Summer College Prep

Bird Street Connections to College Program

Eligibility: Must be rising high school sophomore or junior
Deadline: Not specified

Participants of the Connections to College program spend the summer at Northeastern University, attend a college sociology class, and attend workshops regarding the college process. During the school year, participants tour local colleges (non-participants are welcome to attend these tours).

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience

Eligibility: You must be a rising junior in high school
Application Deadline: April 10th, 2020 *Now closed, will reopen February 2021*

A free week long residential college prep program for rising juniors hosted by Carleton college. Participants are able to experience a liberal arts education by engaging in several unique compelling courses. Students are also able to take several college prep workshops led by Carleton faculty.

LEDA Scholars

Eligibility: Must be a high school junior
Deadline: December 11 *Application now closed, will reopen September 2020*

An immersive college preparation program for high school juniors. Participants spend the summer before their senior year at Princeton, where they receive leadership training alongside writing and college prep workshops. Scholars also receive college counseling and letters of recommendation throughout their senior year.


Eligibility: Underrepresented high school students
Deadline: April 15, 2020 *Now closed, will reopen February 2021*

Residential college prep program hosted by New York University where students participate in workshops teaching them about the college admissions process and giving them tips for writing college essays.

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)

Eligibility: Must be rising high school junior
Deadline: January 6 *Now closed, will reopen November 2020*

A stimulating residential educational program for high school sophomores. Students are able to choose from one of four college-level seminars on black and ethnic studies hosed at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Students learn invaluable academic and interpersonal skills.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)

Eligibility: You must be a junior in high school
Deadline: January 22 *Now closed, will reopen November 2020*

A free six week residential program for high school juniors. At TASP, participants are exposed to seminars, field trips, a choice out of several courses, and community activities that help prepare them for life beyond grade school. Students are also able to plan most of the time they spend out of the seminars, as TASP puts an emphasis on independence.

Upward Bound BU

Eligibility: You must either be enrolled in a target school, or live in a target neighborhood.
Deadline: December 1st for spring, April 15 for summer

A free year round academic program for Boston high school students. In summer, students are able to experience a residential college prep program on Boston University’s campus. Participants must take 6 classes along with a physical enrichment program during the summer while living on Boston University’s campus, and must take after-school workshops during the school year. Students receive a small stipend for their participation, and are able to apply for a paid internship during their senior summer.

USC Bovard Scholars

Eligibility: Must be 11th grade student at the time of application; hold a GPA of 4.0 or greater; be enrolled in algebra 2, trigonometry, or greater; and have taken AP classes if available
Deadline: January 17 *Application now closed, will reopen November 2020*

Intensive three week residential program which helps students gain admission to top colleges through admissions workshops, essay classes, and test preparation. Students are able to explore potential careers and universities while forming lifelong friendships.

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