Summer break affords students with the flexibility and time to pursue meaningful learning experiences on college campuses and explore their unique interests and talents. This guide refers to some of the most exciting opportunities in our state and around the country for middle and high school students. Whether you are interested in exploring your favorite subjects, making new friends, or testing out life on a college campus this guide can help you begin your search for the program that fits your goals. Please select program titles for links to official websites where you can learn more about requirements, application deadlines, and costs.
IN STATE PROGRAMS
Appalachian State University Youth Camps
Academic and athletic residential or day camps available for middle and high school students in beautiful western North Carolina throughout June and July.
Appalachian State University: Martha Guy Summer Institute
Rising seniors with a sincere interest in business as a college major participate to develop leadership skills and learn about business.
Appalachian State University: Cannon Music Camp
Most comprehensive course of musical instruction in the Southeast, with intensive college prep work in performance and music theory for high school students grades 9-12 running June 19-July 10, 2021.
Campbell University: Science Education Outreach
Pharmacy & Health Sciences Discovery Days and STEM Camp are available for rising grades 9-12, offering a focus on science and pharmacy careers.
Davidson College: July Experience
Rising juniors and seniors seriously interested in attending Davidson College are strongly encouraged to apply for this three-week immersive college experience. Students will attend two liberal arts college courses and sharpen their analytical skills while experiencing a taste of life on the Davison campus. Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, the July Experience office will make a decision on our Summer 2021 programmatic offerings by mid-February 2021.
Summer College is a four-week residential program offering academic credit for students in grades 10-12.
Summer Academy offers certificate programs in a three-week residential camp for students in grades 10-12.
Accelerated STEM Academy is a one-week residential or commuter for students in grades 9-12 offering elite research opportunities.
Summer Youth Programs for students in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 are offered in various disciplines in both residential and day-camp settings. Program dates vary throughout the summer.
Mars Hill College: Summer Band Camp
Daily classes for middle and high school concert band students, offering master classes on each instrument and a jazz ensemble; private lessons are available as well residency and commuter options.
Designed to prepare students to pursue math and science at the university level and beyond, including enrichment/preparation classes, Saturday and summer scholar programs, and competitions; no fee for Saturdays and one week summer programs.
(This program is available at Elizabeth City State University, NC State University, UNC-Charlotte, and Winston-Salem State University.) Please go to individual school websites to find more information.
Lamar Stringfield Music Camp includes classes in string orchestra training, string technique, chamber music, sectional rehearsing, theory for students ages 5-18.
Looking Toward College is a residential program for female students in rising grades 10-12 offers seminars that focus on communication skills, decision-making, goal-setting, values clarification, college selection, and career planning over four days each summer.
Piano Camp operates over two weeks each summer in the mornings for experienced and beginning piano students; females ages 6 -18.
GenCyber: Cyber Security Camp (NEW LINK https://www.gen-cyber.com/about/) is a FREE one-week program for students in rising grades 8-12 offered in two different sessions each July covering cryptography, digital forensics, and network security. Applications are due the first week of June.
Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a four-week residential program for juniors and seniors interested in learning more about biological engineering, biotechnology, business and economics, child development, fashion and apparel, food management, horticulture, landscape architecture, nutrition, veterinary science, teaching, and many more agriscience professions.
Summer High School Transportation Institute is a FREE five and one half week commuter program designed to expose high school students to careers in transportation as well as academic opportunities in transportation available at the university.
North Carolina Governor’s School
The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. Informational meetings are held throughout the state in various locations in September and October. Students interested in being considered for nomination need to reach out to Guidance to ask about eligibility. High school juniors (and sophomores in some areas) are nominated by local schools every November.
North Carolina School of the Arts: Summer Programs
High school students can explore intensives, camps, workshops, and lessons in dance, drama, visual art, filmmaking, and music through multiple experiences under the direction of world renowned directors, choreographers, conductors, and teachers.
North Carolina State University Pre-College Programs
A plethora of camps and programs are offered at NC State throughout the school year and over the summer. There are simply too many opportunities to name! Program details and updated offering can be accessed above. Camp titles include exciting areas of focus such as agriculture, biotechnology, Chinese, design, engineering, STEM, and veterinary studies.
