Summer Programs for High School and College Students
Make your summer count for college.
By Mike Pugh
May 20, 2013
Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program The six-week RISD summer Pre-College Program introduces high school students to the focused curriculum of a college of art and design. Students live in residence halls, attend social activities and study a particular subject in the fine or visual arts. Participants must be high school students between the age of 16-18 years old.
Summer Study Programs The Summer Study Programs at Penn State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and The American University of Paris combine academically challenging courses with the experience of campus life. Students completing 9th, 10th or 11th grade can choose from several programs: three and one-half-week Summer Enrichment or six-week college credit Summer Study Program at Penn State University; a three-week enrichment program (no credit) or five-week college credit program at The American University of Paris; or a five-week college credit program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Summer Science Program (SSP) – Ojai, California The Summer Science Program in Ojai, California, exposes selected high school students to advanced topics in mathematics, astronomy and space science. SSP challenges its students to calculate the orbit of an asteroid using their own direct telescopic observations.
Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASP) TASP is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors. Students participate in seminars led by college and university members and participate in educational and social activities outside the classroom. Telluride Association seeks students from all kinds of educational backgrounds who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and motivation. Telluride Association Summer Programs are free; every student awarded a place in a TASP attends the program on a full housing, dining and tuition scholarship.
Tufts Summer High School Program Since 1982, Tufts has attracted top-caliber high school students who wish to spend their summers pursuing academic excellence and social maturity. Tufts programs are kept small so students receive individual attention from instructors. Two different programs are offered: Tufts Summit (Talloires, France) and Tufts Summer Study (Medford/Boston).
University of Chicago – The Young Scholars Program The University of Chicago offers an enrichment program in mathematics for Chicago Public School students. Students attend daily seminars given by University professors and solve mathematics problems based on these seminars. Topics include number theory, geometry and probability. Students also learn computer skills. Tuition is free for those accepted.
University of Dallas Summer Study in Europe The University of Dallas’ programs use European travel to stimulate careful reading, writing and thinking about life’s most serious questions. Courses are led by experienced University faculty and staff.
University of New Hampshire Upward Bound Summer Program During their six-week summer program, students live on the campus of the University of New Hampshire and take five classes in the following areas: math, science, English, electives and “success studies” (SAT prep, study skills, etc). Small classes are designed to inspire excitement about academics and give students a head start on college.
University of Pennsylvania Programs for High School Students Penn’s summer programs combine rigorous classroom and lab work with a wide range of social activities, trips and tours. Opportunities are available for residential students, commuting students and distance learners. Each of Penn’s summer programs for high school students offers a college-level experience that smoothes the transition from high school to college.