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Best Summer Programs for STEM

Competitive summer programs in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can give high school students an opportunity to immerse themselves in an area of concentration that aligns with their passions. Further, your summer experiences and achievements can help separate you from a pack of similarly-qualified applicants when you begin the college admissions process.

Our list of Best Summer Programs in STEM is comprised of 60+ 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. We also highlight the dates that applications become available, the deadlines, whether residential housing is offered, and the geographic location where the program takes place. Picking the right program today can give you an edge in your journey toward joining the next generation of engineers and scientists.

ProgramLocationResidentialFocusLengthCostsApp. OpensDeadlineEligibility
Boston Leadership InstituteBoston, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)1, 3 weeks$600-$4000AvailableRolling Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston Leadership InstituteBoston Metro, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)1, 3 weeks$600-$4000AvailableMay 15 RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)5 weeks$6,560Dec 15May 27Rising 11th, 12th
Boston University High School Summer TermBoston, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)1, 2, 3 Weeks$1600-6675Dec 15RollingRising 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University PROMYSBoston, MAYesMath6 weeks$5,500JanuaryMar 15Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University RISEBoston, MAYesSTEM6 weeks$5420+Dec 15Feb 14Rising 12th
Canada/USA MathcampGolden, CO & OnlineYesMath5 weeks$1500-$4500Jan 12Mar 10Ages 13-18
CDC Museum Disease Detective CampAtlanta, GANoPublic Health1 weekFreeDec 15Apr 1Rising 11th, 12th (at least 16 years old)
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including STEM)1 or 3 week$2810-12,354DecemberFeb 3 Early, Mar 3Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Cooper Union Summer STEM ProgramNew York, NYNOEngineering/Computer Science3, 6 weeks$1850-3850Jan 26RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including STEM)3, 6 weeks$7275-17,790Late January Apr 1 Priority, May 6 RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
COSMOS – University of CaliforniaMultiple (CA)YesSTEM4 weeks$4350-6300Jan 12Feb 11Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Engineering Innovation at Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MDYesEngineering4 weeks$3550+Dec 10May 20Rising 11th, 12th
Engineering Summer Academy at PennPhiladelphia, PAYesSTEM3 weeks~$7,700January3/1 (Priority)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Frontiers at Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA & OnlineYesMultiple (including STEM)2, 4, 5 weeks$2845-5695Jan 17RollingRising 11th, 12th
Garcia Scholars at Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYYesResearch/Polymer Materials7 weeks~$4,500-$10,500Available22-Feb16 years old
George Washington University Summer Pre-CollegeWashington, D.C.YesMultiple (including STEM)1-6 weeks~$2,000-$11,629December15-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion ProgramOnline for 2021NoComputer Science2 weeksFree/StipendTBD2/15 (Early)Rising 11th, 12th (Female Only)
Hampshire College Summer Studies in MathematicsAmherst, MAYesMath6 weeks$4,913JanuaryRolling (April)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MA & OnlineYesMultiple (including STEM)2, 7 weeks$4000-$13,300Dec 1Jan 2 Early, Mar 2Rising 10th, 11th, 12th (Must be 15 by 12/2/21)
High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering – Michigan StateEast Lansing, MIYesSTEM1 week$899-979JanuaryJun 27Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Jackson Lab Summer Student ProgramBar Harbor, MEYesGenetics10 weeksFree/StipendAvailableFeb 218 years old, graduate from high school
Johns Hopkins University Summer ProgramsBaltimore, MDYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks$5512-6063Dec 15RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Luddy Pre-College Summer Program - Indiana UniversityBloomington, INYesResearch/STEM1 week$300-750JanuaryRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Math and Science Scholars – University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MIYesSTEM2 weeks$2,300Early JanuaryRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
MathILy – Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr, PAYesMath5 weeks$4,950AvailableRolling Apr 26Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research FellowshipBar Harbor, MEYesResearch (Science)7 weeksFree/StipendAvailable Jan 10 Nominations, Feb 7 Application16 years old commuter, 18 years old for residential
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including STEM)1 week$1,080Late WinterRollingRising 11th, 12th
MIT Women's Technology ProgramCambridge, MAYesEngineering4 weeksFreeDecember Jan 15Rising 12th (Women only)
NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical ResearchMultipleNoBiomedical Sciences8 weeksFree/Stipendmid-November1-MarAge 17 or older
