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Summer Programs for High School Students in New York and NYC

Introduction – New York  and NYC Summer Program Opportunities

New York Summer ProgramsNew York offers a large variety of summer programs and pre-college experiences for high school students, including programs in NYC and at New York University (NYU). Students who are from in or out state can have productive experiences through participating in a summer program. The programs in New York vary by factors such as the area of focus, the structure, the housing, the educational activities, the cost, and more.

Summer programs for high school students at New York UniversityThese factors can provides students with a number of options to consider. As a result, it can be beneficial for high school students to research and read about summer programs that may be appealing. It can also be helpful for students to directly contact an official program representative to ask questions. For students who would like to participate in a program, this page includes general information and this is followed by information about specific summer programs for high school students in New York, including in NYC and at NYU.

 

Productive Summer Activities for High School Students in New York

There are many types of activities that can be beneficial and productive for high school students during the summer. For example, students may want to have experiences such as job shadowing, working, volunteering, going on family trips, and more. It can be helpful for students to consider their goals for the summer, research options, and find opportunities that align with these goals.

Summer program for high school students atColumbia University in New York For those students, who would like to extend their education beyond the traditional school year, a summer program may be helpful. New York summer programs can provide students with opportunities to gain more knowledge in a subject of interest, collaborate with peers, develop new skills, and learn from instructors. It is important to note that a student may be able to participate in multiple activities during the summer. For example, a student could consider participating in a shorter summer program in New York (e.g. a week-long program) and then engage in other activities during the remainder of the summer.


Pre-College Summer Programs in New York

Hofstra University summer program for high school studentsThere are many colleges and universities throughout the state of New York. It is one of the states with the most colleges in the country. A number of these institutions offer summer pre-college programs for high school students that are designed to provide them with educational opportunities that extend beyond the traditional school year, while also enabling them to gain experience on a college campus.

Pre-college programs typically give students a chance to learn more about a topic of interest (e.g. business, art, music, engineering, science, literature, technology, writing…), begin to consider potential college majors, meet professors, and learn about opportunities at the college level. The pre-college opportunities include those summer programs in NYC and at New York University.

New York college building for a summer program for high school studentsMany pre-college summer programs are held at a college or university, which allows students to learn more about a campus. Although many current undergraduates may be away during the summer, it can still be helpful for high school students to gain exposure to a college campus.

While programs differ in structure, many pre-college programs provide students with opportunities such as interacting with professors, meeting current students who are participating in a summer session, utilizing college resources, eating meals in campus dining halls, and visiting buildings on the campus (e.g. the student union and classroom buildings). There is additional information on pre-college summer programs in our blog articles entitled what is a pre-college programs and 5 pre-college programs with summer courses for high school students.


Pre-College Summer Residential and Commuter Options

Syracuse University summer programs for high school studentsSome pre-college programs are designed to be residential and participants can stay in a campus dormitory. Others are intended to be commuter-based, which involves the educational activities taking place during the day and then being able to return home in the evenings. In considering a New York summer program, high school students can examine a number of factors, including a particular topic or subject area that they would like to learn more about and the type of experiences that they would like to gain.


Colleges and Organizations Sponsoring Summer Programs for High School Students in New York

There are a variety of colleges in New York that sponsor pre-college programs, such as New York University, Hofstra University, Wagner University, and many more. There are also well-known organizations that sponsor pre-college programs in New York. An example of an organization that sponsors a summer pre-college program is the New York Times.


New York Summer Programs on this Directory

Summer program for high school students at Columbia University in New York CityThis page provides more information about a number of different New York summer programs for high school students. Some of the programs are selective and the spaces in some programs fill up quickly. As a result, it can be helpful for students to begin looking for summer programs early in the academic year, to apply ahead of any program deadlines, and to choose several program options of interest.  For more information on summer programs for high school students in New York, NYC, NYU, and more, please view the postings on this page.

New York Summer Program Spotlights

New York Times Summer Programs for High School Students

The NYC Academy Summer Program

Wagner College Summer Program for High School Students

Wagner Summer Pre-College Program

 

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New York Summer Programs



Alfred

Alfred University Summer Academic Camps – Alfred, New York
Alfred’s summer academic camps are designed to provide students with in-depth studies of high-interest topics. The subject areas for the summer camps include art, astronomy, ceramics and glass engineering, drones, computer engineering, robotics, creative writing. The classes are taught by faculty and students have a chance to meet new peers with a similar interest.
Participants: High school students.



Barnard

Barnard Summer Pre-College Programs – New York, New York
Barnard offers a number of pre-college programs for high school students during the summer. The programs include the Innovation Institute, the Leadership Institute, STEM Seminar, and Dance in the City. By participating in a pre-college program, students have the opportunity to learn from instructors, connect with peers, explore areas of interest, and get a preview of college life. The programs enable students to enhance their learning and apply knowledge to real world scenarios.
Participants: High school students.



Colgate

Colgate University Summer Programs – Hamilton, New York
Colgate offers a variety of summer programs for students. In addition to many sports camps, students have the opportunity to participate in academic programs to expand their learning beyond the school year. Colgate offers residential programs as well as commuter programs. The programs provide students with the opportunity to gain experience on a college campus. The programs include areas such as writing, music, and more.
Participants: K-12 Students

Columbia University in New York summer programs for high school students

Columbia University Summer Programs – New York, New York
Columbia offers summer programs for academically talented and motivated high school students. There are different program options that enable students to take classes and learn about a topic at an in-depth level at the university. The Summer Immersion Program enables students to take an intensive class on the campus and delve deeply into a topic of interest. There is a Summer Immersion option for one-week as well as a three-week option. There are many different courses available and students have a chance to develop insight into the educational expectations at the college level. The College Edge Program provides a chance for high school juniors and seniors to take classes during the summer that are also open to Columbia’s undergraduate students. The programs have a residential and commuter option.
Participants: High school students (one of the specific programs is designed for juniors and seniors).



