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“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Admission to top schools is as competitive as it’s ever been. What is the key to success? Crafting a uniquely engaged “admissions profile” spanning all four years of high school. Equally key is being authentic about it.

I’m often asked by parents how their child can “stand out” in the admissions pool.

My answer: do unique things that show who they are and who they might become as a thriving productive adult.

And how does your teen figure out how to do unique things?

Enrolling in a summer program they feel excited about is a fantastic first step.

Blue Stars Admissions Consulting recognizes this pursuit and is proud to present a curated list of prestigious summer programs. Among these, COSMOS stands out as a prestigious and affordable option for families in California, offering an unparalleled STEM experience that stretches the boundaries of high school curriculum and provides a glimpse into the world of advanced science and technology.

This list not only highlights COSMOS but also includes a variety of other programs such as the Stony Brook Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program, which challenges students within a college-level curriculum in their high school setting, and the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program.

From the vibrant academic life at Stanford High School Summer College to the innovative MIT THINK Scholars Program, each initiative offers an exclusive opportunity to dive deep into subjects ranging from economics and leadership to the arts and technology.

The Brown Leadership Institute and Summer@Brown encourage students to tackle social justice issues and explore new learning methods, while the Interlochen Arts Camp and Summer STEM Institute (SSI) nurture creative and scientific talents respectively.

The UChicago Summer Session, Notre Dame Pre-College Programs, and Harvard Pre-College Program open doors to university-level experiences, with Carnegie Mellon and Boston University (BU RISE Internship/Practicum) offering specialized instruction from renowned faculty.

Healthcare enthusiasts might be interested in Stanford’s Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) and Clinical Science, Technology, and Medicine Summer Internships, providing a deep dive into medical sciences.

Each program, from COSMOS to the California State Summer School for Arts (CSSSA), is a stepping stone toward academic and professional excellence, promising a summer of growth, challenge, and discovery. Join us in exploring these opportunities and setting the stage for a bright collegiate future.

Don’t let another summer slip by. Contact Blue Stars Admissions Consulting today and embark on a journey to showcase your teen’s uniqueness through unforgettable summer experiences. Let’s work together to turn their summer into a showcase of potential and passion!

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Recommended Programs with Upcoming Deadlines

Program NameCategoryDescriptionDeadline
Simons Summer Research ProgramPre-College, VariousThe Simons Summer Research Program gives academically talented, motivated high school students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University.

Feb. 7

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Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS)Economics/Finance, Government/Political Science, Law, Philosophy, Pre-College, STEMYYGS is an academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students from around the world.

EA: Nov. 1
RD: Jan. 10

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Stanford High School Summer CollegePre-College, VariousStudy with a dynamic, diverse student body from more than 40 countries in small classes with dedicated instructors, with the opportunity to earn credit and an official transcript from Stanford.

ED: Dec. 11
Priority: Jan. 16

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MIT THINK Scholars ProgramEngineering, Math, Research, Robotics, Science, STEM, TechSelected finalists have weekly mentorship meetings with THINK team members for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the projects progress and are given up to $1,000 in funding for their project.

Jan. 1

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Brown Leadership InstituteLeadership, Pre-College, Social JusticeThrough the Brown Leadership Institute—no matter your current level of engagement—you’ll increase your ability and effectiveness in advancing social justice.

ED: Jan. 22

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Summer@BrownPre-College, VariousChoose from more than 200 non-credit courses reflecting the wide range of Brown University’s Open Curriculum that challenge you with new perspectives on how you work, how you learn, and how you live.

ED: Jan. 22

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Interlochen Arts CampArt, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, WritingLocated in beautiful northwest Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp offers summer programs for grades 3-12.

Jan. 15

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Summer STEM Institute (SSI)Research, STEMSSI is an international program that provides academically talented and highly motivated students the opportunity to learn through a data science and research bootcamp, a Masterclass lecture series, weekend challenges, and a mentored research project.

ED: Jan. 15

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UChicago Summer SessionVariousIn these undergraduate-level courses, you will get personalized attention from faculty, researchers, and other professionals who will lead you through workshop discussions, research projects, and other activities.

Priority: Jan. 18

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Notre Dame Pre-College ProgramsLeadership, Pre-College, VariousNotre Dame offers exceptional high school students a true college experience on campus, abroad, and virtually!

Feb. 20

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Harvard Pre-College ProgramPre-College, VariousTest your intellect without the pressure of letter grades. You will be challenged by Ivy League scholars as you immerse yourself in one subject in a small class of around 20 students.

ED: Jan. 10

RD: Feb. 14

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Carnegie Mellon Pre-CollegePre-College, VariousOur Pre-College program, which mirrors the undergraduate experience, gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore their interests while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff.

Feb. 1

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BU RISE Internship/PracticumAstronomy, Coding/Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Research, Science, STEMYou will spend six weeks at BU conducting university laboratory research with some of the nation’s brightest scientific minds while advancing your STEM knowledge and skills.

Feb. 14

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Stanford’s Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X)
Healthcare/MedicineStudents attend a two-week (10-day) session which provides introductory exposure to fascinating topics in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology plus an opportunity to complete a collaborative capstone project.

Feb. 15

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Stanford’s Clinical Science, Technology and Medicine Summer InternshipsHealthcare/Medicine, InternshipOur two-week medical internships for high school students and premedical students begins with a broad overview of health care, framed within the perspective of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine.

ED: Dec. 1

RD: Jan. 26

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COSMOSSTEM Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools.

Feb. 9

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California State Summer School for Arts (CSSSA)Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, WritingCSSSA is a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists of high school age.

Feb. 26

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Want help finding or applying to a summer program? Schedule a free consultation to learn more about our college planning services.

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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