Top Pre-College Programs for Students in K-12th Grade (Summer 2023)

Participating in a Pre-College summer program can provide students with a variety of valuable experiences and skills. These programs offer hands-on learning opportunities in areas of interest, such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEM), leadership, or humanities. Students can explore new subjects and deepen their knowledge, gaining a competitive edge for college applications.

In addition to academic enrichment, Pre-College programs offer students the opportunity to develop crucial life skills, such as time management, problem-solving, and effective communication. These programs also provide a taste of college life, allowing students to experience dorm life, navigate college campuses, and engage with diverse peers.

By participating in a Pre-College program, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to their education and future goals, which can be a significant factor in the college admission process. Additionally, Pre-College programs often provide students with letters of recommendation, which can further support their college applications.

Finally, Pre-College programs can provide students with a sense of belonging and community, allowing them to connect with like-minded individuals from around the world. This can lead to lasting relationships and a network of support that can benefit students both in college and beyond.

Here is a list of our top summer Pre-College programs for students in K-12th grade

(Note: you  can sort the table by cost, grade…etc. to find the program that best fits your needs)

Program NameStudent GradeCostDeadlineProgram TypeMonthProgram Website
Abbey Road8, 9, 10, 11, 12$985-$7,995There is a discount offered for registering before December 31; programs are open until filled, or April 15, 2023.In PersonJuly, August, JuneLearn More
Alfred University Summer Programs11, 12$750-$1080In PersonLearn More
American University: High School Summer Scholars- Biotechnology10, 11, 12$919 Rolling AdmissionOnlineJune, JulyLearn More
Austin Youth Initiatives: High School Summer Internship Programs10, 11, 12$0 -- you get paid!28-Feb-23In PersonJune, JulyLearn More
Barnard College: Pre-Baccalaureate Program- Session 1B (young women only)10, 11, 12Residential: $13,724, Commuter: $9,434Priority Deadline: February 11, 2023; Applications Close: April 15, 2023In PersonJuly, AugustLearn More
Barnard College: Young Women's Leadership Institute11, 12Residential - $9,058; Commuter - $7,77215-Apr-23In PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
Beacon College: Summer for Success, for Students with Learning Differences10, 11, 12$5,450 - $7,500Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJulyLearn More
Boston Leadership Institute8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Post-Grad$599-$2200Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJulyLearn More
Boston University: High School Honors Programs11, 12$6,510-$9,38626-May-23Multiple OptionsJuly, AugustLearn More
Boston University: Summer Challenge10, 11, 12$3,454 Online; $4,550 Residential1-Jun-23Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
Brandeis University: Pre-college Programs9, 10, 11, 12Genesis: $5535; Online PreCollege Program: $995Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJulyLearn More
Brown University: Pre-College Program9, 10, 11, 12$3,000-$9,000Rolling Admissions until May 12, 2023June, July, AugustLearn More
Calvin University: Summer Career Explorations10, 11, 12$550-$1,60030-Apr-23In PersonJuneLearn More
Carleton College: Summer Liberal Arts Institute Pre-College Programs11, 12$4,300 Round One: January 27, 2023; Round Two: March 3, 2023In PersonJulyLearn More
Carnegie Mellon University: Pre-College Summer Programs11, 12Free-$12,454Early Decision: Feb 9, 2023; Regular Decision: March 16, 2023In PersonJuly, AugustLearn More
Champlain College: Pre-College Programs10, 11, 12, Post-Grad$4,500 15-Jun-23In PersonJuly, AugustLearn More
Clemson University: Summer Scholars7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$1,200 Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, JulyLearn More
Columbia University: Summer Immersion New York City9, 10, 11, 12$12,154 ( 3 week residential)3-Mar-23In PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