Fordham

Fordham Summer Pre-College Program – New York, NY
The pre-college summer program at Fordham is designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to get a preview of college academics and to gain experience in college setting. Through the program, high school students can take college classes on the campus with the professors as well as students at the university.

The pre-college program works by recommending a particular group of classes for qualified high school participants. These classes are part of the university’s standard summer offerings. There are a wide range of topics that high school students can choose when they select their classes. These include business communication, computer programming, composition, biopsychology and more.

This program has an application process and it is selective. The program is commuter-based, but it takes place on a college campus and it utilizes the academic resources at the university.

Participants: High school juniors and seniors (note: there are also typically summer opportunities at Fordham for high school students in other grades).



Hofstra

Hofstra University Summer Science Program – Hempstead, New York
Hofstra offers a unique summer research program that enables high school students to work with a faculty mentor on the campus. Students who are selected to participate in this program are paired with a professor at the university. The pairing is made by taking the research interests of each student into account.

During the program, students engage in working on a research project. Each student meets regularly with the faculty member who is serving as the mentor. The program culminates with the students sharing their work.

In addition to the research aspect of the program, high school students have a chance to learn about the university, the campus, and college-level opportunities.

There is an application for this program and admission is considered to be selective.

Participants: High school students.



Marymount Manhattan

Marymount Manhattan College Experience Program – Manhattan, New York
The College Experience Program enables high school students to gain experience with college-level coursework in New York. One of the options for qualified students involves taking classes during the summer. The summer allows students to focus on the subjects that they are studying at the college.

Through this program, students have a chance to take classes in a wide range of subject areas. The classes enable participants to delve deeply into topics, concepts, and ideas of interest. Students also have the opportunity to learn from professors, gain insight into academics in a college environment, and utilize the resources at the college.

Participants: Qualified high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors (fifteen and up).



M M C

Marymount Manhattan Summer Pre-College Programs – Manhattan, New York
The pre-college intensives at the college are designed to help high school students learn more about an area of interest. The college offers several different intensives for students during the summer.

The United Nations Summer Intensive enables students to investigate international issues, the environment, women’s empowerment, as well as other topics.

The Musical Theatre Summer Intensive provides students with opportunity to enhance their skills in dance, voice, and acting.

The Slice of New York Pre-College Summer Intensive involve students participating in seminars by faculty members in different fields of study in order to help students prepare for the transition to college and gain a solid understanding of the types of courses that are offered at the college.

Participants: High school students who will be in the 11th and 12th graders (ages 16 and up).



NYC Academy

New York City Summer Academy– New York City, New York
The School of the New York Times offers courses to high school studetns through the NYC Summer Academy. The topics of study include journalism, media, technology, arts, culture, sports, fashion, business, science, and more. Participating students have access to the New York Times and are encouraged to take their learning beyond the classroom.
Participants: High school students.



NYU

Summer Pre-College Programs at NYU – New York, New York
NYU offers a summer pre-college program that enables students take college-level courses in a wide variety of subject areas. This enables students to choose an area of study that is of interest to them and to learn about concepts at an in-depth level. Participating students have the chance to experience a preview of college life and prepare for the academic expectations at a university. Students in the program also have a chance to become more familiar with New York City.
Participants: High school juniors and seniors



Pace

Pace University Summer Scholars Institute – New York, New York
The Summer Scholars Institute is a residential program that provides students with the opportunity to take interactive courses in areas of interest. The program features five fields of study – Theatre Arts, Business, Psychology, Digital Film, and Criminal Justice. Each field of study integrates trips to locations in New York City that relate to the curriculum that students are learning.
Participants: High school 11th and 12th graders.

St. Lawrence University in New York summer program for high school students

St. Lawrence University High School Summer Program  – Canton, New York
This Summer Program enables high school students to gain experience in college setting and learn about a subject of interest through college-level coursework. The summer opportunity is designed to help high school students become familiar with college life and academics. This preview of college can be helpful for students as they consider the transition that occurs when they have completed high school.

Through the program, students can choose from wide variety of interesting courses, utilize the resources on the campus, get to know other students, and become more comfortable in a college environment. Participating students also have the opportunity to learn professors and instructors with expertise in a given field of study.

The summer program is residential, which enables high school students to stay in dormitories and have meals in a popular dining facility on the campus. As a result, this experience enables students to get a feel for college life.

Participants: High school students.



Syracuse

Syracuse Summer College  – Syracuse, New York
The Summer College enables students to learn more about a topic or subject of interest. The summer college programs vary in length from one to six weeks. Students can explore subjects such as art, acting, business, computer studies, engineering, film, law, photography, science, and more. As a result, students can learn about topics at an in-depth level. There is also a residential component that is available through the summer college, which enables students to get feel for life on a university’s campus.
Participants: High school students.

Wagner College Summer Program for High School Students

Wagner University Summer Pre-College Program  – Staten Island, New York
Wagner offers a summer pre-collegiate experience for high school students. The program provides students with the opportunity to take short intensive courses on the campus in an area of interest. Students can choose from a variety of high-interest interdisciplinary tracks. Program options have included medicine and science, psychology and photography, business and communications, and more. In addition to learning about topics of interest, the program provides students with a chance to prepare for college, attend workshops, and go on field trips in New York.
Participants: High school students that will be going in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.