Dec 05


Winter is Coming–is it time to “think summer?”

Dear Juniors (and others):

A summer experience can be very enriching. Students can explore interests they have or introduce themselves to new experiences. In some cases, students can live for a week or more on a college campus and get an idea about what campus life might be like. A very few colleges have competitive summer programs that actually give an edge in the admissions, although almost none have any bearing on admissions, even to the “host” colleges. However, students who have attended have often found it to be a growth experience that can be used on a resume or personal statement.

The Summer Institute for the Gifted offers residential programs for gifted students including cultural, social and recreational activities at a variety of colleges and universities. Financial assistance available.  Visit for more information

Landmark Colleges offers summer programs of enrichment and insight as well as recreational activities for students who learn differently.  For more information visit

There are many subject-specific experiences—for the arts, music, fashion design, and lots of programs for science and engineering, including pre-med. Each program has admission deadlines you’ll want to check. Some of them are quite pricy, some have scholarships. This is a decision you would want to make carefully with your family.  You can find information by searching the internet, or you may find yourself receiving information in the mail, because these organizations often have access to student information if they took tests like the PSAT. We are getting information daily in the College Counseling office, so you can check with us as well.  Here are some recent programs we have received:

Free programs to those who qualify:

Jewish students who are interested in an all-expense paid summer trip to Israel can apply for a Bronfman Fellowship. No Jewish educational background is required.  Note:  ***DEADLINE IS JANUARY 4, 2018***

Calvin Colleges Entrada Scholars program offers scholarships to ethnic minority students who are nominated.  See Patti if you are interested. Application deadline is March 2, 2018.

QuestBridge, a college matching program that offers free applications and ultimately a free college education also has a summer program called “College Prep” which offers full scholarships to students with under a $65,000 family income and who qualify academically with a 3.5 in challenging high school courses to summer programs at such colleges as Brandeis, Emory, Harvard, Notre Dame, Penn, Stanford or Yale. Interested students need to let Patti know, and she will refer you.  Deadline will be in March.

The Joyce Ivy Foundation offers funding for a variety of summer programs to qualifying sophomore or junior females.  Complete information at :

College specific programs—NOT a guarantee, or even necessarily a factor in admissions to that college, but is a great opportunity to spend time and experience life at that college:

Babson College’s Summer Study for Entrepreneurial Development:  An exciting program for would-be entrepreneurs from one the top schools in the nations.

Interested in a career in music?  Spend two weeks at Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory Summer Institute and learn about everything from chamber music to music theatre and visit Cleveland’s major arts centers.  They also have an audition prep program.  Deadline is April 1.  Visit:

Barnard College offers a series of summer programs for female students who are current sophomores and juniors.  Experience life in the heart of Manhattan and study anything from leadership to STEM to gender studies and everything in between.  Information at

Study Music and the performing arts at the Berklee College of Music:

Boston University’s Summer Term for high school students has been running for over 100 years!  Experience life in the nations “college town” and earn college credit.   or

Brandeis University offers an App Design Boot Camp for students interested in upgrading their technology skills and working with industry professionals to bring their vision to life. “Explore diverse academic and artistic pursuits while developing skills, knowledge and friendships for  life.” They also offer programs in Jewish leadership, Jewish arts, and the future of medicine. Visit

California College of the Arts offers a four-week inspiring opportunity for high schools students to study art, architecture, design or creative writing in an art school setting in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area and earn college credit. Scholarships available.  Visit

Calvin College’s Entrada Program is designed for ethnic minority high school juniors and seniors who want to experience college life, earn college credit and possibly qualify for a scholarship to Calvin.  Visit for more details.

Jumpstart your future at Carnegie Mellon’s summer precollege programs where you can experience life at Carnegie Mellon, study Architecture, Art& Design, Drama, Music or at the National High School Game Academy.  Visit

College for Creative Studies offers precollege programs for Metro Detroit students.  Information at

Cornell University Summer College.  “Take fascinating college courses with Cornell’s world-renowned faculty” in a variety of subjects;

Denison University’s Young Writer’s Workshop is one of the oldest high school creative writing programs in the country.  Visit for details.

