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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.


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 STEM)1-3 weeks~$1,200-$4,000AvailableRolling Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)6 weeks~$9,000 (2 courses)15-DecTBDRising 11th, 12th
Boston University High School Honors OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)1-6 weeks TBD (12/15)15-DecTBDRising 11th, 12th
Boston University PROMYSBoston, MAYesMath6 weeks$5,000 Winter1-AprAges 15-19
Boston University RISEBoston, MAYesSTEM6 weeks~$7,70015-Dec14-FebRising 12th
Brandeis University Summer School OnlineOnline No Multiple (including STEM)2 weeks~$2,500-$3,000SpringRollingRising 12th
Canada/USA MathcampGolden, COYesMath5 weeks~$4,50010-Jan12-MarAges 13-18
CDC Museum Disease Detective CampAtlanta, GANoPublic Health1 weekFree15-Dec25-MarRising 11th, 12th
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including STEM)3 week$11,566 Available 19-MarRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Cornell University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline No Multiple (including STEM)6 weeks $3,040-$12,160Available Rolling Rising 11th, 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including STEM)3-6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500mid-January RollingRising 11th and 12th
COSMOS – University of CaliforniaMultiple (CA)YesSTEM4 weeks~$3,900-$6,5006-Jan6-FebRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Engineering Innovation at Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MDYesEngineering4 weeks$7,350 16-DecRolling (May)Rising 11, 12
Engineering Summer Academy at PennPhiladelphia, PAYesSTEM3 weeks~$7,700January3/1 (Priority)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Frontiers at Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MAOnline for 2021Multiple (including STEM)5 weeks~$3,100-$6,0008-Jan15-MayRising 10th, 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$4,913 mid-DecemberRolling (April)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MAYesMultiple (including STEM)2-7 weeks~$4,750-$12,810December15-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering – Michigan StateEast Lansing, MIYesSTEM7 weeks~$3,800TBD (March)Rising 12th
Jackson Lab Summer Student ProgramBar Harbor, MEYesGenetics10 weeksFree/StipendAvailable2-FebRising 12th (and college)
Johns Hopkins University Summer ProgramsBaltimore, MDYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks~$3,600-$11,000mid-DecemberRollingMust be 16 st start of program
Math and Science Scholars – University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MIOnline for 2021STEM3 weeks~$1,100Early JanuaryRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
MathILy – Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr, PAYesMath5 weeks~$4,600SpringTBD (April)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research FellowshipBar Harbor, MEYesResearch (Science)8 weeksFree/StipendAvailable 1/8 (Nominations)2/5 (Applications)16 years old
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks~$1,45015-AprRollingRising 11th, 12th
MIT Women's Technology ProgramCambridge, MAOnline for 2021Engineering5 weeksFreeDecember 15-JanRising 12th
NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical ResearchMultipleNoBiomedical Sciences8 weeksFree/Stipendmid-November1-MarAge 17 or older
Notre Dame Leadership SeminarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks~$200Available25-JanRising 12th
Notre Dame Summer ScholarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including STEM)2 weeks~$3,850-$4,000Available16-Feb16 years old by 8/1
Oregon State University STEM Courses OnlineOnline NoSTEM12 weeks ~$1,8501-MayRollingAll high school students
Penn M&T Summer Institute (M&TSI)Philadelphia, PAYesManagement & Technology3 weeks$7,000 mid-Decembermid-FebruaryRising 12th (some 11th)
Prove It! Math AcademyFort Collins, COYesMath2 weeks~$3,500JanuaryTBDRising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Purdue University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)4-12 weeks~$1,050-$2,850AvailableRollingAge 16 and above
Research Science Institute (MIT)Cambridge, MAYesSTEM/Research6 weeksFreeAvailable15-JanRising 12th
Rice Summer Sessions - Online Summer CoursesOnline NoBiology 3-15 weeks~$3,000Available 4-MayRising 11th, 12th (Houston Area)
Robotics Summer Camp – The College of New JerseyEwing, NJYesRobotics1 week$1,750 Available31-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Ross Mathematics Program – Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHYesMath6 weeks~$5,000JanuaryRolling (4/1)Ages 15-18
Santa Clara University Summer Engineering SeminarSanta Clara, CAYesEngineering1 weekFreemid-December15-MarRising 11th, 12th
Secondary Student Training Program – University of IowaIowa City, IAYesResearch/STEM6 weeks$6,395 Available10-JanRising 11th, 12th
SICE Summer Camp – Indiana UniversityBloomington, INYesComputer Science/Informatics1 week$700 JanuaryTBDRising 9th-12th
Simons Summer Research Program – Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYYesResearch/STEM6 weeksFree/StipendAvailable23-JanRising 12th
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering ProgramNorthampton, MAYesSTEM4 weeks$7,0006-Jan3/1 (Early)Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (Women only)
Stanford Math Camp (SUMaC)Stanford, CAOnline 2021Math4 weeks~$7,000Winter11-MarRising 11th, 12th
Stony Brook University Biotechnology Summer Scholars ProgramStony Brook, NYYesBiotechnology4 weeks$2,400 December1-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Student Science Training ProgramGainesville, FLYesResearch/STEM7 weeks$4,800 AvailableRolling (February)Rising 12th, 16 years old
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DCOnline for 2021Multiple (including STEM)1-5 weeks~$3,000-$8,000Available1-FebRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer Computer Science Institute – Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MNYesComputer Science3 weeks$4,300 JanuaryMid MarchRising 11th, 12th
Summer Mathematics Research Training Camp (Texas A&M SMaRT)College Station, TXClosed for 2021Math2 weeksFree15-JanTBD14-18 years old
Summer@BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including STEM)2-3 weeks$3,200-$6,5007-DecRollingRising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Summer@Brown OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)2-6 weeks $2,700-5,4007-DecRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including STEM)3 weeks$1,500-4,2005-Jan1-JunRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
The Clark Scholars Program – Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, TXYesResearch/STEM7 weeksFree/Stipend10-JanTBDRising 11th, 12th
The Engineering Place – North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NCYesEngineering1 week$925 13-Jan3-AprRising 11th, 12th
The Summer Science ProgramMultipleYesResearch (Science)6 weeks$3,900-$7,00015-Dec5-MarRising 12th
Tufts University Online Courses for High School StudentsOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)6 weeks ~$3,0004-JanRolling Rising 11th, 12th
UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship ProgramSanta Barbara, CAYesResearch/STEM6 weeks~$5,000-$11,00015-DecRollingRising 11th, 12th
UCLA Summer InstitutesLos Angeles, CAYesMultiple (including STEM)VariesVariesVariesVariesVaries
University of Washington Summer Quarter OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including STEM)5 weeks ~$1,180-$3,700SpringRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
University of Wisconsin Engineering Summer ProgramMadison, WIClosed for 2021STEM6 weeksFreeJanuaryTBD (April)Rising 11th, 12th
USNA Summer StemAnnapolis, MDYesSTEM1 week$600 4-JanRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th
Washington University in St. Louis Summer ProgramsSt. Louis, MOYesMultiple (including STEM)1-5 weeks $1,000-8,400Available1-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
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