College Prep Resources

College Prep Resources

9th Grade Tips for Success

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career.

9th Grade checklist

10th Grade Tips for Success

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career.

10th Grade Checklist

Information for Junior Parents about the Senior Service Project

Important Information for Parents of Juniors and Seniors

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career.

11th Grade Checklist

College Planning: How To Get Started” This is a handy guide from College Board for Parents. college-planning-how-to-get-started

Big Future is a resource provided by College Board to help students and parents navigate the College Application Process. is a free college planning site with a step‐by‐step approach to help students find, afford and enroll in a college that’s right for them.

Senior College Planning Powerpoint

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career.

College Data is an online College Planner that offers a wide variety of tools to help you with every aspect of the college application process. Do a school search, analyze college data (admission statistics, costs, housing, financial aid and much more). A one stop resource for students and parents.

12th Grade Checklist

Click here for the Senior Snapshot Form  Seniors are asked to copy this form, paste it to your Google Drive to complete, and then share an electronic copy with your counselor to assist us in writing letters of recommendation.  Please remember that we need three weeks advanced notice, so plan ahead so we can work together to meet your due dates.

Senior College Transcript and Recommendation Process and Timeline. Please refer to this document to make sure you and your counselor are working together to submit your college documents in a timely manner.

College Planning: How To Get Started” This is a handy guide from College Board for Parents. college-planning-how-to-get-started

Big Future is a resource provided by College Board to help students and parents navigate the College Application Process. is a free college planning site with a step‐by‐step approach to help students find, afford and enroll in a college that’s right for them.

College Data is an online College Planner that offers a wide variety of tools to help you with every aspect of the college application process. Do a school search, analyze college data (admission statistics, costs, housing, financial aid and much more). A one stop resource for students and parents.
Important Information for Parents of Juniors and Seniors, September 2019
Graduation Info Sheet 2019

Choosing a College

College Planning: How To Get Started” This is a handy guide from College Board for Parents. college-planning-how-to-get-started

“20 Questions to Ask A College Admissions Representative” A Guide for students and parents.questions-to-ask-college-representatives


Resources & Scholarships for Catholic College Students:

To assist students who will be comparing business schools and programs before enrolling, we developed an all-in-one business degree database where students can review and compare business schools and programs across the country. Discover Degrees in Business We obtained the information about each business school and their program offerings from the AACSB, ACBSP, NCES and also from direct correspondence with the admissions office of each business school. We also included guides on how to pass the SAT and ACT to help prospective business students get through admission.

Below are the 2019-20 test dates for both the SAT and ACT. To register you will need our school code (130041)

Bishop Kelly will be administering the SAT to all Juniors on Wednesday, March 4. Students will register at school.

If you need to register for another SAT date, go to the College Board Website.

2019-20 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
August 24, 2019Register See SAT Subject Tests available on this date July 26, 2019 August 6, 2019 (for mailed registrations)August 13, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) August 13, 2019
October 5, 2019Register See SAT Subject Tests available on this date September 6, 2019 September 17, 2019 (for mailed registrations)September 24, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) September 24, 2019
November 2, 2019Register See SAT Subject Tests available on this date October 3, 2019 October 15, 2019 (for mailed registrations)October 22, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) October 22, 2019
December 7, 2019Register See SAT Subject Tests available on this date November 8, 2019 November 19, 2019 (for mailed registrations)November 26, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone) November 26, 2019
March 14, 2020Register SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date February 14, 2020 February 25, 2020 (for mailed registrations)March 3, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone) March 3, 2020
May 2, 2020 See SAT Subject Tests available on this date April 3, 2020 April 14, 2020 (for mailed registrations)April 21, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone) April 21, 2020
June 6, 2020 See SAT Subject Tests available on this date May 8, 2020 May 19, 2020 (for mailed registrations)May 27, 2020 (for registrations made online or by phone) May 27, 2020
Important Information

U.S. deadlines apply to students testing in the United States and U.S. territories.

  • U.S. registration materials that are mailed must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines. The deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.
  • Additional fees apply if you register late, change your test center, change your test date, or switch from taking the SAT to taking a Subject Test after registering. Find out how to make registration changes and get deadlines.
  • Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who can’t test on Saturday due to religious observance. Please note this exception: Sunday testing for the October 3, 2020, SAT will be held October 18, 2020.
  • If you miss the late registration deadline, you may be able to get on the waitlist.
  • Your registration options will be limited if you aren’t taking the SAT for one of its main purposes.
2019-20 ACT Dates 

To register, go to

2019-2020 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020


Note that Bishop Kelly will only be able to send either all test scores for both the ACT and SAT, or no test scores.  When a transcript is requested, we will ask the student whether they want all ACT and SAT scores sent to the colleges to which they apply.  If they say the do not want all scores sent, it will be the responsibility of the student to request that their scores be sent directly from the testing agency.  
Please contact your counselor if you have further questions regarding this new policy.


