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Best Summer Programs for Business

High school students with an interest in business, finance, and entrepreneurship should spend their summer months productively, engaged in activities that are aligned with their future area of study. Colleges, particularly those of the highly-selective variety, like to see evidence of drive and intellectual curiosity, and one way to demonstrate these attributes is through participation in a business-related summer program.

Our list of the Best Summer Programs in Business is comprised of 37 stellar programs that range in duration, cost, and eligibility criteria but all possess the common denominator of quality. All of the aforementioned data points are provided for each school along with the location of the program, whether they offer a residential experience, and when the application window opens and closes. You can rest assured that participation in any of the summer programs on this list will provide a boost to your admissions prospects when it comes time to apply to the undergraduate business program of your dreams.

Programs highlighted in red are especially competitive. To view additional data columns, click the + icon to the left of the program's name.

ProgramLocationResidentialFocusLengthCostsApp. OpensDeadlineEligibility
Babson College Summer Study for High School StudentsBabson Park, MAYesBusiness/Entrepreneurship4 weeks$8,750JanuaryTBDRising 11th, 12th
Bank of America Student LeadersMultipleNoLeadership/Business8 weeksFree/StipendAvailable31-JanCurrent 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including Business)6 weeks~$9,000 (2 courses)15-Dec29-MayRising 11th, 12th
Boston University High School Honors OnlineOnlineNoMultiple (including Business)1-6 weeksTBD (12/15)15-DecTBDRising 11th, 12th
Brandeis University Summer School OnlineOnlineNoMultiple (including Business)10 weeks~$3,000SpringRollingRising 12th
Business Bootcamp at University of RochesterRochester, NYYesBusiness3 weeks$5,100Available3/15 (2/15 Priority)Rising 11th, 12th
Catholic University: Summer Business InstituteWashington, D.C.YesBusiness1 week$500DecemberTBD (May)Rising 11th, 12th
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including Business)3 weeks$11,566Available19-MarRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Cornell University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnlineNoMultiple6 weeks$3,040-$12,160AvailableRollingRising 11th, 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including Business)3-6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500mid-JanuaryRollingRising 11th and 12th
Drexel University - Camp BusinessPhiladelphia, PAYesBusiness1 week$750-$1,5002-Jan31-MayRising 11, 12
Economics for LeadersMultipleYesEconomics1 week~$1,800mid-DecemberTBDRising 11th, 12th
George Washington University Summer Pre-CollegeWashington, D.C.YesMultiple (including Business)1-6 weeks~$2,000-$11,629December15-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MAYesMultiple (including Business)2-7 weeks~$4,750-$12,810December15-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
LaunchXMultipleYesEntrepreneurship4-5 weeks~$7,500-$8,000Available1-FebRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Leadership in the Business World (University of Pennsylvania)Philadelphia, PAYesBusiness4 weeks~$8,500November1/22 (Priority)Rising 11th, 12th
Marist Summer Pre-College: BusinessPoughkeepsie, NYYesBusiness2-4 weeks$3,500-$6,650AvailableRollingRising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Martha Guy Summer InstituteBoone, NCYesBusiness2 weeks$1,350Available28-FebRising 12th
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeks~$1,45015-AprRollingRising 11th, 12th
Michigan Ross Summer Business AcademyAnn Arbor, MIYesBusiness2 weeks$2,950Available31-JanRising 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Leadership SeminarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeksFreeAvailable27-JanRising 12th
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeks~$3,750Available18-Feb16 years old by 8/1
Oregon State University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnlineNoMultiple (including Business)12 weeks~$1,8501-MayRollingAll high school students
Penn M&TSIPhiladelphia, PAYesManagement & Technology3 weeks$7,000mid-Decembermid-FebruaryRising 12th (some 11th)
Purdue University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnlineNoMultiple (including Business)4-12 weeks~$1,050-$2,850AvailableRollingAge 16 and above
Rice Summer Sessions - Online Summer CoursesOnlineNoMultiple (including Business)3-15 weeks~$3,000Available4-MayRising 11th, 12th (Houston Area)
Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF)College Park, MDYesLeadership2 weeks$3,500Available23-MarRising 11th, 12th
Summer @ SternNew York, NYYesBusiness6 weeks~$7,700-$15,500FebruaryTBD (March)Rising 12th
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DCYesMultiple (including Business)1-5 weeks~$3,000-$8,000AvailableFills by mid-FebRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer Seminar (US Air Force Academy)Colorado Springs, COYesLeadership1 week$300December15-JanRising 12th
Summer Seminar (US Naval Academy)Annapolis, MDYesLeadership1 week$5503-JanRollingRising 12th
Summer@BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including Business)1-4 weeks$2,849-$7,154DecemberRollingRising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Summer@Brown OnlineOnlineNoMultiple (including Business)3-4 weeks$709-$998 per creditAvailableRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer Leaders Experience (U.S. Military Academy)West Point, NYYesLeadership1 week$460January15-MarRising 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including Business)3 weeks$4,00019-Feb19-JunRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Terry Business Academy (University of Georgia)Athens, GAYesBusiness1 week$545January20-MarRising 11th and 12th
UC Berkeley Business Academy for YouthBerkeley, CAYesEntrepreneurship2 weeks~$5,700AvailableRolling/4/30Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
UCLA Summer InstitutesLos Angeles, CAYesMultiple (including Business)VariesVariesVariesVariesVaries
USC - Exploring EntrepreneurshipLos Angeles, CAYesBusiness/Entrepreneurship4 weeks$9,126Available20-MarRising 11th, 12th
Yale Young Global ScholarsNew Haven, CTYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeks$6,300Available15-JanAges 15-17
Young Women's Institute (Indiana University)Bloomington, INYesBusiness/Leadership1 weekFreeTBDTBDRising 12th (Female only)
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