Dear Nichols School Students,

There are tremendous benefits to many different summer activities. Whether you chose to work a part-time job, perform an internship, participate in a sports camp, or commit summer hours to a service or community-based organization, all of these are a great ways to charge your batteries while still enjoying your summer holiday.

Although Nichols students have attended a number of these programs in the past, it is impossible for us to assess the relative quality of each and every program. Please do thorough research and ask lots of questions before you determine if a program is right for you.

As always, please feel free to contact the College Counseling Office with any questions you may have.

Best Regards,


Mike, Joel, Meg, Anne

Local Programs in Buffalo and Rochester

Hauptman-Woodward Institute High School Workshop in Molecular Bioinformatics

For future engineers and computer scientists:

For those interested in pharmacy: Pharmacy Summer Institute for High School and College Students - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - University at Buffalo

Volunteer Opportunities in Western New York

Powered by The Service Collaborative of WNY and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, this website allows you to register, view the many volunteers opportunities, and choose the one that’s right for you.

Summer Program Finder

(extensive resource for pre-college programs or camps)

Johns Hopkins CTY Imagine resource page

(check out the academic program and internship listings)

College Express

(a college and scholarship search site with a long summer program listing)

(a great resource for volunteer opportunities, locally, across the US and internationally)

Pre-College Programs

Barnard Pre-College Programs

1 week and 4 week programs for women – choose from a variety of courses and explore New York City or pursue 1 week Young Women's Leadership Institute (leadership training) Live in NYC (in Morningside Heights, across the street from Columbia); gain access to museums, cultural events.

The Boston College Experience

6 week residential academic program. Introduces students to a campus environment and encourages personal exploration, growth and discovery. Carry two courses and earn college credit. Daytime activities in greater Boston area. Experience college life with roommates, scheduling, dining, etc.

Boston University Summer Programs

6 week Summer Honors Program, RISE Internship or Practicum, 3 week Academic Immersion or 2 week Challenge Program. Variety of options and requirements: residential, experiential, academic, for college credit or research experience.

Brown University Pre-college Program

7 week residential summer program of freshman level courses for credit for high school students. Each student takes 2 courses reflecting first year college work with final project or oral presentation. Also check out Pre-College Courses, The Leadership Institute, Environmental Leadership Labs, TheatreBridge, Location-based Programs.

Cornell University Summer Honors Program and College

3-, 4- or 6-week programs in Architecture, Art, Design, and Fashion, Business, Hospitality, and Leadership, Debate and Literature, Engineering and Robotics, Psychology, Research, and Science, Government, History, and International Relations, Social Change and Sustainability, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.

Georgetown University High School Programs

(1, 2, 4 weeks) in academic subjects as part of pre-college program, also three different opportunities to do programs specifically focused on the medical field, plus week-long institutes in Foreign Policy, Business and Law and Arts and Humanities.

Johns Hopkins University Pre-college Credit Programs

2 and 5 week terms: Summer University (with over 100 courses) and Discover Hopkins (short-term intensive programs). Or check out Engineering Innovation, a hands-on summer course for engineering offered at the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD and at other sites in Maryland, California, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Northwestern College Program for Rising Seniors

3, 6, or 9 week programs. College credit for all classes; weekly Get Ready seminars help to explore college admission process and adjustment to college. Choose from 350 courses in Arts and Sciences, Music, Communications, Theatre, Engineering, and Continuing Studies.

University of Southern California Summer Programs

USC offers a variety of 3-4 week summer seminars in science, fine arts, acting, debate, film, screenwriting, playwriting, engineering, psychology, physiology. And, more specifically, for students interested in Architecture, check out: School of Architecture – 2 and 4 week programs for high school students who have no previous experience but are interested in architecture

Stanford University, Summer College for High School Students

Eight week residential intended for college preparation. For advanced students 16-19. All Stanford undergraduate courses for which the student has met the prerequisites are open to Summer College Students. Earn College credit and explore the sciences, humanities, arts, and languages.

Syracuse University Summer College

2, 3, 4 and 6 week programs representing the various colleges and schools at Syracuse University. Options include: Acting and Musical Theatre, Music Recording, Creative Writing, Forensics, Engineering, Criminal Justice, in addition to Liberal Arts and Science.

Tufts University Summer Programs

6 week program for college preparation, academic enrichment, and writing instruction. Choose from The Writing Program, Health Science Honors, Ethics and Global Citizenship, or tackle one of the nearly 40 undergraduate courses for credit in the College for Juniors (a broader selection of course choices from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering).

Washington University in St. Louis, High School Summer Scholars Program

5 or 8 week residential summer scholars program for academically talented rising seniors. Students earn up to 7 semester credits, choose from nearly 100 college courses. Cultural trips, cinematic film series, social activities. Also view 1-week Summer Institutes,

Summer Architecture Programs (list compiled by the American Institute of Architects)

Summer Programs in Marine Science

Organizations That Sponsor Summer Programs on a Variety of Campuses

Summer Fuel (formerly Academic Study Associates)

3-5 week residential programs for grades 9-12. Pre-college programs in Oxford, Tufts, UC Berkeley or Cultural Language Immersion/Travel programs in France, Spain or Business and Social Entrepreneurship in Barcelona, Boston or Georgetown. A variety of programs is available.

