College Summer Programs


Many colleges offer high school students the opportunity to take college courses during the summer or offer special programs for high school students to prepare for the academic and social experiences of college. Some programs are in-person and/or residential, while others are virtual and/or hybrid. Please note in-person and/or residential programs may have a vaccine requirement.
These classes/programs can be a great addition to your college applications. Some afford students the opportunity to earn college credit for the courses that can transfer to their institution.
These programs are often tailored to high-achieving students looking to challenge themselves with rigorous academics; students wishing to explore college fit, academic majors, and/or careers before applying to college.
Below is a summary of some institutions offering these programs with links to their websites. Explore what is offered and compare it to what interests you. Pay close attention to costs, application information, and deadlines. If you are interested, act quickly.
For questions about the programs, students should contact the programs directly. If you apply and/or are accepted please inform your guidance counselor and/or Mr. DeMartino.

Click the title of each program for additional information.


Columbia University Summer High School Academic Program for Engineers (SHAPE)

“Columbia Engineering Summer High School Academic Program for Engineers (SHAPE) is a selective summer high school program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. SHAPE is geared toward local students who have demonstrated an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Each 3-week session offers college-level courses in engineering, which are complemented by electives and workshops.” 


Cooper Union Summer STEM

Summer STEM will offer in-person three and six-week programs and a virtual four-week program “Students work in teams to use design principles and learn engineering skills needed to identify a problem and create a solution.” Applications are due Friday, March 18th.


Cornell Precollege Studies – Online Courses for High School Students

“You can choose from dozens of regular university courses, work with a Cornell faculty member, study alongside undergraduate students, and improve your college study skills. It's a great chance to earn college credits without leaving home.” Applications are due May 6th or May 27th (depending on the course).


Cornell Precollege Studies – Summer Residential Program

“Through the Cornell University Precollege Summer Residential Program, you can take fascinating college courses, study with top Cornell faculty, earn college credits, enjoy the gorgeous campus, and make friends from around the world.” Applications vary by course. 

Drexel University – Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Summer Institute

“Are you an aspiring engineer looking for a hands-on summer experience? Explore civil, architectural, and environmental engineering while learning about designing and maintaining infrastructure projects, designing buildings that work, and designing systems, processes, and policies enabling people to co-exist more sustainably with the environment during a week-long summer institute!” Applications are due June 30th.


Drexel University – Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Institute

“Students will learn the basics of computer programming in the Python programming language, as well as the basics of programming embedded systems, using the ESP32 which is a low-cost, low-power microcontroller with integrated Wi-Fi.” Applications are due June 15th.


Drexel University – Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute

“Are you an aspiring scientist or engineer looking to learn about how people create materials that improve our lives? Explore materials science and engineering while learning about nanotechnology and sustainability during a week-long Summer Institute!” Applications are due June 1st.


Georgetown University Hoya Summer High School Sessions

“Our 1-Week, 2-Week, and 3-Week Academies will take you on a virtual accelerated learning experience. You'll examine a single subject area through collaborative online exercises and simulations, group discussions, and virtual presentations from industry leaders.” Applications vary by course.


Johns Hopkins University Summer at Hopkins

“Summer at Hopkins offers an unrivaled opportunity to learn from Hopkins’ world-renowned instructors and connect with academically oriented students from around the globe. Select from a host of programs in medicine, neuroscience, and psychology to broaden your knowledge, enhance your college application, and earn academic credit.” 


Manhattan College Summer Engineering Awareness Program

“For 40 years, Manhattan College has introduced high school students to careers in engineering, math, and science through the Summer Engineering Awareness Program. This 10-day intensive program for rising juniors and seniors is offered free of charge. The program focuses on science, engineering, SAT prep, and the college admission process.” Applications are due April 8th.


National Student Leadership Conference High School Programs

At NSLC you will: explore your future with interactive simulations based on exciting real-life career scenarios; meet new friends from around the world who share your interests while living and learning on a college campus; develop the knowledge, confidence, and practical leadership skills required to achieve your goals; prepare for college as you gain valuable knowledge on how to succeed from professionals within your field; discover the world behind-the-scenes of your dream career as you gain insight into your future on exclusive tours. Programs are offered in the fields of Business, Government & Law, S.T.E.M., Art & Design, Leadership & Community, Computer Science.


NJIT Academy College Courses for High School Students

“Academy College Courses at NJIT are designed for high-achieving 11th and 12th graders who want to get a jump on their college careers. Participants earn NJIT college credits in small, customized classes taught by faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to teaching excellence. Course credits can be applied toward an undergraduate degree at NJIT and most other colleges and universities.” Applications are due June 6th.


