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Summer programs are becoming more and more popular for high school students trying to get into prestigious colleges. They can be a great way to save money, to make the most of your summer vacation, and to make yourself a more competitive applicant to university when it comes time to apply. There are also summer programs for current undergraduate and graduate students looking to take additional classes during nontraditional term time. This article will discuss summer programs at the following schools: Duke, NYU (New York University), MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Georgetown University.


Duke University's summer sessions are for 10th and 11th-grade students (15 - 17 years old roughly). The program lasts about four weeks and students who complete the program receive college credit from Duke University. International students are also encouraged to apply. High School students will spend several hours each day taking a college level course at Duke. Students may elect to take a course in some subjects including but not limited to: Biology, Economics, English, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychics or Public Policy. These courses can also change from year to year. The program is residential, so students live on campus. There are extracurricular programs in the evening for students to take part in like documentary film series.

Duke starts accepting applications for its summer program the preceding December. Application requirements include a $50 fee for U.S. students and a $100 for International Students. Prospective Students must also submit a copy of their high school transcripts, a teacher letter of recommendation, standardized test scores if they have them, a resume, and personal statement. International students must take an English skills test. It takes several weeks to hear back for an admissions decision.

Unfortunately, the cost to attend the program is quite expensive. It costs nearly $8,000 to attend the month-long program. No financial aid is given. On the other hand, the program is all-inclusive. Accommodation, meals, classes, and evening activities are all included in this fee.


New York University has summer programs for high school students and college students (Both NYU and visiting students). The programs for college students are Summer in NYC, NYC Summer Abroad. The program for high school students is more general.

NYU's Summer in NYC program has undergraduate and graduate courses for NYU and visiting students. There are some sessions of varying lengths. The program is incredibly flexible and students may choose from a broad course search. If students are looking for something more structured they can take programs like Summer Journalism at NY, Writers in NY, or some unique programs at Tisch School for the Arts on topics like Photography and Human Rights.

Eligible students for this program are high school graduates, current undergraduates at other schools, post-graduate students who want to take additional undergraduate courses, and current NYU students. A completed application includes a $70 fee, an online application, a GPA above 3.0 and a recent transcript.

The costs vary depending on how many credits a student wishes to take. The tuition is anywhere from $4500to $12,000. These costs do not include lodging, accommodation, or meals.

NYU also has Summer Abroad programs Just about every school at NYU has summer abroad programs so it would be impossible to summarize these programs in just a few paragraphs. This article will, therefore, focus on summer programs at the general College of Arts and Science as it is a popular selection and has an extensive program. Summer programs are available in Athens, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, Ghana, London, Madrid, and Paris. These programs all have different areas of study and courses.

The programs are open to current NYU students, students from other colleges, and post-graduate students. Non-NYU students must submit an online application, personal statement, and academic transcripts. Some schools require a letter of recommendation while other schools at NYU do not. The price for these programs vary by the number of credits taken, and the cost of living. Though, the costs (especially with airfare and meals) will likely be about $15,0000. Tuition alone is $8,000 and lodging is another $2,000 minimum. No financial aid is awarded to Non-NYU students.

Finally, NYU also has a program for high school students, called the Pre-college program. The program is for rising high school juniors and seniors. It is a challenging six-week course based in New York City. Students may choose from over 30 different fields of study. The coursework can be applied for college credit in the future.

Applications open in February for the summer program, which starts in early July. Required application materials include a complete online application, a personal statement, and a copy of a high school transcript.

High School Students live on campus and have a meal plan. Tuition costs just over $10,000 for eight credits. The housing, meal plan, and additional fees bring the total amount to just shy of $14,000. This price may be dropped if students do not take the full eight credits.


MIT does not have an "open-enrollment" summer school program for high school students. However, there are some community partners that work with MIT to give exceptional high school students the chance to study at MIT. These programs tend to be four to six weeks long and are all residential. Examples of programs include The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science, the Women's Technology Program, and MIT Launch.

Admission to these programs is extremely competitive. For instance, the Women's in Technology Program and the Minority Introduction to Engineering require that students have taken the most rigorous math and science course available to them and have standardized tests scores in the 80th percentile and above. They do not accept students who have previously completed a summer program. One distinguishing factor in MIT's summer programs is the number of scholarships and stipends available to high school students.

MIT Launch is an unique 4-week entrepreneurship program. It is a very selective program (only 20% are admitted). The program requires that students are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors in high school. No SAT scores or letters of recommendation are needed. The most important criteria are that students have demonstrated their creativity, resilience, and other skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. The student must send out a copy of their transcript. The program is quite cheap compared to other summer programs. It is just $5,985 including courses, housing, meals, and activities. Also, need-based scholarships are available.

Georgetown University

One final option to consider is Georgetown University's various summer programs for high school student and college students Georgetown's programs are residential, based in the heart of Washington D.C. Some programs for high school students are available. There are also summer programs for undergraduate and graduate students during Georgetown's 10-week summer session.

High School

The College Preparatory program is a non-credit, three-week course for high school students. Tuition, meals, and housing cost about $5,000 total. The program offers college preparation advice and SAT instruction. The Institutes at Georgetown are eight-day long programs in the areas of medicine, law, science, politics, business, or arts and humanities. Tuition costs $2,600. Program dates vary.

The fundamentals program is one of the longer and more rigorous programs at Georgetown for high school students. They study either medicine, law, politics, business or the arts and the humanities. Programs are roughly four weeks long. Tuition costs are close to $10,000. Students receive college credit for completing this program. No aid is given.

For high school students who have a specific course they would like to take, there is the Summer College at Georgetown option. Students chose from over 80 courses. The residential sessions are four weeks long and like the fundamentals program can cost up to $10,000 when things like meals and housings are added to tuition cost. Students may take one session or two sessions over ten weeks. They can earn up to 6 college credits.

Finally, there is a Summer Honors Intensive program for exceptional high school students. This program is unique because it allows high school students to study along with undergraduate students. Students in this program can earn up to 12 credits, which is a full semester of classes at most universities. The costs can be considerable, especially if students take the 12 credit maximum.

Admission requirements for these programs depend on whether or not the programs are for credit or not. For credit programs require: a completed application, letter of recommendation from a professional at the student's high school, transcript, personal essay, and standardized test scores in addition to an application fee. Admission requirements for Non-Credit programs include an online application, guidance counselor form, personal essay and application fee.


Georgetown offers diverse programs and single courses to undergraduate, post-graduate, and graduate students. These programs are open to Georgetown Students, visiting students currently enrolled at another university in Washington D.C., and in exceptional cases, high school students. There are some sessions during the summer to take over 250 courses in 35 areas of study. The school offers special programs like language institutes, community-based learning course, and summer courses available online. The program is expensive, as the high school programs. Undergraduate courses cost around $1,250 per credit while graduate-level courses are $1,800. Some selected scholarships are available.

To apply prospective students will need to submit an online application and include an official transcript. Current Georgetown students do not need to submit these additional materials. They simply register for courses.

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