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A Directory of Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Find Summer Programs and Camps of Interest for 2020


Introduction to Summer Pre-College Programs in 2020

Summer pre-college programs - college campusPre-college summer programs for high school students can provide beneficial opportunities that extend learning beyond the school year. Summer college programs and camps can enable students to explore topics of interests, engage in experiential-based learning, collaborate with peers, develop new skills, participate in productive endeavors, enjoy experiences with hands-on activities, and consider potential college majors and career fields.

There is more information about pre-college programs for the summer of 2020 on this page. There is also additional information on the other pages of this summer programs directory, including the blog articles.

Recent blog posts have included information on summer programs such as:

About this Summer College Programs Directory

College Campus with students participating in a summer programThis directory is designed to help high school students, parents, and educators find summer programs of interest.

The directory includes:

Summer programs that are Checkmarkavailable in different states in 2020.

CheckmarkInformation about summer programs with high-interest topics.

CheckmarkA blog with posts to help students choose and prepare for summer opportunities.

CheckmarkInformation about pre-college programs and options.

Featured Summer Pre-College Programs

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Yale University Summer Young Scholars Program for High School Students

Boston Leadership Institute Summer STEM Programs for High School Students

This pre-college summer programs directory features a variety of schools and organization such as:

Northeastern University summer program for high school students
Purdue University summer program for gifted students

Using this Directory of Pre-College Summer Programs to Find Opportunties Interest

An example of high school students in a summer pre-college program at a collegeThis directory of summer programs is designed to help high school students find opportunities in the summer that align with their interests and goals. Students are encouraged to research the summer programs so that they can find options that would be good matches for them.

To begin exploring summer programs and education opportunities in different states for the summer of 2020, Students working together in a summer pre-college programplease use the stateslink in the menu at the top of the page.

To learn more about summer programs and pre-college opportunities including factors to consider when choosing a program, please use the information on this page and visit our blog.

Pre-College Summer Experiences for High School Students

A college campus for a Summer Pre-College Program for High School StudentsSummer pre-college programs for high school students often take place on college campuses and they can provide students with a chance to get a preview of a college environment. Pre-College programs often enable high school students to get a general feel for a college campus and experience learning in a post-secondary education setting. Summer pre-college programs also give students a chance get a glimpse of college life and help prepare them for the transition from high school to post-secondary education. For more information on pre-college programs, please visit our blog post about pre-college courses for high school students.

Learning about Topics of Interest through Summer Pre-College Programs

Summer education programs - learningSummer pre-college education programs have different areas of emphasis. This enables students to gain more insight on subject areas of interest and to consider potential college majors as well as career pathways. Pre-college programs can focus on topics such as art, business, computers, engineering, drama, journalism, theatre, math, music, technology, science, STEM, writing, and more. As a result, students are encouraged to carefully consider the topics that they would like to explore and programs that would be beneficial.

Choosing a Pre-College Summer Program or Educational Opportunity

When choosing a pre-college program or camp for the summer of 2020, it can be helpful for students and parents to examine important factors. Some of the factors that can be considered include:

  • location
  • admission requirements
  • supervision
  • program focus area
  • cost
  • daily schedule
  • expected outcomes

In order to ensure that students have the type of learning experience that they are seeking from a summer program, students and/or parents are encouraged to directly contact a representative of a summer program to find out detailed and up-to-date information. Students can begin learning about programs by using the ‘states‘ tab at the top of the page.