15 Best Summer Programs for High School Students 2021

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15 Best Summer Programs for High School Students 2021

Summer programs for high school students have become an issue of growing concern among parents and high school students who wish to grow. Summer programs are ideally designed to improve the students’ admission prospects for colleges.

Summer Programs For High School Students In 2021: See Top 15

Today, the majority of colleges offer at least one pre-college program inviting high school students to explore campus, visit with faculty, and even take courses during the summer months.

Owing to the growing number of applicants, an obviously increasing number of selective colleges are beginning to screen how applicants spend their summers during high school.

Some parents, in response to this trend, invest thousands of dollars on summer programs that should provide for an enriching experience but do little to distinguish their child from the rest of the applicant pool. Obviously, very little or nothing is achieved.

Most summer programs are just “cash traps” accepting any high school student able to pay the bill. Participation in these summer programs will be viewed by your prospective colleges as evidence of wealth, rather than evidence of any special ability.

However, there is a growing minority of selective summer programs that select high achieving high school students strictly on the basis of merit.

15 Best Summer Programs 2021

A number of these programs are offered for free or at relatively low costs and will prove an impressive addition to your college application. The following is a list of summer programs for high school students:

NYU Precollege will be conducted exclusively online for Summer 2021. 

This program lasts for six weeks. You can earn college credits, connect with NYU faculty and classmates, and discover passions that can shape your life. As a Precollege student, you will be an NYU student with access to the online resources, community, and global network that make NYU unique.

If you already know what you want to major in, or if you want to try out a subject you’ve never studied before, NYU Precollege is the best way to develop your skills and prepare for college.

Program Dates: July 5 – August 13

Application Deadline: June 24

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1st

Students interested in applying for a scholarship must submit their NYU Precollege application no later than March 25th. The supplemental scholarship application must be submitted by the April 1st deadline.

The 2021 Summer Precollege application will be available on February 1.

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Tisch School of the Arts Summer Residential High School

Earn credits and train in acting, dance, design, dramatic writing, filmmaking, game design, photography and imaging, production and design, or recorded music with one of the top art schools in the country, the Tisch School of the Arts.

Program Duration: 4-weeks
Grade Level: 10, 11
Credit or Non-Credit: Credit
Cost:  $12,000 – $13,000, depending on program-specific fees
Summer 2021 program format: Online only

2021 summer program application is closed.  For more details Click HERE.

Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP)

Expand your skills with one of NYU Steinhardt’s noncredit summer programs for high school students interested in art, music, and theater.

Program Duration(s): 1-week, 2-weeks, 3-weeks, or 4-weeks sessions available
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost:  $1,200 – $5,000

Summer program dates and application deadlines vary by program. For more Click Here.

 High School Academy – Career Edge

Enhance your future college applications and your professional portfolio with these non-credit weeklong summer intensives. Learn more.

Program Duration: 1-week
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost:  $1,495
Summer 2021 program format: Online only

Summer 2021 Program Dates
(students may participate in any combination of the listed sessions):

Session 1: June 28 – July 2
Session 2: July 12 – 16
Session 3: July 19 – 23
Session 4: July 26 – July 30

Apply now

Summer 2021 Application Deadline: June 11.  Get more details here

NYU High School Summer Art Intensive

Located in NYU’s internationally recognized Art and Art Professions Department, this 4-week program is designed to provide students interested in the broad scope of Visual Arts an introduction to the experience of being an art student at a prestigious New York City institution.

NYU High School Summer Art Intensive will return to on-campus instruction in Summer 2022. Please refer to NYU Virtual Art Program for an online version of the program that will run in 2021.

Program Duration: 4-weeks
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: $6,200

For more details on the Summer Art Intensive Click Here.

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Summer Math Program for Young Scholars

Get an introduction to college-level math topics while building problem-solving skills. You’ll explore new topics such as graph theory and combinatorics while working collaboratively in groups.

