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35 Selective Summer Programs

Participation in a summer program is not essential to earn admission into a selective college. For example, spending your summer at a local job or internship, or completing a for-credit college course, can prove just as impressive. However, students seeking an exciting summer experience outside their area, while improving their college applicant profile in the process, are advised to explore one of the following selective programs:

Bank of America Student Leaders

Boston University - Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)

Canada/USA Mathcamp

Carnegie Mellon - Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)

Center for Excellence in Education - Research Science Institute (RSI)

Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute

Foundation for Teaching Economics - Economics for Leaders (EFL)

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Camp

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSIM)

Indiana University – Young Women’s Institute

Jackson Laboratory – Summer Student Program

JCamp - For Journalism students


Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES)

MathILy – Bryn Mawr College

MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research Fellowship

Michigan Math and Science Scholars

Michigan State University – High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering Program (HSHSP)

MIT Research Science Institute

Monell Center Science Apprenticeship Program

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship in Biomedical Research (SIP)

NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

Ohio State University – Ross Mathematics Program

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

Simons Summer Research Program

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SuMaC)

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)

Texas Tech University – Clark Scholars

University of Iowa Secondary Student Training Program

University of Notre Dame - Leadership Seminars

University of Pennsylvania – Leadership in the Business World

Yale Young Global Scholars

Many programs begin accepting applications in December and January so be sure to check deadlines!

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