Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Make Your Summer Count - Volunteer or Attend a Summer Program!

If you haven’t decided how to spend your summer, you may want to think about the possibility of volunteering and giving back to the community or participating in a summer program. Not only is it an exciting way to spend your summer, but you’ll get to experience life on a college campus, explore new and exciting fields you may want to pursue as for college majors, make friendships with students from around the globe and, perhaps, even earn college credit for the courses you take.


If summer programs interest you, you should act soon! Application deadlines come early in the year.


To get you started on the process, check out the following directory of popular summer programs for high school students.

Keep in mind that, if you do not like any of the programs listed below, there’s no need to worry. There are hundreds of summer programs offered each year at colleges all over the country. No matter where you live or what your interests are, chances are that there’s a program offered at a college near you.


Volunteer Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club of America (Naperville) Our mission is to create a fun, safe, and constructive after-school environment for children in the Naperville and surrounding areas - the Boys and Girls Club of the Naperville Area. If you are sincerely interested in inspiring, motivating, and impacting young lives, then Boys & Girls Club of Naperville is the place for you! We will have volunteer opportunities in the areas of tutoringmentoringcoachingprogramming assistanceadministrative support, and more.




Summer Programs For High School Students


Students should view this list of summer programs for high school students sponsored by IACAC.


California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a four-week summer residential program that gives high school students who have demonstrated skills within STEM subjects (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) opportunities to explore beyond their usual high school curriculum. Students are able to work on advanced topics with renowned faculty members, scientists and researchers as well as experience state-of-the-art lab environments and facilities. Participants will also have the opportunity to take university-level courses and gain an awareness of both educational and career options within the STEM fields. The students attending the program live in campus housing with other program participants. Full and partial scholarships are available. Learn more about California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science.

Stanford University

Our programs offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers. Students in our residential programs get a taste of college life on the beautiful Stanford campus. Past students have described their Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies experience as life-changing. Here is a list of the various programs Stanford offers. Stanford Summer College Academy, Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Summer Arts Institute, High School Summer College, Summer Institutes High School Program, University –Level Online Math and Physics Courses and Stanford Online High School. To learn more about all our programs, visit


Augustana Summer Academy

High school students can experience a unique college atmosphere and summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy. The academy's courses range from two to five days and take an active, hands-on approach within a close-knit learning community based on the beautiful Augustana campus. You'll find fun outside of class, too, through field trips, evening activities and ventures off campus. Classes are taught by popular Augustana professors. Investigate your interests, whatever they may be, and have fun while enriching your education on Augustana's campus this summer.

Bradley University Summer Forensic Institute

Columbia College of Chicago – High School Summer Institute

Columbia College of Chicago’s High School Summer Institute offers college level courses to students who have completed their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school but have not yet attended college and are interested in the fields of art and communications. The courses do transfer as electives to Columbia College of Chicago and to some other colleges or universities, depending on the discretion of the particular school. Students even have the option of living on campus. If you would like to apply for housing, options are limited, so early application is encouraged. There is an extra cost for housing, which includes a meal plan. Program participants are able to choose from a variety of courses, all of which take place in July.

Learn more about Columbia College of Chicago – High School Summer Institute.

Eastern Illinois University English Studies Camp for High School Students

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Illinois-North HOBY puts on a three day leadership conference for high school sophomores that is packed with fun and innovative leadership activities. The purpose of the seminar is to prepare our country’s high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace and community. HOBY Ambassadors are selected from each of Illinois’s public and private high schools, so a student will be introduced to some of our state’s brightest young leaders! To register, head to this website ( and enter your school ID and password. If you are unsure of your specific ID and password, please contact your school counselor.

Illinois Wesleyan University Summer Music Camp

Lake Forest College Emagination Minecraft Coding Camp for High School and Middle School Students

Emagination Minecraft Coding Camp is a two-week overnight and day STEM program for teens ages 13 to 17. Students learn to code using the Java programming language while creating modifications (mods) for the hugely popular game Minecraft. There is also plenty of time for recreation and fun in a Minecraft-themed environment on a university campus. Teens develop and advance Java coding skills and unleash their creativity to build custom mods for Minecraft. They create new characters, change environments and build original objects and structures. Participants also use Photoshop and software for 3D modeling and animation. Coding skills gained at Emagination are valuable and extend well beyond modding in Minecraft. The Java programming language is versatile and universal – it’s everywhere – on over 3 billion devices! Campers bring home their mods from camp and can continue to code and show off their work to family and friends.

NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Northern Illinois University Summer in the Arts at Northern College of Visual and Performing Arts

Jazz Camp, Visual Arts Camp, Theatre Arts Camps. Registration Fees and Deadlines Camp Fee (includes tuition, room and board) $545 (Early Bird – postmarked by June 1) $605 (after June 1); Mandatory Supply Fee (Visual Arts Camp only) $50.00 A $100 deposit is due with the registration form. June 27: NIU Jazz Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Junior; July 5; and Theatre Arts Camp Visual Arts Camp Senior. Call 815.753.1450 to ask about space availability after these dates. Deadlines vary with camps, earliest deadline is June 27. More details about discounts, scholarships, housing, teachers, and classes are at or call 815-753-1450.

North Park University

We have an exciting opportunity for rising seniors and juniors that are interested in science. We will be offering hands on summer science classes. These classes will be provided by current North Park science faculty, and students will be able to collaborate with current North Park students and use our state of the art science facility. For complete information, please visit .

Northwestern University Pre-Collegiate Programs

The College Prep Program allows high school students to experience college life at Northwestern University in the summer. Take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in an intensive noncredit InFocus seminar, all taught by Northwestern faculty. Choose from more than 300 courses in virtually every academic discipline. Course credit earned in the College Prep Program can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in science and languages, and four to six weeks for most other offerings. InFocus Seminars are designed to expose you to today’s important topics and the best of Northwestern’s faculty, but without the time commitment and cost of enrolling in a college credit course. These two-week noncredit seminars are structured like a college seminar course. International high school students have the option of enrolling in EducationUSA Academy, an intensive three-week program in English language study. Northwestern faculty will lead all seminars through discussion, reading and project work.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Summer Camps

The Chicago Youth Shakespeare Summer Ensemble Program for High School Students

The CYS Summer Youth Ensemble Program is a rigorous, six-week Shakespeare intensive open to high schools students, grades 9–12. The mission of the Youth Ensemble program is to build community among young people across demographic boundaries through their work as an artistic ensemble. Summer program students receive in-depth acting training in a variety of techniques, while exploring innovative methods for “unpacking” and personalizing Shakespeare’s texts. The rehearsal process focuses on ensemble collaboration and discovery as students develop and prepare a Shakespeare play for performance. Summer program classes meet M–F, 10am-4pm for five weeks, followed by an exciting week of performances at cultural, theatrical and in-the-park venues throughout the Chicago area. Throughout the summer, CYS will welcome visits from some of Chicago’s finest professional actors, directors, and teaching artists to lead students in a variety of workshops including: stage combat, clown, improv, Meisner Technique, and playwriting. Summer students will also travel off-site to see Shakespeare in performance and explore some of the city’s best cultural resources. CYS programs are need-blind and admission is by audition only. No student admitted into the program can be turned away based on his or her ability to pay tuition.

University of Chicago – The Young Scholars Summer Program (YSP)

The University of Chicago’s Department of Mathematics offers an enrichment program, entitled the Young Scholars Program, which focuses on the subject of mathematics. The Summer Program is a free four-week day camp; mainly for Chicago Public School students (select suburban and private school students are admitted) from 7th to 12th grade. Students attend daily seminars given by University professors and solve mathematics problems based on these seminars. Topics include number theory, theory of field extensions, geometry and probability. Students also learn computer skills. Tuition is free for those accepted. Learn more about the University of Chicago – The Young Scholars Program.