Program Duration: 3-Weeks
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: $1000; financial support is available

Click HERE for more

Coding for Game Design

Learn from game design and coding experts from the CREATE lab at NYU how to design games and how to code! In this two-week session, participants will learn about the elements of game design, will be introduced to Unity, and will code their own game.

Program Duration: 2-weeks
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Credit or Noncredit: Non-credit
Cost: $2,400
Summer 2021 Program format: Online

Summer 2021 Program Dates:

Session 1: June 21 – July 2
Session 2: July 12 – 23
Session 3: August 2 – 13

Click here to Apply Now

Application Deadline: May 31

For more click Coding for Game Design

Mastering English – Summer Program for High School Students

Dynamic, short-term English language program that provides a wide range of language courses and cultural learning experiences in NYC. Choose from courses specializing in English for global business, Art History & Culture, or academic English intensive.

Program Duration: 3 weeks
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: $2,000 – $5,000

More about the Mastering English program.

Urban Journalism Workshop

Spend 10 days attending intensive and rewarding journalism “boot-camp” designed to develop the next generation of great journalists.

Program Duration: 10 days
Grade Level: 10, 11
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: Free

To learn more Click Here

Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

For your experience in challenging college-level workshops and authentic lab research in; civil, urban, mechanical, electrical engineering, robotics, and more.

All of which are taking place under the guidance of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members in this program designed for students from underrepresented communities in the STEM field.

Program Duration: 7-weeks
Grade Level: 10, 11
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-credit
Cost: Free
Summer 2021 format: Online and in-person

Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 25 – August 14

Click here to apply

Summer 2021 Application Deadline: March 1. Learn more about ARISE.

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

NYU STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program)  is an innovative pre-college enrichment program for talented and motivated middle and high school students in NYC.

Program Duration: Saturdays, Oct-May (academic year); 5-weeks (summer)
Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: $200 (Academic Year); $350 (Summer) waivers available
Summer 2021 program format: Online only

Summer 2021 STEP program dates: July 6 – August 5

Apply Here

Summer 2021 Application deadline: March 5. More about STEP.

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High School Academy: Aspire Summer Program

NYUSPS Aspire is a scholarship program for rising high school juniors from underrepresented communities who will be first-generation college students.

Aspire is a two-year college prep and mentoring program that features a variety of classes and workshops, which will prepare you for the college admissions process and experience.

The program begins with a one-week college immersion intensive in the summer and continues with support throughout your junior and senior year in high school.

Program Duration: 1 Week
Grade Level: 10th Grade
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: Free
Summer 2021 program format: Online only

Summer 2021 Program Dates: August 1 – 6

Apply Here

Application Deadline: April 16

More on Aspire program

Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life: Summer Excelerator

Summer Excelerator is a selective internship and leadership development program for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors housed at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University.

Program Duration: 6 Weeks
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-Credit
Cost: $2,000

Click Here for more

NYU GSTEM – Summer Program

Work on a project alongside researchers in various STEM fields with this non-credit summer program designed to empower students historically underrepresented in the sciences.

Program Duration: 6-weeks
Grade Level: 11
Credit or Non-Credit: Non-credit
Cost:  $3,250

Summer 2021 Program Dates: July 6 – August 13

Apply for GSTEM

Summer 2021 Application Deadline: April 15

Click here to learn more about the NYU GSTEM

NYU Virtual Art Program

The NYU Virtual Summer Art Program is an online program for High School Students who are interested in exploring the variety and depth that the field of fine arts has to offer.

This program is designed to enhance your technical and creative skills and to expand your knowledge of visual art, history and culture.

Program duration: 4 Weeks
Grade level: 9, 10, 11
Credit or non-credit: Non-credit
Cost: $3,000
Program format: Online

Summer 2021 Program Dates: July 5 -31

Quick Apply Now

Application deadline: May 1

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Enrolling in a summer program is not so difficult. if you have the financial strength, then you are good to go. All you need to do is, choose a program that best suits your need and apply. The application process is not a tedious task either.

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