NC Summer Institute in Choral Art, Inc.
Young singers learn from renowned conductors and clinicians in a residential camp hosted on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC. for one week in June. Registration opens February 1, 2019.
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics
Summer Ventures is a free, state-funded program for academically talented students in grades 11-12 with interests in science and mathematics. At least one parent must reside in NC on Dec. 1, 2019 to meet eligibility requirements. This program is offered on the following campuses: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Wilmington, and UNC-Charlotte. Applications are available Oct. 15, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021.
Health Professional Recruitment and Enrichment Program (HPREP) designed for high school students from minority ethnic populations with a desire to study science and medicine although all students are welcome to apply. This program is ongoing throughout the school year on Saturdays. Applications are due each September for the current year and the program begins each October.
iD Tech Camps: Academies and programs are available for elementary, middle, and high school students exploring coding, game development, robotics, and design in one or two-week summer sessions for varying costs. Registration opens November 1.
NC Renaissance: This four-day camp encourages high achieving, rising juniors from rural areas to learn about college life on the UNC campus while exploring college admissions and developing leadership skills. The cost of the program is only $25 and includes meals as well as lodging.
Project Uplift: High achieving African American, Native American, Latin, Asian American, low income, rural and other rising seniors from historically underserved populations are invited to spend two days on campus to experience the academic rigour and social climate of UNC.
Uplift PLUS: This five-week program takes place during Carolina’s Summer Session II. This program is only for NC residents. High-achieving Project Uplift participants are selected based on their outstanding Project Uplift applications. During the program, participants live on campus, attend SAT/ACT coaching sessions, and take English 100 (3 credits). To further expand participants’ knowledge of different academic and career fields, Uplift PLUS students gain exposure to units across the campus community.
Cool School Camps are for rising grades 1-4 and will focus on cross-curricular integration of multiple academic areas within each camp and instructors will focus on grade-appropriate approaches to learning.
49er Minors Middle school students in rising grades 5-8 will also experience many camps that are cross-curricular with integration of multiple academic subjects within each camp and instructors will be mindful of using grade-appropriate learning strategies and application.
Niner Academy Our focus for our high school camps (rising grades 9-12) is to introduce campers to academic disciplines and careers that high school curricula may not offer, preparing them for both college and career.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Summer Music & Piano Camps UNCG hosts the largest university music camp in America every summer! Overnight and day camp options for band, orchestra, and piano students grouped by age and ability level during two different sessions in July. Applications are available online in February.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Summer Youth Camps are open each year for students ages 6-18. High school students have several options to choose from including SAT Prep, engineering programs, athletics camps, and more.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington: Marine Quest
Learn to scuba dive this summer or study the ocean in a truly immersive experience! Day camps, junior camps, commuter & residential camps are available for elementary, middle, and high school students. Residential camp titles include: Sea Gems, Sea Lab, Dive Hawks, Underwater Ichthyologist, Sea Shots, Oceans, and Oceans-17. Registration opens in November.
The Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the chance to dive deep and explore a particular field of study. Those selected for the program will enjoy access to world-class faculty, resources, industry professionals and a one-of-a-kind view from inside a career field. Residential and commuter options are available in Charlotte, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. Program details and applications are available online November 1.
College LAUNCH for Leadership invites high school juniors to explore WFU, serve the community, and consider various careers one Saturday per month for nine months. This is a free initiative focused on social justice and leadership skills. Locations include Charlotte, NC and
For-Credit Courses are available to high school seniors who may be interested in jump starting their college journey and sampling life as a Wake Forest student.
Carolina Saxophone Camp offers high school and undergraduate students a one week intensive, residential experience each summer to hone their musical skills and learn under the direction of The Assembly Quartet. Limited scholarships are available and registration is open now.
Summer Symposium for Marching Arts joins the band directors of WCU Pride of the Mountains with middle and high school band students and faculty for a week of immersive practice and performance. Tracks in the program include Drum Major, Wind, Percussion, Color Guard and Rock and Record.
Triple Arts : Immersive Musical Theatre Summer Camp welcomes students ages 15-22 to take part in 3 weeks of immersive training in all aspects of musical theatre. Students live on campus and are completely dedicated to their studies for the full three weeks.
