Summer Opportunities

Academies are subject-intensive three-week programs that fuse sophisticated scientific or social theory with relevant application. The science academies draw upon Penn's cutting-edge technological experience and students’ virtual at-home labs, while the social academies draw upon the rich history and diversity of Philadelphia to provide a sociologically comprehensive academic experience.

The Pre-College Program is designed for academically curious high school students interested in the intellectual challenge of an Ivy League undergraduate academic experience. Pre-College Program students are enrolled in online summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates. Our program offers undergraduate courses in a wide array of disciplines taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Academic advising and access to University learning resources are provided. The Pre-College Program also welcomes international applicants.

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In this interactive studio program, you'll develop fashion design skills, deepen your knowledge of fashion tools and trends, and build a professional-grade design portfolio at Cornell's Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, the only department of its kind in the Ivy League.

Through hands-on projects, discussions, guest lecturers, and critiques, you'll explore basic fashion design concepts, processes, and research.

No prior experience with fashion design is necessary, and no sewing is involved in the program.

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In this program, you'll examine the many ways in which individuals change as they move through adolescence—biologically, psychologically, cognitively, and socially. You'll learn about the major theoretical perspectives, research methods, and controversies in the study of human development. And while the focus will be on psychology, the program will also touch on education, neuroscience, sociology, psychiatry, criminology, economics, law, medicine, and public health.

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A pre-college program at Syracuse University designed to engage girls to a cadre of information and technology related workshops introducing them to topics centered around careers in technology, including but limited to: Web Design, Project Management, Human Centered Design, Social Media, Information Security, Information Literacy, Data Science and Analytics. This will be accomplished through mini-lectures, hands on activities, escape the lab scenarios, and the building of a technology portfolio that will include the results of their projects each day. June 27-July 10, applications open now.

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Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, our programs not only give you an inspiring learning experience, you can also request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills, in fields including Field Studies for Sustainable Futures, Women's History, Science & Engineering, and the Young Women's Writing Workshop.

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Spelman College offers a 4-week residential experience, at no cost, to introduce promising high school students interested in exploring art history and curatorial studies.  Students will work with professionals at Atlanta’s acclaimed High Museum of Art, accessing their extensive collections as part of our academically rigorous program.  They will also have an opportunity to earn college credits. While there is no cost to participate, students are responsible for travel costs to the program.

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A five-day overnight experience for rising juniors or seniors who dream of becoming successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, or leaders in international business. Students will get to visit local businesses, listen to successful leaders from around the world, and learn from Bryant’s international business professors, and network with alumni. Some scholarships available. 

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St. John’s Church is providing 40 elementary school inner-city kids with an opportunity to experience a five-day summer camp like many of us have known in the summer. This camp relies on high school counselors to bond with the campers to make their week worthwhile, all while you receive service hours. The camp will be July 9-13, 2018 in Reisterstown, MD. Contact Melanie Heacock, at 410-404-1322, or, for more information.

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Rising 11th and 12th grade girls are invited to the Cyber Defense Training Camp to explore and apply various topics within the STEM and cybersecurity fields by linking research to practice through hands-on experience. Participants will be introduced to the cybersecurity programs available at the University of Maryland and will be exposed to various topics and careers in the field of cybersecurity. 

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The Summer Mathematics Institute is a free opportunity for bright and gifted pre-college students to interact with university faculty and each other, to take some challenging math classes that earn college credit, and have fun in an academic atmosphere.  The Institute runs approximately from late June through the first week of August each summer. Students are encouraged to apply early.

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A week-long summer program for girls entering grades 10-12 next year. Learn about the exciting mathematics of Codes, interact with peers, and work with female mathematics graduate students and professors. Campers stay in a residence hall and are chaperoned by female mathematics graduate students and undergraduate students. Fee is max $500, scholarships available; students are responsible for own transportation. 

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The high school summer programs at McCombs Business School are free, 6-day experiences that offer rising junior and senior high school students the chance to learn and interact with McCombs students, faculty, and corporate representatives. Outstanding African-American, Latino and Native American students, first-generation students, and students who have overcome social or economic hardship are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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The Young Women's Institute is a 4-day program for young women around the country to participate in workshops with top Kelly Business School faculty, interact with successful Kelly alumni, prepare a real-world business case project, and build leadership and communication skills. Program is free for those accepted; participants must pay their own transportation costs. 

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The Summer Immersion Program is a FREE​ ​7-week introductory computer science ​program ​for​ ​10th-11th grade girls going into their junior or senior year of high school. During the 7-week program, participants​ ​learn​ about ​computer science,​ ​gain​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​tech​ ​jobs,​ ​and​ ​join​ ​a​ sisterhood​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​who​ ​are​ ​using​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​to​ ​become​ ​change-makers. Locations are available in Washington, D.C., as well as across the country.

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