Duke University has a variety of programs with a global focus.  Visit:

You can live and breathe fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising on the USC campus or study game design at the University of Washington in Seattle through Experience America.  Check out

George Mason University hosts the Washington Youth summit on the Environment or the Washington Journalism and Media Conference for interested students.  Nominations required, see Patti to be nominated; due October 22. 2016.

Hampshire College offers an opportunity to experience their unique approach to learning and campus life with such programs as Science of Cooking, Social Media Literacy, Blacksmithing, Jewelry Making and Metal Design, Composing Music for Film and more. Details at:

Harvard University Design Discovery Program is a six-week summer program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Learn first-hand what it’s like to pursue a career in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design but is open to a broad range of students with varied interests.  Information at

Hillsdale College offers a unique high school study abroad program where students can spend two weeks learning from English, history and Classics professors in their historically rich settings—revolutionary America, England and Italy.  Information and application are available in College Counseling or at

Kettering University offers its LITE (Lives Improve through Engineering) in a two week program for rising seniors to experience college life and learn firsthand what engineers do to improve people’s lives.  Go to Details will be available this spring.

Maryland College of Art.  Pre-college studio residency programs in Baltimore or Tuscany.  “Create a great portfolio; learn from working artists & designers”

Miami University’s Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for high-achieving rising juniors and seniors to spend two seeks on campus studying a topic of their choice with top professors. This competitive program gives participating students and edge in Miami applications, Honors College and scholarships.    Find out more in College Counseling or email Lindsey Holden at

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs offer week-long explorations designed to created awareness of and stimulate interest in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Experience residence hall life, enjoy team competitions, and enjoy outdoor activities in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Scholarships are available. Choose from the Engineering Scholars Program or the Women in Engineering Program. Applications in College Counseling, or   for more information visit

New York film Academy offers summer camps with hand-on intensive experiences in filmmaking, acting, musical theater, broadcast journalism, digital photography, screenwriting, 3D Animation and more held at locations such as NYC, LA, Disney Studios, etc.  Apply online at

Experience life as a New York University student and earn college credit in the NYU Pre College program.  Applications available February 1 at

Otis College of Art and Design, located in the LA area, hosts its Summer of Art, encouraging student to be individualistic, passionate and joyful in their approach to art and design. College Credit and scholarships are available.

Summer at SCAD offers the chance to experience university life and to purse art and design disciplines while working alongside other like-minded students at the Savannah and Atlanta campuses as well as Hong Kong, Information at

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Programs.  Explore interesting topics with expert instructors in the following programs: Summer Institutes High School Program, High school Summer College, Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Youth Orchestra, and math and science camps.  .

Stevens Institute of Technology’s Pre-College programs are designed to inspire creativity in a variety of areas from cyber-security, and entrepreneurship, game design, foundations in electronic music, pre-med science and engineering, and more, just minutes away from NYC at their beautiful campus in Hoboken, NJ.  For more information:

Tufts University Summer Study program offers over 35 summer courses for a variety of interests, college credit and a chance to spend time on this Boston area campus.  Information can be found at

United States Coast Guard Academy offers the nation’s most realistic service academy summer program to find out whether the USCGA is right for you.  For more information, visit

University of Alabama’s Early College Program offers college credit and the opportunity to live on this beautiful campus.  Students must be nominated, so if you’re interested let Bridghette or Patti know.

University of Chicago Summer Session offers high school students an immersion experience  in a variety of fields—from Biological Science research to excavating fossils, to Economics or Interdisciplinary programs focusing on critical  thinking and answering big questions.  Some scholarships are available.  Applications and information can be found by emailing: or calling 773-702-1723.

University of Dayton offers programs in June in Entrepreneurship


University of Miami Summer Scholars Program.   Earn college credit while studying a variety of topics at this beautiful campus in Miami, Florida.  For more information:

The University of Michigan offers a host of summer opportunities:

Preview what life is like as a freshman at the University of Southern California in a two- or four-week program where you can take interesting classes, explore local attractions around LA and earn college credit.  Visit.

University of Toledo offers leadership development and a college experiences at their Global Leadership Experience.  You can also compete for UT scholarships.  Information in College Counseling

University of Vermont’s pre-college program offers a summer to remember with credit or non-credit classes and even study in Costa Rica/ Visit .