University of Chicago – ResearcHStart

ResearcHStart welcomes high school students from the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign areas to explore exciting careers in cancer research. Participants work full time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field: cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, bioengineering, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities, and more. Rigorous research training is complemented by career development and skill-building workshops, a cancer-based faculty lecture series, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to students’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium for family, friends, and members of the scientific community. Participants receive a taxable stipend of $2,000.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summer Academies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Aerospace Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Global Studies Summer Program

Western Illinois University Summer Music Institute


Indiana University – High School Journalism Institute (HSJI)

Indiana University’s High School Journalism Institute (HSJI) was designed for high school students who would like to explore the field of journalism as an academic or career interest. Students are able to participate in a series of five-day workshops (not for credit) that examine subjects involving the journalism field. Participants will examine the role of the media, analyze their own and other student publications, and develop the skills needed to produce quality publications. Workshop participants will learn, develop and grow new skills or sharpen their existing talents. Additionally, some will even begin to prepare their own schools’ publications and media projects for the coming school year. Learn more about Indiana University – High School Journalism Institute.

University of Notre Dame

Summer Scholars, Leadership Seminars, Study Abroad (Rome and Ireland), Seminary Immersion -


Tulane University Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Summer Research Academy

Tulane University’s accepts 11th and 12th graders to participate in a summer research academy which is focused on environmental health issues in the region of Southeast Louisiana. Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, the students receive a $4,000 award. Students are mainly recruited from local areas including: Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson parish public/charter/magnet high schools.

The program is funded as a result of the BP medical settlement, GRHOP. Learn more about Tulane University Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Summer Research Academy.


Boston University High School Programs

Harvard’s Pre-College Program & Secondary School Program (SSP)

If you’re wondering what college is like, Harvard offers college programs just for high school students who are curious. Harvard’s high school programs allow you to take real courses along with college students and actually earn college credit. You’ll be able to learn about subjects they don’t teach within your high school curriculum, study with Harvard faculty, have use of Harvard labs and other state-of-the-art libraries and equipment. While you’re there, you’ll meet other students from around the work, attend college prep events and participate in fun and exciting activities. The program is open to high school students who meet the application and admission criteria (see the web site for details; linked below). Financial aid is available for qualifying students. Learn more about Harvard’s High School Programs.

Smith College Precollege Summer Programs

Smith College Precollege Summer programs offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school girls and international students who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond. Annually the programs offer around 200 young women the freedom to explore challenging and intriguing subjects to strengthen their college applications and increase exposure to undergraduate experiences. Each summer, Smith welcomes young women from many nationalities and diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds that together form an extraordinary intellectual community. The learning environment is hands-on, collaborative, exploratory, challenging and rich in role models. Professors who are excellent scholars offer personal attention in the classroom while encouraging students’ interests and passions, helping them to develop their academic skills. Programs include Science and Engineering; Young Women’s Writing Workshop; Discovering Women’s History; Field Studies for Sustainable Futures and a College Admission Workshop. Smith College is a place where young women are taken seriously and inspired to excel—as scholars, scientists and leaders. Learn more about the Smith College Precollege Summer Programs.

Tufts Summer Study for High School Students

Tufts attracts top high school students who wish pursuing academic excellence while gaining a head start on their college career. Tufts summer study programs offer benefits like small affordable tuition, small course sizes, financial assistance, college credit options and more. The programs offered to high school students include: Tufts Summer Writing Program, Foundation of Law & Ethics, Health Science Honors, Biomedics Inquiry through Sequencing (BIOSEQ) and College Courses for Seniors. Learn more about the Tufts Summer Study for High School Students.

New York

Cornell Summer College

Cornell Summer College offers both three- and six- week pre-college programs for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Program participants are able to earn anywhere from three to six college credits, work with world renowned Cornell faculty, attend college fairs, receive one-on-one admissions counseling and experience college life first hand. Students are also able to experience living within a residence hall and a roommate, meeting other students from more than 40 countries and enjoy summer activities. Learn more about Cornell Summer College.

New York Film Academy’s Summer Film and Acting Camps

These immersion workshops range from four-week programs to full-year programs. Programs are designed to introduce students of all ages to the creative and technical demands of telling stories with moving images.

