Send Your High Schooler to Summer Camp at a Top American University
We recently published a blog post about Summer camps for high school students at some of the top universities in the United Kingdom. Continuing with that series, this week’s blog post looks at summer camps for high school students offered at some of the top universities in the United States. Summer camp at a university is a great way for high schoolers to get a taste of college life, and they come home with unforgettable experiences. Below, learn more about summer camps for high school students offered at Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and Johns Hopkins.
High School Summer College: High School Summer College takes place from June 22, 2019 to August 18, 2019. Students must be at least 16 at the start of the Program and no more than 19 at the end of the program and must not be matriculating into Stanford as a freshman. Students can take part either as a commuter or by living on campus. Residential students live in an undergraduate residence hall, most likely with a roommate. Floors are co-ed and have their own laundry facilities and computer clusters. Commuter students must live with family or a family friend within 50 miles of campus. Residential students are required to take at least 8 units, and commuter students are required to take at least 3. A limited number of students can take part in the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy, a 7-week program where students work in small groups to explore, prototype, and communicate world-changing innovation opportunities. The SVIA program costs $1375. Students also have the opportunity to delve deep into a subject about which they’re passionate through Intensive Studies in Computer Science, Data Science, Environmental and Water Studies, Chemistry, Human Rights, International Management, Scientific Communication for International Students, and Technology and Innovation. Students enrolled in High School Summer College can also take advantage of tutoring and academic advising through the Summer Academic Resource Center. Estimated cost ranges from $14,426 to $17,054. Low-income students living in the state of California can look into the Horizon Scholars program to attend High School Summer College at little to no cost.
Stanford EXPLORE Lecture Series: The Stanford EXPLORE Lecture Series is for students in grades 9-12 who are US citizens or permanent residents. It takes place Monday through Friday from July 8 to August 2, 2019 from 9am to 12pm (and until 12:30pm on Mondays with lunch included). The lecture series is taught by Stanford faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Week 1 covers immunology and neuroscience; week 2 covers stem cell and cardiovascular; week 3 covers bioengineering, bioinformatics, and genetics; and week 4 covers cancer and careers in science and medicine. While students are encouraged to attend all four weeks, they do have the option to attend one, two, or three weeks. Cost is $750 per week. In addition to lectures, students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and simulation labs and have lunch discussions with current undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to learn about the application process and their experiences. Students are provided a notebook, pen, bag, and option background reading. No homework assignments are given.
Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing: Hosted by the Department of Chemistry, IFSS gives rising juniors and seniors over the age of 16 the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge chemistry research will shadowing a graduate student mentor in the laboratory. Preference is given to local students, as there is no housing available. Students would be responsible for their own transportation to campus. There is no cost to participate. IFSS takes place on weekday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm from July 8 to July 29, 2019.
Logic Institute Summer Camp: Logic Institute Summer Camp takes place on weekdays from June 17 to 28, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Applicants must be enrolled in 9th-12th grade in Fall of 2019, comfortable with symbolic manipulation as taught in introductory algebra, and familiar with basic set theory, including set notation, union intersection, and complement. The program is taught by Stanford Computer Science professor Michael Genesereth and Citrus Hill High School physics and engineering teacher Michael Towne. Tuition is $2000, but there are scholarships available, especially for students underrepresented in STEM.
Harvard Pre-College Program: The Pre-College Program is a residential experience featuring non-credit classes. There are three two-week sessions throughout the summer, and students have the option of attending one, two, or all three of these sessions. There are over 30 courses from which to choose in each session. Students live on Harvard campus; attend classes for three hours a day; and participate in college readiness workshops, social events, and trips and activities, such as a Red Sox game or a Cambridge scavenger hunt. Applicants must graduate high school in 2020 or 2021, be at least 15 years old as of December 1, 2018, and not turn 19 before July 31, 2019. There is a $75 application fee, a $4600 program fee, and a $100 health insurance fee. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.
