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Summer Opportunities


Pre College Program

Get a Taste of College

Pre-college programs for high-achieving high school students

This year, get more out of your summer with UC Davis Pre-College Programs. Our three-week summer residential programs for high school students give you the hands-on opportunity to enjoy a true college experience: explore a major, live in the dorms, meet new people, work with brilliant researchers… All at UC Davis, one of the world’s top research universities.

Young Scholars Program

Welcome to the UC Davis Young Scholars Program

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphases on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. To be eligible for the summer of ----, students must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in high school. UC Davis Young Scholars Program participation is not limited to California students. Participants in the UC Davis Young Scholars Program will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work. In addition to scientific research, the UC Davis Young Scholars Program strives to introduce participants to the climate and culture of living and working on a university campus. Staff make every effort to model the experiences that participants will have during their first years of college.

The application period opens in December and closes in March. Students will be able to create their user accounts when the application period opens.


Here's a terrific scholarship opportunity and the priority deadline is Feb. 15.

Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education will open up registration for its popular Summer Academies for High School Students on March 1.

Sac State professors and industry professionals lead the week-long career academies. Here's the list:

Cyber Security

Democracy in Action  

Engineering and Robotics



Fire and Emergency Services


Get Bright with Biotech: The Biology of Glow

Health Careers 101

Law Enforcement

Multimedia Journalism

Theater and Performing Arts

If you would like to attend your choice of an academy --- and receive a scholarship --  please apply by Feb. 15.  The program will accept applications after that date, but coordinators will be reviewing applications and rewarding scholarships immediately.

What do the academies offer, in addition to hands-on fun and a taste of college? 

  • Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl heads the Democracy in Action Academy. California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will pay a visit and answer your questions.
  • Journalists George Warren and Sharon Ito head the Multimedia Journalism Academy. Students will tour ABC10, work in Sac State's computer lab and create professional videos on their smart phones.

To learn more about the Summer Academies and the scholarship opportunity, check out:


SPCS Programs

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies produces an array of programs for academically talented young students everywhere. Our programs are available online and in-person, during the summer and year-round, and feature broad exploration or intense study in a single subject.

Stanford Sports Business Academy – Grades 10-11

Students get a glimpse into the world of sports and entertainment, with a focus on management, law, negotiation, marketing, and leadership.

Summer Humanities Institute – Grades 10-11

A three-week residential program where students explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.

Summer Arts Institute – Grades 9-11

Students come together for a three-week intensive arts program offering academically challenging, interdisciplinary courses in art, visual design, and music. 

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer Program – Grade 9

The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has opened its lab doors with a summer program aimed at increasing the number of women in science.

High School Summer College – Ages 16-19

High-achieving students to enroll in Stanford’s Summer Quarter and take the same courses as fully matriculated Stanford students and other visiting undergraduates. 

Summer Institutes – Grades 8-11

A three-week summer residential program where students engage in single-subject intensive study and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) – Grades 10-11

SUMaC welcomes an elite group of talented current students from around the world for intensive study in advanced mathematics.

University-Level Online Math and Physics – Grades 9-12

13 courses are offered throughout the year to give students the opportunity to take an advanced offering of math and physics courses not typically available in secondary schools.

Stanford Online High School – Grades 7-12

Through vibrant, real-time, online seminars, the rigorous curriculum challenges students to reason analytically, think creatively, and argue critically.  Stanford OHS offers a number of enrollment options including taking a single course.

Dates: TBD

Stanford Summer Institute

Limited financial aid is available, APPLY EARLY.