Summer Enrichment Programs
This page provides information for Del Val students on the available summer enrichment programs offered through various colleges/universities and additional programs.
Penn State Lehigh Valley Teen Entrepreneur Challenge: Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox’s annual Teen Entrepreneur Challenge is a residential summer camp experience at Perkiomen School for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to learn the entrepreneurial mindset - perfect for the next business startup or future CEO. ❖ Learn key strategies for starting a business. ❖ Explore ideas on sustainability, improving existing processes, and adaptability. ❖ Learn from real-world experiences through local companies. ❖ Explore STEAM educational programming & develop new technology skills. ❖ Program culminates with a pitch competition to a panel of judges. For more information and to register, click here.
Kode With Klossy - Coding Camp: If you’re curious about how you can be part of the future world of tech, join this summer for their FREE 2-week coding programs. Programs include Data Science - SQL and Python, Website Development, and Mobile Application Development - Swift. Click this link to apply.
USNA Summer STEM: Are you thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? The Naval Academy's Summer STEM program involves a vibrant week of problem-solving, exploratory learning, critical thinking, and team building for rising 9th-11th graders interested in a future in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. You'll work with students from all over the country as you test your problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration skills. Use this link to learn more about the program and apply by no later than March 31, 2022!
Human Rights in Action Summer Program: Human Rights in Action is a pre-college program for students entering grades 10-12 interested in human rights and social justice. This three-week opportunity will discuss Human Rights and Social Justice, Global Human Rights, and How to Be an Upstander. Students may choose to attend one, two, or all three weeks. July 11-14: Human Rights and Social Justice; July 18-21: Global Human Rights; July 25-28: How to be an Upstander. The program is Monday -Thursday, 9am-3pm in-person at Kean's Union campus. Cost is $300.00 per week per student. Click here for more information.
Columbia University Programs for High School Students: Summer Immersion at Columbia is delivered in 3-week residential and commuter programs as well as in a 1-week commuter-only program. Students choose from over 100 courses, covering a rich variety of subjects. They experience an Ivy League education and explore the creative life of New York City, the ultimate cultural classroom. Students are joined by a dedicated cohort of trained Residential Advisors who help students manage campus life, and guide them through exciting activities in the city. To read more about the different programs, read student testimonials, and apply online, click here.
Temple University The Tyler Environmental Design Institute: This program welcomes 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students to explore careers within landscape architecture and horticulture in this hands-on program that incorporates science, design and sustainability. This immersive program utilizes the facilities on Temple's Main Campus in Philadelphia and the living laboratory of gardens and horticulture projects at Temple's Ambler Arboretum. Through design projects, visits by practicing professionals, an introduction to the latest computer-aided technologies and field trips to project sites, you’ll broaden your knowledge about the natural and built environment, advance your skills and discover creative career paths. No previous experience is required. For additional information, program dates, and the application - click here.
Bryant University Global Leadership Summer Academy: The Bryant University Global Leadership Summer Academy (or Program) provides you with five exciting days and nights on Bryant’s beautiful campus. You will participate in interactive sessions with Bryant International Business faculty, get to know Bryant students and alumni, and interact with business leaders at company visits. Bryant faculty, students, and alumni represent many countries. This immersion summer program will provide you with a transformational experience that you will be able to apply to your academic, professional, and personal future. Students must at least be rising juniors or seniors to participate in the academy. Program Fee: $1,100 – includes all program sessions and activities, overnight stays in dorms, meals provided by the program, local transportation to company visits, and assigned university student counselors. Limited scholarships are available. The online application can be found and completed here.
Virginia Tech Black College Institute: Virginia Tech invites talented, high-achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and rising seniors to apply to participate in the summer, residential, academic leadership program at the Virginia Tech main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Black College Institute (for rising seniors) will offer five-day sessions twice during the summer of 2020 and Black College Institute (for rising juniors) will offer a three-day session for the summer. All programs are FREE of cost to students! Students must arrange their own transportation to and from the Virginia Tech, Blacksburg campus. These programs are for students who identify as African American or Black. For more information and to apply, click here.
Miami University (Ohio) Summer Scholars Program: The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program in which they do the following: Participate in challenging, immersive academic modules centered on a specific topic or area of interest; Learn alongside our leading faculty and professional experts; Reside in a "living-learning" community with other Summer Scholars participants and get a real preview of college life — live in a residence hall, eat in our award-winning dining halls, and enjoy campus facilities such as our Recreational Sports Center and Goggin Ice Center; Attend special workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial assistance. Get an insider's look at the college application process — learn about ACT/SAT test preparation, how to find the right college fit, how to write the best college essay, as well as get an introduction to financial aid and scholarships; Participate in special excursions to local attractions, such as Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and a Cincinnati Reds game; Receive priority consideration for merit scholarships and selective programs. For more information and to apply, click here.
