College Counseling

Summer Opportunities

The Fall SAT Course is designed for Nichols School juniors and seniors taking the SAT in September, October or November 2020. Registrants should have completed Algebra II prior to registration.

This course includes five 90-minute classes each Tuesday night from August 25 to September 22. Classes will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The plan is to host this course in person at Nichols School with the ability to transition to distance learning.

In addition to class sessions, students should expect 5-7 hours of homework each week. This course offers a comprehensive content review for every section of the SAT, including the Optional Essay. Students will learn effective strategies for time management, confidence-building, goal-setting and reducing test anxiety. These will be interactive lessons that engage students and encourage questions and participation.

The cost of the program is $550 and includes two textbooks and a curriculum folder. Registration will be based on a first-come, first-served basis and will close when capacity is reached.

Testing fees are not included in the cost of the course. Students must register online on the College Board website. Please note the registration deadlines to avoid late fees.
The course is directed by Chris Hill, Associate Director of College Counseling and English Faculty, at Nichols School. Unsure whether the SAT or ACT is the better test for you? Contact Chris at for help deciding.

Local Programs in Buffalo and Rochester

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Volunteer Opportunities in Western New York

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  • Volunteer WNY

    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

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Pre-College Programs

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  • Barnard Pre-College Experience

    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.
  • 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

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Summer Programs in Marine Science

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Organizations That Sponsor Summer Programs

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  • 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 & Humanities

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Language Immersion Programs

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Leadership Development Summer Programs

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  • 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.
  • 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.

Women’s Leadership Programs

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  • 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!

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