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It feels like summer just ended. How can it be time to be thinking about next summer already?

Well, just as is the case with colleges, summer programs are routinely reviewing applications and accepting students much earlier than in years past. This means that students who apply later in the season might not have the same chance at admission.

You might be wondering: is a summer program a good use of my child’s time and my financial resources?

While we at Blue Stars view every student uniquely and help them with their individual path – which may or may not involve a paid summer program – I can tell you that programs like these routinely help students:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of of their intended field of study

  • Acquire foundational hands-on experience for advanced research in future semesters or summers

  • Learn leadership skills

  • Collaborate with students from all over the country and world

  • Become acquainted with college campus life

  • Awaken to a larger, more diverse world

  • Grow personally

  • (and best of all) Do their own laundry!

Just last week, I spoke with a Mom who reported that her son, Joey, returned from a summer research program ready to take his future into his own hands, something brand new. When chatting with a mentor about more advanced, individualized work in his field, Joey led the discussion, signaling to his mom that he was in control of the situation. She was so impressed with him, so proud!

I love these stories so much. I hear many of them every fall.

Several prestigious programs have already announced early admissions deadlines. In order to help you get a jump on your summer plans, we have compiled a great list of those programs with upcoming deadlines.

Recommended Programs with Upcoming Deadlines

1.Bank of America Student Leaders Program

Fall of 2022

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2.Launch X

October 2022

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3.Interlochen Arts Camp

October 1, 2022

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4.Notre Dame Summer Scholars

October 17, 2022

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5.USC Summer Programs

November 2022

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6.Yale Young Global Scholars

November 2, 2022

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7.National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

November 3, 2022

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8.Perimeter Institute International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP)

December 2022

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9.Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

December 15, 2022

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10.Summer Science Program

December 15, 2022

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We will keep you posted as more summer programs announce dates and deadlines. For now, wishing you and your teen a productive early fall.

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About the Author: Amy Morgenstern

Dr. Amy Morgenstern, affectionately known as Dr. M, is the founder and CEO of Blue Stars Admissions Consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MFA in contemporary art. A former professor of philosophy, honors program associate director, and assistant to the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Dr. M brings a wealth of academic and multicultural experience to her practice.

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