Enrichment Programs

The Counseling Center is notified throughout the school year of many summer programs offered by colleges and universities nationwide. Valley does not specifically endorse any program listed below and we recommend thorough research into any program before registering.


JJ Kapur (2017-2018 Valley Senior) and Jacob Bedia (Valley ’17) compiled a wealth of online resources for students in the areas of summer programs, internships, clubs, and scholarships.- https://sites.google.com/view/vhsenrichment/home?authuser=0


BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare – Drake Opportunities for Gaining Skills in Healthcare – June 28-30, 2018

BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare is a program that introduces students to careers in the health professions by educating them about opportunities in health sciences and inspiring them to explore different pathways. Students participate in hands-on laboratory experiences, educational sessions, and interactive discussions with students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to understand how to best prepare for a career in healthcare. Special emphasis is placed on promoting careers in athletic training, occupational therapy, pharmacy and many others. The overarching goal of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of opportunities within healthcare and educate them about how they can best prepare for a career in the health professions. For more information and to register visit http://www.drake.edu/cphs/visit/bulldogsinhealthcare/.


June 26-28, 2018 – Open to all students (not limited to member of the 4-H program) completing grades 8-12 at the end of this school year. The conference features keynote speakers, innovative workshops, community service projects in the Ames area, dances, and games. For information and registration materials visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa4hyouthconference.

Grand View University Summer Leadership Institute (GVSLI)

GVSLI is a leadership development opportunity for high school juniors and seniors in the Des Moines area and surrounding communities. The Institute helps students discover their potential as leaders and empowers them to lead effectively in a diverse world so they can make a positive difference in their schools and communities. It is available to a broad variety of students, particularly those of limited opportunity or means. For this reason, thanks to the sponsorship of generous donors, the institute is free. To learn more visit: https://www.grandview.edu.

AgDiscovery 2018

A summer in-residence outreach program at Iowa State University to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! For more information, and to apply, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

In addition to the many year-round programs offered at Stanford for students in grades 7-12, there are several summer programs offered as well. Check out the Summer Humanities Institute, the Summer Arts Institute, the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute, the University Mathematics Camp, the Medical Youth Science Program, Sports Business Academy, and AI4ALL (Artificial Intelligence) at https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs.

South Dakota School of Mines STEM Summer Camps

These summer camps are designed to be fun and hands-on, and are for high school students (grades 9 – 12). Each camp lasts five days and students come here from all over the country to attend. Students live on campus and also get to explore some of the activities and attractions that the Rushmore Region is famous for. The School of Mines offers unique and high-quality programming for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Their goal is to turn young minds on to the astounding, challenging, and FUN worlds of science and engineering, through hands-on activities and one-on-one interactions with faculty and graduate students. It’s a great opportunity for participants to get a glimpse of what their future might hold and meet other students who share similar abilities and interests.

For more information on each camp visit https://www.sdsmt.edu/SummerCamps/


At the Leadership & Service Summit students will learn how to best serve your community through team-building, self discovery, service learning, and leadership development. They will also earn college credit and a scholarship while exploring their leadership potential this summer. Choose from two locations: Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa): June 24-30, 2018 or Wartburg West (Mt. Evans and Denver, Colo.): July 8-14, 2018. To learn more visit http://www.wartburg.edu/lss. Students who register by Feb. 1 will save $100 on the registration fee.

Washington University in St. Louis

High School Summer Scholars Program — 2018 courses will be available December 1,  2017  summerexperiences.wustl.edu/scholars APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2018

Session A: June 11-July 15 (five weeks)
Session B: July 16-August 18 (five weeks)
Session C: June 11-August 5 (eight weeks)

High School Summer Institutes — High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for you to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. You will have assigned readings and assignments throughout the program. Every student completes a student reflection essay and a final project which varies for each institute. In the evenings, students attend academic seminars, workshops, and social events. Institutes are open to current high school students from across the country and around the world. You will live on campus, enjoy a variety of social opportunities, and prepare yourself for college success! summerexperiences.wustl.edu/institutes

SUMMER 2017 PROGRAMS (As we’re notified of programs being offered for Summer 2018, they’ll be moved above with updated deadlines)

Gustavus Adolphus High Altitude Ballooning Summer Camp

June 25-30, 2017 – Students who attend this camp will gain valuable hands-on experience with electronics, programming microcomputers to collect data from a variety of sensors, building payloads, using a variety of cameras, planning flight paths, and flying balloons. Students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year in the fall of 2017 are eligible to attend. For more information visit https://gustavus.edu/camps/ballooning/.

