2020 Pre-College Summer Program List: Part 1

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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 2 of this list here.

Programs are listed alphabetically.


Adelphi University Summer Pre-College Program

Garden City, New York

Application Deadline: Rolling admission until full (usually by the end of May)

Application Fee: $0

Program Dates: July 19th-August 1st, 2020 (depending on students’ course selections)

Description: Students (rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors) select either a one-week, non-credit course, or a two-week, for-credit course. Working with our professors and instructors, students in the Pre-College Program will participate in hands-on, high impact learning under the guidance of industry experts, and will also participate in social programming, college readiness workshops, and excursions to nearby New York City.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships (up to $1,000) are available by application. Students are invited to apply for a scholarship after they apply and are accepted to the Pre-College Program.


Barnard College Pre-College Summer Programs

New York City, NY

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until May 15th, 2020 (application fee waived until January 20th, 2020)

Application Fee: $0 until Jan 20th; $75 until April 15th; $125 until May 15th

Program Dates: June 27th-July 11, 2020; July 18th-August 1st, 2020

Description: Students select two courses, a morning class and an afternoon class to be attended Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students participate in our Beyond The Gates series. Areas of study include acting, literature, political science and journalism, among others. See the website for more details.

Financial Aid: Barnard offers a number of partial scholarship awards, as well as one full scholarship for the program. All scholarships are based on financial need and have their own deadline. Find out more and apply here.


Bard College Young Writers Workshop

Bard College at Simon’s Rock – Great Barrington, MA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions beginning in January until the program is full (usually in May)

Application Fee: $0

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

Description: Students in grades 9-11 have the opportunity to build their writing skills in the Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. This three-week program is designed to build confidence and develop greater fluency in writing in areas ranging from fiction to nonfiction. The program consists of small groups of students meeting in three, 90-minute sessions each day. Portfolio progress checks occur each week. Students live on campus in the dorms along with the staff and are able to experience campus life.

Financial Aid: Tuition is $3,025, and covers room and board, shuttle transportation to and from Bradley International Airport (or the Gt. Barrington bus stop). Modest financial aid is available for students with demonstrated financial need. Requests for financial aid should be submitted along with the rest of the student’s application materials.Students of color with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for the Dorothy West Scholarship. This externally endowed scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and room and board. A number of runners-up will also be chosen and will be eligible for lesser financial aid awards.


Boston University PROMYS

Boston, MA

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2020 

Date: July 5th-August 15th, 2020

Description: PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

Financial Aid: PROMYS offers full and partial need-based financial aid and is dedicated to the principle that no one should be unable to attend for financial reasons. Learn more about Financial Aid.


Calvin College Entrada Scholars

Grand Rapids, MI

Application Deadline: February 3rd, 2020

Program Dates: June 21st-July16th, 2020

Description: High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology. Social outings, such as a beach trip to Lake Michigan, also is available during this program, which include a talent night, group devotions, and use of Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: All students accepted into the Entrada Scholars Program receive a grant valued at more than $4,200. This grant covers all Entrada costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and activities. Upon acceptance, scholars will be asked to send a fee of $750 to confirm enrollment. Please reach out if you require a payment plan. Scholars who successfully complete the program are awarded a $4,000 Entrada Scholarship for each year they attend Calvin, for up to five years. Entrada Scholars may also qualify for the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship as well as other merit-based scholarships.


Camino al Futuro

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Date: June 28th-July 17th, 2020

Description: This summer scholarship program is for motivated high school juniors going into their senior year. The program cultivates leadership potential in students who want to shape the political, economic and social issues that affect Hispanic and Latin communities.

Financial Aid: This is a fully funded program; there is no cost to apply, as long as you select the “3-Week College Intensive” option and then choose “Caminos al Futuro.”


Camp College

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Monmouth College

Application Deadline: 2020 TBA

Program Dates: July 7th-July 10th, 2020

Description:  Camp College is a free opportunity for rising seniors to learn about aspects of a college search and application process from college and high school counselors. Students live on a college campus while attending sessions on the college-application process. Students will be provided food and lodging.

Financial Aid: Generous support of IACAC and other sponsors mean there is no cost to students. A $20 deposit is required to hold your seat and will be refunded at the end of the program.


Carleton College Summer Program

Northfield, MN

Application Deadlines:

Feb. 14th, 2020 – First-round deadline

March 16th, 2020 – Second-round deadline

Applications are accepted after March 16th on an available-space basis.

