving skills and open the door to reaching their potential as students and leaders.

Financial Aid: There is no cost to admitted students.


Missouri University of Science & Technology Summer Camps

Rolla, MO

Application: Opens February 2020, check website for updates.

Program Dates: There are multiple sessions for students of all ages throughout June and July.

Description: Rising juniors and seniors can participate in a weeklong program designed to give students hands-on experience seeing what holding an engineering job is like.

Financial Aid: Contact the office of Professional and Continuing Education at or 573-341-6222.


MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

Cambridge, MA

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Dates: TBA – Late June to Early August

Description: Since 1975, this six-week residential program has leveraged a demanding academic atmosphere to help students develop the skills and confidence needed for success in technical fields. Along with calculus, physics, natural science and humanities courses, students take a hands-on elective course and participate in lab tours and social events. MITES serves up to 80 students per year.

Financial Aid: This program is free for all accepted students.


Northwestern University College Bridge Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: March 20th, 2020

Program Dates: Dates vary according to classes selected, however, all students must attend the College Bridge Orientation and Advising session on May 17th, 2020.

Description: Thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University, 25 high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools to the College Bridge Program each summer. Students enroll in courses as part of the Northwestern Summer Session and students earn college credit for satisfactorily completed courses. Courses vary from three to eight weeks in length, and are offered at Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Financial Aid: Tuition and textbooks are free.


Northwestern University College Preparation Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: Students must submit their applications by April 15, 2020

Program Dates:

  • IN-FOCUS Sessions
    • Session I: June 22nd-July 3rd, 2020
    • Session II: July 6th-17th, 2020
    • Session III: July 22nd-August 2nd, 2020
  • Course for Credit: All programs begin on June 21st, 2020

Description: This program allows high school sophomores and juniors to enroll in undergraduate courses on campus for college credit or enroll in a specialized seminar.

Financial Aid: A limited number of scholarships are available for domestic high school juniors who demonstrate financial need and hold strong academic and extracurricular achievement. Applications are due March 1, 2019. Students can identify if they are interested in an Application Fee Waiver and/or Tuition Scholarship during the application process.


NYU Steinhardt Programs

New York, NY

Application: Opens January 15th, 2020. Sign up here to be reminded when it goes live.

Program Dates: Vary by discipline.

Description: Every summer, high school to graduate students participate in NYU’s varied and exciting music and performing arts programs. Their programs vary from several instrumental performance programs including brass, Broadway percussion, improvisational jazz and piano, to vocal performance, music business and music technology.

Financial Aid: NYU offers several performance- and need-based scholarships to accepted applicants. Please see their website for more details.


Penn State Honors Music Institute

University Park, PA

Application Timeline: January 6th-May 27th, 2020

Program Dates: July 12th-18th, 2020

Description: The Penn State Honors Music Institute is an intensive, weeklong immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps, specific areas of study include chamber choir, jazz ensemble, piano and wind ensemble. Students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2020 through students who will graduate in the spring of 2021 are eligible to audition.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships are available to qualified students upon acceptance to the institute. Scholarship Information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants.


Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Claremont, CA

Application Deadline: February 21st, 2020

Program Dates: June 14th-July 10th, 2020

Description: The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls up to 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities. PAYS participants engage in a thought-provoking combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects and field trips during the intensive 4-week, residential program as well as throughout the academic year. PAYS serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education—students who are first in their family to attend college; from low income families; and are African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

Financial Aid: There is no student cost.


Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Princeton, NJ

Application Deadline: February 17th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Dates: TBA

Description: About 40 high school juniors from low-income backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day seminar on journalism at Princeton’s campus. Reporters teach students and are from major publications such as the Washington Post and The New York Times. Students must have a minimum unweighted 3.5 GPA, and all expenses, including travel, are included.