SAT/ACT Fee Waiver Information. The counselors have information on ACT and SAT fee waivers. There are eligibility requirements which must be met in order to receive a fee waiver. Income levels are based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Income Eligibility Guidelines. Contact your counselor if you think you might qualify for the waiver. 

ACT/SAT Test Preparation:  Many students find it beneficial to enroll in preparation classes prior to taking the ACT and/or SAT.  The counselors do not specifically endorse any specific preparation program and feel there are many that are helpful.  Following is information on a few local preparation programs that other students have found beneficial.

Kathi Lecertua provides preparation before each administration of both the ACT and SAT.  Kathi was the career counselor at Borah High School and has offered SAT and ACT test prep classes to students in the Valley for over 25 years. Sessions focus on testing strategies, math, critical reading, sentence completion, science reasoning, and essay writing. Actual SAT and ACT exams are used in class for practice. Cost is $175, payable at the first class. Classes meet int he Eagle area. She can be reached at 208 761-4140, or by email at

Club Z offers individual tutoring as well as test preparation.  Their phone number is 424-9500.

Free ACT/SAT prep is available from the following resources:

SAT Test Prep:

ACT Test Prep: – free ACT Test prep questions.

College Board and Khan Academy test prep For the first time ever, the creators of the SAT have given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere. By linking your College Board and Khan Academy accounts, students can access free, personalized test prep using PSAT test results. For more information, go to

NCAA Clearinghouse If you hope to participate in NCAA Division 1 or 2 athletics in college, you will need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the end of your junior year or during your senior year.  The guidelines for this process can be found at Please note that courses taken through Brigham Young University Independent Study, and Idaho Digital Learning Academy Flex Program do not meet NCAA core course requirements. Before taking any correspondence courses, please check with your counselor. Please note that to play Division 1 sports, you need to pass 10 NCAA core courses before the start of your senior year. At least 7 of those core courses must be in English, Math, or Science. After you have registered, contact Mr. Kristensen to have him send official transcripts.

NAIA Eligibility Center Students hoping to participate in NAIA intercollegiate athletics, must register on the NAIA website found at After you have registered, contact Mr. Kristensen to have him send official transcripts.

What is an NAIA Online Showcase? It is an ONLINE recruiting tool that will gain you exposure with NAIA coaches from coast to coast. Student-athletes can submit their highlight film in the format of a URL link, along with their player information that will be distributed to sport specific NAIA coaches. If a coach is interested they will reach out to the athlete directly. Cost is $29.99.


    • You will not be sent a reminder, so please note the date and time for the visits in your agenda. 
    • You must sign up by 3:30pm the day before the visit to be excused from class.
    • Only juniors and seniors may be excused from class for college visits.
    • Each student may only attend 5 sessions per year. Visits held during the Office Hours meeting time are open to all grade levels, if students obtain a pass from their counselor prior to the meeting.
    • Sign up in the College Visit notebook located across the hall from the Library, or in the College and Career Counseling Center (Room 406).

Click here for the Current College Visit Schedule

Click here for the College Visitation Validation Form


Because each family has circumstances unique to them, we encourage all students to search for independent scholarships through one of the following search engines. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance setting up your scholarship profile.

Financial Aid Web-Sites
Many students are interested in finding out information about national scholarships. While the career center and counselors receive much information about these, please be aware that there are many others that we simply don’t know about. Looking for scholarships can almost be like a part-time job and you have to be willing to put some time and effort into the search. The institutions you will be attending are your greatest resource for financial aid, however, there are several web-sites that can help your search.

Going Merry – One app that allows you to apply to scholarships directly.

Big Future from College Board Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches. Scholarship information is based on the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.

This is a vast array of tools to assist students and counselor with scholarship and college information. Check out the website for details! 

