There are many good reasons to consider pre-college and/or summer programs...

1. to study a specific subject
2. to get a taste of college life
3. you think it will be fun
4. to meet new people and broaden your horizons

and you might want to give pre-college programs a shot if:
1. you're nervous about leaving home and your friends in the summer but like new experiences.
2. your parents think you would enjoy it... as much as we hate to admit it, mom is usually right!
3. you're on the fence. If you've identified a credible program and you"re just on the fence personally... give it a shot. This is the perfect time to push yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

But an academic summer program might not be a good fit for you and that's okay.
1. if you're not interested in the subject matter
2. if you've already been accepted to college

NavianceNaviance has partnered with Teen Life to provide a robust database of enrichment programs for students to research in Family Connection.To access enrichment programs, students should log into their Naviance accounts using their email and password.  Click the Colleges tab. In the College Research section, click Enrichment Programs.

Teen LifeThese one-of-a-kind programs tend to focus on specific pursuits like becoming a camp counselor or attending sports camps, academic summer sessions, art and theatre camps, high school science summer programs, study abroad, and more.

Career Cornerstone  Summer programs in science, mathematics, technology, engineering or healthcare  http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htmorg/pcsumcamps.htm

Enrichment Alley  New website lists enrichment programs and is gathering reviews from past participants in the programs http://www.enrichmentalley.com/

USummer: www.usummer.com
 
Volunteer Match  Search for volunteer opportunities in the U.S. by interest and location  www.volunteermatch.org
 
Academic College-Based Programs
 
Barnard College: Summer in NYC Live & learn at Barnard College Rising junior & seniors are invited to participate in Barnard's pre-college advantage. To learn more about the programs available, visit their website at: www.barnard.edu/pcp
 
Boston University Offering Two Summer Programs
Boston University is offering students four different summer programs. The High School Honors Program is a six-week residential program in which students can earn college credit. The Summer Challenge is a two-week residential program in which students enroll in two non-credit seminars.  The Research Internship is a six week program for rising seniors.  The Summer Preview is available for freshmen and rising sophomores who want to explore one subject and preview college life. Additional information is available online at: http://www.bu.edu/summer/program_high_school_students/

Mercersburg College Prep  Mercersburg is offering a college prep summer academy which includes practice interviews, test prep, resume building, essay writing, college visits, leadership seminar, guest speakers and a financial aid seminar.  This program is designed for rising 10th and 11th graders.  For more information or to register online, please visit their website:  http://www.mercersburgsummer.com/

Carlow University Women of Spirit Institute Summer Workshops 
Science Nation Summer workshop for high school girls interested in science professions.  Register online at http://www.carlow.edu/summerworkshops 
Prepare To Care Summer workshop for high school girls who are interested in healthcare professions.  Register online at http://www.carlow.edu/summerworkshops 
Environmental Career Opportunities Camp  Summer workshop for high school girls interested in environmental career opportunities. Seminars with conservationists, researchers, and environmentally-friendly entrepreneurs. Register online at  http://www.carlow.edu/summerworkshops  
 
Carnegie Mellon University   Summer pre-college programs are available from June to August. Programs available are Advanced Placement/Early Action, Pre-College Fine Arts and National High School Game Academy.  Please visit their website at www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college for criteria and additional information.
 
Clemson University is offering a summer enrichment program for high ability middle and high school students. Classes will be conducted at Clemson University in science, engineering and architecture. For additional information please contact Clemson: 864-656-5849 or visit http://www.clemson.edu/summer/summer-science/

Harvard Summer School Wondering what college is like?  Experience it yourself this summer in Harvard"s Secondary School Program (SSP).  You"ll be challenged-both personally and academically-by taking college courses, living in a dorm, and meeting new friends.  Contact number 617.495.3192 or visit their website  www.summer.harvard.edu/
 
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth is offering a variety of summer programs.  If you are interested in learning more about the different college sites and their academic offerings, please visit their website at http://www.cty.jhu.edu/ or call 410.735.6277

4 Star Camps
http://www.4starcamps.com/
Youth summer camp at the University of Virginia for ages 10 - 17.  Offers
academic enrichment, tennis and golf camps.
 
La Roche College, Department of Nursing The Department of Nursing at La Roche College and UPMC Passavant is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Summer Nursing Institute scheduled for July 2012.The purpose of this program is to introduce the exciting, challenging and rewarding profession of nursing to students who may be interested in this career.  Students can register online at www.laroche.edu/sni.  Enrollment is limited to 20 students age 15 or older.

 
The George Washington University, Washington, DC. is offering  pre-college or summer scholars programs.  10 day mini-courses are available for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.  Six week pre-college programs are also available for rising seniors.  Please visit their web site at http://www.summerscholars.gwu.edu/ for information.
 
Hofstra University Honors College Summer Scholars Program A four- week pre-collegiate academic and reidential experience for high school students.  Please visit  www.hofstra.edu/summerscholars or call 1.800.HOFSTRA

Lebanon Valley College is offering an Actuarial Science Summer Camp. Their actuarial science summer camp is a week-long intensive program for rising high school seniors designed to help them decide if they are interested in actuarial work. Applications and additional information, including cost can be found on their website.

Magee-Womens Research Institute  This program provides current junior and senior high school students with a unique opportunity to participate in research projects at the Magee-Womens Research Institute in Oakland.  Students who have a science or biomedical interest are encouraged to apply.  Please see Mrs Whalen for additional criteria and an application.  