Miami University Summer Scholars Program DEADLINE IS MAY 2, 2017
Session I: July 2-14, 2017
Session II: July 16-28, 2017

Miami’s Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program on Miami’s campus exploring a topic of their choice with an acclaimed Miami faculty member. Participants who later choose to apply to Miami will also receive priority consideration for Miami merit scholarships and the University’s premier academic programs

Great Jewish Books Summer Program DEADLINE IS MARCH 27, 2017

Session 1: July 23 – 28, 2017
Session 2: July 30 – August 4, 2017

At the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school juniors and seniors read selections from important works of modern Jewish literature and consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, they consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century. Although the program’s focus is on reading, this is not school in any conventional sense: Great Jewish Books is a lively program full of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities—and no grades—for students who read for the love of reading and who are eager to discover the treasures of the Jewish canon. Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events. For more information visit Great Jewish Books Summer Program.

Wentworth Institute of Technology summerFAB (Summer Workshop on Design and Fabrication) PRIORITY DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2017

July 10th to August 4th, 2017 This is a four-week “design and build” program for high school students entering grade 10 and above, called summerFAB. Participants can stay on campus or commute to Wentworth on a daily
basis. students who successfully complete the program and later enroll in our Architecture program can
use SummerFAB to replace a four-credit elective course in Architecture. Graduates of summerFAB will also be
eligible to receive a one-time $2000 tuition scholarship toward their freshman year tuition at Wentworth.

Summer is a great time to be in Boston, and Wentworth is a great place to explore an interest in design and
fabrication! For more information, please go to http://legacy.wit.edu/summerfab/

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, Investigative Journalism Workshop APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH SESSION DEPENDING ON SPACE

Three two-week workshops will begin on June 26. During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside veteran journalism teachers and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that challenge students’ critical thinking and research skills. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience to benefit them in college and beyond. Click here for more information on Investigative Reporting’s Summer Workshop.

Discover Landscape Architecture (University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Archtiecture)

July 23-July 26, 2017 – A three-and-a-half day camp provides high school students with a unique experience to explore and discover the design profession of Landscape Architecture in the outdoor classroom of the Niobrara River. Apply online at: architecture.unl.edu/workshop/application 

Big Red Summer Academic Camps (University of Nebraska) EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2017, REGULAR DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential camps: ALL housing and food will be provided for all participants through the duration of the camp. Available programs include, but are not limited to, Computing, Engineering, Filmmaking, and Culinary Arts & Food Science. to register visit bigredcamps.unl.edu.

Central College Business Horizons Participation fees discounted if applying before April 10th, or before May 10th

Business Horizons provides students (grades 9-12) with unique, hands-on experience through an action-packed week of competitions, challenges, and fun! Working in teams of students and professionals from across the state, students learn what it takes to run a business and discover how their leadership skills and personal strengths. For more information visit www.BusinessHorizonsIowa.org.

Iowa State University Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Summer Camp Registration opens March 1, 2017; DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

July 9-14, 2017 – The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), and The College of Engineering at Iowa State are proud to host SWE University Engineering Summer Camp. SWE University is an opportunity as a high school junior or senior female to see what it is like to live and study on Iowa State University’s campus. SWE University participants will get to explore the campus, learn more about engineering, connect with current students and other SWE U participants, and stay overnight in an Iowa State residence hall. SWE University will conclude with a “graduation” banquet dinner where parents/guardians can join their student and view their final project. https://www.engineering.iastate.edu/sweuniversity/

Indiana University Kelley School of Business Business is Global DEADLINE: April 5, 2017