NYU Career Edge – High School Summer Program

“The Career Edge NYU Summer High School Program affords students an exceptional college and career readiness experience. Career Edge is the premier summer college program and has served thousands of high school students from around the world in exploring career paths and experiencing what it is like to live on the NYU campus and learn at a renowned US university. These courses do not offer college credit, but instead immerse you in a professional field while answering questions such as: What is college like? How can I prepare for college? What is a good career for me?” Residential Applications due May 16th; Commuter Applications due June 1st.



ARISE (Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering) is intended to provide an advanced STEM research opportunity to New York City students giving them authentic research experiences, mentoring, workshops, and college advisement. Applications are due March 1st.


NYU Tandon CS4CS

CS4CS (Computer Science for Cyber Security) is a 3-week full-day summer program providing an introduction on the fundamentals of cybersecurity and computer science Applications are due April 13th.


Rensselaer PREFACE 2022 Summer Engineering Design Program

“PREFACE is a summer experience hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute designed for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering or technology… PREFACE has provided a pre-college introduction to the different types of engineering, allowing students to understand what engineers do and what it takes to become an engineer. PREFACE students are exposed to today’s global challenges and learn to use engineering design and manufacturing processes to develop possible solutions.” Applications are due April 15th.


Rutgers University Pre-College Summer Academies

The Rutgers Pre-College Summer Academies are two-week certificate programs designed for international and U.S. high school (secondary school) students ages 16-18. Offering: Leadership Academy, Physical Therapy Academy, Law Academy.


Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College Programs

“When you enroll in a pre-college program at Stevens, you can explore your ideas and interests in a pressure-free, inspiring academic environment that welcomes big thinkers. What distinguishes our pre-college programs from others is that you get to create something from start to finish: a business plan, a video game, an investment portfolio, a short animation. Yes, you’ll leave with a stronger college application, you’ll try out a potential major, get a taste of what campus life is really like, and make some new friends. But: designing your own portfolio project with cutting-edge technology…in state-of-the-art facilities…while studying alongside our exceptional and talented faculty…while exploring New York City? Only at Stevens!” Applications are due March 1st.


Stony Brook University (SUNY) High School Programs

Stony Brook offers an exciting variety of opportunities for high school students, ranging from genuine hands-on research to credited summer courses that can jump-start your college career. Offerings include: Biotechnology, Computer Science and Informatics, Engineering, Explorations in Forensics, and Oceanography

Engineering Summer Program; Lab Techniques in Biotechnology; Mathematics Summer Program; Physics Summer Program; Explorations in Forensics

Applications are due May 2nd.


Syracuse University Summer College Online

“Summer College – Online students have the unique opportunity to explore potential majors and pursue academic interests from the comfort of home – or from anywhere life takes them. Students participate in high-level instruction, have access to virtual campus offerings, and are welcomed into an engaging and supportive online community.” Financial Assistance/Scholarship Deadline: March 1st; Applications are due May 1st. 


TCNJ Annual Robotics Summer Camp

“High School students are invited to apply for an intensive summer Robotics Camp offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The intent of the camp is to motivate the most creative minds of a new generation of prospective Electrical and Computer Engineers to become global leaders in an increasingly technological world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive and powerful academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and professionals.” Priority Applications are due April 15th.


United States Military Academy High School STEM Camps

“The Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD STEM) organizes and runs the West Point middle school and high school STEM workshops. Each summer, middle and high school students from across the United States are invited to come to West Point for a week-long hands-on workshop. The overarching goal is to increase interest in STEM through inquiry-based projects; develop and reinforce student science, math, and problem-solving skills that are prerequisites to success in high school and college; and motivate underrepresented, underserved students to aspire to pursue STEM courses in high school and envision themselves in STEM careers.” Applications are due March 18th.


UPenn Summer Academies

“Academies are subject-intensive (Biomedical, Chemistry, Physics, Global Culture and Communication, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Social Justice) three-week programs that fuse sophisticated scientific or social theory with relevant applications. The science academies draw upon Penn's cutting-edge technology and resources to provide innovative lab experiences while the social academies draw upon the rich history and diversity of Philadelphia to provide a sociologically comprehensive summer experience. Applications are due April 1st.


Villanova University Pre-College Summer Academy

“Villanova University's Pre-College Summer Academy is an innovative, engaging pre-college academic experience for high school students, 100% online. Designed and taught by Villanova faculty, this program is open to students age 13 and above - typically rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who will be applying to college in the next couple of years. Each course has the benefit of a current Villanova Student Fellow, who helps lead academic and community-building activities. Upon completion of the course(s), students will earn a certificate.” Register by May 1st.


Wolfram High School Summer Camp

“The Wolfram Summer Camp is an intensive two-week program designed to advance high-school students' programming and problem-solving skills. Through lectures and activities led by Wolfram instructors, students use the Wolfram Language to learn and apply computational thinking skills.”