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Best Summer Programs for Computer Science

Computer Science is a highly-competitive major and gaining admission into a CS program at an elite university can be an epic task. One way teen programming whizzes can distinguish themselves is by spending their high school summers in a productive way that shows an admissions committee their passion and hunger to advance their CS-related knowledge and skills.

Our list of the Best Summer Programs in Computer Science is comprised of 34 stellar programs that range in duration, cost, and eligibility criteria but all share one key trait—quality. Each 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. Also highlighted for our readers are the dates that applications become available, the deadlines, whether residential housing is offered, and the geographic location where the program takes place. Regardless of which program on this list you ultimately apply to, you will be in for a fruitful experience that will also simultaneously bolster your college admissions prospects.

ProgramLocationResidentialFocusLengthCostsApp. OpensDeadlineEligibility
Boston Leadership InstituteBoston Metro, MAYesMultiple (including CS)1 or 3 weeks$600-$4000AvailableRolling, May 15Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including CS)5 weeks$6560+Dec 15May 27Rising 11th, 12th
Boston University RISEBoston, MAYesMultiple (including CS)5 weeks$5420+Dec 15Feb 14Rising 12th
Carnegie Mellon National High School Game AcademyPittsburgh, PA YesComputer Science 6 weeks $7900-$11,000November Feb 9 (Early), May 16 (Regular)16 years old by start of program for residential
Champlain College Pre-College Summer ProgramsBurlington, VTYesComputer Science2 weeks $4,500JanuaryRolling All high school students
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks$11,566-12,354DecemberFeb 3 Early, Mar 3Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Cooper Union Summer STEM ProgramNew York, NYNoEngineering/Computer Science3, 4, 6 weeks$1850-3850Jan 26RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including CS)3-6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500Late January RollingRising 11th and 12th
Engineering Summer Academy at PennPhiladelphia, PAYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks$7,785January3/4 Priority, 4/1 FinalRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Frontiers at Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA & OnlineYesMultiple (including CS)2, 4, 5 weeks$2845-5695Jan 17RollingRising 11th, 12th
Gator Computing ProgramGainsville, FLNo Summer Program for 2022Computer Science
George Washington University Summer Pre-CollegeWashington, D.C.YesMultiple (including CS)1-6 weeks~$2,000-$11,629December15-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion ProgramOnline 2021NoComputer Science2 weeksFree/StipendAvailable2/15 (Early), 3/15Rising 11th, 12th (Female Only)
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MA & OnlineYesMultiple (including CS)2 or 7 weeks$4000-$13,300Dec 1Jan 26 (Early), Mar 2Rising 10th, 11th, 12th (15 by 12/2/21)
Johns Hopkins University Summer ProgramsBaltimore, MD & OnlineYesMultiple (including CS)2 weeks$5512-6063Dec 15RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Marist Summer Pre-CollegePoughkeepsie, NYNoMultiple (including CS)3 weeks~$1500JanuaryRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including CS)1 week$1,080Late WinterRollingRising 11th, 12th
MIT Women's Technology ProgramCambridge, MAYesEngineering/Computer Science4 weeksFree December Jan 15Rising 12th (Women only)
Naval Academy Summer STEM ProgramAnnapolis, MDYesEngineering/Computer Science1 week $900Jan 4Mar 31Rising 9th, 10th, 11th
Northeastern Accelerate Pre-College ProgramsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including CS)2 weeks$6,195AvailableFeb 15 Priority, Mar 15Rising 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Summer Scholars OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including CS)3 Weeks$1,900Oct 18Feb 21Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including CS)2 weeks$4250-$4375Oct 18Feb 21Rising 11th, 12th
Purdue University Courses ONLINE for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including CS)4, 8, 12 Weeks$350-$7200Dec 1May 1Age 16 and above
Purdue University Courses for High School StudentsWest Lafayette, INYesMultiple (including CS)1, 4, 8 weeks$1800-$8700Dec 1May 1Age 16 and above
Robotics Summer Camp (The College of New Jersey)Ewing, NJYesRobotics/Computer Science1 week$1,850December Apr 15 (Priority), May 31 RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Luddy Pre-College Summer Program - Indiana UniversityBloomington, INYesComputer Science1 week$300-750JanuaryRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Stanford Pre-College Summer InstitutesOnline 2022NoComputer Science 2 weeks $2,700DecemberMar 15Rising 9th, 10th
Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College ProgramsHoboken, NJYesMultiple (including CS)1, 2 weeks$1000-2000DecemberRising 11th, 12th
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DC & OnlineYesMultiple (including CS)1 weeks$2,000AvailableJan 31 (Early), May 15Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
SLAI Pre-College at Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MNYesComputer Science3 weeks$4,300Dec 15Jan 31 Early, Mar 7 RegularRising 11th, 12th
Summer at Brown Online Online NoMultiple (including CS)2-6 weeks$2947-$5720Jan 6Jan 14 (priority), May 6Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer at BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including CS)2-3 weeks$2506-$9120Jan 6Jan 14 (Priority), May 6Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Tandon (NYU) Summer Programs: Automation, Robotics, and CodingNew York, NYYesSTEM/Computer Science 2 weeks$2,100AvailableRolling, 5/15Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks$1475-$4400Jan 10May 1Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th or Graduate
The Clark Scholars Program (Texas Tech University)Lubbock, TXYesMultiple (including CS)7 weeksFree/StipendJan 3Feb 16Rising 12th + Graduates
The Engineering Place (North Carolina State University)Raleigh, NCYesEngineering/Computer Science1 week$92513-Jan3-AprRising 11th, 12th
Tufts University Courses for High School Students Medford, MAYesMultiple (including CS)2 weeks$4000-5500Dec 1May 1Rising 11th, 12th + Graduates
UC San Diego Extension - Academic ConnectionsSan Diego, CA or OnlineNo Multiple (including CS)3 weeks$1500-3000DecemberMay 27Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
University of Chicago Summer CollegeChicago, ILYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks$7775-13,200Dec 15Jan 19 Priority, Mar 9Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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