Most Prestigious Summer Programs in the US
Boluo School | 2023-12-30 | 5 min read

Many students and families use their summer "break" to seek out and participate in prgorams that will accelerate learning and increase chances of college acceptance. We've rounded up 30 of the most prestigous programs in the US for a quick guide that you can use when making summer plans. The stars (on a scale of  to 5) indicate the weight that top tier colleges give to participation in these programs when making admission decisions. 

STEM Programs

Camp NameProgram TypeLocationAgesCostPath to College
Research Science Institute - Center for Excellence in EducationSTEMMITRising 12th GradersFree5 star.png
MITES - MITSTEMMITRising 12th GradersFree5 star.png
Simons Summer Research Program - Stony Brook UniversitySTEMNew YorkRising 12th GradersFree4 star.png
The Garcia Program - Stony Brook UniversitySTEMNew YorkAges 16+$3,1004 star.png
RISE - Boston UnviersitySTEMBostonRising 12th Graders$9,0003 star.png
UCSB Research Mentorship Program - UC Santa BarbaraSTEMSanta BarbaraRising 11th & 12th Graders$5000-12,0003 star.png
Johns Hopkins Summer ProgramsSTEMCalifornia/NYGrades 2-12$600-70004 star.png
Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) - Carnegie Mellon UniversitySTEMPennsylvaniaRising 12th GradersFree4 star.png
High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering Program - Michigan StateSTEMMichiganRising 12th Graders$4,0004 star.png

Science Programs

Camp NameProgram TypeLocationAgesCostPath to College
The Summer Science ProgramScienceVariousRising 12th Graders$8800 (aid avail)4 star.png
PROMYS - Boston UnviersityScienceBostonRising 10th-12th Graders$6100 (max)4 star.png
Young Scholars Program - UC DavisScienceDavisRising 11th & 12th Graders$6,5003 star.png
Secondary Student Training Program - University of IowaScienceIowaRising 11th & 12th Graders$7,5003 star.png
Summer Science Research Program - Rockefeller UniversityScienceNew YorkRising 12th Graders & GraduatesFree3 star.png
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research ProgramMedicineStanfordRising 12th Graders & GraduatesFree4 star.png
Tufts University Biomedical Engineering Research Scholars (TUBERS) ProgramMedicineMassachusettsAges 16+Free4 star.png

Math Programs

Camp NameProgram TypeLocationAgesCostPath to College
MathROOTS - MITMathMIT14-18Free5 star.png
Stanford University Mathematics CampMathStanfordRising 11th & 12th Graders$3550-82504 star.png
Ross Mathematics ProgramMathIndiana, OhioAges 15-18$7,0004 star.png
MathCampMathWashingtonAges 13-18$5,5004 star.png
The Hampshire College Summer Studies in MathematicsMathMassachusettsRising 11th & 12th Graders$5,7804 star.png
MathILY - Bryn Mawr CollegeMathPhiladelphiaHigh school students$5,3002star.png

Other Programs

Camp NameProgram TypeLocationAgesCostPath to College
TASS (Telluride Assoc. Summer Seminar)HumanitiesVariousRising 11th & 12th GradersFree5 star.png
Hk Maker Lab - Columbia UniversityEngineeringNew YorkRising 11th & 12th GradersFree4 star.png
EFL - Economics for LeadersEconomicsVariousRising 11th & 12th Graders$2,3003 star.png
Iowa Young Writers' StudioCreative WritingIowaRising 11th & 12th Graders$2,5004 star.png
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsVariousNotre DameRising 11th & 12th Graders$4,7252star.png
Anson Clark Scholars Program - Texas Tech UniversityVariousTexasAges 17+Free5 star.png
Management & Technology Summer Institute - WhartonTech/mgmtPennsylvaniaRising 11th & 12th Graders$9,0003 star.png
Bank of America Student LeadersServiceVariousRising 12th Graders & GraduatesFree3 star.png

It can be tough to gain acceptance to these programs and they each require an application process. We have experts standing by to help your child with their applications and maximize their chances of acceptance! If you're interested in getting help with planning your child's summer or program application, send an email inquiry to 

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