The Profile Wizard Helps Students Find More MatchesGoing Merry – One app that allows you to apply to scholarships directly.
Students can login to Fastweb and see the Profile Wizard in the form of a questionnaire at the top of their “My Fastweb” page. It highlights profile areas that still need to be filled out. The more details students include in their profile, the more personalized scholarship matches they will see.
New on Fastweb – Part Time Job Matches
Fastweb has now included part time job matches to the scholarship and internship matches generated for students from their profiles. Matches can be found in Fastweb’s Career Planning section.


CollegeBoard Help for Parents and Students
While CollegeBoard might be better known for their AP and SAT tests, they also have an extensive website that has a great deal of information regarding college and financial planning.  There are specific sites for both parents and students

FAFSA Information
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online at  This website will walk you through the process of registering for federal financial aid.  Be aware of websites that try to charge you for this free service. Seniors from the Class of 2020 may submit your FAFSA beginning October 1 (using 2018 tax information). For more information, go to

Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA:

Graduating Without Debt

College Savings Plans

CSS Profile
The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is an application distributed by the College Board allowing college students to apply for institutional financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA. Generally, colleges with early acceptance programs use the CSS PROFILE to make preliminary financial aid decisions. For information and to apply, go to

Financial Aid Information 
This website offers students and parents clear information about the basics of college financial aid. recently published a student financial aid guide for women. They have compiled scholarships for women in numerous fields (from STEM subjects to law and medicine) and from different backgrounds. This guide also offers great advice on winning scholarships, including tips from financial aid guru Mark Kantrowitz, the founder of

Nitro is an online guide helping students figure out how to pay for college. They just released a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the FAFSA, question by question.

Tuition Tracker is an interactive tool designed to help parents and students compare colleges using data that shows what schools will actually cost in the coming academic year. offers a financial literacy guide to help students and parents discover the ins and outs of financing a college education.

Graduation Plan

This form will help you plan what classes you need for graduation, as well as those you want to take for elective credit. If you have questions, please see your counselor.

Military Academy Information

Air Force Academy and ROTC

Check out these links for important information regarding Air Force ROTC and the Air Force Academy. or


Navy ROTC Scholarship

The Navy offers full tuition scholarships to eligible US Citizens who meet the age and academic requirements. If you have questions after reviewing their website, contact jennifer.proper@ who is the Talent Acquisition Specialist for our geographic area. Deadline is 12/31/2019.

CURRENT SCHOLARSHIPS is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low income and first generation students. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student’s college ambitions or choices, enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular.

University of Idaho
Information on student financial aid services, including scholarships, is available at

Northwest Nazarene University: With NNU admission, guaranteed $4000 if you graduate with a 3.0 GPA.  This scholarship is in addition to any academic or activity scholarship that may be awarded.  Information can be found at

Scholastic Art and  Writing Awards: For information about these awards, visit

The Idaho Community Foundation manages over 70 different scholarship funds – each customized according to the desires of the fund creator. Each has its own eligibility criteria, application requirements, and review process. Many have their own applications, deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

National Honor Society (NHS) members have access to a new scholarship search tool. It’s exclusively tailored to make searching for scholarships by NHS members more efficient and productive. NHS Scholar Dollars offers filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. It’s accessible through the NHS website. Members can visit and enter the pillars most aligned to their accomplishments. This will present them with more focused options to pursue in seeking scholarship support. has several scholarships of interest for graduating seniors. More information can be found at

University of North Carolina Charlotte Levine Scholars Program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources, and environment they need to make a difference in the world. This is a four-year, full tuition + room as well as a grant to implement a service project of the Scholar’s own design. For more information, go to

The State of Idaho The state of Idaho offers several scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to study at a public or private college or university in Idaho. For more information on criteria and due dates, go to 

Next Steps Idaho now has information on Scholarships for Idaho students. LEARN MORE.


Guide to Catholic scholarships It has up-to-the-minute details of 20 different opportunities specifically for Catholics students to apply for. There’s expert advice about putting together a winning application and finding other less common scholarships. And a ton of info about attending Catholic universities, finding the Catholic community on campus, and much more.


Skidmore Scholarship Opportunities: For more information about scholarships in Math, Science, and Music go to


National Co-Op Scholarship Program consists of 160 merit co-op scholarships for high school seniors planning to participate in college cooperative education.

College Board ScholarshipsThe more effort you put in, the more chances you get to earn a scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000. If you complete all six steps, you’re eligible to earn a $40,000 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded—through monthly drawings—to students who complete each step. Beginning with the class of 2020, we’ll be awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000.

College Express offers a scholarship search engine with many opportunities for students to earn scholarship money. New scholarships are added weekly.