Students have the opportunity to write, direct, shoot, edit and, even, star within short films, depending upon the student’s interest. Award-winning instructors, abundant equipment and small classes provide students with the individual attention and support necessary to complete their own work. Learn more about the New York Film Academy’s Summer Film and Acting Camps.

Syracuse University Summer College

North Carolina

Duke University’s TIP Academy for Summer Studies

Duke University’s TIP Academy for Summer Studies provides students with an academic and social experience so that they are able to experience both challenging coursework and build lasting friendships with other academically gifted students. The program is available to the top five percent of students within a grade level and all courses were developed with gifted students in mind. Only students within grades 8-10 are eligible for the academy. The summer studies take place at various sites including Rice University, University of Georgia, Wake Forest University and Duke University. Learn more about Duke University’s TIP Academy for Summer Studies.


Miami University of Ohio – Summer Scholars Program

Miami of Ohio’s Summer Scholars Program is an intense two-week program providing an early college experience for academically gifted rising high school juniors and seniors. Students who participate in the program can expect to become immersed within an academic setting focused around a specific topic of interest, learning alongside the college’s leading faculty and experts. Additionally, participants will be provided with a complete collegiate experience through living in a residence hall, eating within a dining hall and enjoying access to all campus facilities. Workshops on college processes such as the college admissions process, financial aid, test prep, college essay writing and applying for scholarships are also available. Learn more about the Miami University of Ohio – Summer Scholars Program.

University of Dayton Summer Sustainability Program

Interested in learning more about where your food comes from – and how you can improve those systems?  Learn more about sustainable food systems, how urban communities interact with the environment and food justice issues in an urban setting during the Summer Sustainability: Food Systems summer camp.

University of Dayton Entrepreneurship 101 Program

Earn college credit, participate in a business startup simulation, learn to create a LinkedIn account and perfect your elevator pitch in our Entrepreneurship 101 summer program. This two-week experience will include local site visits, opportunities to network with local entrepreneurs and the chance to win prizes, like an iPad Pro, at the final elevator pitch competition.


Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Programs for Diversity

Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College programs allow students to explore college life both in the classroom and outside to see what’s going on outside of campus. Students are able to mingle with people from all over the world and participate in exciting summer activities that include architecture, art, design, drama, music and even advanced placement and early admission. The best part? There are no tuition housing or dining fees for students who are selected to attend the Summer Programs for Diversity! Learn more about the Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Programs for Diversity.

Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)

The SAMS programs if for high school students entering their junior or seniors year of high school who are interested in math-based disciplines, such as engineering or science. The hands-on six-week program takes place at Carnegie Mellon University and focuses on technical areas of study, building on both academic and personal skills which are required for admission to top colleges and universities. Learn more about the Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS).

University of Pennsylvania Programs for High School Students

Penn’s summer programs combine rigorous classroom and lab work with a wide range of social activities, trips and tours. Opportunities are available for those wishing to live on campus or commute. Penn’s summer programs for high school students provide a college-level experience that eases the transition from high school to college. Learn more about University of Pennsylvania Programs for High School Students.

University of Pittsburgh - The Bridge: College Prep and Leadership Academy

Gain a competitive edge when applying to college by participating in The Bridge, a college preparation program here at the University of Pittsburgh. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors, our Academy offers leadership development experience and college preparation workshops to provide the knowledge and skills needed to successfully navigate the college application process.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program (RISD)

The six-week RISD summer Pre-College Program introduces high school students to the focused curriculum of a college of art and design experience. Program participants follow college-level studio curriculum are immersed in experiencing the elements of a complete RISD education in one of the school’s 21 majors.

Students live in residence halls, attend social activities and study a particular subject in the fine or visual arts. Participants must be high school students between the ages of 16-18 years old. Learn more about the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program.

Brown University Pre-College Summer Programs

South Carolina

Furman University Summer Scholars

If you want to do something really incredible with your summer, be a part of Summer Scholars. It’s an opportunity for rising high school seniors and juniors to participate in classes led by some of Furman’s favorite professors, live on campus, and get a taste of college life. Challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates laboratory research, field trips, groups and individual projects, and so much more! For complete information, visit

Washington D.C.

Georgetown University Summer Programs