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Summer Institutes

Drexel's summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel's labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia's many resources.

Choose a Program

Arts and Sciences

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy

Drexel's week-long Environmental Science Leadership Academy is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students will habitat-hop from seaside to salt marsh to maritime forest all along the New Jersey coastline, gaining hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh, and Pine Barren ecology; botany; and paleontology. The tour guides on this adventure will be all-star Drexel professors from the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science and expert scientists from the nation's oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

Dates

July 10 – 16, 2016
Barnegat Bay Field Station
Ocean Township, NJ

July 31 – August 5, 2016
Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station
Lake Ariel, PA

Residential This is a residential program. Students will live in dorms at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey or Lacawac Sanctuary. Two same-sex students per dorm room. Tuition covers housing, meals, and activities.
Cost Barnegat Bay: $1,800; Lacawac Sanctuary: $1,700
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.
Deadline April 22, 2016
More Info

Students who complete Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy and enroll at Drexel will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship.

For more info, contact the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at jla336@drexel.edu, 215.571.4639, or visit the Environmental Science Leadership Academy website.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomed Summer Academy

The Biomed Summer Academy is a one-week program at Drexel University that provides high school students with an insight into the exciting field of biomedical engineering. Participants will be introduced to laboratory and core research skills through interactive, hands-on learning activities. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the booming biomedical industry through site visits, seminars, and presentations.

Dates TBD
Residential No
Cost $1,000
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors. Admission to the program is competitive. Students must have taken one year of biology and have some interest in math, engineering, or health and life sciences. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, teacher recommendations, and active involvement in extracurricular or community service activities.
Deadline TBD
More Info Contact Alison Oxenberg at ars376@drexel.edu or 215.895.2215 for more information, or visit the Biomed Summer Academy webpage.

Business

Camp Business

Drexel University's LeBow College of Business offers ambitious rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn the basics of business disciplines including accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing, economics, finance, and management, as well as the core concepts of business including leadership, professional image, etiquette, team building, communication, and strategy. Further, students will learn about essential business resources such as technology, the stock market, and leading business publications. Mentored by faculty, as well as current undergraduate business students, Camp Business participants will get to experience all of this through various environments, ranging from boardroom-style classrooms to outdoor ropes courses.

Dates July 9 – 15, 2016 (residential)
July 10 – 22, 2016 and July 25 – 28, 2016 (commuter with two overnights)
Residential See dates above
Cost $750 (commuter with two overnights), $1,500 (residential)
Eligibility Rising juniors and seniors in high school; admission to Camp Business is very competitive. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, exceptional standardized test scores (PSAT or SAT are considered) and active involvement in extracurricular or community service activities.
Deadline Tuesday, May 31, 2016
More Info Applications follow a rolling admissions guideline. Contact Kyle Norton, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment, at kcn28@drexel.edu or 215.571.3767, or visit the Camp Business website for more information.

Engineering

ASM International® Materials Camp (with the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM)

This week-long commuter academic camp features highly interactive, lab-based and hands-on activities to introduce students to materials science and engineering. Industry tours and a group project enhance the experience.

Dates June 20 – 24, 2016
Residential No
Cost There is no charge for students accepted to this program.
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline Friday, April 8, 2016
More Info Visit the Materials Camp website or contact Dr. Richard Knight at knightr@coe.drexel.edu for more information.

Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute

The Drexel University Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute is a one-week commuter program that will give aspiring scientists and engineers the chance to learn about how atomic elements arrange themselves to form the materials that are all around us. Furthermore, the Summer Institute will emphasize how variables in the processing of materials determine physical, mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. Through hands-on science and engineering activities, students will gain an understanding of how materials impact the fields of energy, biotechnology, and electronics. Sustainability and nanotechnology will be a theme woven through the modules. The learning environment includes work in a computer classroom, a materials science laboratory, and the Centralized Research Facility, which includes advanced microscopy equipment. The week will culminate with presentations in which students will discuss their results from group projects.