The Imagine America Foundation offers scholarships for trade and technical school students.

Fastweb  has a compilation of key scholarship opportunities, 2019 Scholarships. In this article, students will find opportunities listed by due date to help them create a plan for applying to their best options. Also new, our 2019 Internships article, a list of career focused internship opportunities for students looking to gain valuable career experience. Both lists are updated regularly.

Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Beginning in 2019, we are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from under represented or under served communities.

The Women’s Guide to Scholarships as a quick-reference for women who are currently in college or preparing to go back to school. Some of the topics covered include: financial aid for women, scholarships, majors and career paths, roadblocks to education, and the gender wage gap.

As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.


NROTC Scholarships Information about full tuition scholarships can be found here.

Lehigh University has recently received a generous gift that will provide for a substantial increase in merit scholarships available to students who live in the twelve states served by our Western Regional Office (WRO). All applicants for admission will be automatically considered for merit scholarships; no additional application is required.The WRO, and our exclusive relationship as the sole academic partner of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center (San Francisco), make Lehigh truly a bi-coastal university.


Need help funding your career college education? Imagine America’s student scholarships can help you pay for vocational and career college programs or technical job training. The Imagine America Foundation sponsors three career college scholarships: Imagine America for high school seniors, the Military Award Program (MAP) for military personnel, and the Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP). Each year, thousands of students are awarded scholarships for career college and vocational training through these programs. They have the option to attend one of approximately 400 participating career school campuses.

Chamber of recently created a guide to college scholarships

Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Workshops and Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships programs, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more.

Grants for Women has put together a great list of scholarships specifically for women. If you are working with any female students that are looking for additional funding sources for their college education this is a great list of grants and scholarships that they can start with.


21 Scholarships for Those With Disabilities  Scholarships for people with disabilities are any kind of scholarship that’s specifically aimed at someone with a type of disability. These can be physical, learning, speech, or any other number of disabilities. Some scholarships are for anyone with a disability, while others are for specific types of disabilities.

Grantham University wants to help educate people on the benefits of a career in STEM or STEAM fields as well as provide the resources necessary for women, minorities, and people with disabilities to follow their passion and desired career path. This guide provides some information about the current diversity gap in STEM careers, reasons for those gaps, and strategies to close that gap. Inclusivity and diversity increase productivity and stimulate creativity by introducing and representing different ideas and backgrounds.


The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. Amount of award:   $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 5, 2020

STEM Scholarship Opportunities for Prospective Students Figuring out how to pay for higher education can be a daunting task. But with independent scholarships, students can lower the financial burden of tuition without taking out loans. Some scholarships also have internship opportunities, offering young minds a chance to make valuable industry connections and gain experience at the nation’s largest tech and engineering companies. Scholarships listed on this website include STEM scholarships for high school students entering a STEM program, general broad-focused scholarships, scholarships specifically for women and minorities, and more.

Miscellaneous Announcements and Opportunities

The National Youth Leadership Forums offer programs on Medicine; Law; National Security; Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy; and Collegiate Success. If you would like more information, check their website at

The Global Young Leaders Conference offers similar opportunities. Their website is

People to People Leadership Program information is available at

Lead America’s website is Contact your counselor if you would like to be nominated for a specific forum.

Rotary Short Term International Exchange Program – Through STEP, two students spend about eight weeks together experiencing each other’s family, country, and culture: four weeks with your host family abroad and four weeks in your home. For more information, see your counselor or contact Thomas Rosenthal at 208-863-4242.

University of Notre Dame pre-college programs offer high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to earn college credit, experience world-class academics, and immerse themselves in the Notre Dame community on campus and abroad. Please encourage promising students to apply beginning October 15, 2019 to one of our stellar on-campus programs or summer study abroad opportunities!

The School of Architecture offers their own summer program. Registration for that program opens in February 2020.

Heads up, students! The 2020 Duke University Summer Session info is ready for you! Check it out here. Ask yourself: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Are you conducting ground-breaking research? Maybe you’re already a leader crafting policies that have a global impact. Or, are you tackling the world’s most complex challenges? At Duke University Summer Session you will take a thrilling first step toward your future success!