July 2-15, 2017 – A two-week program for students in grades 10-12 interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language and culture. Students learn the less-commonly taught languages spoken in the emerging economies of Turkey (Turkish) , China (Mandarin) and the Middle East & North Africa (Arabic). Experience the cultures and communication styles of these regions while staying in an IU residence hall transformed to reflect their food, decor, and pop culture. Apply online at http://go.iu.edu/6bw

Engineering Summer Academy at Penn  DEADLINES: Priority deadline is February 24th; Final deadline is April 24th

July 2-July 22, 2017 – Three-week Summer Academy at Penn combines theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies. Students can earn college credit in one of six programs: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Complex Networks, Nanotechnology, and Robotics. Need-based financial aid to attend ESAP is available. For more information visit https://esap.seas.upenn.edu/apply/.

Duke University Summer College for High School Students

July 9 (arrival) to August 4 (departure)
Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer College for High School Students. If you are a current 10th or 11th grade student, you are eligible to apply as early as December 1, 2016. This 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide high school students with an academic and residential environment that is conducive to collegiate success.
For more information, please contact summercollege@duke.edu or email Dr. Nicki Charles at nicki.charles@duke.edu. Duke Summer Session website

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Summer Camp

The School of Mines campus in the beautiful Black Hills is the place to be each summer to explore science and engineering.  Five-day summer camps are designed to be fun and hands-on, and are for high school students (grades 9 – 12). Camps run from June through July. Students live on campus and also get to explore some of the activities and attractions that the Rushmore Region is famous for. For more information visit http://www.sdsmt.edu/SummerCamps/.

The School of New York Times: NYC Summer Academy 2017 DEADLINES: Early Decision – February 1, 2017; Priority Deadline – March 13, 2017; Regular Decision – April 18, 2017

Two-week courses for high school students available in June and July. Students can drill-down into one top in Intensive Coursees or sample four topics in Exploration Courses. Included in the list of 16 available courses are Writing for Television, Photojournalism as Art, Sports Management, The Price of Everything: How Economics Shapes the Word, and Technology and Society. Find out more at nytedu.com/summer2017 or call 646-438-7269.

University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center National Scholars Institute and Secondary Student Training Program APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 3, 2017

Students who are currently (academic year 2016-2017) in grades 9-11 may nominate themselves for the National Scholars Institute (NSI), a one-week residential summer academic program at The University of Iowa for Belin-Blank Center students. NSI consists of eight classes over two sessions. Students take a single advanced level course for the entire week. Each student selected will receive a $325 scholarship to cover a portion of the cost of the Institute. Students who are currently (academic year 2016-2017) in grades 10-11 may nominate themselves for the Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), a five and a half week residential summer research program at The University of Iowa. Students will conduct research in a university research group under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will also produce a research poster and paper as a part of the program. Nationals Scholars Institute Program Information Secondary Student Training Program Information

Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Program APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2017

Programs in Advanced Place/Early Admission, Fine Arts: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, Music, and National High School Game Academy. Visit: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college

The Bronfman Fellowship  APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 4, 2017 

  • Summer Dates: June 27 – August 3, 2017

Through a highly selective process, BYFI recruits Jewish high school juniors to participate in transformational educational experiences in Israel and North America. BYFI Fellows become part of this vibrant, life-long alumni community that inspires and supports each other. Every year, 26 outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The highlight of the Fellowship is a five week, all expense-paid Summer Fellowship in Israel. Fellows engage in thought provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. Fellowship year continues with seminars in December and March in New York. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1000+ alumni community. To learn more visit www.bronfman.org

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Pre-College Discovery Summer Programs

The Summer precollege discovery programs are located at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus in Prescott, Arizona. Six-day programs for high school students ages 14-18 who are interested in Flight, STEM, and Global Security. 3-day introductions to flight program middle school students, ages 12-15, are also available. Visit their website for more information: prescott.erau.edu/summer

Oxbridge Academic Summer Programs

Summer Study Programs available for students Grades 8-12 in Oxford/Cambridge, Scotland, France, Spain, New York, and Los Angeles. Explore online at www.oxbridgeprograms.com, or email at info@oxbridgeprograms.com.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2017

June 4-June 10, 2017 Career Explorations – Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture

June 11-June 16, 2017 Discover Landscape Architecture http://architecture.unl.edu/prospective-student/high-school-workshops  Contact: Stephanie Kuenning, Student Success coordinator, skeunning2@unl.edu

Truman Institute Summer Academies (Truman State University, Kirksville, MO)

APPLICATION SCHOOL NOMINATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 14, 2016 – STUDENT APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 30, 2017 Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health: June 18-25, 2017 — Students currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade may be nominated by their school counselor or principal if they hold a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in basic sciences. Offers talented students interested in health professions an opportunity to explore future careers in medicine while gaining a deeper understanding of the theories and techniques of these exciting fields. Visit staph.truman.edu  The Zombie Scholars Academy: June 18-25, 2017 — Students currently enrolled in 7th-11th may apply for the Academy. A week-long summer program that takes the unprecedented interest young people have in the fiction of the zombie apocalypse and turns that energy into a vehicle for learning about some of society’s most pressing needs. Visit zombie.truman.edu

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies DEADLINES TBA

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies produces an array of programs for academically talented young students everywhere. Our programs are available online and in-person, during the summer and year-round, and feature broad exploration or intense study in a single subject. Visit https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs for more information.


SUMMER 2016 PROGRAMS (As we’re notified of programs being offered for Summer 2017, they’ll be moved above with updated deadlines)

Miami University Summer Scholars Program APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2016

This program is an opportunity for high-achieving, rising high school juniors and seniors to spend two weeks on Miami’s campus exploring a topic of their choice with an acclaimed Miami faculty member. Students will have structured workshops focused on application essay writing, an introduction to financial aid and scholarships, and sessions on developing leadership skills. More information is found at MiamiOH.edu/SummerScholars.

Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Business is Global APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 7, 2016

Program is a blend of interdisciplinary learning that will provide students an introduction into opportunities in today’s global marketplace, as well as a taste of the college experience. Apply online at http://go.iu.edu/6bw

Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Programs APPLICATION DEADLINES VARY FROM APRIL 1, 2016 TO MAY 1, 2016

Varied competitive scholarship programs including, but not limited to, Women in Engineering, Woman in Computer Science, and an Engineering Scholars Program. For more information, visit www.syp.mtu.edu.


An action-packed opportunity for 100+ high school students (grades 9-12) to explore their passions while experiencing the business world, developing personal and professional skills, and learning what it takes to be successful in today’s workplace. Students explore career opportunities and immerse themselves in a unique working environment with peers. To learn more visit www.businesshorizonsiowa.org.

Northfield Mount Hermon Summer Session (July 2-August 6, 2016) NO APPLICATION DEADLINE

The College Prep Program is for students entering grades 10-12. (A Middle School Program for students entering grades 7-9 and an ESL Program for students entering grades 7-12 are also available.) Students select one major course plus an afternoon minor course and a sport. For a complete list of course descriptions and application materials visit www.nmhschool.org/summer.

 Boston University Summer Term High School Program NO APPLICATION DEADLINE

Varied programs and sessions to experience college life and academics at an internationally top-ranked university. Learn more at bu.edu/summer/highschool

Cottey College Summer Workshop (June 19-24, 2016) APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2016

Sessions is all academic disciplines and on topics including leadership, networking, the power of sisterhood, and developing service learning skills. http://www.cottey.edu/future-students/workshop/

Northwestern College Prep IN FOCUS Seminars APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2016

Two-week, noncredit seminars in specific subject area such as Bioethics, Writing for College Success, Insight into Medicine, and Critical Thinking for College and Beyond among many others. Check the website for a complete listing of offerings. The seminars are scheduled among three sessions. northwestern.edu/collegeprep

RYLA: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (July 15-22, 2016, Grinnell College)  APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2016

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. All expenses paid by your local Rotary Club www.IowaRYLA.org

2016 ISU AgDiscovery program (July 17-30, 2016)  APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 7, 2016

Iowa’s AgDiscovery program helps teenagers learn about careers in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Laboratory Technology and Wildlife Ecology. Students live on the Iowa State University campus and learn from university professors, scientists who work for the U.S. government, and local agricultural producers and animal welfare and management organizations. Students who participate gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Team-building activities and diversity workshops build important life skills in participants. http://agdiscovery.nrem.iastate.edu/