University of Maryland Terp Pre-College Programs for High School Students: In University of Maryland’s innovative Terp Young Scholars program, talented high school students learn from faculty and industry experts, explore UMD’s abundant resources, and enjoy a preview of the college experience at one of the top public universities in the country. As the state of Maryland’s flagship university, UMD provides an academic environment that prepares students for success, educating the most talented students from Maryland and beyond. This summer, experience UMD with Terp Pre-College! For the listing of programs, program dates, cost etc. please click here.
Worchester Polytechnic Institute Pre-College Programs: There are various programs available to grades 9-12. STEM-focused, humanities enriched college experience that makes for one unforgettable summer! New this year for 11th & 12th graders - the Frontiers for Credit option, allows you the chance to kickstart your college career as your further your knowledge of STEM. Frontiers is already a great way to experience college life, and now, with two three-credit college courses in organic chemistry and linear algebra taught by WPI faculty in a four-week program, you’ll be able to take what you learn here and turn it into college credit. For additional information on all the available programs and dates, click here.
Syracuse University Summer College: Syracuse University Summer College offers high school students the opportunity to explore their passions and experience college life for one to six weeks with over 60 credit and noncredit pre-college programs and courses. Summer College pre-college programs and courses, offered in eleven of SU’s schools and colleges, reflect the richness and diversity of the majors and minors at Syracuse University. All Summer College programs and courses are college-level and led by Syracuse University faculty and instructors. Residential students live in a residence hall and eat their meals in a dining hall. Field trips and activities on campus give students the opportunity to relax, have fun, and make new friends. Live on campus, learn from Syracuse University instructors, and have fun! For more information on the different programs, dates, and costs, click here!
Stevens 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 to 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! For more information and to apply, click here.
University of Delaware Edge Summer College Program: The Edge summer college program at the University of Delaware offers opportunities to talented high school students across the country moving into their junior or senior year. Students have the chance to live and learn at one of the most engaging colleges on the East Coast. Program runs July 12 - August 15, 2020. To learn more and apply visit their website here.
Rutgers University - Summer Business Camp: This is an experiential camp which allows campers to experience the various business disciplines: Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance, Business Analytics and Supply Chain. Rutgers Business Camp will provide high school students an opportunity to learn the basics of business. Students will form business teams which will become partnerships in creating proposed new business ventures. They will develop business plans with their new partners and present those plans in a business plan competition. Integrated into this experience will be visits to various corporate/business sites, speakers, and lessons on beginning to identify potential college majors and career paths. There will be visits to business locations to provide the students with a first-hand exposure to how business is conducted. Sample sites may include AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, and Hershey. For additional information about this camp, please click here.
Boston University Journalism Institute: The New England Center for Investigative Reporting presents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston. For additional information about dates and to register, you can visit the webpage here.
Cornell Pre-College Studies: Experience the challenge of college study with Cornell faculty and earn college credit while still a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school. There are various programs available across a number of subjects including, animal science, art, business, debate, design, fashion, engineering, hospitality, politics and more! For additional information and to register, click here.
Boston University Academy of Media Production: This four-week workshop presents the opportunity to explore the many aspects of media production while developing the skills needed to be a successful storyteller. This program is open to rising 10th graders, 11th graders, and 12th graders. For more information regarding tuition, program dates, and how to register click here.
University of Virginia Cornerstone Summer Institute: The Cornerstone Summer Institute is a week-long summer camp at the University of Virginia where high school students learn about slavery and its legacies by exploring the University, Charlottesville, and area landmarks. The camp provides rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to engage in historical investigation, archeological excavation, and community engagement in order to learn and develop thinking skills that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. For 2020, CSI will run from June 20 to 26. The application can be accessed here.
Rider University Pre-College Programs: Motivated high school students achieve their academic and artistic goals by attending a Rider University Pre-College Program. Rider University offers a variety of program options for enrichment or for credit. Students who successfully complete the summer pre-college programs are eligible for a renewable scholarship. Programs include Sports Media Academy, Entrepreneurial Academy, Film Acting and Video Academy, Musical Theater Institute, Contemporary Vocal Institute, Westminster Summer Programs for Young Artists, and a Gifted and Talented Program. For more details on each program and information on how to register, click here.