Program Dates: Varies, refer to the college’s website (link is above)

Description: Programs offered in Applied Sustainability, Art, Computer Science, Humanities, Quantitative Reasoning and Liberal Arts.

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for these programs. Each program has different qualifications for financial aid and scholarships, so check Carleton’s website for details. The liberal arts program is free for all accepted applicants.


Camp 4 Scholars at Kenyon College

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Program Dates: June 7th-June 26th, 2020

Description: Camp 4 Scholars is open to both rising seniors and juniors. The program uses the disciplines of Neuroscience, History, English Composition and the Visual Arts to develop critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills.  Students are introduced to college-campus culture and life in the dormitory. During the program, students also attend workshops and receive individual counseling on the college admissions process.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for students who demonstrate financial need as part of their application.


Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Program

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2020

Program Dates: 3-Week Session: June 27th-July19th, 2020. 6-Week Session until August 8th.

Description: These pre-college programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about — from the classroom to what’s happening on weekends. You’ll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

Financial Aid: Full scholarships covering tuition, housing, and dining are available to students demonstrating financial need. You can elect to be considered for a scholarship within the online application.


Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Math and Science

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: Preferred: March 1st, 2020. Final: March 15th, 2020

Program Dates: June 27th-August 8th, 2020

Description: This program is for rising high school seniors. Participants will engage in hands-on learning and research via science and engineering projects, which will help them build the academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities.

Financial Aid:  There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science.


College Horizons Program

Emory University (Atlanta, GA): June 27th-July 3rd, 2020

Application Deadline: February 5, 2020

Description: College Horizons is an annually occurring college admission workshop for Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Native American sophomores and juniors in high school. College Horizons is held each summer at different college campus partners.

Students experience residential life on a college campus while also learning extensively about the college admission and financial aid process.  Expert faculty work one on one with students to help prepare them to put their best foot forward in the college application process, while also receiving guidance on selecting, affording and thriving on a campus that fits.  College Horizons is the only workshop of its kind – a program focused solely on serving the unique needs and experiences of Native students throughout the nation and bringing that perspective into the college selection and application process.

Financial Aid: You can apply for financial assistance in the application – your parents must submit tax information and can provide hardship letter about what the family is experiencing.


Colorado State University Native Education Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2019

Program Dates: June 24th-June 29th, 2019

Description: The Native Education Forum is a 5-day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/indigenous communities and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Please contact Leslee Lovato at


Colorado State University Black Issues Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: N/A

Program Dates: June 9th-13th, 2020

Description: The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students — completing their junior year of high school — a vehicle to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the black community at the local, state, national and/or global level.

Financial Aid: There is no cost to attend this program. Out-of-state students are responsible for the transportation costs to Colorado.


Cornell Engineering Experience

Ithaca, NY

Application: Opens Mid-January

Program Dates: June 20th-August 4th, 2020

Description:  Are you excited by math and science? Do you want to improve the world? Would you like to envision and implement solutions to the important challenges of our time? If so, we invite you to Cornell this summer to explore diverse and exciting career opportunities in the practice of engineering.

Financial Aid: Summer College awards a limited number of partial scholarships based on family income and other available resources, family size, the number of siblings in college, exceptional family medical expenses, and/or geographic differences in the cost of living.


Cornell University Summer College

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2020, except for RABS, which accepts until March 6th, 2020. The Financial Aid deadline is April 3rd, 2020, for all programs except RABS, which has a financial aid deadline of March 6th, 2020.


Program Dates:

Three-week, session A June 20th-July 11th, 2020
Three-week, session B July 12th-August 1st, 2020
Six-week programs June 20th-August 4th, 2020


Five-week program June 20th-July 25th, 2020
Architecture, RABS, Dual Programs June 20th-August 1st, 2020


Description: Choose a two-, three-, five-, or six-week program, where you’ll earn transferrable credits from Cornell University in subjects such as architecture, business, engineering, human rights, science, and veterinary medicine. Courses are taught by Cornell faculty, giving you an unrivaled learning experience with some of the university’s best professors.

Financial Aid: Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships that are awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need, a student’s academic achievement and promise and availability of funds.


Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Program Dates: May 31st-June 12th, 2020

Description: For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in broadcast and digital journalism.

Financial Aid: For questions, email


Davidson July Experience

Davidson, NC

Application Deadline:  Priority deadline is March 2nd, 2020; Final deadline is April 1st, 2020.

