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Summer Pre-College Programs

Cost and Benefits of Summer Pre-College Programs

Pre-college summer programs can be life altering opportunities that provide a student with life experience and can give definition to their educational goals. It can also add to a college resume by providing a student with an extra-curricular activity and personal growth. A good experience will give the student an idea of what college life will be like and help them experience life outside a high school setting. Colleges and universities will generally favor students who aggressively pursue their educational opportunities outside the normal school day, and pre-college programs can provide this. 

However, summer programs are generally expensive and may not provide a student anything more than an educational vacation. Also, not all summer programs are of equivalent value. The costs and quality of experience can vary greatly and by no means do they guarantee admission to a college or university. Costs can be prohibitive, but some do have scholarships that may be available to students. While colleges value student's who go forth to pursue their education, and many summer pre-college programs offer that opportunity, they are far from the only way of gaining that experience. Participation in clubs on the UHS campus (particularly service clubs) as well as the many leadership opportunities in student government, sports...are an excellent substitute and free.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Student Leaders® program.  We would like your help spreading the word to your schools.

Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,300 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

  • A summer eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization. 
  •  The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 9-14, 2017. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

Students can apply for the program by going to Please note the application is open with a deadline of January 27, 2017. There will be no deadline extensions.

NYU School of Professional Studies

The NYUSPS High School Academy Career Edge program offers high school students the opportunity to live and learn in the heart of New York City, the cultural and financial capital of the world. These one-week, professionally oriented intensive programs of study allow you to explore career options and to gain the competitive edge when applying for college. Meet, live, and learn with students from around the world as you build your confidence and your knowledge. Taught by top industry professionals, courses are enhanced by field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on projects.


Summer Discovery Program

Summer Discovery is a website where you can find several college summer programs and internships throughout the world including: New York University, Northeastern University, Boston Business Institutes, China Business Institutes, Culinary Institute at University of Pennsylvania, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UCLA and Georgetown. Some of the Internship programs are located in Cambridge, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Shanghai, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. More information on these programs are available through the website.  

Summer at USC

Live the Trojan Experience! High School students get a preview of “freshman year” through 4 (College credit course) – 2 (non-credit course) – 1 (non-credit exploration) week summer programs on the USC campus. Courses included are: Architecture, Pre-law, Business, Science, Engineering, Visual & Performing Arts, Journalism, pre-health and writing. To join the summer for a unique, engaging university experience visit the website to find what USC summer programs can offer you! You can also call 213-740-5679 for more information. 

Summer at Duke

Duke University Summer Programs If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, spend your summer Duke Summer College for High School Students! Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world.



UC Riverside Program for Advanced High School Students

The Summer Academy program at UC Riverside has been designed for high school students who have completed the 9th, 10th or 11th grade. It is a great opportunity for high school students to get a head start on their college career. Every year the Summer Academy helps students complete one or more of their “A-G” requirements while also assisting in their pursuit of personal interests. Courses are recorded on an official UC transcript. While on campus students will obtain a real university experience that encourages further interest in post-secondary education. Eligible Early Academic Outreach Program students will be contacted by the UCR Summer Sessions office to offer them the opportunity to participate in this program. For detailed information and to apply for the Summer Academy please use the link below:

UC Riverside Summer Program 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.


An official Yale University program, participants in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale’s historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, meeting a talented community of fellow students, engaging with world-renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners.

Yale Young Global Scholars