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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

Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Click on one of the links below to apply to your program of interest TODAY:

Applications are reviewed as they are received, so don’t wait! Get into your top choice by applying NOW! You can apply for multiple programs with one application.




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Pre-College Campus Events and Activities

To build a lasting community among our pre-college residential students, we strongly encourage you to participate in organized activities during the evenings and weekends throughout your stay at Hopkins. Evening activities include talent shows, dance parties, movie nights, arts and crafts, karaoke, cooking, sports, game nights, and more. Residential staff accompanies you on field trips to nearby attractions, including Baltimore’s world-class art museums, the Inner Harbor, Orioles baseball games at Camden Yards, Hershey Park, Annapolis, and Washington, DC. Residential coordinators encourage you to suggest activities according to your interests.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Summer Discovery High School and Middle School course registration is now open!

Popular courses will fill up fast. Encourage students to apply and enroll today to ensure a spot in their desired course(s).We offer more than 300 options including world-class STEM, Business, Law, and Arts courses. Middle school and high school students will gain an academic advantage this summer while experiencing life on a college campus. 

Students should submit their applications and enroll today to secure a spot in the course(s) of their choice.

*Not valid for Summer Discovery Academies or Discovery Internships, or at University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, UC Santa Barbara SRA and RMP, Wharton, Wellesley, Johns Hopkins.



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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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Academy of Media Production

Program Overview

This four-week workshop program presents students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of media production while developing the required interpersonal skills to be a successful communicator.
Today’s aspiring communicators need to be proficient in a variety of production skill sets. AMP students learn the power of good writing and visual literacy by creating videos, films, webcasts, multi-camera productions, and more. Faculty and staff instruction allows students to engage in the process and to explore their creativity. With college on the horizon many high school students wonder how these interests translate to the next stage of life. This on-campus, live-in collegiate experience allows students the chance to investigate potential educational and professional opportunities.AMP students do all this collaborating with like-minded students, making new friends, and having a great summertime experience in the heart of Boston. Applications are being accepted. It’s time to AMP UP!

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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


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Summer Writing Institute

Established in 1977

June 16-28, 2019

Tuition and fees: $2,000.00

The Academic Program
The Summer Writing Institute at Rhodes College takes place annually for two weeks during June and is a residential academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students. Within the college′s liberal arts environment, students sharpen their reading and analytical skills and learn strategies for writing creatively and critically. At the end of the session, students receive a grade for their work and class participation, earn two college credits (transferable to most colleges and universities), and will complete a portfolio of college-level writing.

The goal of the Institute is to offer a structured, diverse, and inspiring writing community. Sponsored by the Rhodes English Department and First Year Writing Program, the Institute emphasizes writing but also engages faculty from many college disciplines to expose students to a variety of subjects. Students choose between the College Writing Seminar, modeled after Rhodes’ First Year Writing Seminar, and the Creative Writing Workshop. Faculty teaching both types of courses emphasize the entire writing process from the seed of an idea to the completion of a story, poem, or argumentative essay. Through class discussions and peer workshops, each professor guides students in understanding others′ writing and in creating their own writing-expressing ideas, finding a voice, discovering a style, building a structure, and developing a theme or position.

In addition to coursework and writing seminars, students have the opportunity attend lectures, take advantage of Rhodes’ world class facilities, and receive college prep advice from faculty and staff.

The Institute invites any interested rising high school junior or senior to apply. Financial aid is available.

Apply here. Applications open December 1st.

Learn more about Institute students, campus living, academic work, and extracurricular activities during the program.

If you have applied and been accepted, please click on the Campus and Program Policies & Guidelines Information link below for more detailed information.

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Institute students experience life on campus as if they were Rhodes undergraduates, taking advantage of both the beautiful gothic architecture and state of the art academic and recreational facilities, including tennis and racquetball courts, basketball courts, a weight and exercise room, and a swimming pool. Students take their classes in Palmer, Robertson, and Clough Halls, the central academic buildings on campus, eat meals in the refectory, and live with roommates in the dorms. Select Rhodes undergraduates serve as Resident Assistants who supervise, live and dine with the students. On the weekends and after daily activities, students come together in social settings. Favorite annual events include trips to Memphis landmarks and Open Mic Night.

Hear from past Institute students about the benefits of their SWI experience.

See what a day is like as part of the Rhodes Summer Writing Institute.





Summer at Smith

Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, our programs not only give you an inspiring learning experience, you can also request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. 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 and have a great time joining in on fun activities.

Click here for more information and to register.

Accepting young women who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11, 12 in fall 2019.


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Design & Product

High School

Ages: 15 – 17

The Design and Product Development Program introduces students to a wide variety of careers in the fashion industry. It goes beyond just the craft of designing, but also into the business of making a living in fashion. The program is focused on designing and developing different product categories for established brands. Students will discover jobs that they didn’t even know existed such as trend forecaster, technical designer, stylist, product developer, brand manager and more. Working as a collaborative team, students will stimulate and engage their creativity through developing a product line for an existing company, consistent with its brand profile. There will be a variety of creative hands-on projects in various workshops, developed for different skill levels. The projects incorporate branding, market research, trend forecasting, creative design, mood boards, theme concepts, color palettes, flat sketching, fabrics, trims and details to create a cohesive collection for a specific target consumer and season.



Begin the process by sketching your piece and deciding what colors, fabrics, and textures to use.


Bring your idea to life using skills you learn in the classroom, like draping, sewing, and stitching.


Model your final product on yourself or a friend in front of an audience at the final fashion show.

Program Dates:

June 23rd–July 6th, 2019


 $2990   $4600

View our pricing breakdown

Enrollment Deadline:

June 9th, 2019

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