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Best Summer Programs for Writing and Journalism

If you are a teen whose academic “weapon” of choice is the pen, you may be targeting some of the most prestigious writing or journalism undergraduate programs in the country. While you may spend the school year pouring your heart and soul into class-based essays and your work on the school newspaper or literary magazine, the summer presents a vast expanse of time in which you can further hone your craft—one ideal place in which to do so is at a formalized summer program.

Our list of Best Summer Programs in Writing/Journalism is comprised of 31 terrific options that range in duration, cost, and eligibility criteria but all possess the shared attribute of 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. We also include when applications become available, the deadlines, whether residential housing is offered, and the geographic location where the program takes place. When it comes time to fill out your college application, admissions committees will be impressed that you pursued a program that was aligned with your interest and passions, and you will likely receive a small bump in your odds of gaining acceptance.


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
Bonner Summer Fellows (The College of New Jersey)Ewing, NJYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)1 week~$1,050January Rolling (June)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Boston University High School HonorsBoston, MAYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)6 weeks~$9,000 (2 courses)15-Dec28-MayRising 11th, 12th
Boston University Summer Journalism InstituteBoston, MAOnline for 2021Journalism2 weeks~$3,500December1-JunAges 15-18
Columbia Summer ProgramsNew York, NYYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)2-5 weeks$11,566 Available19-MarRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Cornell University Summer CollegeIthaca, NYYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)3-6 weeks~$6,750-$13,500mid-January RollingRising 11th and 12th
Cronkite Summer Journalism InstitutePhoenix, AZYesJournalism2 weeksFreeFebruary TBD (March)Enrolled in high school
Davidson College July ExperienceDavidson, NCYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)3 weeks$4,000 Available3/2 (Priority)Rising 11th, 12th
George Washington University Summer Pre-CollegeWashington, D.C.Online for 2021Multiple (including Writing/Journalism)1-6 weeks~$2,000-$11,629December15-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Harvard Secondary School ProgramCambridge, MAYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)2-7 weeks~$4,750-$12,810December15-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
JcampTBDYesJournalism1 weekFreeDecember31-MarRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Johns Hopkins Summer University ProgramBaltimore, MDYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)4-5 weeks~$3,600-$11,000mid-DecemberRollingMust be 16 st start of program
Media and Leadership Academy at UGAAthens, GAYesCommunication1 week$595 1-Dec1-MayRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Medill Cherubs Journalism Camp at Northwestern UniversityChicago, ILYesJournalism5 weeks~$6,200Available15-MarRising 12th
Miami University Summer ScholarsOxford, OHYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)2 weeks~$1,45015-AprRollingRising 11th, 12th
Notre Dame Leadership SeminarsNotre Dame, INYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)2 weeksFreeAvailable27-JanRising 12th
Notre Dame Summer Scholars OnlineNotre Dame, INOnlineMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)2 weeks~$1,750Available2/1616 years old by 8/1
NYS Summer Young Writers InstituteSaratoga Springs, NYYesCreative Writing2 weeks ~$1,900Early January 3-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Oregon State University Writing/Journalism Classes OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)12 weeks ~$1,8501-MayRollingAll high school students
Sarah Lawrence Creative Writing IntensiveBronxville, NYNo residential for 2021, remote offerings being consideredCreative Writing3 weeks~$6,600January 1-AprRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Sewanee Young Writers' ConferenceSewanee, TNYesCreative Writing2 weeks~$2,4001-DecRolling (February)Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer at GeorgetownWashington, DCNo - Virtual for 2021Multiple (including Writing/Journalism)1-5 weeks~$2,849-$7,154Available2/1Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Summer@BrownProvidence, RIYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)1-4 weeks$2,849-$7,154DecemberRollingRising 10th, 11th, and 12th
Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)MultipleClosed for 2021Varies6 weeksFreeAvailable13-JanRising 12th
Terp Young ScholarsCollege Park, MDYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)3 weeks$4,000 7-Jan15-JunRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
The Young Writers Workshop at Kenyon CollegeGambier, OHClosed for 2021Creative Writing2 weeks$2,475 Early January1-MarAges 16-18
UCLA Summer InstitutesLos Angeles, CAYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)VariesVariesVariesVariesVaries
University of Chicago Summer CollegeChicago, ILYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)3-5 weeks$10,305-$12,065January26-FebRising 12th
University of Washington Summer Quarter OnlineOnline NoMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)5 weeks ~$1,180-$3,700SpringRollingRising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
Washington University in St. Louis Summer ProgramsSt. Louis, MOYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)1-2 weeks $1,000-$8,400Available1-AprRising 10th, 11th, 12th
Wellesley Pre-College Honors ImmersionWellesley, MAYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)4 weeks~$8,500December 27-MayRising 11th, 12th (female only)
Yale Young Global ScholarsNew Haven, CTYesMultiple (including Writing/Journalism)2 weeks$3,500Available12-JanAges 15-17
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