Interested in video game development?  Want to spend three weeks at the University of Washington in Seattle?  This is how they describe their program: “The Game Experience introduces students to the next level of summer camps.  Last year’s Game Experience was a truly international experience with students from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, China and Hong Kong attending.”

They also offer an Entrepreneurship experience through U W’s Foster School of Business

If either of these sounds interesting, check out

Vanderbilt offers a summer program for talented youth.  Information at:

Wake Forest University offers a host of summer immersion programs from Bioscience to Visual arts. Live on campus or in beautiful Charlotte, NC, and experience college life without the exams.  Application and information at

Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers pre-college programs in art and architecture as well as a portfolio plus program.

Interested in early American History?  Get connected at the College of William and Mary in the historic town of Williamsburg, visit historic sites and earn college credit, too.  For complete details visit

The Yale (University) Young Global Scholars program is a two-week academic enrichment and leadership training program for talented sophomores and juniors from around the world.  Study in New Haven or their campus in Beijing anything from Applied Science to International Affairs.  Financial aid is available. Applications are due February 6.  More information at:

Not affiliated with a college—but may take place on a college campus and some students have found to be interesting are the National Leadership Conferences.  Check them out at  If you are interested, I need to nominate you.

The High School Diplomats Program held at Princeton University offers a cultural exchange program with a full scholarship. Details at


Planning to spend time this summer visiting colleges? Interested in taking a guided tour with college counselors and experienced staff?  College Visits, Inc. offers week-long tours to colleges across the U.S. from New England to California.  For information go to

There are set college campus tours you can go on over the summer:

Another option for visiting college campuses with a group is through

There are program catalogs with many opportunities such as

Global Works (community service based)

Summer Discovery

Summer Springboard gives students an opportunity to gain a college experience, leadership opportunities and learning experiences in a variety of areas from Entrepreneurship to Creative Writing, Medicine, Computer Science and more at  UC Berkeley or Yale.  More Information at

Summerfuel offers a personalized learning experience that encourages independence and friendship, exploration and fun.  Programs at several colleges such as Tufts, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Yale or language immersion in Spain, France and Italy.  Information at

Interested in career training in music performance, business and/or technology?  Learn from industry experts and “Grammy pros.”  The Grammy Foundation offers summer camps in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Nashville.  Visit

Travel based or language immersion programs:

American Collegiate Adventures offers programs in Madison, Boston and also London, Florence, Nice, Paris, Barcelona and Seville.

The African Leadership Academy Global Scholars Program offers opportunities to develop leadership skills as well as to work on issues of human rights and community development across the African continent.  Information in College Counseling or at

Ef Educational Tours offers scholarships through an essay contest where students will consider their roles in the world and then put their words into action.

National Geographic: ,   Includes photography, wildlife and conservation, archeology, creative writing and more.

New York Times Student Journeys:  Explorer themes and topics associated with Times coverage of local issues, including Responses to Climate Change, Business in China, Social Justice in the American South, Farm to Table in Tuscany, and more.  Visit:

Outward Bound offers the classic program for exploration and  stretching your comfort zone.  Choose from a variety of activities and adventures:

Oxbridge Academic Study Abroad Programs:  Study in New York City, Los Angeles or at Oxford in England and also travel to various countries.

Putney:  Many programs from Community Service to Cultural Exploration, including Language Learning and Pre-College; from skiing in Patagonia to Community Service in Fiji and more. Scholarship opportunities at

Additionally, Putney has partnered with National Geographic Student Explorations and New York Times Student Journeys, information above.

Spend 2 or 3 weeks sailing in the Caribbean—no prior experience needed:

Study Abroad:

SPI Abroad:

Studying Abroad with CEA

Visions Service Adventures incorporate travel with “meaningful service, cultural immersion and adventurous exploration,” in such diverse places as Alaska, Cambodia, Mississippi and Myanmar, and French and Spanish immersion experiences in Guadalupe, Peru, Dominican Republic and more.  For more information visit  or call 406-551-4423.

Where there be Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences. While Dragons programs vary in their focus—with some trekking and wilderness intensive, others strong on service and development studies, and still others language-oriented—all Dragons journeys are designed above all else to be fun, safe and honest educational experiences. Visit

Additionally, in many cases, you do have to apply early, so if you are interested, now is the time to begin looking into it!

Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC

Director of College Counseling


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