USC Summer Programs offers students a preview of “freshman year” through its college immersion experience. Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom. Our programs are designed to combine college level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities. USC Summer Programs offers courses in a variety of subjects from which students choose one course for intense study. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, and students receive 3 units of transferable USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4-Week program. Students can choose from over 20 courses in over 10 subject areas. Students may visit for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:

  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp – Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too – Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring electronics, and building robots through the open source software and hardware. This camp is an introduction into the world of coding robotics and electronics.
  • Camp Psych – Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Civil War Era Studies Camp – Students will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying the American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. They will explore the circumstances leading to the war, investigate significant battles during the war, and explore the condition of the United States after the war.
  • Young Writers’ Workshop – Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – Scholarship – The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war’s most decisive battle.

WashU’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers top-ranking programs in architecture, art, and design within a world-renowned academic and research institution. You’ll experience college-level courses and studio culture, and explore the dynamic art and design scene in St. Louis. Both our Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program offer rigorous instruction that prepares you for college-level work. Our programs are recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Applications open 12/1/2019. Other Washington University programs are also available at

At Fir Acres Writing Workshop, sixty high school students from across the country come together for two weeks to write and join a community of writers on the beautiful, wooded campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In daily Workshops, participants study great writing and produce their own under the guidance of dynamic, thoughtful, published faculty. At night, participants gather to socialize, meet and hear from distinguished visiting writers, and work on their own poetry, fiction, and creative prose. For students grades 10-12. Deadline is 1/1/20.

Join us for the Johns Hopkins Humanities Overnight Program, a two-day event tailored specifically for high school juniors with a demonstrated interest in the humanities. During the event, students will have the opportunity to sit in on classes, have individual time to meet with current professors and experts in their fields, get a behind-the-scenes tour of humanities facilities, and attend a college essay writing workshop led by our Admissions Office and faculty from one of our humanities departments. Participants will stay overnight in on-campus housing. Meals, lodging, and transportation to and from campus will be paid for by the university. Contact Mrs. Crum if you would like to be nominated. Deadline is 12/2/20.

At the University of Miami’s Summer Scholars Program, students get the chance to litigate a mock trial, participate in a medical scenario in a state-of-the-art simulation hospital, or get up close and personal with sharks and dolphins all while earning six college credits. High-achieving high school sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits this summer in a variety of areas while exploring their academic passions and considering their future career opportunities. For students seeking to gain hands-on college experience in a more condensed format, we also offer a two-week, non-credit academy program, where they’ll enjoy an intense experiential learning environment. Limited Scholarship Opportunities are available for students who qualify. To be considered, eligible applicants must complete both the Summer Scholars application and the scholarship application and submit supporting documents by the March 1 deadline. Students who apply before December 1, 2019, can use waiver code “EARLYBIRD” to receive 50 percent off the application fee.* Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program. Students who meet the requirements for our need-based scholarship may also qualify for application fee reduction waivers. Explore our two options:Three-week Summer Scholars Program (credit): For high school sophomores and juniors The program runs July 4–24, 2020. Two-week, UM Academies (non-credit): For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors The program runs July 4–17, 2020

University of Southern California Bovard Scholars are high-achieving, resilient and place a high value on education. They show leadership and are ready to take ownership of their academic path to success. Deadline for 2020 Bovard Scholars application is January 17, 2020 at 5pm PT.

  • Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application
  • Currently hold a 4.0 GPA or above
  • Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have taken Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, if offered

We offer the program at no cost to students or families.  USC will pay for transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside of Southern California.

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University is an energizing 8-day program for motivated high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write. Deadline for application is 3/1/20.

Oxbridge Academic Programs has been welcoming intellectually adventurous students to summer study programs since 1986. Professor James Basker designed these programs for students in grades 7-12 with the goal of giving them the opportunity to live and study in historic centers of learning. Today we offer programs in England, France, Spain, and the United States. Students choose two subjects in which to immerse themselves – a major and a minor – from a range of over 200 courses. Popular options include Medicine, Law, Business, and Psychology.

United States Naval Academy Summer STEM  This program is designed to encourage rising 9th – 11th graders to pursue a course of study in a STEM field. Three sessions are available.

United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar. The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is the first step in navigating your future to becoming one of our nation’s next generation of leaders. If you are currently in your junior year of high school and considering the Naval Academy as your college of choice, we strongly recommend you consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where you will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. Your Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that you will complete before or during your senior year. You will live in Bancroft Hall, experience life on The Yard and learn from some of our best midshipmen and most esteemed faculty.


Loyola Marymount University Pre-College Programs are open to rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in high school. Students must be between 14 and 18 years old and must not have graduated high school by the start date of their intended program to apply.