Secondary School Program: The Secondary School Program is available to high schoolers who will graduate in 2019, 2020, or 2021. It is a seven-week program running from June 22 to August 10, 2019 in which students are fully immersed in college life. In addition to taking classes, students can participate in research; make use of Harvard resources and facilities; and attend such events as trivia nights, talent shows, dances, and sports matches. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to attend college fairs, college tours at New England campuses, college counseling sessions with assistant deans, admissions talks, and workshops on the college application process. The residential experience costs $12,730 and includes 8 credits, room and board, meals, and insurance fees. For students who opt to do the online or commuter experience, the cost is $3340 for 4 credits or $6680 for 8 credits. In addition, there is a $75 application fee.
Summer Immersion: The Summer Immersion program has two identical three-week programs, taking place either June 24 to July 12, 2019 or July 16 to August 2, 2019. The residential program is open to students 16 or older at the start of the program, and the commuter program is open to students entering grades 9 to 12 or freshman year of college in the fall. Students can choose from over 70 courses for their morning and afternoon classes. Activities include college fairs and admissions talks, special lectures, special interest group meetings, community service events, and New York City excursions. The program cost is $5600 per session, plus an $80 application fee. Summer Immersion also has a one-week option that takes place from August 5-19, 2019 and costs $2290 per session plus the $80 application fee.
College Edge: College Edge is for students entering grades 11 or 12 or their freshman year of college in the fall and recent high school graduates. There are two summer sessions, each six weeks long. The first is from May 28 to July 5, 2019, and the second is from July 8 to August 16, 2019. Students can attend one or both sessions. Housing is only available during the second session. Students wishing to attend the first session are responsible for their own housing. In addition to classes, activities include college fairs and admissions talks, special lectures, special interest group meetings, community service events, and New York City excursions. Most classes are worth 3 points each. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 points to qualify for residential status. The cost of the residential program is $14,500 for 6 points, with an extra $1822 for each additional point. This includes tuition, housing, supervision, extracurricular programs, and three meals a day Monday-Friday. The commuter program costs $6,360 for 3 points, with an extra $1822 for each additional point.
New York University
Precollege: NYU Precollege is available to rising juniors and seniors and takes place from July 7 to August 16, 2019. Students can choose from hundreds of for-credit courses from over 30 subjects and can take between 3 and 8 credits worth of courses. In addition, they have the option of taking a non-credit college writing workshop for an additional $450. Students must take at least two classes in order to be eligible for housing. Students living on campus must also sign up for a meal plan with 10 or more meals per week. Residential students are in shared rooms. Social events take place in the dorms and within the city. The total cost of the residential program is approximately $15,452, which includes 8 credits of classes, program fees, housing, and a meal plan.
Coding for Game Design: C4GD is available to students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school in the fall. There are three identical two-week sessions: July 1 to 12, July 22 to August 2, and August 12 to 23. The last session is for commuters only. In this program, students learn to design games and use Unity and C++ from faculty at NYU’s CREATE Lab. Applicants should have a basic understanding of code and programming, preferably with at least one formal coding class completed with a B+ or higher. Students living in NYU housing during sessions 1 and 2 will live with a roommate. The tuition is $2,300 per session. Students in sessions 1 and 2 are also required to pay a $80 program fee. Housing and meals are optional. Housing costs $832, which includes a required meal plan. Optional meal plans cost between $298 and $538.
Computer Science for Cyber Security: CS4CS is a free three-week program for female and minority students living in New York City or smaller neighboring cities and entering 9th to 12th grade. Running from July 8 to July 26, 2019, sessions take place Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm. Housing, meals, and transportation are not provided. The course covers cybersecurity and computer architecture, cryptography, computer networks, network security, website development, forensics, and databases. Students will also participate in a field trip and a final challenge.