The Moving Story is a two week intensive for aspiring choreographers with a concentration on musical theater movement, highlighting the skills needed to pursue this specialized art form. The intimate one-on-one personal and educational connections made through Moving Story at Triple Arts will guide apprentices to reach a new level of inventiveness, imagination and theatrical showmanship.
William Peace University: Summer Camps
Immersive opportunities for high school students are offered in various areas including biology, exercise and sport science, musical theatre, podcasting, simulation and game design. Eligible students may even earn 1 hour of college credit in specific programs.
OUT OF STATE PROGRAMS
Blueprint Summer Programs
Personal, Innovative And Fun Pre-College Summer Programs For Students Entering Grades 9 – 12 – Program is held at Arizona State University, Georgetown University, Lehigh University, Ohio State University, UCLA, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, and
University of Virginia.
Bob Jones University EduCamp and EduCamp Jr.
Over 40 camps with both academic and athletic opportunities are available for students in grades 2-12. One distinctive feature of this program is the emphasis on growing in Biblical wisdom and practical application of Christian discipleship in everyday life. These affordable camps led by university instructors and coaches are offered in day camp and overnight experiences.
Clemson University Summer Scholars
Rising 7th-12th grade students up to age 17 will enjoy this one-week introduction to college subjects while being immersed in the culture of Clemson University. Various session dates offer courses in science, technology, health, engineering, and voice. Registration opens December 1st.
The Summer Institute at Columbia College offers more than 1,600 women their first steps to becoming successful leaders. Four unique, week-long summer camps serve rising 9-12th grade girls with individual leadership gifts.
Furman University Summer Scholars Program (NEW LINKhttps://www.furman.edu/summer-programs/)
For students interested in studying and staying on the campus of Furman University, this program is an opportunity for rising high school seniors and juniors to participate in classes led by some of Furman University’s favorite professors and get a taste of college life. Challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates, laboratory research, field trips, group and individual projects, and more!
Hillsdale College: Summer Study and Travel Programs
Earn 3 Academic College Credits while traveling through an immersive and enriching historical experience. International trip titles include The Land and Literature of England, Sir Winston Churchill and World War II (England and France), and Western Civilization (Italy). Another option is The Roots and History of American Liberty trip with destinations in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Applications are open now!
Residential academic and athletic camps are available for high school students. Academic camp titles include Aviation, Christian Worldview Boot Camp, School of Nursing, School of Engineering, School of Music, Teen Pact, and Theatre. Athletic camps include basketball, baseball, softball, football, hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross country, track, wrestling, swimming/diving, skate park, equestrian, and snowflex programs.
New York University Pre-College Program
With NYU Precollege, rising juniors and seniors can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need.
The Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program
Three main tenets of leadership drive the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program: Communication, Optimism, and Informed Decision Making. Lessons have been crafted by the Reagan Foundation’s team of credentialed educators with one goal in mind- to have each student increase their leadership abilities and grow their personal characteristics in these three main tenets. Activities are student-driven, highly engaging, and involve a combination of small group interactions, 1:1 mentoring, and public speaking opportunities.
Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies
This program offers highly motivated, intellectually curious student the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Including Stanford Summer College Academy, Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford Summer Arts Institute, and High School Summer College.
The University of the South: Summers at Sewanee
The Bridge Program in Biomedical Sciences at Sewanee, a three-week residential
experience for rising high school seniors, is a great way to get a head start on college. The program is designed to encourage students whose backgrounds and experiences would contribute to and enrich the diversity of our academic community and who are interested in math and science. Sewanee’s facilities include state-of-the-art equipment, computerized classrooms, and a 13,000-acre campus that provides ample opportunity for research and recreation. Four current students of the University join the program as mentors to live in the residence hall with students and to assist the professors. The University has secured sponsorship of the program so that tuition, books, room, and board are free for the students chosen to attend.
University of South Carolina
Academically talented students in grades 6-12 are invited to join Carolina Master Scholars Summer Adventures to explore careers and dive deep into subjects beyond the classroom. Residential and commuter options are available.