Columbia University: Summer Pre-college Programs9, 10, 11, 12, Post Grad$2,810.00 - $12,449.00Feb 3, 2023 (Early Action); March 31, 2023 (Final)Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
Cornell University: School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions10, 11, 12$1,680 per college creditOnlineMay, June, July, AugustLearn More
Cornell: Pre-college Studies10, 11, 12$1,680 per credit5-May-23OnlineJune, July, AugustLearn More
Davidson College Summer Programs11, 12Learn More
Drexel University: Summer Pre-College Programs10, 11, 12$300-$2,200Varies by program: generally April - June 2023In PersonJuly, AugustLearn More
Emory University: Pre-College Program11, 12$2,992-$9,372Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJune, July, August>Learn More
Envision Experiential Learning6, 7, 8, 9, 10 , 11, 12$4,195 - $5,095Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, JulyLearn More
EXPLO Summer Programs4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$3,570 - $7,350In PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
Foundation for Teaching Economics10, 11$750 12-Apr-23In PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
George Washington University: Pre-College Program$3350-$3925Learn More
Hamline University Summer Camps9, 10, 11, 12$498 - $698Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJulyLearn More
Harvard: Pre-College and Secondary Programs11, 12$5,300 Early Application: January 25, 2023; Regular Application: February 22, 2023; Final Deadline: April 26, 2023In PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
Illinois Tech: Summer Programs10, 11, 12Online Programs- $249; In-Person Programs- $595 - $1,395; For-Credit Programs- $1,595 - $5,000Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJuly, JuneLearn More
InternWorksAges 16 & up$3,500 - $6,500Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsOtherLearn More
ISSOS International Summer Schools8, 9, 10, 11, 12$8,200 Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJuly, AugustLearn More
James Madison University: Summer Honors Institute11, 12$1,000 15-May-23In PersonJulyLearn More
Loyola Marymount University: Pre-College Summer Programs9, 10, 11, 12$2,200-$9,50015-Mar-23Multiple OptionsJune, JulyLearn More
Marist Summer PreCollege10, 11, 12Sessions I & II (In-Person): $3,500; Session III (Virtual): $1,500Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJune, JulyLearn More
Miami University of Ohio Summer Session11;12$1,080 (includes housing)Learn More
National Conference of Governor's Schools9, 10, 11, 12 *Varies based on State and ProgramFreeVariesIn PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
National Student Leadership Conference Summer Programs6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$3,695-$7,000Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
New York University: Career Edge High School Summer Program10, 11, 12Learn More
New York University: High School Spring Weekend Workshops9, 10, 11, 12$495 - $54531-Mar-23April, MarchLearn More
Northwestern University: College Preparation Program9, 10, 11, 12$1,850 - $10,3983-Apr-23Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
Northwestern: Center for Talent Development's Summer Programs6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$2,660-$5,550Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
NYU: Middle School and High School Programs5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Varies by ProgramProgram dependentMultiple OptionsJune, July, August, OtherLearn More
Oregon State: College Credit for High School Students9, 10, 11, 12$346 - $549Rolling AdmissionsOnlineOtherLearn More
Pacific Discovery Abroad10, 11, 12$3,950 - $6,599Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
Purdue University: Summer College for High School Students9, 10, 11, 12$724.10 - $2,412.8515-May-23Multiple OptionsMay, June, July, AugustLearn More
Purdue: Summer Programs at the Gifted Education Research & Resource Institute9, 10, 11, 12$2,400 JulyLearn More
Putney: Pre-College Programs9, 10, 11, 12$4,490 -$7,990Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, JulyLearn More
Quinnipiac University: Summer Programs for High School Students9, 10, 11, 12$1,680-$3,3601-May-23Multiple OptionsJulyLearn More
Santa Clara University: Young Scholars Program11, 12June, JulyLearn More
Smith College: Summer Precollege Programs9, 10, 11, 12$2,595- $7,29815-May-23In PersonJune, AugustLearn More
