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Best Summer Programs for Pre-Med

Young people who dream of becoming physicians often begin seeking extracurricular opportunities to immerse themselves in the medical world during high school. In addition to volunteering at a hospital or shadowing a medical professional, many teens also look to gain formalized training/experience via a selective summer program.

Our list of Best Summer Programs in Pre-Med is comprised of 22 phenomenal programs that range in duration, cost, and eligibility criteria, but all are all high-quality options that are worth your time and money. 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. Other information offered includes: dates that applications become available, program deadlines, whether residential housing is offered, and the geographic location where the program takes place. This information should give you a jump start on selecting an experience that will provide another step on the path toward gaining acceptance into a competitive pre-med college program.

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 Institute: Medical ProgramsMultipleYesPre-med3 weeks ~$4,000AvailableRollingCompleted high school Bio
Boston University Introduction to MedicineBoston, MAYesPre-med3 weeks~$6,30015-DecRolling Rising 11th, 12th
Camp BIOmedSeattle, WA NoHealth/Pre-med1 week~700Available 15-MayRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
George Washington University Summer Pre-CollegeWashington, D.C.YesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks~$3,950-$6,900December1-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Georgetown University Medical AcademyWashington D.C.YesPre-med3 weeks~$4,300Available 1/31 (Early) 5/15 (Regular)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Health Career Scholars Academy at University of PittsburghPittsburgh, PAYesHealth/Pre-med4 weeks$2,975 Available 22-Feb15 to 19 years old
Medical Immersion Summer AcademyOakland, CANoPre-health1 week $9754-Jan5-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
NSLC: Medicine & Health CareMultipleYesHealth/Pre-med2 weeks~$3,300-$3,700Available Rolling Rising 7th-12th
Nova Southeastern University: Achieve in Medicine (AIM)Davie, FLYesPre-med1 week $1,400 January RollingAll high school students
Penn Medicine Summer ProgramPhiladelphia, PAYesPre-medClosed $8,495 Available4-MarRising 11th, 12th
Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer InternshipStanford, CAYesPre-med2 weeks~$4,0004-Jan21-Mar16 years or older
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research ProgramStanford, CANoPre-med8 weeksFree/Stipend15-Dec22-FebRising 11th, 12th
Summer Medical Academy (Rady Children's Hospital/UC San Diego)San Diego, CaliforniaYesPre-health2 weeks$2,450 Available Rolling Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Syracuse University Pre-Med & Health ProfessionsSyracuse, NYYesPre-health 2 weeks ~$3,40016-Dec1-MayMInimum 15 years old
Tufts Pre-College Programs - Intensive:Mini-Med SchoolMedord, MAYesPre-med2 weeks $3,8001-Dec1-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
UC Irvine Summer Surgery ProgramIrvine, CAYesPre-med2 weeks$5,850 AvailableRolling16 years or older
UConn Pre-College Summer - Pre-Med: Explore the Medical FieldStorrs, CTYesPre-med1 week $2,050 1-Feb14-JunMinimum 15 years old
University of Vermont Summer Academy: Health & MedicineBurlington, VTOnline 2021Health/Pre-med4 weeks $1,500-$2,6001-DecRolling All high school students
University of Washington: INSIGHT High School ProgramSeattle, WA Online 2021Health/Pre-med4 weeks $2,000 Available15-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
USC Summer Programs: Pre-Health and ScienceLos Angeles, CAYesPre-med5 weeks $9,126 January24-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Washington University in St. Louis Summer ProgramsSt. Louis, MOYesMultiple (including Pre-med)2-5 weeks $4,000-$8,400Available1-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
WPI Summer Stem Residential - Pre-Health/Pre-MedWorcester, MAYesHealth/Pre-med2 weeks $3,095 10-Dec15-MayRising 11th, 12th
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