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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$5,500 Mid December1 MarRising 11th, 12th
Bank of America Student LeadersMultipleNoLeadership/Business8 weeksFree/StipendAvailable29-JanCurrent 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including Business)6 weeks~$9,000 (2 courses)15-Dec28-MayRising 11th, 12th
Boston University High School Honors OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Business)1-6 weeks TBD (12/15)15-Dec28-MayRising 11th, 12th
Brandeis University Summer School OnlineOnline No Multiple (including Business)10 weeks~$3,000SpringRollingRising 12th
Business Bootcamp at University of RochesterRochester, NYOnline for 2021Business3 weeks$5,100 Available3/15 (2/15 Priority)Rising 11th, 12th
Catholic University: Summer Business InstituteWashington, D.C.YesBusiness 1 week $500 December TBD (May)Rising 11th, 12th
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including Business)3 weeks$11,960Available 19-MarRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Cornell University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline No Multiple 3 or 6 weeks $3,040-$12,160Late JanuaryRolling Rising 11th, 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including Business)3 or 6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500Late January RollingRising 11th and 12th
Drexel University - Camp BusinessPhiladelphia, PAYesBusiness1 week $750-$1,500January31-MayRising 11, 12
Economics for LeadersMultipleYesEconomics1 week~$1,850mid-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~$6,000Available 15-FebRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Leadership in the Business World (University of Pennsylvania)Philadelphia, PAYesBusiness3 weeks~$4,000December4/15 (2/26 Priority)Rising 11th, 12th
Marist Summer Pre-College: BusinessPoughkeepsie, NYYesBusiness2-4 weeks$3,500-$6,650Available Rolling Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Martha Guy Summer InstituteBoone, NCYesBusiness2 weeks$1,350 Available 28-FebRising 12th
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeks~$1,45015-AprRollingRising 11th, 12th
Michigan Ross Summer Business AcademyAnn Arbor, MIYesBusiness2 weeks$2,950 Available29-JanRising 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Leadership SeminarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeksFreeAvailable25-JanRising 12th
Notre Dame Summer Scholars & Summer Scholars OnlineNotre Dame, IN & OnlineYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeks~$1,750-$4,000Available18-Feb16 years old by 8/1
Oregon State University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including Business)12 weeks ~$1,8501-MayRollingAll high school students
Penn M&TSIPhiladelphia, PAYesManagement & Technology3 weeks`$6,200-$8,500December2/26 (Priority), 4/15Rising 12th (some 11th)
Purdue University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including Business)1-12 weeks~$350-$7,200AvailableRollingAge 16 and above
Rice Summer Sessions - Online Summer CoursesOnline NoMultiple (including Business)3-15 weeks~$3,000Available 4-MayRising 11th, 12th (Houston Area)
Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF)College Park, MDYesLeadership2 weeks$3,500 Available23-MarRising 11th, 12th
Summer @ SternNew York, NYYesBusiness 5 weeks ~$7,700-$15,500FebruaryTBD (March)Rising 12th
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DCOnline for 2021Multiple (including Business)1-5 weeks~$2,800-$7,200Available1-FebRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer Seminar (US Air Force Academy)Colorado Springs, COYesLeadership1 week$300 1-Dec15-JanRising 12th
Summer Seminar (US Naval Academy)Annapolis, MDYesLeadership1 weekTBA3-JanRollingRising 12th
Summer@BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including Business)2-3 weeks$4,500-$6,500DecemberRolling, 1/15 (Early Decision)Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Summer@Brown OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Business)2-6 weeks $2,700-$5,500DecemberRolling, 1/15 (Early Decision)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer Leaders Experience (U.S. Military Academy)West Point, NYYesLeadership1 week$460 15-Jan15-MarRising 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MD & OnlineYesMultiple (including Business)3 weeks`$1,500-$4,0005-Jan1-JunRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Terry Business Academy (University of Georgia)Athens, GAYesBusiness1 week$545 January20-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$9,126 Available 7-MayRising 11th, 12th
Yale Young Global ScholarsNew Haven, CTYesMultiple (including Business)2 weeks$3,500Available12-JanAges 15-17
Young Women's Institute (Indiana University)Bloomington, INYesBusiness/Leadership1 weekFreeTBDTBDRising 12th (Female only)
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