Many students choose to take part in special summer learning programs to:

  • Explore their interests

  • Develop new skills

  • Get hands-on experience that a classroom doesn't offer

  • Meet other students with similar interests

  • Get a taste of college life

  • Try out college classes

  • Earn college credit, if available

Taking part in a summer program is also a plus on college applications; it shows colleges that you’re committed to learning.

Summer learning opportunities are available in just about every area of study, from the arts and sciences to languages and athletics. They may be offered at colleges, museums, performing-arts centers and recreation centers.

You can find residential programs, where you live in housing with other students, as well as classes you can commute to. So if you don’t want to leave home, you can still take part in a summer program.

Here are examples of summer programs for high school students:

  • A five-day creative-writing program on a college campus

  • A weeklong program in 3-D game design at a computer camp

  • A three-week language-immersion class at a school in another country

  • A six-week program on a college campus with college-level courses in subjects such as engineering, psychology and environmental studies

  • A summer-semester math class at a community college


For an updated list of potential summer programs, visit your naviance page.