Stanford University: Pre-College Summer Institutes8, 9, 10, 11$3,050 22-Mar-23OnlineJune, JulyLearn More
Summer Discovery6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$2,600 - $9,500Varies by School ProgramMultiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
Syracuse University: Summer College10, 11, 12$1,545 - $10,280Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJuly, AugustLearn More
Temple University: Summer Academy11, 12$2,400 (does not include housing)1-Apr-23In PersonJuly, AugustLearn More
Tufts University: Pre-College Programs & Courses10, 11, 12$4,000 - $11,2501-May-23Multiple OptionsJuly, AugustLearn More
Tulane University: Pre-College6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$695 - $4,49510-Feb-23Multiple OptionsJune, JulyLearn More
University of California- Los Angeles: Summer Sessions9, 10, 11$900-$4,200Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsLearn More
University of California, Santa Barbara: Research Mentorship Program9, 10, 11$4,500 Rolling AdmissionsHybridJune, July, AugustLearn More
University of California-Davis: Pre-College Discovery Program9, 10, 11, 12$1,595 - $6,695Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
University of Georgia: Summer Academy Camps6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$450 - $1,120Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, JulyLearn More
University of Massachusetts Amherst: Pre-College10, 11, 12$1,070-11,294Priority Deadline: June 1, 2023Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
University of Notre Dame: Summer Scholars11, 12$1,600 - $4,17520-Feb-23Multiple OptionsJune, JulyLearn More
University of Pennsylvania: Wharton Youth Global Program9, 10, 11$329 - $9,899Priority: January 25, 2023; Final: April 1, 2023Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
University of Southern California: Summer Programs9, 10, 11, 12$7,160 - $10,0205-May-23In PersonJune, JulyLearn More
University of St. Andrews: Summer Academic Experience10, 11, 12$5,855 In PersonJulyLearn More
University of the Pacific: High School Institute9, 10, 11, 12$3,300 21-May-23In PersonJuneLearn More
University of Utah: Pre College at the U9, 10, 11around $200 per courseRolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsLearn More
University of Vermont: Summer Academy10, 11, 12$1,017 - $2,58022-Jun-23OnlineJulyLearn More
University of Virginia: Advance11, 12$6,179 - $12,995Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJuly, AugustLearn More
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Badger PrecollegeK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$665 - $4,5201-May-23Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
Vanderbilt University: Summer Academy7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$1,475-$3,975Priority: January 13, 2023; Rolling between January 14-mid-MarchIn PersonJune, JulyLearn More
Vanderbilt: Career Connections at SAVY7, 8$575 per sessionPriority: January 13, 2023; Rolling admissions after January 14 through March 15, 2023In PersonJune, JulyLearn More
Vanderbilt: Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8$575 per sessionPriority Deadline: January 13, 2023; Rolling Admission through March 15, 2023, space permittingIn PersonJune, July>Learn More
Wagner College: Pre College Programs10, 11, 12Learn More
Wake Forest University: Pre-College Programs9, 10, 11, 12$995 - $3,000Rolling AdmissionMultiple OptionsJuly, August, JuneLearn More
Washington University: Arts and Science Pre-College Programs5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$785 - $7,5953-Apr-23In PersonJune, JulyLearn More
Wellesley College: EXPLO Career Concentrations10, 11, 12$7,350 Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
Where There Be Dragons10, 11, 12, Post Grad (to age 22)$7,550 - $9,950Rolling AdmissionIn PersonJune, July, AugustLearn More
William & Mary: Summer Academic Sessions10, 11, 1215-May-23Multiple OptionsMay, June, July, AugustLearn More
Wonderworks Houston10, 11, 12TBD19-May-23In PersonJune, JulyLearn More
World Scholars Academy: Elite Summer Courses7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12$2,495 23-JunOnlineJune, July, AugustLearn More
Yale: Summer Session12$1,200-$12,0003-May-23Multiple OptionsJune, July, AugustLearn More
Yale: Young Global Scholars11, 12$6,500 10-Jan-23In PersonJune, JulyLearn More