Fairleigh Dickinson Pre-College Program: Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Summer Pre-College Program offers talented students in grades 10 to 12 the opportunity to get a jump-start on earning college credits while getting a taste of college life. Whether you attend for two or four weeks, you’ll develop valuable skills and learn cutting-edge techniques in these exciting college-level courses. Enjoy a dynamic academic setting while making friends and having fun. All classes are taught by FDU instructors at our Metro Campus in Teaneck and at our Florham Campus in Madison. For more information on dates and to register, click here.
New York Film Academy: They offer programs in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, Broadcast Journalism, Photography, Musical Theater, Game Design, Music Video, Documentary Filmmaking, and 3D Animation programs. You will gain intensive study in your discipline and students develop new skills, make lasting friendships, develop their portfolios, and grow as artists. These intensive day and weekend camps are offered in New York City; Los Angeles, CA; South Beach in Miami, FL; Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; Paris, France; Florence, Italy; and the Gold Coast, Australia. For more information on each program and how to apply, you can visit this link.
Duke Summer College for High School Students: Earn college credit alongside academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer College for High School Students. Students currently in grades 10 – 12 are eligible to apply. This 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide high school students with an academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success. For more information and registration information, click here.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Try Engineering Summer Institute: The goal of this program is to spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology in the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers, and position these innovators for long-term success in academics and in life. Organized in two-week sessions each summer, on university campuses across the United States, the TryEngineering Summer Institute unites students from around the world. For more information and to sign-up, click here.
Hunterdon Art Museum: These camps are fun, week-long immersions into a theme, medium or skill. Most camps are half-day so that students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. All materials are provided unless otherwise specified. You can register campers for one week or all nine. You can enroll in just morning (AM) or just afternoon (PM) camp. To register or view more information, click here.
Michener Art Museum: Students through grade 12 can choose from an array of full-day and half-day summer camps in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fashion design, sewing, jewelry making, stained glass, anime, comic books, and so much more. We also host a popular two-week art, music, and theater program. Gallery visits and sculpture garden adventures are an inspiration for student artwork throughout the summer. Weekly displays of art in the Education Gallery celebrate student creativity. Individualized attention, small classes, and award-winning teachers inspire the discovery of variety of art forms and art materials, encourage the development of new skills, and build confidence in creative expression. Information on dates and how to register can be found here.
Berkeley College Summer Workshop Series: These two day workshops allow students to gain first-hand experience in the field of their choice and they include field trips. The areas available include Business, Fashion, Graphic Design, Healthcare, Interior Design, and Legal/Justice Studies. Each workshop only cost $50 for the 2 days. To register for one of these workshops, visit this link.
Marist University Summer Pre-College Programs: They include programs in business, creative writing, criminal justice, cyber security, entrepreneurship, environmental science, fashion design, fashion merchandising, film and TV production, game design, history, pre-health, pre-law, psychology, sports communication and theatre. These pre-college programs are offered in Poughkeepsie, NYC, and Italy. There is also the option of earning college credits. For more information on the various programs, you can visit the website here.
Roger Williams University - Summer Architecture Academy: An intensive four-week Summer Academy offers a variety of studio, seminar and field experiences, extracurricular activities and field trips to high school students who have successfully completed their sophomore or junior year of study. It allows students to understand architecture as a possible area of college study, and as a career. Campus is located in Rhode Island, tuition includes housing, meals, and some supplies. More information can be found here.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Pre-College: Students will experiment with new materials, tools, and techniques, study with award-winning instructors, take risks, test theories and challenge ideas. This program follows a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, visits to the Nature Lab and RISD Museum, critiques and final projects that will forever shape the way you approach art and design. The website has additional information about how to apply.
Montclair State University Model UN Summer Academy: A week-long in-residence program where students come together to develop and improve their Model United Nation’s skills regarding multiculturalism, writing, working cooperatively, negotiating, public speaking, and debate, while learning about the world, its history, its people and the way in which governments interact in real life. The Model United Nations Summer Academy will provide students with a comprehensive blend of academic and co-curricular activities that assist in strengthening skills such as leadership, negotiation, public speaking, research, writing, and conflict resolution. More information about tuition, course schedule, and how to apply can be found here.
Adelphi University Hispanic Community Partnership Program: Designed to expose Hispanic high school students to college life while gaining the know-how, skills, resources, and confidence to pursue a college degree. To participate in this program, a student must be of Hispanic background, a rising senior, in good academic standing and demonstrate qualities of potential and promise. The program is free of charge. For more information, click here.
Other Resources to search for Enrichment Opportunities
TeenLife.com: This website allows you to search volunteer opportunities, summer programs, gap year programs, and more.