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week  Throughout the week you will meet and work with some of Pennsylvania"s top executives.  Career fields include: law, finance, engineering, manufacturing, advertising, environmental protection, computer technology, and politics. PFEW will be held on the campuses of both Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology. Students will have a choice as to which campus to call home their week at PFEW. Information and applications are available online at: http://www.pfew.org/ 

Summer Health Care Academy  Current ninth and tenth grade students who are interested in future health careers who are considered academically talented are eligible to attend.  The academy will take place at the University of Pittsburgh"s Oakland campus.  The application form and brochure may be downloaded at http://www.southwestahec.org/  

 
U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York invites high achieving juniors to apply for participation one of two Summer Leaders Seminars in June.The program gives students a chance to gain an understanding of the academic, physical, and leadership aspects of academy life. The cost is $350, excluding transportation and incidental expenses. Apply before April at http://www.admissions.usma.edu/
 
University of Southern California: The university is offering a summer seminar program for juniors and seniors. Upon successful completion, each seminar grants three university elective credits. Visit their website for additional information: http://cesp.usc.edu/

Keystone Boys State -
Program takes place at Shippensburg University. This program is available to male students who have completed 11th grade. KBS is an experiential based government exercise which spans city, county and state government. The cost is free to student citizens (American Legion Post pays the tuition.) For more information or an application, please contact The American Legion at 717.730.9100 or http://www.pa-legion.com/
Pennsylvania State Police Youth Week - York College of Pennsylvania. This program is for students who have completed 10th,11th or 12th grade. The objective is to give students the chance to see and experience firsthand many areas of law enforcement, which includes leadership, discipline and self-esteem. Students will be writing an essay and the winner will receive $1000.00 scholarship. For information or an application, please contact The American Legion HQ at 717.730.9100 or www.pa-legion.com

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine - University of Pittsburgh The Wiegand Summer Internship provides an opportunity for an high school student who will be graduating in the spring of 2013 to spend four weeks learning about regenerative medicine research. Students receive a $1,200 stipend. Application deadline is March 15, 2013. Visit www.mirm.pitt.edu for additional information.
Kanmas Educational Support Center Summer Math, SAT Prep or Science Camps
Five weeks of learning experience from June 22- July 17, 2010 or July 20-August 14, 2010.  http://www.kanmas.com/education/

The University of Dayton's School of Engineering is offering a Women in Engineering Summer Camp. Applications and information are available at: http://www.udayton.edu/engineering/hs_programs/women_in_engineering_summer_camp.php

Oxford University is offering talented junior and senior students an opportunity to study abroad in their Advanced Studies Program. A course brochure is available online at: http://www.oasp.ac.uk/

Washington University in St. Louis is offering a High School Summer Scholars Program for high school students entering their senior year. Students will have the opportunity to earn full college credit. Additional information and applications are available at: http://ucollege.wustl.edu/programs/highschool or 1-866-209-0691

The University of Notre Dame has a pre-college program available to students entering their junior or senior years who are at least 16 years old. The Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program is for academically able students looking to challenge themselves both academically and personally. Applications and complete program information is available online at: http://summerscholars.nd.edu/. Deadline is February 29, 2012

Columbia University is offering a summer high school program for highly motivated students. Pre-college courses are offered for students in grades 9-12.  These programs are renowned for their academic rigor, instructional excellence, and unique opportunities.  A video information session is available on their website at http://www.ce.columbia.edu/hs/

Penn State University, Summer Discovery Program. Special classes and institutes in psychology, anthropology and college skills.

Robert E. Cook Honors College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Summer Honors Program-Open to sophomores and juniors. This summer program is a place where academically talented students come together for intensive academic exploration and a glimpse of college life. Additional information and applications are available on the website: http://www.iup.edu/honors/summer
 
Susquehanna University Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship. Learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Susquehanna faculty and nationally recognized entrepreneurs will be there to share their advice and expertise with you. www.susqu.edu/life
 
Tyler School of Art- Temple University - Offers:Tyler Pre-College Summer Workshop for students entering 9-12 grades. Portfolio Boot Camp for students who are applying to Art School this fall. Tyler Architecture Institute for students interested in exploring the conceptual possibilities and the practical necessities in the architecture field. For registration information, visit: www.temple.edu/Tyler
 
Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership (Hoby)
HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Interested students are required to contact their counselor for a nomination. Only one sophomore student per school may be nominated. http://www.hoby.org
Pittsburgh Filmmakers School  Summer classes in film, photography and digital media held at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. May-August. Visit their website: www.pghfilmmakers.org
Junior Statesmen Foundation Summer Programs - pre-college programs about politics and government offered at Georgetown, Princeton, Stanford and Yale Universities. Visit www.jsa.org/summer
Presidential Classroom at Georgetown

Denison University's Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop - http://www.denison.edu/academics/departments/english/

Ithaca College Summer College for high school students. http://www.ithaca.edu/summercollege/

Marist College Summer Pre-College Programs are available for rising juniors and seniors. Visit their website at  www.marist.edu/precollege  for application details and specific program information.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is looking for students that have a strong interest and ability in science. The Zoo U program is offering summer classes, which run from Monday through Friday, for two hours. Please stop by the Guidance Office for additional information or contact the program coordinator at 412-365-2567.

Youth Leadership Summer Camp  The National Character Education Foundation is offering a summer youth leadership program which addresses the need for youth to develop philanthropy skills through active engagement in service learning as a means to improve local communities as well as to address global issues.

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