Take Advantage of Your Summer!

June 22, 2014

​Few high school students think about doing work over the summer. Even fewer know where to look. You can start by volunteering or interning. If you really want to boost your college application, consider applying to a competitive summer program. Here’s a list of programs to explore:

  • Abbey Road Overseas Program: Program to facilitate cross-cultural understanding
  • Academic Connections: UC San Diego: Immerse yourself in a field of study
  • American Collegiate Adventures: Programs to enhance academic abilities
  • CA State Summer School: COSMOS: For Science and Mathematics
  • Carnegie Mellon: Diversity Programs: For architecture, drama, music, and art
  • Tulane University: Emerging Scholars of Environmental Science
  • UPenn Programs for High School Students: Any field of academic study
  • University of Dallas: Abroad Programs
  • UChicago: Youth Scholars Summer Program
  • Tufts Summer Study: College Courses
  • Summer Science Program: California
  • Telluride Association Summer Program: For juniors; personal and intellectual challenge
  • Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program: Curriculum of art
  • New York Film Academy’s Summer Film and Acting Camps: Film and acting classes
  • National Youth Science Camp: For aspiring scientists
  • Mathcamp: for those who love math
  • Miami University of Ohio: Summer Scholars Program
  • Indiana University: High School Journalism Institute
  • Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth: Academic classes and social activities
  • Harvard’s Secondary School Program: For college credit
  • Duke University’s TIP Program: Summer studies and a social experience
  • Cornell Summer College: to practice what college is like
  • Concordia Language Village: Practice different languages
  • Columbia College of Chicago: College classes

Let us know if YOU have completed one of the programs above and help us add to the list in the comments section below!



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bwill
Williams ‘20


Accepted to Williams, Claremont (CMC), Amherst, Swarthmore, Pitzer, Northwestern, Tufts, WashU, Grinnell, Rice, Emory, LMU

I’m an Econ & Bio major who’s passionate about STEM, social issues, and design. As a transfer, I learned a lot from navigating this hectic process twice, and I’m excited to help!
lamborghinibea…
USC ‘19


Accepted to UC Davis, UCLA, UCSD, USC, Emory, UMich, UNC, Pepperdine

Although very hardworking, I love to socialize with friends and make time to just relax. Also, I've always been interested in cars and working in the business aspect of the automotive industry.
cerealjess
Brown ‘21


Accepted to Brown, Vanderbilt, Smith, Harvey Mudd, Washington, UC Berkeley, Duke, UCLA, Swarthmore

I'm a daydreamer passionate about societal transformation... who also happens to spend way too much time watching makeup tutorials.
vicamit
Vanderbilt ‘20


Accepted to Florida, Vanderbilt, Duke, Emory, UPenn, Miami, Northeastern, UVA, UNC, Georgetown, Rice

Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar at Vanderbilt and art enthusiast

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