Ahhh, summer. It's a special time, when different rules apply than the rest of the year. You have a say in what you want to do and the options are plentiful. You can get a job, intern, travel, study, or do nothing at all. It's your choice, although we don't recommend the latter option. We encourage you to think of summer as the time to discover and explore your own interests.

Selecting a Program

As you start to explore different summer programs, remember that you are choosing how you will spend your summer. The more time you spend upfront on research, the happier you're likely to be in the long run.

Practical Constraints

Programs can vary widely in cost. Keep in mind that the quoted price is rarely all–inclusive. If cost is an issue, ask if any scholarships are available to students with financial need. Admissions requirements can also vary substantially amongst programs; some programs are quite competitive while others accept students on a first come–first served basis. And, don't forget to consider how a program fits into the rest of your summer; keep in mind other commitments such as family trips and college visits.

Personal Needs

Make sure any program you're considering has a mission that matches your own. Ask the program staff and alumni what makes the program special. Also, check out each program's main activities. If you want an experiential program, find out how much time is spent outside of the classroom.

Featured Summer Programs

Summer Discovery
Summer Discovery offers 3 to 6-week pre-college enrichment programs for high school students at 10 college campuses in the US and abroad. Summer Discovery, in partnership with The Princeton Review, also offers the College Discovery Experience; a 2–week college preparation program which combines SAT prep, admission guidance and numerous college visits at American University, and UCLA.

Projects Abroad
For those of you who value giving your time through service to others, summer is a great time to dive into a service project that will make a difference in a local community. Coupling your volunteer efforts with travel opens you up to a world of new experiences, cultural exploration, and even language immersion. Since 1992, Projects Abroad has facilitated projects for over 50,000 volunteers worldwide and is now one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. The success of this program relies on a network of full time local staff at each community site to ensure that volunteers work on worthwhile local programs, receive ample support, and stay safe. Choose from volunteer programs in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the South Pacific, and more.

Middlebury Monterey Language Program
Explore language and culture this summer! Do more than just dream about it, immerse yourself in language and culture. Learn Spanish, French, Chinese, German or Arabic in a supportive, fun environment. The Academy is a unique summer language experience for 8th-12th grade students based on Middlebury College's famed Language Schools with 100 years of immersion teaching. The philosophy is rooted in the idea that cultural and linguistic acquisition are strongly reinforced by an individual's participation in cross-curricular activities ranging from sports and the arts to cooking and discussion groups – all conducted in the target language. Students live on a beautiful college campus or abroad for four weeks, immersed in language and culture. Students also take The Language Pledge which is a formal promise to communicate exclusively in the language of study, creating a total language-immersion environment. Activities at The Academy provide a rich framework for meaningful communication to help students realize academic and professional goals. Get started on the path to second language acquisition by applying today.

Northwestern University College Preparation Program
The College Prep Program allows high school students to experience college life at Northwestern University in the summer. Take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in an intensive noncredit IN FOCUS seminar, both taught by Northwestern faculty and instructors. Choose from more than 300 courses in virtually every academic discipline. Course credit earned in the College Prep Program can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in science and languages, and four to eight weeks for most other offerings. IN FOCUS Seminars are designed to expose you to today’s important topics and the best of Northwestern’s faculty, but without the time commitment and cost of enrolling in a college credit course. These two-week noncredit seminars are structured like a college seminar course. Faculty will lead the seminar through discussion, readings and study.

4 Star Summer Camps

4 Star Summer Camps offers high school students rewarding and fun programs in Academics, Tennis, Golf and Total Training on the historic campus of the University of Virginia. Invest in your future–take the SAT prep course offered by Princeton Review or numerous other enrichment courses, get the College Tennis Advantage in our innovative camp taught exclusively by college coaches, improve your golf skills in the Golf Camp or take advantage of the comprehensive and unique Total Training Camp to help you maximize your athletic potential. Come join us and have lots of fun, meet new friends, experience the excellent quality of our instruction and generally have a "summer that will last a lifetime."