Program Dates: June 28th-July 18th, 2020

Description: July experience is a powerful pre-college summer academic experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented and self-disciplined. It takes place on the campus of Davidson College.

Financial Aid: Scholarships and financial aid are available to students with financial need. A limited amount of aid is available and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need. 


Elmhurst College STEM Academy

Elmhurst, IL

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: June 11th-June 21st, 2020

Description: The academy is a two-week program for students between their junior and senior years in high school who are considering careers in areas such as mathematics and natural and physical science. In classes and seminars, you’ll sharpen your math skills, explore important topics in science and master a variety of computer programs.

Financial Aid: Need-based scholarships are available to students who qualify. If you’d like to explore this option, please submit a letter of eligibility from your high school counselor indicating that you qualify for free or reduced lunch.


Emory Pre-College Program

Atlanta, GA

Application Deadline: Financial Aid is due by May 1st, 2019, although applications are accepted until anywhere between May 4th and June 26th, depending on the program and session. Check individual deadlines here.  

Program Dates

Session A (noncredit): June 14th-June 27th

Session B (noncredit): June 28th-July 11th

Session C (noncredit): July 12th-July 25th

Infectious Diseases Institute: June 28th-July 18th

International Scholars Institute: June 28th-July 18th

Session 1 (credit): May 18th-June 26th

Session 2 (credit): June 29th-August 7th

Description: The program gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors a glimpse of academic and residential life. High-school students can explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students and earn transferable college credit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Dependents of Emory University employees may be eligible for the Courtesy Scholarship. The Scholarship only applies to six-week credit courses.  


Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Amherst, MA

Application Deadline: No official deadline, however, last year they ran out of spaces in April. Apply early!

Program Dates: June 28th-August 8th, 2020

Description: HCSSiM is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. It is demanding and expanding. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics). HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks, and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings (not typically in that order).

Financial Aid: There is offered financial aid, with all decisions based on need. Financial concerns should not discourage applications, and they will not let money issues prevent a student from accepting an invitation.


Harvard University Summer Programs

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates:

  • SESSION I: June 28th-July 10th, 2020
  • SESSION II: July 12th-July 24th, 2020
  • SESSION III: July 26th-August 7th, 2020

Description: Join other intellectually curious high school students on campus at Harvard, where you can explore topics as wide ranging as American law, philosophy, computer programming and public speaking. During your two weeks at Harvard, you attend class for three hours a day and participate in college readiness workshops or team-building events. In the evenings, you eat in the dining hall, finish homework in your dorm and attend social activities.

Financial Aid: A limited number of scholarships are available to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Awards vary based on need, and a typical award covers a portion of the tuition.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-Research Apprentice Program

Urbana, IL

Application Deadline: March 20th, 2020 by 5pm CST.

Program Dates: July 5th-July 25th, 2020

Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is pleased to invite applications from current high school sophomores and juniors of under-served, economically disadvantaged groups, and urban residents to participate in the Research Apprentice Program. Upon completion of the program students may qualify for a monetary award.

Financial Aid: TBA


Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management: Midwest High School Scholars Analytic Academy for Underrepresented Groups

Normal, IL

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2020

Program Dates: July 12th-July 17th, 2020

Description: The one-week program is designed especially for academically talented African-American, Hispanic, and Native American high school students who excel in mathematics, enjoy learning, and like to solve complicated problems.

Financial Aid: There is no cost to admitted students.


The Kenyon Review Young Writer’s Workshop

Gambier, OH

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2020

Program Dates:

SESSION I: June 28th-July 11th, 2020

SESSION II: July 19th-August 1, 2020

Description: Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. For more than nineteen years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

Financial Aid: Students can apply for financial aid with their program application. Demonstrated financial need required.


Kettering University Overnight Camps

Flint, MI

Application Deadline: Each program has its own deadline.

Program Dates:

  • AIM-Academically Interested Minds (Grade 11): July 5th-August 7th, 2020
  • Computer Engineering I (Grades 9-12): July 20th-24th, 2020
  • Computer Engineering II (Grades 9-12): July 27th-July 31st, 2020
  • Cyber Security Camp (Grades 9-12): July 20th-July24th, 2020
  • LITES-Lives Improve Through Engineering & Science (Grade 11): July 12th-24th, 2020

Description: Kettering University has a number of programs designed to inspire students in STEM fields.

Financial Aid: Each program has its own form of aid. Please refer to the website for details.

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