16 Summer Programs in New York for High Schoolers

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Home to numerous college and universities, government institutions, theaters and performance venues, landmarks, and much more, New York is a place of opportunity.

 

For high school students, it can also be a vehicle for self-discovery. What a better place to explore their talents, interests, and prospective career and education paths? To that end, we’ve rounded up some of the best summer programs for high schoolers in New York State, focusing on disciplines across numerous fields from science to art.

 

Why Should Your Teen Attend a Summer Program?

 

As your child looks toward applying to and attending college, she will need to demonstrate that she has engaged in meaningful experiences and sought to develop intellectually and personally, even while on vacation. Often taking place on college and university campuses, summer programs give high schoolers a taste of college life while they learn in an immersive environment alongside peers who, like them, are passionate about a topic or niche.

 

Students are usually taught by college faculty and industry professionals and sometimes have the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credit, all while building confidence and independence, important skills they will need as they start their college journeys.

 

16 Summer Programs in New York for High Schoolers

 

Note that costs are estimates and can vary due to factors such as commuter or residential status and more.

 

1. Adelphi Pre-College | Art and Technology

 

Examining their own identity, students will explore individual and collaborative creative processes. They will participate in lectures, labs, discussions, studio projects, and field trips to museums and other sites while using tools and processes including prototyping with electronics, 3D printing, Arduino, e-textiles, movie-making and more.

 

  • Area of Specialization: STEM
  • Host: Adelphi University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $3,600
  • Application Due: Rolling admission
  • Apply Now

 

2. Summer in the City

 

Choosing from courses including Feminist Art in New York; Gender, Race, and Women’s Writing in the Age of Austen; Sustainable Cities; Psychology 101; and more, young women who participate in Summer in the City at Barnard College will experience life as a college student as they take college-level classes, gain valuable insight into the college process and future careers, and go on weekend excursions. One- and four-week programs are available, as are commuter and residential options.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Humanities
  • Host: Barnard College
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $8,200
  • Application Due: 5/27/2019
  • Apply Now

 

3. Yleana Summer Leadership Academy

 

Underrepresented students in low SES urban areas, including Boston, Lynn/Salem/Peabody, NYC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, have the opportunity to learn how to improve their SAT scores while building leadership through a “traditional camp model,” which includes hikes, games, campfires, and more. The residential Academy takes place at Colgate University in Hamilton.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Management/Leadership
  • Host: Colgate University
  • Grades: 11
  • Cost: Free
  • Application Due: N/A
  • Apply Now

 

4. Become a Better Writer

 

In this one-week nonresidential course at Hofstra University, students will learn basic writing skills and hone their own voice, applying these building blocks to SAT and college essay writing and other work. Along with exploring the revision process, developing theses and supporting paragraphs, and more, students will participate in writing games and group activities.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Writing
  • Host: Hofstra University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $675
  • Application Due: 7/22/2019 (priority)
  • Apply Now

 

5. Musical Theatre Precollege Summer Intensive

 

Learning from Marymount faculty and theater professionals, students who take part in this program at Marymount Manhattan College will explore the dance, voice, and acting process in New York City. These will develop fundamental skills and gain insight into the audition process, as well as attend Broadway shows and participate in activities. At the program’s end, they will perform their work in front of family and friends.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Theater
  • Host: Marymount Manhattan College
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $3,700
  • Application Due: Rolling
  • Apply Now

 

6. Summer Leadership Academy

 

Students must be nominated to attend this week-long program focusing on building entrepreneurial and leadership skills. They will learn from Mercy College faculty and leaders from top companies in areas including career mindset, personal branding, careers in finance, accounting, and marketing, and more. While the majority of the program takes place on the Dobbs Ferry campus, participants will also visit the Manhattan Campus and Fortune 500 companies.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Management/Leadership
  • Host: Mercy College
  • Grades: 11
  • Cost: Free ($300 food charge)
  • Application Due: Rolling Admission
  • Apply Now

 

7. Pace Summer Scholars | Business Administration

 