Summer Math Program for Young Scholars: The Summer Math Program for Young Scholars is a three-week program taking place from August 12 to August 30, 2019 for mathematically talented 9th-11th graders. Students are introduced to undergraduate math concepts including number theory, group theory, graph theory, combinatorics, logic, and methods of mathematical proof. Lectures are held by faculty from NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and graduate students. One session a week is set aside for mathematical games and puzzles. There are also talks at the end of each day about the application of math in everyday life, college admissions, and college life. The only prerequisite course in Algebra I. The program cost is $1250, which includes tuition, cost of materials, and lunch on Monday-Thursday. Housing is not included.
NYU GSTEM: NYU GSTEM is a six-week program for rising seniors (though rising juniors may also apply) running from July 1 to August 9, 2019. Students are paired with a STEM researcher who will mentor them through a project in their field. They also attend workshops on scientific writing and public speaking. Upon completion of a written paper and oral presentation, students receive a letter grade and an NYU transcript. The program cost is $4000, which includes travel, meals, field trips, and program materials. Housing is also available for $2622, which includes a meal plan.
High School Summer Art Intensive: The High School Summer Art Intensive runs from July 7 to August 3, 2019 and is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Classes offered include Painting, Printmaking, Assemblage & 3D Structure, Drawing, Theory and Aesthetics, and Art in the City. In addition to class and studio time, students also get to partake in social events and visits to art galleries, museums, and artist talks. Students even have the opportunity to mount a final exhibition of art work at one of NYU’s East Village student art galleries. The program costs $6200, which includes tuition, program fees, housing, and a meal plan. Housing is mandatory and is in NYU’s Founders Hall.
Urban Journalism Workshop: The Urban Journalism Workshop is a free program running from July 8 to 17, 2019 open to high school juniors and seniors attending school in New York City or in nearby suburbs of the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. During the workshop, students live in NYU dorms, produce stories to be published on the program’s website, The Spectrum, visit some of New York’s most prestigious newsrooms and meet with top journalists, and meet with NYU admissions counselors to learn about the admissions process.
Johns Hopkins University
Discover Hopkins: Discover Hopkins is designed for students between the ages of 15 and 17. There are three two-week sessions throughout the summer, and students may sign up for any or all of them. This hands-on program offers fast-paced courses focused on medicine, psychology, and the sciences. Students can sign up for one course per session for up to three courses, for which they can earn college credit. In addition to morning lectures, students get to attend field trips and guest talks from faculty, alumni, researchers, and practitioners. The program includes weekend excursions to such attractions as Baltimore Inner Harbor, Hershey Park, and Washington, DC. Housing is at JHU’s Homewood Campus. Each session is $4800 for residential students and $3000 for commuter students. The Medical School Intensive, Physiology and Disease, and Introduction to Surgery tracks are $5500 for residential students and $4000 for commuter students.
Summer Term: Summer Term is a five-week program with two terms open to students who are at least 16 by July 1, 2019. Students may take one or two freshman- and sophomore-level classes in arts and sciences and engineering. Housing is available during the second term and is on the Homewood Campus. The 6-credit option costs $11,185 for residential students and $5796 for commuter students, and the 7-credit option costs $12,150 for residential students and $6762 for commuter students. Residential students must take two classes.
Mini-Term: Mini-Term is a two-week program with three terms throughout the summer open to students who are at least 16 by July 1, 2019. Classes feature interdisciplinary approaches to medicine, sciences, technology, and the humanities. Residential students must take two classes per term, and commuter students may take one. Housing is on the Homewood Campus. The cost for commuter students is $2300, and the cost for residential students is $4100. Students earn one credit per course.
Summer Immersion: Summer Immersion is a one-week intensive program that takes place from June 24-28 for students between the ages of 15 and 17. It is a residential program that takes place on the Homewood Campus. Students can choose among Writing Bootcamp: Writing the College Application Personal Statement; Johns Hopkins College Prep Institute; Smarter, Faster, Stronger: Biohacking with Nutrition; and Medicine & The Body: Exploring Narrative Mysteries. Program cost is $2575 for tuition, $1250 for housing, and an $85 application fee.
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