The 12 Best Pre-College Summer Programs


6. Parsons Summer Intensive Studies: New York

This four-week-long program is held at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and is for students who are 16 to 18 years old. Students take rigorous classes and take part in special events such as guest lectures and activities designed to prepare them for a career in the fashion industry.

Application deadline: Rolling

Program dates: May 27-June 30, 2014 or June 30-July 25, 2014 

Cost: $3,364

To apply: Visit the program website and check out the classes offered.

Engineering and Science

7. Engineering Innovation at Johns Hopkins University

This four-week program is held in Maryland and is designed to help students develop skills to think like an engineer. In order to apply, students need to have completed Algebra II and Trigonometry classes and a lab science (physics, chemistry, biology) and be able to work a spreadsheet application, such as Excel.

Application deadline: March 1, 2014

Program dates: June 30 – July 25, 2014

To apply: Fill out the application on the program website.


8. Freedom and Justice in the Western Tradition at Cornell University

This three-week program is held at Cornell University in New York and offers opportunities for college credit. With a focus in pre-law, it is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Annie Leiman, a freshman at Cornell University, attended this program the summer before her junior year of high school. “My favorite experience was getting lunch with my professor with my classmates and getting to know a real, esteemed Cornell professor,” she says. “As a current Cornell student, I definitely felt more prepared coming here because of the program!”

Application deadline: May 2, 2014

Program dates: June 21-July 12, 2014

Cost: $6,020

To apply: Submit your high school transcript, current grade report, test scores, a letter of recommendation and the application on the program website.