Many schools offer educational opportunities for current high school students during the summer.  Each college website has a search box; type in “summer programs for high school students,” and you should get results.  The costs and requirements for these programs vary from school to school.  Each program may have different parameters as to what grade level the student should have achieved in order to do the program so do the research.  To assist in paying for a program, as long as college credit is not being obtained, consider a grant from the Falcon Foundation with a due date of April 15.  Please be mindful of due dates and availability of all summer opportunities.

United States Naval Academy
Plans to host  traditional experiences for both Summer Seminar and Summer STEM, providing students with an on-campus experience and a glimpse of life at the Naval Academy.  The applications are open at U.S. Naval Academy Summer Programs Applications. Program fees are $550.00 for Summer Seminar and $800.00 for Summer STEM. Keep in mind, as always, need-based scholarships are available for both the program fee and travel.  The applications for both Summer Seminar and Summer STEM are free and are open. 

Bucknell University
Bucknell Academy Summer Experience.
Bucknell Engineering Camp

Carnegie Mellon University                 
There are various in person summer programs including for Pre-College Programs including the National High School Game Academy.  See this webpage for information:  Carnegie Mellon University Programs for High School Students.  There are a variety of programs such as Architecture, Art, Computer Science and Gaming, Drama, Math & Science, and Music.  

DeSales University

Summer Theatre Institute at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival provides professional theatre training for high school students. This program is for rising sophomores through seniors, as well as rising college freshmen. 

Drexel University
Engineering Summer Programs (3 of them):
Summer Music Technology         
ASM International Materials Camp
Materials Science & Engineering Summer Institute
Information for all camps can be accessed at Drexel University Engineering Summer Programs.

Elizabethtown College

They offer several summer programs:  Engineering Summer Academy, Music Camp, Performance Training Camp, Speed Camp, and Social & Civic Leadership Academy.  You can access further information at their Summer Programs page.

Gettysburg College         
Camp Psych Virtual                                                                   
Young Writers Virtual Workshop                                                 
Civil War Era Studies Camp  
Eisenhower Institute’s Civic Engagement Camp
Athletic Camps                          
Registration information can be found at Gettysburg College Summer Programs.

Lebanon Valley College          
Actuarial Science Camp
Health and Biomedical Sciences Camp
Summer Music Camp
Applications for the 2023 camps are now available.

Lehigh University
Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive is a program where students learn about entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment.  Also, they run other programs in the summer such as their Engineering Institute.

Messiah College
Exploring Careers in Healthcare
Young Filmmakers’ Workshop   

Theater & Dance Academy                     
Young Writers’ Workshop

Psychology Camp
 Jazz Camp                  

Orchestra Camp                                           

Information for all sessions can be accessed at Messiah College Academic Summer Camps.

Millersville University of PA
Arts Smarts Camp                                           
Camp Will (as in Shakespeare)
World Language Camp                                   
Music Camp
Science Training Program                           
Technology & Engineering Camp
Athletic Camps
Information for all camps can be accessed at Millersville University Summer CampsRegistrations open on various dates (some are open now and some only open in March).  Check availability and details.

Misericordia University
Career Exploration Camps for various subjects:
Chemistry & Biochemistry Sciences
Communications & Media                               
Speech-Language Pathology
Access information at 
Misericordia University Career Exploration Camps.

PA College of Technology Summer Camps 2024

Unsure what you want to study in college?  Explore their career options at one of their overnight summer camps.  Most programs are for students entering grades 10 – 12 and some are for grades 9 – 12.  Selections include:  Architecture Odyssey, Automotive Technology, Aviation, Landscape & Horticulture, Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design, Health Careers, and ACEE for the Autism College Exploration Experience. 

Penn State University
Programs for High School Students  at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Penn State Berks has several STEM based High School Discovery Summer Camps.  
Main Campus has BOSS (for Business) 
The Penn State Harrisburg campus is offering a STEM Summer Enrichment Program as well.  

Susquehanna University
Exciting summer pre-college programs await high school students seeking to to learn new skills, improve their abilities, and explore topics for enrichment.  These week-long courses cover acting, music, engineering, entrepreneurship, law, media, writing, ecology, sports media, and business.  Learn more and register at

Temple University
Temple Summer Academy                                                          
Tyler School of Art & Architecture Programs               
College of Engineering Programs
Boyer College of Music & Dance Programs                     
College of Science & Technology Programs
School of Theater, Film & Media Art Programs
Information for all programs can be accessed at Summer Programs at Temple.

University of Pennsylvania 

Engineering Summer Academy at Penn  explore Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Robotics, Nanotechnology, and Complex Networks.
The Penn Summer High School Programs offer the challenge of college-level academics within an exploratory non-credit environment.  There are the Penn Summer Prep Program and also their Summer Academies.  Their Pre-College program is for college credit, though.  Course topics are varied; most are in the fields of Biomedical, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Neuroscience, Social Justice, and the Arts.

University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy is often a springboard for future studies in medicine. 

Villanova University
Public Speaking and Debate Camp 
Villanova University Summer Tech Camps & Academies encompass various fields including Coding, Game Development, Robotics, and Game Design.
Check each program for registration information.

York College of Pennsylvania

Offers the York Summer Music Academy.