A Pre-College Summer Experience You’ll Love

Learn how Summer Discovery provides the perfect blend of summer fun and pre-college experience.

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Make Your Summer Count at a World Class University

You’ve always heard how great being at a university is, so why not get an exciting preview while you’re still in high school?

Summer Discovery is a tuition-based high school summer program designed to introduce you to life at a university that is intellectually stimulating, culturally and socially enriching, and fun. Choose from over 300 interactive courses (taught by actual university faculty) at 14 different locations. You’ll get a taste of independence on a bustling university campus and have the summer of a lifetime with daily, unforgettable activities with new friends that you’ll meet from all over the world. Plus, ask about our internships in three exciting cities and our new two-week summer programs.

14 Amazing Programs in Three Countries

Summer Discovery offers a wide variety of summer programs for high school students to fit your specific interests and summer goals. We offer over 300 different courses, including: Business, Medicine, Law, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Theater, Art, Sports Broadcasting, STEM, Political Science, and many more!

Rather than simply rent space from universities like many programs do, Summer Discovery actually partners with them so you can be an active part of their individual communities. You’ll be able to get an accurate picture of student life across 14 campuses:

  • UCLA
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Miami
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Pace University NYC
  • Emerson College, Boston
  • Cambridge University, England
  • City University, London
  • YALE-NUS College Singapore
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What You'll Experience

We’ve been running these summer pre-college programs for high school students for 53 years, offering more programs at top universities than any other organization. More than 100,000 students have experienced the summer of a lifetime. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Enjoy experiences that range from two-to-six weeks that give you the chance to immerse yourself in college life in a valuable, low-pressure way. You can also earn college credit!
  • Tuition: Residential tuition starts at $5,299 for 2-week programs and $7,299 for 3+ week programs.
  • Live in university housing, eat on campus, attend classes, participate in social activities and experience a new city.
  • Benefit from our strong partnerships with top universities like UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and Penn State, among others. Plus, we offer exclusive summer internships.
  • Enjoy access to world-class athletic and recreational facilities or take an optional sports program after classes.
  • Feel safe and secure with our personal attention and safety standards that have never been copied. There is always staff on campus dedicated to your health, safety, education and social needs.
  • Get the skills and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to not just make a smooth transition to a university, but also to truly excel – and have lots of fun along the way!
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What Our Students are Saying

Summer Discovery has helped me learn so much about myself. I am a stronger person after spending my summer with my SD family!

– RACHEL WONG - Millbrae, California

Summer Discovery was my favorite thing about my summer! It allowed me to meet new people and learn about a profession I would possibly want to study in college while attending classes taught by university faculty!

– STEPHANIE MARA - Dallas, Texas

Summer Discovery has helped me learn so much about myself. I am a stronger person after spending my summer with my SD family!

– MATTHEW APPELBAUM - Livingston, New Jersey

Is the Summer Discovery Experience Right for You?

Year after year, we receive positive recommendations from thousands of satisfied students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. Come join us on campus this summer, along with a wonderful group of teenagers from across America and around the world!

To learn more about our pre-college summer enrichment programs and summer internships, fill out the form on this page for details, dates, housing, transportation, activities, and other information. Tuition varies, starting from $3,600.

For immediate questions, give us a call at 516-621-3939.