Summertime Pre-College Programs & Courses for Upper School Students

Pre-College Summer Programs and Courses are offered to varying grade levels typically in the “high school” years. It provides an opportunity for a student to develop their understanding and awareness of college and university types and experiences. Sometimes these types of programs even offer students the opportunity to attain college credit (which may be transferable to other schools) or scholarships to their college.

This is not a comprehensive list; if there is a school you are interested in please investigate their available summer offerings!


  • RISING 10th-12th GRADERS-minimum age is 15: Hillsdale College’s Liberty & Learning Youth Conference (Hillsdale, MI)
    • When: July 9-12, 2024 | August 5-8, 2024
    • Cost: $400
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program. The Summer 2025 application opens October 2024.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 11th-12th GRADERS: Hillsdale College’s High School Summer Study and Travel Programs
    • What: Earn 3 college credits from Hillsdale College while traveling to cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad
    • When: Various dates Summer 2025 (not updated yet)
    • Cost: $2,695(domestic) & $4,695 (international)
    • Deadline: February 15 or until program reaches capacity
    • To learn more please click here.

  • 10th-12th GRADERS: St. John’s College Summer Academy (Annapolis / Santa Fe locations)
    • When: June-July 2024
    • Cost: $1,600 (includes deposit)
    • Deadline: April 1 FA app due; May 1 priority application deadline
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 12th GRADERS: Thomas Aquinas College’s High School Great Books Program (Northfield, MA-New England / Santa Paula, California locations)
    • When: New England’s will be held July 7-20; CA’s will be held June 23-30 or July 14-27, 2024
    • Cost: 1 week program is $600; 2 week program is $975
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 11th and 12th GRADERS: Davidson College’s Virtual Admission Intensive Workshops
    • When: Various July 2024 dates
    • Cost: Free
    • Deadline: none
    • To learn more and register, please click here.

  • RISING 10th-12th GRADERS w/ a 3.0+ GPA: Boyce College’s Boyce Academy (Louisville, KY)
    • When: July 14-19, 2024
    • Cost: $998
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more / apply please click here.

  • 11th GRADERS: Asbury University’s Youth Becoming Leaders & ImpactU Camps (Wilmore, KY)
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • YBL: Students who show strong academic promise (GPA 3.3 or higher) and interest in scripture + theology, serve in leadership in school or church, are actively discerning their calling and/or feeling called into vocational ministry.
      • IU: Students choose one subject area to study for the entire week and enjoy academic sessions led by experienced faculty and talented college students multiple times each day.
    • When: Program Dates are June 3-14, 2024
    • Cost: Varies (Be sure to contact someone about the discount HLS families receive for our CEP Christian Education Partnership with Asbury)
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • 9th – 12th GRADERS (ages 14-18): Patrick Henry College Teen Leadership Camps (Purcellville, VA)
    • When: Summer 2024 (sessions June-July)
    • Cost: Each camp is $705, but you can save $75 when you register by April 1 at a discounted price of $630.
    • Deadline to register: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more and register, please click here.

  • Rising 12th GRADERS (Class of 2025): Christendom College’s Best Week Ever (Shenandoah Valley, VA)
    • When: Summer 2024 (sessions June-July)
    • Cost: all inclusive fee of $600 includes tuition, room and board, books and activity fees.
    • Deadline: Sign up for Early Bird Registration-apply by January 12, 2024 (Application still open as of 2/20)
    • To learn more please click here.

  • 9th-11th GRADERS: Hanover College’s Summer Academy (Hanover, IN)
    • When: June 9-14, 2024
    • Cost: $800 (includes cost of housing, meals, and necessary supplies). Students who enroll at Hanover will have the cost of the program deducted from their first year of tuition.
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please, click here.

  • 11th GRADERS with a 3.5+ GPA & 25+ACT: Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy (Murray, KY)
    • When: June 8 – June 29, 2024
    • Cost: $250 tuition processing fee.* In addition, students are responsible for personal articles, snacks, and incidental expenses.
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • Rising 10th-12th GRADERS: Western Kentucky University’s Gordon College of Business High School Personal Finance Summer Camp (Bowling Green, KY)
    • When: June 9-13, 2024
    • Cost: Early Bird Tuition (before April 15)-$299; Reg. Tuition (after April 15)- $399
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 10th-12th GRADERS: Lipscomb University’s Pre-College Summer Programs (Nashville, TN)
    • When: Various weeks through June and July 2024
    • Cost range: $325-$1,300 dependent on program
    • Deadline: various May dates based on program
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 11th-12th GRADERS: Cedarville University’s Summer Scholars Program (Cedarville, OH)
    • When: June 8-22, 2024
    • Cost range: $1,145
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 11th-12th GRADERS: Samford University’s Summer Programs: Bulldog Pharmacy Camp (Birmingham, AL)
    • When: June 23 – June 28
    • Cost: $550 (includes room, meals, snacks, supplies, and all camp activities)
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more and register, please click here.
    • To view other Samford Summer Programs, please click here.

  • 9th-12th GRADERS: Rose Hulman’s STEM Summer Camps (Terre Haute, IN)
    • When: various weeks in June – July 2024
    • Costs range: $1,550-$2,600
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • Rising 10th-12th GRADERS: Notre Dame’s Pre-College Programs
    • When: Various session dates from June 8 to July 31, 2024
    • Cost: $4,725 (total cost-tuition, housing, and fees)
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more, please click here.

