Summer College Programs

What Is a Pre-College Summer Program?

A pre-college summer program offers high school students the opportunity to take classes at a college and experience college life during the summer. Most programs range from one to seven weeks long.

You can take programs that focus on a number of diverse subjects, such as writing, drama, leadership, entrepreneurship, and engineering. Many summer programs offer both residential and commuter options. Students can stay in dorms with their peers or commute from home if they live close to campus.  Tuition is required for most programs.  



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We are excited to share information with you about the 2019 PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. PREFACE is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, July 6 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY.

The PREFACE Program is for students who will be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application.

Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2019. Notifications will be made to accepted students in April. Questions about the program should be directed to

We have attached a poster to help advertise this opportunity to your students. We hope you will share this information with your students and encourage them to apply to the 2019 PREFACE Program.

Cynthia L. Smith, M.S. ’96
Director of Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships


Summer Journalism Institute at Boston University

  • Session 1: June 24 to July 5, 2019
  • Session 2: July 8 to July 19, 2019
  • Session 3: July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston.

Each two-week session expands students’ journalism skills through hands-on, real-life learning. Uniquely, we make the entire city of Boston the reporting beat. Guided by award-winning working journalists, students report and write on what’s happening in real time: government, business, sports, crime, courts, the arts and more. All of it is supplemented by visits to local newsrooms and guest talks from reporter pros.

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Investigative Reporting Program at Boston College

  • July 8 to 25, 2019

This three-week workshop will train high school students in core journalism skills as well as more advanced investigative techniques such interviewing reluctant sources, filing public document requests and digging through data.

Students will apply these lessons during the workshop by reporting as a team outside the classroom, conducting interviews and research from campus and in the city of Boston. As a capstone, students will complete an investigative findings memo, story outline and lead.

Students with experience in news writing or journalism, such as working for their high school news site, will benefit most from this workshop.

Rochelle Sharpe, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today, will lead the workshop. She will be assisted by special presenters from NECIR and WGBH News.

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Discover Carnegie Mellon

Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer in one of our Summer Pre-College Programs:

Our Summer 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, take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

Watch what life is like for a Pre-College student at Carnegie Mellon! Also, view the Pre-College Playlist on YouTube which is broken down by program.

The Summer Pre-College application for 2019 is now open! Apply today!


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The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities and home to an outstanding liberal arts college, an integrated academic medical center, and some of the best professional and arts schools in the country.

USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4 and 2 week summer courses. Accepted students to the USC Summer Programs will balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college in the nation’s entertainment center – Los Angeles, California.

USC Summer Programs’ courses are taught by USC faculty and experienced professionals of the USC academic community. Summer Programs’ faculty create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, hands-on workshops and labs, guest speakers, and academic field trips to locations throughout Los Angeles. Each course is designed to be more interactive, engaging, and challenging than accelerated high school classes or the broad introductory courses offered by other summer pre-collegiate programs.

Program Options

Duration 4-Week Credit 2-Week Non-Credit
Dates June 16— July 13, 2019
(no classes scheduled on July 4th & 5th)
June 16 — June 30, 2019
Eligibility High school students who have completed at least the 9th grade by the start of the program High school students who have completed at least the 9th grade by the start of the program
Credit / Non-credit 3 units of USC elective credit Non-credit Certificate of Completion
Topics Enroll in one of over 20 courses offered in a variety of subjects Choose to study Architecture or Pre-Health
Location University Park Campus University Park Campus
Cost Residential $8,832
Commuter $6,252
Residential $4,547
Commuter $3,377