Davidson College’s July Experience is a rigorous three-week pre-college program for rising high school juniors and seniors. July Experience 2020: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 18. Join other students from across the United States and around the world and take two courses taught by full-time Davidson faculty, live in residence halls, attend workshops about the college admission process, and participate in Davidson traditions.

Pacific Northwest College of Art PNCA is known for our Pre-College Summer Intensives, when high school students from across the country live and work in Portland at PNCA for a true art school experience. Our Pre-College Summer Intensives help students level up their portfolios for college admissions in the company of other talented students. The sessions also help a teen try on art school, getting a better idea if pursuing a four-year degree at a dedicated art and design school for college feels right. PNCA also offers Pre-College classes throughout the year. These multi-weekend classes have included figure portraiture and mural painting.

The University of St Andrews in Scotland offers a number of summer courses each year. These courses are taught by full-time members of the faculties of the University and are open to students and individuals from around the world. For students who are interested in experiencing what it is like to study at the University of St Andrews or are looking for a taste of university life, a summer school may be the perfect opportunity.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies advances the education of academically talented, intellectually curious, pre-college students. We offer a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of students everywhere and we invite you to explore our offerings and share our information with your top students. Deadlines for most of our summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

We would like to invite high school students from your school to apply to the Global Health and Leadership Conference on April 24th-26th, 2020 at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosted by Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard College VISION. Students can apply here: Qvh9HarvardGHLC_Brochure2020.pdf

Northeastern’s Accelerate: Pre-College Programs application is open for summer 2020. The Accelerate programs feature our exceptional faculty delivering courses that combine innovative content, experiential learning, and a world-class environment—giving talented high school students a true Northeastern experience.

Applications are now live for the 2020 Summer Term High School Programs at Boston University, via our website at
Next year, we are offering five pre-college programs for your students to choose from. All five provide rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential.

Summer at Smith PreCollege Programs Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, our programs give you an inspiring learning experience and you can request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. We intentionally do not offer or give grades in our classes. Students report that they can fully dive into learning without the pressure of grades and competition with peers. You will be able to explore what interests you in a risk-free environment. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Outside the classroom, enjoy Smith’s beautiful setting, live in a house on campus, make new friends, talk to current college students and engage in after class activities and outings.


California College of the Arts Pre-College Summer Program At CCA’s Pre-College Program, you’ll join a diverse group of creative thinkers and makers that have one thing in common: the pursuit of purposeful work. Our setting is CCA’s lush Oakland campus, where studio-focused, college-level courses help you push beyond concepts to portfolio-ready pieces. Our backdrop is the San Francisco Bay Area, home to powerhouse brands, remarkable tech companies, and world-class museums—all easily reachable by BART train or rideshare. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in art school, this is your time to grow as an individual and take your artwork to the next level.

Society of American Military Engineers Summer STEM Camps Our camps are world-class and feature a very impressive record of producing thousands of engineers and STEM leaders. They provide a rigorous experience for students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond. Each camp has a unique curriculum that generally features hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment that promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving. Campers are supervised by mentors made up of professional engineers, engineering students, military personnel, educators, and other STEM professionals. These mentors are committed to inspiring campers to pursue STEM in college. Mentors are also resources for the campers, providing long-term connections for our alumni. If you are interested in attending one of these camps, please contact

We would like to invite high school students from your school to the fourth annual Global Health and Leadership Conference on April 24th-26th, 2020 at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosted by Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard College VISION. Students can apply here: The deadline is February 29th. The conference is for any high school student (grades 9-12). Please contact us with any questions:

Penn Summer High School Programs welcome bright and ambitious high school students who want to experience campus life, pursue challenging academic studies with leading faculty, and stand out on college applications. With residential and commuter options available for 2-, 3-, or 6-week programs, high school students from around the world can experience summer at Penn.

  • Penn Summer Prep: Experience college life in the 2-week, non-credit program
  • Penn Summer Academies: Dive deep into academic study for 3 intensive weeks in one of the non-credit academies
  • Pre-College Program: Take 6-week, for-credit summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates

The Cornerstone Summer Institute is a week-long summer camp at the University of Virginia where high school students learn about slavery and its legacies by exploring the University, Charlottesville, and area landmarks. The camp provides rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to engage in historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement in order to learn and develop thinking skills that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. For 2020, CSI will run from June 20 to 26. Come spend a week at UVA with us this summer! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2020. Some financial aid is available for students with demonstrated need.

Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more at Boston University’s Academy of Media Production.