  • 11th GRADERS: Elon University’s (Elon NC) Exposure Program for students who would like to learn about journalism and communications careers
    • What: Four learning sessions on foundational journalism skills, including News Gathering & Writing; Editing & Design; Photojournalism & Multimedia Broadcast; and Law & Ethics
    • When: virtual educational opportunities throughout spring 2024; completion of Exposure program makes students eligible for Immersion-an on campus residential 12-day learning workshop.
    • Cost: none
    • To learn more please click here.

  • Rising 11th-12th GRADERS: Washington University’s Summer Programs for High School Students (St. Louis, MO)
    • What: Summer programs offer highly motivated students the opportunity to experience WashU in the classroom and beyond.
    • When: Various summer months 2024.
    • Cost: Varies from free to $11,325; dependent on program
    • To learn more please click here.

  • Rising 10th-12th GRADERS: Rhodes College’s Summer Writing Institute (Memphis, TN)
    • When: June 16-28, 2024
    • Cost: Early decision tuition: $2200; Regular tuition: $2400
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more, please here.

  • 10-12th GRADERS: Harvard Summer School (Cambridge, MA)
    • When: Various Summer 2024 months dependent on program
    • Cost: $5,550-$14,250 plus a $75 application fee
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more and to apply please click here.

  • Rising 8th-12th GRADERS: Boston University’s Summer Pre-College Programs (Boston, MA)
    • When: various weeks and sessions June 30 – August 9, 2024
    • Cost: cost varies
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more, please click here.
    • To learn more about Boston University’s Summer Journalism Academy, please click here (deadline for Journalism Academy is April 19).

  • Rising 7th-12th GRADERS: Vanderbilt University’s Summer Academy & Programs for Talented Youth (Nashville, TN)
    • When: various weeks June-July 2024
    • Cost range: $1,500-$4,450
    • Deadline: Spring 2024
    • To learn more please click here.

  • Rising 11th-12th GRADERS: Northeastern University Accelerate Pre-College Programs (Boston, MA or Oakland, CA)
    • When: 2 week programs in June / July / August 2024 for respective locations and programs
    • Cost: $6,695
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • 10th-12th GRADERS (must be at least 16): University of Alabama’s Summer on Campus Early College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
    • When: May 27-Aug 2, 2024 dependent on summer 1 or 2 term
    • Cost range: $2,990-$3,560
    • Deadline: Spring 2024
    • To learn more please click here.

  • RISING 12th GRADERS: Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD Rising Star (Savannah or Atlanta GA)
    • When: June 16-July 19, 2024
    • Cost: $6,334 total
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more and apply click here.

  • Rising 10th-12th GRADERS pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in visual art, design, or creative writing in college: The Art Academy of Cincinnati: Future BFA Pre-College portfolio and college prep program
    • When: July 7th-July 27th, 2024
    • Cost: $1,300
    • Deadline: Unlisted
    • To learn more and apply, please click here.

  • Rising 10th-12th GRADERS: University of North Carolina Asheville Pre-College Programs – Art & Science offerings (Asheville, NC)
    • When: June 16-21 and June 23-28, 2024
    • Cost: $500 deposit and tuition starts at $1,430 and can go up to $1,890 dependent on program
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more and register, please click here.

  • RISING 10th-12th GRADERS & 2024 GRADS: Cornell College Mock Trial Camp (Mount Vernon, IA)
    • When: July 7 – 12, 2024
    • Cost range: $1,200 (total cost-camp, outings, 18 meals, housing)
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.

  • 9th-11th GRADERS: Beacon College’s Summer for Success (Leesburg, FL)
    • When: July 14- August 2, 2024
    • Cost: Varies based on track; $5,450 – $7,500
    • Deadline: Spring 2024
    • To learn more and apply, please click here.

  • 6th-12th GRADERS: Stanford University Mentors Qualia Global Scholars Summer Program: A selective pre-collegiate virtual summer program matching talented students in grades 6-12 with Stanford mentors.
    • When: Summer 2024
    • Cost: $970
    • Deadline: Rolling Admissions
    • To learn more and apply please click here.

  • Rising 10th-12th GRADERS: Rochester Institute of Technology’s High School Pro-Advantage Program (Rochester, NY)
    • When: July 15-July 19, 2024 / July 22 – July 26, 2024
    • Cost: $1,950 (total cost)
    • Deadline: not posted
    • To learn more and apply click here.

  • Rising 11th-12th GRADERS: Georgia Tech College of Design’s Pre-College Program; Focuses available in Architecture, Construction Science & Management, Industrial Design, or Music Technology (Atlanta, GA)
    • When: Session 1- June 16-June 28; Session 2- July 7-July 19 2024
    • Cost: $2,550 (includes deposit, room & board, meals, all supplies & materials, activities)
    • Deadline: Rolling Admissions (closes once full)
    • To learn more and apply click here.

  • K-12: Bellarmine University’s Summer Days Classes and Camps (Louisville, KY)
    • When: June 11 – July 19, 2024; each program varies
    • Cost range: vary
    • Deadline: Registration open now; no deadline provided.
    • To learn more about course and camp offerings please click here (view summary at bottom of page, please note “Exploring Offerings” button contains 15 pages to view).

  • Rising 11th-12th GRADERS: University of Mississippi’s Summer Language Institute (Oxford, MS)
    • When: June 26 – July 26, 2024
    • What: In both Arabic and Chinese Language programs, students earn 6 hours of college credit while living on the University of Mississippi campus.
    • To learn more, please click here.

  • RISING 12th GRADERS: Indiana University’s Precollege Academy (Bloomington, IN)
    • When: Summer 2024
    • Cost: none
    • Deadline: The deadline has passed for this year’s program.
    • To learn more please click here.