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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.

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
Boston Leadership InstituteBoston, MAYesMultiple (including CS)1-3 weeks~$1,200-$4,000AvailableRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including CS)6 weeks~$9,000 (2 courses)15-Dec29-MayRising 11th, 12th
Boston University RISEBoston, MAYesMultiple (including CS)6 weeks~$7,70015-DecTBDRising 12th
Carnegie Mellon National High School Game AcademyPittsburgh, PAYesComputer Science6 weeks~$10,000Available15-Mar16 years old by start of program
Champlain College Pre-College Summer ProgramsBurlington, VTYesComputer Science2 weeks$4,450AvailableRollingAll high school students
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks$11,566Available19-MarRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including CS)3-6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500mid-JanuaryRollingRising 11th and 12th
Engineering Summer Academy at PennPhiladelphia, PAYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks~$7,700January3/1 (Priority)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Frontiers at Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MAYesMultiple (including CS)2-4 weeks~$3,100-$6,000Available15-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Gator Computing ProgramGainsville, FLNoComputer Science2 weeks$600AvailableRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th
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 ProgramMultipleNoComputer Science7 weeksFree/StipendTBD2/15 (Early)Rising 11th, 12th (Female Only)
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MAYesMultiple (including CS)2-7 weeks~$4,750-$12,810December15-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Johns Hopkins University Summer ProgramsBaltimore, MDYesMultiple (including CS)4-5 weeks~$3,600-$11,000mid-DecemberRollingMust be 16 st start of program
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including CS)2 weeks~$1,45015-AprRollingRising 11th, 12th
MIT Women's Technology ProgramCambridge, MAYesEngineering/Computer Science4 weeksFree/$3,500December15-JanRising 12th
Naval Academy Summer STEM ProgramAnnapolis, MDYesEngineering/Computer Science1 week$6006-Jan15-AprRising 9th, 10th, 11th
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including CS)2 weeks~$3,750Available18-Feb16 years old by 8/1
Oregon State University - Computer Science Courses OnlineOnlineNoComputer Science12 weeks~$1,8501-MayRollingAll high school students
Purdue University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnlineNoMultiple (including CS)4-12 weeks~$1,050-$2,850AvailableRollingAge 16 and above
Robotics Summer Camp (The College of New Jersey)Ewing, NJYesRobotics/Computer Science1 week$1,750Available31-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
SICE Summer Camp - Indiana UniversityBloomington, INYesComputer Science/Informatics1 week$700JanuaryTBDRising 9th-12th
Stanford Pre-College Summer Institutes: Intro to ProgrammingStanford, CAYesComputer Science3 weeks$7,500Available26-FebRising 9th, 10th
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DCYesMultiple (including CS)1-5 weeks~$3,000-$8,000AvailableFills by mid-FebRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer Computer Science Institute (Carleton College)Northfield, MNYesComputer Science3 weeks$4,30016-Dec3/16 (Final)Rising 11th, 12th
Summer@BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including CS)1-4 weeks$2,849-$7,154DecemberRollingRising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Tandon (NYU) Summer Programs: Automation, Robotics, and CodingNew York, NYYesSTEM/Computer Science2 weeks~$2,100-$3,000AvailableRollingRising 9th-12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including CS)3 weeks$4,00019-Feb19-JunRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
The Clark Scholars Program (Texas Tech University)Lubbock, TXYesMultiple (including CS)7 weeksFree/Stipend10-Jan10-FebRising 11th, 12th
The Engineering Place (North Carolina State University)Raleigh, NCYesEngineering/Computer Science1 week$92513-Jan3-AprRising 11th, 12th
UC San Diego Extension - Program Your FutureOnlineNoComputer Science10 weeks~$400-1,000SpringRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
University of Chicago Summer CollegeChicago, ILYesMultiple (including CS)3-5 weeks$10,305-$12,065January26-FebRising 12th
Washington University in St. Louis Summer ProgramsSt. Louis, MOYesMultiple (including CS)5-8 weeks$8,385-$10,885Available1-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
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