Participating in the Business track of the Pace University Summer Scholars program, students will learn about the general functions and areas of business and focus on entertainment and arts management. Along with their courses, students will take part in outings to museums, theaters, parks, restaurants, and more.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Business/Finance
  • Host: Pace University
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $3,000
  • Application Due: N/A
  • Apply Now

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8. Pratt Institute Pre-college Summer Program

 

Young artists will participate in college courses modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings, taught by faculty and industry professionals, with the opportunity to earn four college credits. Students will also attend events throughout New York City and showcase their work in gallery spaces on campus.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Studio Art
  • Host: Pratt Institute
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $3,985
  • Application Due: 3/1/2019
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9. RPI Summer Program | Aerospace Engineering

 

Open to both residential and commuter students, this program will introduce high schoolers to the field of aerospace engineering through lectures, demonstrations, and experiments in a lab setting. Using their new skills and knowledge, students will design, build, and test two model airplanes under the guidance of RPI faculty and graduate and undergraduate students.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Engineering
  • Host: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $1,835
  • Application Due: 3/31/2019
  • Apply Now

 

10. Summer Science Research Program

 

Under the mentorship of leading scientists, high schoolers will conduct hands-on research in one of the top biomedical research facilities in the world. Over the course of seven weeks, students will participate in real lab experiments while learning about research techniques, scientific literature, important skills, and more.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Science
  • Host: Rockefeller University
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: N/A
  • Application Due: 12/3/18
  • Note: Application deadline for 2019 has passed.

 

11. School of Visual Arts Summer Program

 

Choosing from subjects such as animation, advertising, experimental video, and more, students will learn what it’s like to attend art school while engaging in social and cultural activities across New York City. Upon successful completion of the program, your child will earn three college credits.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Studio Art
  • Host: School of Visual Arts
  • Grades: 9, 10, and 11
  • Cost: $2,800
  • Application Due: 7/5/2019
  • Apply Now

 

12. Skidmore College

 

At this immersive college experience, students have the option of taking two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses, or one of each. Students also participate in field trips to sites like Six Flags and the New York City Ballet. Commuting and residential options are both available.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Academic
  • Host: Skidmore College
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $9,195
  • Application Due: 5/1/2019
  • Apply Now

 

13. Stony Brook | Garcia Research Scholar Program

 

Talented high schoolers will be immersed in an intensive experience, conducting independent research with guidance from Garcia Center faculty, staff, and students, while also receiving formal instruction. Participants will have the option of continuing their work through the Mentor Program during the academic year, working on research with a faculty mentor.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Science
  • Host: Stony Brook University
  • Grades: N/A
  • Cost: $2,500
  • Application Due: 2/16/2019
  • Apply Now

 

14. Syracuse Summer College

 

For one to six weeks, students will participate in noncredit and credit-bearing programs across subjects such as forensic science, coding, writing, art, and more. More than 40 options are available for both residential and commuter students, who will also participate in campus activities and field trips.

 

  • Area of Specialization: General Academic
  • Host: Syracuse University
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $1,283-$9,930 (varies by program length and commuter/residential options)
  • Application Due: 5/1/2019
  • Apply Now

 

15. Parsons Summer Intensive Studies: New York

 

This art and design program will prepare students for college-level work in studio art and earn them three college credits. They will choose from courses such as graphic design, product design, illustration, printmaking, and more. Students will also develop portfolio pieces for their college applications.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Studio Art
  • Host: The New School
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $3,180
  • Application Due: 5/15/2019
  • Apply Now

 

16. Rochester Intensive Studies | Business Bootcamp

 

Students will discover and test business tools that will help them build important leadership skills across areas like innovation management, marketing, design thinking, product development, and more. Through projects, fields trips, activities, and more, they will explore their own ideas and apply their learning to real-world scenarios.

 

  • Area of Specialization: Entrepreneurship
  • Host: University of Rochester
  • Grades: 10 and 11
  • Cost: $5,100
  • Application Due: N/A
  • Apply Now

 

Looking for more summer programs in New York State? Check out our guides to programs at Cornell University, Ithaca College, Marist College, and New York University.

 

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.