Summer Camps and Academic Enrichment


TeenLife provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, pre-college, summer enrichment, and community service programs for students grades 7-12.  Many of which are listed below.



Architecture Camp: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Summer architecture for middle school and high school students at SIU-C.  Please see website for details.

Bank of America Student Leadership Program

These summer programs help students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community.

Center for Talent Development Summer Program

Northwestern University offers rigorous academic adventures with life-changing impact for students age 4 - Grade 12

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Internship Contest

Summer internships at a Cook County State's Attorney's Office with a $1,000 scholarship from State Farm Insurance for college students and graduating high school seniors.  Contestants must be of Asian Pacific, African American, or Hispanic Heritage.  Please see you school counselor for an application if you are interested.

Cornell University Summer College Programs for High School Students

How would you like to spend six weeks this summer on a breathtakingly beautiful college campus in one of New York State's premier vacation spots, taking fascinating classes with world-renowned faculty while meeting students from around the world?

IACAC Camp College

A free opportunity for rising seniors to learn about aspects of college search and the application process from high school and college counselors. Students will be provided food and lodging free of cost.

IACAC Summer Programs for Students

This webpage provides information for a variety of summer programs for students being offered at different universities.

IIT Boeing Scholars Academy

Current Sophomores and Juniors should apply to this FREE, year-round academic enrichment program which offers hands-on summer experiences in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)

Illinois Institute of Technology Summer Camps

If you're interested in technology, business, architecture, science, engineering, or computers, you'll find plenty to keep you both busy and excited at the IIT summer camp programs for high school students.

Illinois State University - Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services  

Katie School is committed to the preparation of future industry leaders by supporting strong industry involvement with our students, innovative teaching by outstanding faculty, cutting-edge applied research, and a student-centered learning environment.

Indiana State University Summer Honors

ISU is seeking bright, motivated high school sophomores and juniors to participate in a one-of-a-kind college experience while earning college credit and scholarships.

Indiana University Northwest

Reading skills and speed reading programs: Phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, speed reading, and love of reading. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. Ask about their family discount. For more information or to register call 1-800-979-9151.

Loyola Summer Scholars

Loyola University offers a variety of programs for high school students.  Please visit the website for more information and applications.

Loyola Summer Stories

The High School Digital Storytelling Workshop is a FREE five-day, hands-on workshop hosted by the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. Students will use state-of-the-art equipment in Loyola’s convergence studio and receive hands-on training producing digital media including web content and videos. Increase your digital media and journalism skills all while having a blast in Chicago!

Marist College Summer Pre-College Programs

Get a taste of campus life and earn three college credits while in high school. You'll learn from experienced professionals and talented faculty, while spending 14 days on the banks of the Hudson River or in Florence, Italy.

Murray State University Commonwealth Honors Academy

Participants must have completed Junior year of high school, have composite ACT of 25, and a 3.5 GPA. Upon completion of the Academy students will receive six (6) hours of university credit, have the opportunity to take six additional hours of tuition-free courses during senior year, and be awarded a four-year $2,000 per year housing scholarship to Murray State.

Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Summer Camps

A variety of camps for grades 9-12.  Please visit webpage for additional details.

Northern Illinois University Summer in the Arts Camps

Join fellow jazz artists, visual artist, and thespians for the arts experience of your life.

Notre Dame Summer Programs

The office of Pre-College Programs at the University of Notre Dame offers exceptional students the unique opportunity to experience the life of Notre Dame students.

Purdue-Calumet Summer Engineering Program

Please visit website for application and details.

Samsung Mobile App Academy

Samsung Mobile hosts App Academies in six cities for select high school students interested in STEM. Please visit website for application and requirements.

South Suburban College High School Tuition Waiver

TF South students can take a class at South Suburban College "tuition Free" during their senior year or the summer before or after. A second tuition waiver may be available to students earning an "A" or "B" in the first class. Please see your counselor for the tuition waiver and eligibility requirements.

SIU-E Summer Engineering Camps

The goal of the Engineering summer camps is to introduce various engineering disciplines, computer science and construction management to young, aspiring high-school students through a set of activities that are fun, challenging, and thought-provoking.

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies

Stanford offers two programs, Summer Institutes and Summer College, for highly motivated and intellectually curious students to explore and discover topics not typically taught in secondary schools.  Please visit webpage for additional information.

St. Xavier Summer Media Camps

Are you a high school student who is interested in the world of radio broadcasting, print journalism, or multimedia communication?  If so, please visit the website for more info.

Sullivan University Culinary Camp

Expose your Junior or senior to the dynamic, rewarding and growing field of Hospitality. Sullivan University is one of the top four culinary schools in the country.

Target H.O.P.E. College Preparatory Academy

A non profit organization with a mission to enhance educational opportunities for minority students attending school in the Chicago metropolitan area. Academy members take college-style courses at a Saturday Academy

University of Illinois Summer STEM Programs

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) provide research apprentice programs for ethnic minorities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Programs are for grades 9-12.

University of Missouri Business Academy

The Trulaske Business Academy is a pre-college summer program for minority students interested in business.

US Naval Academy Summer Programs

The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school, and the STEM Program is for students that are curious about engineering and interested in conducting experiments in a high speed wind tunnel or bringing a robot to life.

Wheaton College B.R.I.D.G.E. Summer Program

A free, four-week residential, academic and leadership summer program for Chicago area high school students who are currently sophomores. Please visit the website for an application and more details

YFU - Intercultural Exchange Program

Expand your world and discover intercultural opportunities through studying abroad program during high school.

YMCA Black & Latino Achievers

This program fosters the academic, personal and career development of African-American and Latino youth enrolled in the 7th – 12th grades.  Please visit website for additional information.

Young Ambassadors Program

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.