15 Summer Programs in New Jersey for High Schoolers

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With numerous colleges and universities, including Princeton University and others, New Jersey offers plenty of opportunities for high school students to learn and prepare for their postsecondary education. Summer programs are available across many towns and cities, as well as disciplines and industries.

 

How Summer Programs Benefit High Schoolers

 

Summer programs prepare students with the foundational skills they will need to succeed in college and their careers, offering a taste of college life while building skills in their chosen discipline and passion.

 

These programs often take place on college campuses, with residential participants living in dorms and commuter students attending courses and activities on campus. Not only do students gain independence, but they’ll also interact with like-minded peers who share similar interests. Colleges view summer programs favorably, since they take note of applicants choosing to spend their summers furthering their learning outside of school.

 

Many programs even offer students college credit, giving them a head start on their curricula.

 

15 Summer Programs in New Jersey

 

1. Centenary Summer Scholars | Studio Art

 

Young artists will build skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media, working in both two and three dimensions. As students develop their portfolios for college admission, they will also visit local galleries and work in public spaces.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Studio Art
  • Affiliation: Centenary University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $1,095
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

2. Centenary Summer Scholars | Pre-Med/AP Biology

 

This course offers an introduction to biology to prepare students for a career in medicine or the sciences, equipping them with the skills they need to excel on the AP Biology test and more. Previous science coursework not required.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Life Sciences/Biology
  • Affiliation: Centenary University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $1,095
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

3. Summer Pre-College Program

 

Choosing from a wide array of courses in technology, design, the arts, science, and more, students will experience a college atmosphere for a two- or four-week nonresidential program. Your child will also have the opportunity to earn up to 12 college credits.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Academic
  • Affiliation: Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $699
  • Application Due: N/A
  • Apply Now

 

4. Summer Teaching Academy

 

Calling all future teachers! This commuter program helps high schoolers learn how to teach math, science, and literacy to K-12 students through hands-on activities, exercises, and more. Students will work with FDU faculty, educational leaders, and teachers to engage and discussions and share reflections. (Note: participants are required to attend all sessions.)

 

  • Area of Specialization: Teaching
  • Affiliation: Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: Free
  • Application Due: N/A
  • Apply Now

 

5. Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP)

 

During this residential program, students attend workshops and lectures led by reporters, editors, and program alumni from prestigious publications and media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Politico, CNN, and others. They will also tour some of these facilities while covering events and participating in journalism projects in the Princeton area. All costs, including transportation to and from Princeton, are covered.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Journalism
  • Affiliation: Princeton University
  • Grades: 11
  • Cost: Free
  • Application Due: 2/15/2019 (priority); 3/3/2019
  • Apply Now

 

6. BRONC Tank Academy: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

 

High schoolers explore career development paths, the startup process, challenges and opportunities in entrepreneurship, basic business concepts, and more in this college-level program. They will also develop business concepts for new, nonexisting products or improvements to existing ones and present and pitch their ideas in teams at the program’s end.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Entrepreneurship
  • Affiliation: Rider University
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $995
  • Application Due: N/A
  • Apply Now

 

7. STEAM Academy | Navigation

 

Students learn from top faculty who bring together STEM topics with art, design, culture, and humanities. While participating in STEAM-focused field trips, commuter students will participate in leadership training, career counseling, resume creation, and PSAT/SAT preparation.

 

  • Area of Specialization: STEM
  • Affiliation: Rowan University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $2,750
  • Application Due: 6/1/2019
  • Apply Now

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8. STEAM Academy | Pathways

 

STEAM Academy participants may also choose to pursue the Pathways experience, taking STEAM-related courses and workshops and conducting a research internship. Students who choose this option will also earn three college credits.

 

  • Area of Specialization: STEM
  • Affiliation: Rowan University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $3,575
  • Application Due: 6/1/2019
  • Apply Now

 

9. Stevens IT Pre-College Programs | Business Explorer

 

Over the course of one week, students learn from School of Business professors, who guide them through business cases, exercises, and how to use technology in real business labs. Students will also visit companies in New York City and conduct an investigative project, which they will present in teams before a panel of judges.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Business/Finance
  • Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $2,300
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

10. Stevens IT Pre-College Programs | Civil Engineering Design and Architecture

 

While learning how to design a building powered exclusively by solar energy, students will design their own solar cottages. The program covers topics including sustainable design concepts for engineering and architecture, SketchUp 3D modeling, and more.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Engineering
  • Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $2,300
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

11. Stevens IT Pre-College Programs | Cybersecurity

 

Available at both the beginner and advanced level, this program explores the need for data security awareness across a range of industries. At the beginner level, students will gain a basic understanding of important cybersecurity principles. At the advanced level, students will learn how to hack and secure a system. (AP Computer Science or similar coursework is recommended for the advanced level.)

 

  • Area of Specialization: Computer Science
  • Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $2,300
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

12. Stevens IT Pre-College Programs | ECOES (Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Sciences)

 

This two-week program enables students to get a taste of engineering disciplines including biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, robotics, and others while working with Stevens faculty. Participants will also design their own engineering project.

 

  • Area of Specialization: STEM
  • Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $3,800
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

13. Stevens IT Pre-College Programs | Engineering Bootcamp

 

A one-week version of ECOES, students will participate in a crash course in engineering, exploring six disciplines. They will also go on a site visit to a local company while working with faculty and designing their own research project.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Engineering
  • Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $2,500
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

14. TCNJ Summer Service Scholars Pre-College Program

 

Students combine college-level academic study with community engagement, working in after-school programs, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit partners in groups. They will also engage in discussions and intellectual and recreational activities while learning about how to highlight community engagement on college applications.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Academic
  • Affiliation: The College of New Jersey
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $1,700
  • Application Due: 5/20/2019 (priority); 6/20/2019
  • Apply Now

 

15. TCNJ Summer Academy Series Pre-College Program | Environments: Academy in Ecology and Field Biology

 

Students will use ecology tools and techniques to gain an understanding of how organisms deal with changes in their environments, how communities including lakes, streams, and forest function, and more. Participating in guided, hands-on investigations on TCNJU campus, they will learn how to design and conduct their own ecological investigations and present their work to faculty and students.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Life Sciences/Biology
  • Affiliation: The College of New Jersey
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $1,050
  • Application 6/3/2019
  • Apply Now

 

Looking for more programs in New Jersey? Check out our guide to summer programs at Rutgers University.

 

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