Financial Aid: Questions can be directed to


Purdue University Minority Engineering Program

West Lafayette, IN

Application Deadline: March 30th, 2020

Program Dates: June 14th-July 16th, 2020

Description: The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was initiated at Purdue University in the summer of 1975. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a five-week college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp. MITE attendees are immersed in first year engineering projects. The agenda includes SAT review, engineering design, time management, and social acclimatization to college life. Student participants build a strong sense of community and are able to return to their high schools with a better evaluation of their potential. We have seen an average improvement in SAT math scores of 90 points. The highest increase was 180 points as measured through pre- and post-testing. All participants apply to Purdue at the close of the program.

Financial Aid: A scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program.


Rensselaer PREFACE Summer Program

Troy, NY

Application Deadline: Late March, check website for application opening at the end of January

Program Dates: June 28th-July 11th, 2020

Description: PREFACE is a two-week residential summer experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2019. It is open to students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or under served in science, engineering and technological fields and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions.

The PREFACE Selection Committee reviews each application and makes its recommendation to the project director. Selection is based on high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay and recommendations. Since all programs are taught in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.

Financial Aid: PREFACE subsidizes each participant’s round-trip transportation to Rensselaer, tuition, fees (including laundry) and room and board for the two-week session.


Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Granville, OH

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Program Date: June 21st-28th, 2020

Description: The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is open to qualified students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school by June of the program year.  We do not admit current ninth graders/rising sophomores. The program fee for the workshop, including tuition, housing, and meals for the 8-day program, is $1,300. (On-campus residency is required.)

Financial Aid: Need-based financial aid is available based on need thanks to the Reynolds Endowment.


SCS Noonan Scholars Summer Academy

Amherst, MA 

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Program Dates: TBA – Late June to Early August

Description: Summer Academy’s non-graded Calculus and English writing courses have been traditionally taught by college professors from Amherst College, Emerson College, MIT, Smith, UCLA and USC. Assessments determine students’ math competency at entry, and students are grouped accordingly to maximize learning. The whole-group instruction is complemented by multiple hours of small-group practice led by teaching assistants

Financial Aid:  All costs including transportation are covered. Students also receive a $500 stipend and a laptop to keep.


Smith College Summer at Smith

Northampton, MA

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is March 1st; final application day is June 1st, but the application fee doubles on April 1st.

Program Date: Varies by program discipline

Description: Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, these programs give you an inspiring learning experience and you can request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. You will be able to explore what interests you in a risk-free environment. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Outside the classroom, enjoy Smith’s beautiful setting, live in a house on campus, make new friends, talk to current college students and engage in after class activities and outings.

Financial Aid: Available to students with demonstrated need. Financial Aid deadline is March 20th.


Stanford Horizon Scholars

Stanford, CA

Application Deadline: March 4th, 2020

Program Dates: June 20th-August 16th, 2020

Description: Stanford Summer Session’s Horizon Scholars program is a residential scholarship opportunity for low-income, high-achieving rising high school seniors who reside in the state of California to attend the High School Summer College program at little to no cost.

Financial Aid: Stanford Summer Session’s Horizon Scholars program is a residential scholarship opportunity for low-income, high-achieving rising high school seniors who reside in the state of California to attend the High School Summer College program at little to no cost. 


Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

Stanford, CA

Application Deadline: February 12th, 2020

Program Dates: June 21st-July 25th, 2020

Description: The Summer Residential Program bolsters students’ science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers and a taste of life as an undergraduate on campus. To be eligible, students must be able to attend the full five weeks, seven days a week, and live in a residence house on the Stanford campus for the program’s entirety.

Financial Aid: There is no cost for students to attend if they are accepted.


St. John’s Summer Academy

Annapolis, MD / Santa Fe, NM

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2020

Program Dates:

  • Annapolis, MD
    • The Soul of the Sciences: Thinking, Counting, Seeing —June 28th-July 4th, 2020
    • Power and Politics: The Great and the Good —July 5th-11th, 2020
  • Santa Fe, NM
    • Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue —July 12th-18th, 2020
    • Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination and Ingenuity —July 19th-25th, 2020
    • The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy —July 26th-August 1st, 2020

Description: Our summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18) is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.

Financial Aid: There is limited financial aid available for these programs, and applications are due on or before May 8th, 2020. Contact the Summer Academy directors for more information.