Northeastern Accelerate Pre-College ProgramsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks$6,195AvailableFeb 15 Priority, Mar 15Rising 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Leadership SeminarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks$210Oct 18Jan 24Rising 12th
Notre Dame Summer Scholars OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)2 Weeks$1,900Oct 18Feb 21Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Oregon State University SESEYCorvallis, ORYesSTEM1 week$2501-MayMay 25Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Princeton University Summer Internships for High School Programs Princeton, NJNoResearch Engineering5-6 WeeksFreeFeb 15Mar 15At least 16 years old by 6/15, high school student
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks$4,250Oct 18Feb 21Rising 11th, 12th
Penn M&T Summer Institute (M&TSI)Philadelphia, PAYesManagement & Technology3 weeks$9,000Nov 8Feb 1 Priority, Apr 1 RegularRising 12th (some 11th)
Prove It! Math AcademyFort Collins, CONo program for 2022Math
Purdue University Courses ONLINE for High School StudentsWest Lafayette, INYesMultiple (including STEM)4, 8, 12 Weeks$350-$7200Dec 1May 1Age 16 and above
Purdue University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)1, 4, 8 Weeks$1800-$8700Dec 1May 1Age 16 and above
Research Science Institute (MIT)Cambridge, MAYesSTEM/Research6 weeksFreeNovemberJan 14Rising 12th
Rice Summer Sessions - Online Summer CoursesHouston, TXNoMultiple (including STEM)1, 2 weeks$3595-5495Available May 4Rising 11th, 12th (Houston Area)
Robotics Summer Camp – The College of New JerseyEwing, NJYesRobotics1 week$1,850DecemberApr 15 Priority, May 31 RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Ross Mathematics Program – Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHYesMath6 weeks$1,500JanuaryApr 1Ages 15-18
Santa Clara University Summer Engineering SeminarSanta Clara, CAYesEngineering1 weekFreeDec 15Mar 18Rising 11th, 12th
Secondary Student Training Program – University of IowaIowa City, IA or OnlinwYesResearch/STEM6 weeks$4500-$7500Dec 1Feb 18Rising 11th, 12th
Luddy Pre-College Summer Program - Indiana UniversityBloomington, INYesResearch/STEM1 week$700JanuaryTBDRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Simons Summer Research Program – Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYYesResearch/STEM5 weeksFree/StipendFeb 1Mid Jan nominations, Feb 18 for materialsRising 12th
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering ProgramNorthampton, MAYesSTEM4 weeks$7,298Jan 10Mar 1 Early, Apr 15Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (Women only)
Stanford Math Camp (SUMaC)Stanford, CAOnline for 2022Math3 weeks$3,250DecemberMar 11Rising 11th, 12th
Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College ProgramsHoboken, NJYesMultiple (including CS)1 or 2 weeks$1000-2000DecemberRising 11th, 12th
Stony Brook University Biotechnology Summer Scholars ProgramStony Brook, NYYesBiotechnology4 weeks$2,400December1-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Student Science Training ProgramGainesville, FLYesResearch/STEM6 weeks$4,850FebruaryRolling admissions starting Mar 1Rising 12th, 16 years old
SLAI Pre-College at Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MNYesComputer Science3 weeks$4,300Dec 15Jan 31 Early, Mar 7 RegularRising 11th, 12th
Summer Mathematics Research Training Camp (Texas A&M SMaRT)College Station, TXNo Summer Programs for 2022Math
Summer at BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including STEM)1-4 weeks$2506-$9120Jan 6Jan 14 Priority, May 6 RegularRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer at Brown OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)2-6 weeks $2947-$5720Jan 6Jan 14 Priority, May 6 RegularRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including STEM)3 weeks$1475-$4400Jan 10May 1Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th + Graduates
The Clark Scholars Program – Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, TXYesResearch/STEM7 weeksFree/StipendJan 3Feb 16Rising 12th + Graduates
The Engineering Place – North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NCYesEngineering1 week$92513-Jan3-AprRising 11th, 12th
The Summer Science ProgramMultipleYesResearch (Science)6 weeks$7,450Dec 15Feb 25Rising 12th
Tufts University Online Courses for High School StudentsMedford, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks$4000-5500Dec 1May 1Rising 11th, 12th + Graduates
UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship ProgramSanta Barbara, CAYesResearch/STEM4 or 6 weeks$2375-11,740Dec 15RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
UCLA Summer InstitutesLos Angeles, CAYesMultiple (including STEM)1, 2, 3, 6 weeks$825-2100AvailableApr 1Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
University of Rochester Intensive StudiesRochester, NYNoEngineering3 weeks$8,250DecemberFeb 7Rising 11th, 12th
University of Washington Youth & Teen ProgramsSeattle, WANoMultiple (including STEM)5 weeks ~$1,180-$3,700SpringRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
University of Wisconsin Engineering Summer ProgramMadison, WIYesSTEM6 weeksFreeEarly SpringJun 1Rising 11th, 12th
USNA Summer STEMAnnapolis, MDYesSTEM1 week$9004-JanMar 31Rising 9th, 10th, 11th
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