Summer Discovery at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, CU-Boulder, U Texas Austin, U Michigan, Penn State, Georgetown U, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Pace NYC, Emerson Boston, Cambridge U & London

2-6 week residential programs focused on pre-college enrichment. Academiccourses, sports, arts, trips, and outdoors adventures as well as writing workshops, study skills, test preparation, community service. Programs have been in existence for over four decades.

The Cambridge Tradition, A Summer Program at Cambridge and the Oxford Tradition, A Summer program at Oxford University

Four-week residential summer academic program for eighth-through-twelfth grade students to study first in Oxford, then in Paris, Cambridge, Barcelona, Montpellier, New York, Salamanca, St Andrews, Los Angeles, and Boston. Courses taught in the Oxford/Cambridge Tradition, seminar style, subject immersion. Social Sciences and Sciences, Computers & Culture, Humanities, Studio Art, Video Journalism, Music and Drama.

Arts and Humanities

New York State Summer School of the Arts

Interlochen (Music)

Boston U Tanglewood Institute (Music)

Boston U Summer Theatre Inst (Theatre)

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (variety of Arts programs)

Northwestern University National High School Institute (Journalism (print or broadcast), Music, Debate, Speech, Film and Video Production, and Theatre Arts)

Skidmore Summer Accelerated Program in Art

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program

Ox-bow Summer Art Program

Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program

NYU Tisch School of the Arts (film, dance, drama, recorded music)

NY Film Academy Programs (film/acting)

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program (Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, Music)

Emerson College Summer Academy (Acting/ Theatre/Design, Animation, Journalism, TV, Film, Writing)

Lake Forest Writing and Thinking Workshop

Sarah Lawrence Summer Writers Workshop

Sewanee Young Writers Conference

Language Immersion Programs

Concordia Language Villages (MN)

Join a community of learners in which opportunities to interact in a second language and experience other cultures permeate life at the Villages. The ultimate goal of all immersion programming is to create an experience in language and culture that motivates participants to be life-long learners and to become responsible citizens in a global community.

Middlebury Summer Language Academy (VT)

The Academy is an enriching immersion language program for motivated students who want to accelerate their language skills, while enjoying a pre-college summer camp experience with other like-minded teens. Programs taught at St. Michael’s College, Green Mountain College. Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, German, Spanish

National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent grads to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and school-year overseas immersion programs. Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish

Summer STEM or Research Programs

Pathways to Science (useful search tool for summer science programs)

The Pre-Engineering Summer Academy at Rutgers University

An intensive one-week program that will introduce participants to aerospace, biochemical, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, forensic, industrial, material science, mechanical and systems engineering through an integrated program of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours, and field trips.

Smith College Science & Engineering (for women)

1 month program for young women interested in math and science. Participants choose two 2 week long research programs and learn how scientists and engineers formulate questions, work on some amazingly sophisticated scientific instruments, and develop valuable critical thinking and analytical skills.

Carnegie Mellon University SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics + Science (designed for students underrepresented in math and science fields)

Six-week program for students with a strong interest in math and science. Students entering junior or senior year and considering careers in STEM disciplines are eligible. In addition to classroom instruction, students learn hands-on engineering through application of concepts.

Travel and Adventure Program

American Field Service/International Language/Culture

Amigos (Volunteer)

Atlas Workshops (field research)

Broadreach Adventures (marine bio/scuba/sailing)

CIEE Global Navigator

Earthwatch Institute

EF – Educational Tours

Experiment in International Living

Global Works

Go Beyond Travel

Mountain Workshop

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership Schools)

Outward Bound

Putney Student Travel

Rustic Pathways

Sustainable Summer


Where There Be Dragons

Leadership Development Summer Programs

JSA Summer School

Programs at Stanford, Georgetown and Princeton or Diplomat Program in China. Courses offered in government and politics, speech and communication, speakers program, and debate Introduction to democratic government, leadership, policy making. Q and A sessions as part of the Speakers Program. Cultural and historical trips.

HMI Summer Term

Participants explore sense of place, leadership, and environmental ethics. On two backcountry expeditions, learn wilderness travel skills and use the mountains as an extended classroom. Small, residential community.

Women’s Leadership Programs

Girls Leadership Program at Mt. Holyoke

Art + Activism = Artivism

Program that brings together young women from around the country/world to learn about identity. Conversations bring together core skills: emotional intelligence, internal voice, navigating conflict, and self-expression with social justice awareness.

Spelman Early College Program

A residential program for female high school students, who are college bound rising juniors, rising seniors or graduating seniors seeking an early college experience. Since 1989 ECP has been chosen as the program to launch the college career of hundreds of exceptional young scholars. Choose from Biology, Math course or STEM.

Barnard Young Women’s Leadership Institute

Program takes the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. Students develop action-oriented leadership plans during the session. The foundation of the institute will focus on gender issues, social change, and leadership in the form of a morning class, afternoons of workshops, and discussions.

***If you have attended a program that does not appear on this list, had a great experience, and wish to share information with other students, please contact Vickie Garner in the College Counseling Office. Thank you!

Contact Info

Albright Hall Room 103





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