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10 Summer Programs in Mississippi for High Schoolers

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As you may know, top institutions look for students who engage in meaningful extracurricular activities that help them learn, grow, and explore their passions. Summer programs are excellent opportunities to do just that. And if you live in Mississippi, there are plenty of programs available right in your state!


Summer Programs in Mississippi


1. ASAP (Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession)


Dates: July 17–20

Location: Mississippi State University

Application deadline: April 29

Cost: $100


ASAP is a three-day camp for rising high school seniors, designed to instill an interest in accounting and expose students to career opportunities in the field. Students will live on campus at Mississippi State University and attend instructional seminars, develop team-building skills, and gain a new perspective on accounting. 


2. Design Discovery


Dates: June 5–11

Location: Mississippi State School of Architecture

Application deadline: May 15

Cost: $700


Open to high school students age 16+ and incoming college freshmen, Design Discovery is a week-long program that prepares students for an architectural education and career. Participants will learn from Mississippi State School of Architecture faculty and students, who will share their knowledge, expertise, and experience.


3. EdStart


Dates: N/A

Location: The University of Mississippi

Application deadline: N/A

Cost: $2,935–$2,955


High school students can get a head start on a career as an educator thanks to EdStart. During the program, participants will take a special education course, where they will learn about diverse student populations and strategies necessary for meeting the needs of all learners. They will also take part in experiential learning, group building, and recreational activities.


4. Engineering Summer Academy at UM


Dates: June 13–17

Location: University of Mississippi School of Engineering

Application deadline: May 30

Cost: $680 residential/$360 commuter


Interested in majoring in engineering? The Engineering Summer Academy will give you an in-depth look at the field. You’ll participate in hands-on activities, team-based problem-solving, and lab tours, as well as observe demonstrations and lectures. The program is intended for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are seriously considering engineering as a career.


5. FIRST® Tech Robotics Workshop


Dates: July 18–22

Location: University of Mississippi

Application deadline: May 30

Cost: $720 residential/$400 commuter


Start thinking like an engineer. In teams, you will build robots from a reusable kit of parts, develop strategies, document their progress, and compete. This is an excellent foundation for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in building and improving their robotics skills for future education and competitions.


6. Humanities Camp


Dates: June 12–17

Location: Mississippi State University College of Arts & Sciences

Application deadline: March 18 (nomination form due)

Cost: $150


The humanities are a crucial part of our work and world. This camp provides rising juniors and seniors with unique ways to explore the various disciplines in the humanities and learn how they are relevant to our present and future, as well as explore different careers in the fields, under the guidance of experts in their fields. The program culminates in a presentation of your work to family and staff at a judges’ panel. You must be nominated by your school to apply.


7. The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science


Dates: June 12–17

Location: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

Application deadline: March 31

Cost: $700 (scholarships available)


The High School Summer Enrichment Camp is open to rising 9th and 10th-grade students who want to explore exciting topics like robots, computer programming, global dilemmas and puzzles, and much more. Students will participate in engaging activities, all while honing important skills like problem-solving and abstract thinking.


8. Reading and Illustration Workshop


Dates: June 13–17

Location: University of Mississippi

Application deadline: May 15

Cost: $660 residential/$360 commuter


During this program, you will read and illustrate the novel, All You Need Is Kill, using the text as a guide for crafting images in the tradition of 20th-century artists. You will also share your work, experiment with your designs, and chat with faculty and students in the UM art department about careers and education in the visual arts world. 


9. Rebel Research Scholars


Dates: June 1–29 or July 1–31

Location: University of Mississippi

Application deadline: April 30

Cost: Varies; typically, students only pay for the cost of their application


The Summer Research Experience — “Rebel Research Scholars” — gives students hands-on experience researching in real labs. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in STEM, this is an excellent opportunity to explore your interests under the guidance of experienced faculty. You’ll also use cutting-edge technologies, while also experiencing college life.


10. UM Summer Language Institute


Dates: June 30–July 29

Location: University of Mississippi

Application deadline: February 28

Cost: $3,035–3,055 (scholarships available)


Want to learn a new language? While living on the UM campus, you will have the opportunity to study Arabic or Chinese, while learning about the cultures associated with them and their real-world applications. You’ll also be able to earn six hours of college credit — and, of course, get a taste of college life.


How do Summer Programs Impact Your College Chances?


The four tiers describe a ranking system adcoms use to evaluate extracurricular activities. Tier 1 refers to those that are most exemplary and specialized, while Tier indicates those that are the least impressive and most common. You will probably have a handful of Tier 3-4 activities, along with (hopefully) 1-2 Tier 1-2 activities.


Most summer programs fall into Tier 3-4, but some particularly selective (and usually free) programs may be in higher tiers.


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