Otis College of Art and Design: Summer of Art

Los Angeles, CA

Application Deadline: May 22nd, 2020

Program Dates: July 6th-31st, 2020

Description: 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 and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate.

Financial Aid: Summer of Art scholarships are available to students who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend. Awards are based on family financial information, portfolio, and grade point average. Due to limited funding, scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens. Unless otherwise stated, awards can be used toward tuition only and cannot be applied toward supplies or other expenses. Application deadline is March 13th, 2020.


The Cooper Union: Summer STEM Program

New York, NY

Application Deadline: March 27th, 2020

Program Dates:

Six Week Session 1: July 6 – August 13, 2020

Three Week Session 1: July 6 – 20, 2020

Three Week Session 2: August 3 – 20, 2020

Description: The Summer STEM Program is a six-week intensive that immerses current high school sophomores and juniors in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving. Faculty and teaching assistants from the departments of civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering provide students with foundational knowledge and expert guidance to address real-world problems in their respective disciplines of expertise.

Financial Aid: To request financial aid, complete the supplemental financial aid form attached to the main application. A copy of your parent or guardian’s 2018 or 2019 tax form is required.



Irvine, CA

Application Deadline: February 7th, 2020

Program Dates: July 5th- July 31st, 2020

Description: COSMOS has as its mission to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders for California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.

Financial Aid: Financial aid application must be submitted electronically by February 7, 2020


University of Chicago Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: February 26th, 2020

Program Dates: June 20th-July 10th, 2020

Description: Students selected for this program can participate in one of two summer sessions: Awakening Into Consciousness and Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. Applicants who share the program’s commitment to the Hispanic and Latino communities are invited to apply.

Financial Aid: Program participants receive a full scholarship, which includes course tuition, housing and dining, Student Life Fee, and the cost of travel to and from campus.


University of Chicago Emerging Rural Leaders

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: Freshman: July 19th-25th, 2020. Juniors: June 20th-July 10th, 2020

Description: All selected Emerging Rural Leaders will have the opportunity to explore what life is like on a residential college campus. Students will make new connections and lifelong friendships by living and learning alongside their classmates from around the world. Students will also live alongside Residential Assistants, who are current undergraduate students, there to provide guidance and mentorship as students adjust to life on a college campus. All students selected will live on-campus in a residence hall and will have unlimited access to the dining hall for meals.

Financial Aid: All expenses are covered for all selected students, plus a travel stipend for travel.


USC Bovard Scholars Summer Residency

Los Angeles, CA

Application Deadline: January 17th, 2020 at 5pm PST

Program Dates: July 12th-August 1st, 2020

Description: USC established Bovard Scholars to empower outstanding high school students with financial need to dream big. We help you reach higher. We prepare you for success in college — including gaining admission and scholarships to the best schools that are the ideal fit for you — and in your career. That includes thorough exploration of the wide range of options for your future.

Financial Aid: There is no cost for admitted students.


UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program

Madison, WI

Application Deadline: April 6th, 2020

Program Dates: June 13th-July 24th, 2020

Description: The UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program helps students explore career options, prepare for the rigors of college and develop strong skills in math and science. Best of all, students will experience first-hand what it is like to be an engineering student at UW-Madison.

Financial Aid: The program is completely sponsored. There are no costs to the students once they arrive on campus. Students and families are required to finance and make travel arrangements to and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer Scholars Programs

Worcester, MA

Application Deadline: TBA – Fill on a first come, first serve basis

Program Date: Dates range depending on program selected.

Description: High school students can pick from a number of programs that will allow them to explore, discover, and challenge themselves. These programs highlight fields such as robotics, physics, video game design, music, computer science, the humanities and arts, and women’s leadership.

Financial Aid: Partial or full tuition assistance scholarships are offered to eligible students.


Yale Young Global Scholars

New Haven, CT

Application Deadline: Regular Decision: January 15th, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

Program Dates:

  • Block 1: June 21st-July 3rd, 2020
  • Block 2: July 5th-17th, 2020
  • Block 3: July 19th-July 31st, 2020

Description: Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders. The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.

Financial Aid: There are a few options for need-based financial aid. Read more about it here.

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