Summer College Programs for High School Students

Summer College Programs for High School Students
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    Talented high school students can get a leg up on college by take summer college programs at select schools.

    Such programs have been around for a number of years and are typically open to rising high school juniors and seniors.


Summer college isn’t for everyone, but can be useful for students seeking to gain an academic edge as they prepare for college.

Columbia University — Open to students entering grades 9 through 12, the Columbia program is now in its 25th year. Students choose one curricular option per session and are place in either a Junior-Senior Division or a Freshman-Sophomore Division. Besides academics, students can take advantage of organized sports, sample local restaurants, visit nearby parks and participate in community outreach projects. Columbia also offers summer programs for students abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and in the Middle East.

Columbia University
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, MC 4119
New York, NY 10027

University of Chicago — Summer in the Windy City provides a venue for high school students to sample college life as well as earn college credit through various on- and off-campus programs. These programs included American Law and Litigation; Creative Writing: Fiction; Developmental Psychology: Theories and Techniques; and Weather, Climate and Natural Hazards, among others. Students need to send in two recommendations along with short essays.

The University of Chicago
Graham School of Continuing
Liberal and Professional Studies
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Stanford University — Stanford’s High School Summer college is open to commuting and residential students. Thus, students from across the United States, indeed the entire world are able to attend. The Stanford program offers more than 125 classes in over 30 programs, giving high school students the chance to sample Stanford’s curriculum. Special classes and intensive studies are also available. All summer attendees have access to Admissions 101, a program that helps students learn about what it takes to put together a competitive college application.

Stanford University
Stanford Summer Session
High School Summer college
365 Lasuen Mall
Littlefield Center
Stanford, CA 94305


So, why spend your summer at college when you can hang with your friends? For a number of reasons including some outlined above. Summer college gives students a chance to get a taste of college, meet other students and to gauge a particular school. If your top college pick has a summer program, consider taking it — it just might open doors for you when you apply later on. Keep in mind such programs are not free and can be quite pricey for some families.


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