 Northwestern University Center for Talent Development (Evanston, IL)

Advanced programs and resources for gifted students age 4 – grade 12. “Life-changing residential and commuter programs providing challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers.” http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/program_type/summer-programs

Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) UNITE (grades 9-12)

UNITE is a four-to-six week, pre-collegiate summer experience for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Held at higher education institutions across the country, UNITE encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment, and career exploration. Student applications for 2016 summer programs will be accepted beginning in February 2016 through May 2016, depending on the program location. (Programs are also available for students grades K-8.) http://www.usaeop.com/programs/stem-enrichment-activities/unite/

The Forman School Summer Program

Forman School offers a four-week, coed boarding and day program for students entering grades 7-11 who would benefit from our individualized approach to learning. For over 80 years, Forman has focused exclusively on helping students understand their unique learning styles while building specific skills and strategies for success. Our faculty is expressly trained in validated teaching techniques and the latest assistive technologies, bringing to their work the best that experience and science have to offer. https://www.formanschool.org/page.cfm?p=521&LockSSL=true

Summer Institute for the Gifted

SIG programs are three-week summer programs for gifted students ages 9-17* providing instruction in over 60 exciting and challenging multi-curricular, arts and recreational courses. On weekends, residential students participate in a variety of activities (off campus trips on Saturdays, Sunday Activity Day, local community events, and extended evening programs) that provide a change of pace and further enrichment for each student.  *ages vary by campus http://giftedstudy.org/residential/

 University of Northern Colorado Leadership Enrichment Program

July 10-23, 2016 LEP accepts 24 high school students who are entering their junior and senior years. The focus is on understanding one’s personal, unique gifts and talents, learning about leadership styles and developing traits and characteristics of leadership. They spend three periods a day on leadership topics and one period assisting an SEP teacher for a class of their choice. They assist SEP counselors with afternoon and evening options and teach mini-courses on the Saturday between the weeks of their session. Special activities, meals and creative options make LEP unique and memorable. UNC also offers summer enrichment programs for students starting at age 4. http://www.unco.edu/cebs/sep/

Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington

Summer Stretch, for current 7-10th graders, is academic in nature, providing an accelerated, rigorous learning experience. The programs is characterized by high-level thinking, intellectual adventure, and pursuit of understanding. The “Explorations in STEM Careers” class is meant to provide motivated high school students with an opportunity to conduct in-depth exploration a particular STEM field, with a new field being the focus of each year. The University of Washington is a leader in STEM research, with state-of-the-art facilities and top academic talent. Our STEM course offers students a rich opportunity to investigate possible career paths and work with an advanced graduate student in the field. There will be substantial homework with weekly progress reports, finalized in an official transcript. https://robinsoncenter.uw.edu/programs/summer/

University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs

Summer Scholars: June 25-July 9, 2016 — A two-week program that introduces students to college-level academics in fields ranging from liberal arts to sciences and business. Leadership Seminars: July 16-27, 2016 — 10-day, all-expenses paid program for advanced students wishing to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills Study Abroad: June 4-18, 2016 — Two-week seminar in Rome, Italy Applications available at precollege.nd.edu. APPLICATION DEADLINES IN JANUARY!

 Purdue University:  Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) Summer Residential Program

Every summer, for over 34 years, GERI has engaged gifted, creative, and talented students from across the country and around the world in residential camps designed to stimulate their imagination and expand their abilities. Students who have completed grades 5 through 12 live in campus residence halls, take challenging courses, and participate in engaging recreational activities. GERI offers three programs each summer. http://geri.education.purdue.edu/youth_programs/SRES/index.html

 EF International Language Centers

Language courses abroad, for students and adults, in several world locations. Visit online at www.ef.com/language

Global Public Service Academy for Health

GPSA for Health is a professional, hands-on medical summer. Students will live, work, and learn in the community they’re helping (Belize or Xela, Guatemala). Training will take place in a rural clinic or within the community. Program dates and costs vary. http://www.gpsa.org/academy-for-health/