Dear Juniors (and Sophomores):
Summer opportunities 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.
There are program catalogs with many opportunities such as
Global Works (community service based) http://www.globalworkstravel.com/
Summer Discovery http://www.summerdiscovery.com/
There are set college campus tours you can go on over the summer: www.gocampusing.com
Another option for visiting college campuses with a group is through www.college-visits.com
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, 2017*** www.bronfman.org.
Calvin Colleges Entrada Scholars program offers scholarships to ethnic minority students who are nominated. See Patti if you are interested. Application deadline is March 3, 2017.
The Joyce Ivy Foundation offers a scholarship to female sophomores and juniors to allow study at a variety of college campuses. Applications are available online on December 15, 2016, due on March 1, 2017, and can be found, along with the program information, at https://www.joyceivyfoundation.org/apply/application.html. Complete information at: http://www.joyceivyfoundation.org/college-summer-programs.html
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 $60,000 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. The applications will be available in mid-February, and the deadline is the end of March to apply. Visit http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/cps-college-prep-scholarship
College specific programs—NOT a guarantee, or even necessarily a factor in admissions to that college, but can be 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. www.babson.edu/summerstudy
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 www.bw.edu/summer-music-programs
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 www.barnard.edu/summer.
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. http://www.bu.edu/summer/ or http://www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/
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 www.calvin.edu/entrada 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 http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/summer-pre-college-programs
College for Creative Studies offers precollege programs for Metro Detroit students. Information at http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/PCSE
Cornell University Summer College. “Take fascinating college courses with Cornell’s world-renowned faculty” in a variety of subjects; www.summercollege.cornell.edu.
Denison University’s Young Writer’s Workshop is one of the oldest high school creative writing programs in the country. Visit www.reynolds.denison.edu for details.
Duke University has a variety of programs with a global focus. Visit: http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students
You can live and breathe fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising on the USC campus through Experience America. Check out www.expamerica.net
Furman College offers an incredible opportunity to get a taste of college life, take classes with Furman’s favorite professors and make new friends. Information at www.furman.edu/summerscholars
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 www.hillsdale.edu/hs-programs
Maryland College of Art. Pre-college studio residency programs in Baltimore or Tuscany. “Create a great portfolio; learn from working artists & designers” www.mica.edu/precollege
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 Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSU Media Summer Camps are pre-college exposure programs for high school and middle school students in media and technology topics including game design, 3D animation, web design, digital cinema, and TV production. Each camp includes five full days of interactive and intensive instruction with MSU faculty and staff, culminating in a showcase of student work on the final day. http://tism.msu.edu/camps/
Michigan Tech Summer Engineering Scholars Program: Learn about engineering and enjoy outdoor activities in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Scholarships are available. For more information visit www.syp.mtu.edu
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 www.nyfa.edu/applications.
Experience life as a New York University student and earn college credit in the NYU Pre College program. Applications available February 1 at http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/high-school-programs/precollege.html.
Oberlin College is partnering with Foresight Prep to offer a pre-college program for motivated high school change-makers offers three different programs designed to inspire success initiatives and foster a more diverse, inclusive sustainability movement. http://www.foresightprep.org/
Oberlin Conservatory summer programs offer “something for every musician under the sun” from an academy for high school organists to a sonic arts workshop: composing electronic and computer music. Visit www.oberlin.edu/con/summer.
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. http://www.otis.edu/summer-art
The Summer Academy at St. John’s College offers sophomores and juniors the opportunity to read and discuss the great books of Western culture in small classes guided by faculty. Experience residential life at one of their fabulous campuses—either in historic Annapolis or Santa Fe. www.sjc.edu
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 www.scad.edu/sss or www.scad.edu/rs
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. More information in College Counseling. https://summercollege.stanford.edu/invite?utm_source=nagc&utm_campaign=NAGC&utm_medium=email
Stevens Institute of Technology’s Pre-College programs are designed to inspire creativity in a variety of areas from innovation and entrepreneurship, game design, foundations in electron ic music, pre-med science and engineering, and more, just minutes away from NYC at their beautiful campus in Hoboken, NJ. For more information: www.stevens.edu/summer
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 www.uscga.edu/AIM.
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 Miami Summer Scholars Program. Earn college credit while studying a variety of topics at this beautiful campus in Miami, Florida. For more information: www.miami.edu/ssp.
University of Southern California Summer Programs offers 2-4 week courses where you can earn college credit. Application at www.summer.usc.edu
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 . http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/precollege/summer-academy/
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 www.expamerica.net.
Vanderbilt PAVE pre-college program—a five-week program for top juniors interested in STEM fields. I would need to nominate you, so let me know if you are interested. Check out the program at https://pave.vanderbilt.edu.
Wake Forest University offers a three-week summer program learning about Global Sustainability or Cultural crossroads. Live on campus and discover how to change the way you learn, think and lead. Application and information at http://summer.wfu.edu/pre-college/
Summer Experiences at Washington University in St. Louis give students several options for high school sophomores and juniors to explore a specialized interest and explore life in this exciting mid-west city. Additionally they have a selective Summer Scholars Program for academically talented students that also allows for earning college credit. Information at www.summerexperiences.wustl.edu.
Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers pre-college programs in art and architecture as well as a portfolio plus program. www.samfoxschool.wustl.edu/precollege
Wayne State University Department of Theatre and Dance offers Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive; www.complexionsintensives.com Scholarship auditions February 28; Early birdy registration discount for the program by March 15.
Western Michigan University hosts a summer camp for musicians. Sample college life and learn what it would be like to study music at WMU. http://wmich.edu/music-camp/general.html
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 www.wm.edu/niahd
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. A webinar with more information will be shown on February 6 to learn about the various topics. Applications for the programs are due 2-16-2015. Go to www.globalscholars.yale.edu for info.
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 www.nslcleaders.org. If you are interested, I need to nominate you.
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 www.college-visits.com.
Another option for touring colleges with a group is through www.gocampusing.com
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 www.summerfuel.com
Summer Study at a college in the Big 10 (Penn State) Big Mountains (Colorado State) Big city (Fordham in NYC or the Sorbonne in Paris) through www.summerstudy.com.
Travel based or language immersion programs:
American Collegiate Adventures offers programs in Madison, Boston and also London, Florence, Nice, Paris, Barcelona and Seville. www.acasummer.com
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 www.africanleadershipacademy.org
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.
Oxbridge Academic Study Abroad Programs: Study in New York City, Los Angeles or at Oxford in England and also travel to various countries. www.oxbridgeprograms.com
Spend 2 or 3 weeks sailing in the Caribbean—no prior experience needed: www.sailcaribbean.com
Study Abroad: http://www.studyabroad.com/
SPI Abroad: http://www.spiabroad.com/
Studying Abroad with CEA http://studyingabroad.com/?CID=0X42_CoreGeneralstudyabroadprogramsother
Study abroad through the Summer Study Programs: www.summerstudy.com
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 www.visions-service.com
Worldstrides Summer programs. Expand your world through travel, service or language or cultural immersion. www.worldstridessummer.com
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 http://wheretherebedragons.com/
YFU Intercultural Exchange Program offers semester, year or summer study abroad programs for high school students. Partial and full scholarships are available. Visit www.yfuusa.org
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