Dates July 18 – 22, 2016, July 25 – 29, 2016, August 8 – 12, 2016, or August 10 – 14, 2016
Residential Yes (for an additional fee)
Cost $795
Eligibility Motivated high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates who would like hands-on summer experience to learn about how materials impact today's technological advances.
Deadline June 1, 2016
More Info Visit the Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute webpage.

Hospitality and Sport Management

Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Sport Management Summer Institute

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management's Summer Institute offers a one-week, non-residential program to expose talented and motivated high school students to a range of career possibilities in the fields of culinary arts, culinary science, hospitality management, and sport management.

Students entering either their junior or senior year will attend classes taught by Drexel faculty in the labs, kitchens, and classrooms in the Academic Bistro and Paul Peck Research Center. Students will experience lectures, hands-on projects, field trips, and presentations from distinguished speakers.

The Center's Summer Institute will offer three tracks for students: Culinary Arts & Science, Hospitality Management, or Sport Management. (Please note that students must choose one track for the entire week. Students will not be able to switch between tracks due to full enrollment.)

Dates July 11 – July 14, 2016
Residential No
Cost $600
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline May 30, 2016
More Info

Contact Matt Gray, Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management, at mattgray@drexel.edu or 215.895.6255, and visit our Summer Institute webpage to register.

Law

Mock Trial Experience

An intensive five-day program introducing high-ability students to mock trial and trial advocacy. Students will begin by learning the basics of trial procedure, courtroom decorum, the rules of evidence, and how to make proper objections. They will be coached throughout the week by local attorneys and members/coaches of the nationally competitive Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial team. Students will then divide into teams and work on writing direct and cross examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments. Students will practice their roles throughout the week, and the Mock Trial Experience will conclude with two trials on the final day. Parents and loved ones are invited to attend the final trial and award ceremony on Friday afternoon. This program will help students develop skills applicable beyond the field of law such as public speaking, creating an effective themed presentation, construction of logical arguments, asking the right questions, and teamwork.

Dates TBD
Residential No
Cost $625
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors. Rising high school sophomores have been admitted on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Deadline Friday, May 20, 2016
More Info

Contact Michael Vitlip, Head Coach, Drexel Mock Trial at vitlip@drexel.edu or 215.895.1632 for more information. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Application to be released in January 2016.

Media Arts & Design

Dance Program Summer Intensive

This one-week non-residential program is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore the intersections of technique and choreographic process. Each day will consist of two technique classes, a seminar on careers in dance, choreographic process, and choreographic work time. The week will end with a culminating performance.

Dates TBD
Residential No (Commuter Program Only)
Cost TBD
Eligibility High school students who are 14–18 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Discovering Architecture

For two intensive weeks, live on campus and experience what it's like to study architecture in college. You'll attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members in studios and computer labs used by Drexel architecture students. You'll go on field trips to significant architectural sites, hear lectures by distinguished speakers, and working closely with an instructor, you'll try your hand at architectural design.

Dates July 10 – July 23, 2016
Residential Yes (proof of immunization/vaccination required)
Cost $3,000
Eligibility Rising high school seniors; must be at least 16 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact us at architecture@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Discovering Digital Fabrication

This is a two-week commuter program designed to expose talented and motivated high school students to a range of possibilities with digital fabrication including 3D printing, 3D modeling, and laser cutting. You'll attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members in our Hybrid Lab and studios, and hear lectures by distinguished speakers. In addition, while working closely with an instructor, you'll try your hand at designing your own prototypes and models.

Dates TBD
Residential No (Commuter Program Only)
Cost TBD
Eligibility High school students, ages 14–18 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Discovering Interior Design

This is a two-week residential program designed to expose talented and motivated high school students to a range of career possibilities in the field of interior design. You'll attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members in studios and computer labs used by Drexel interior design students. You'll go on field trips to significant sites, hear lectures by distinguished speakers, and working closely with an instructor, you'll try your hand at designing a retail store and present your work to a professional jury.

Dates July 10 – July 23, 2016
Residential Yes (proof of immunization/vaccination is required)
Cost $3,000
Eligibility Rising high school seniors; must be at least 16 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact us at amt42@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Exploring Design & Merchandising and Fashion

For two exciting weeks, come live on our campus and explore the fields of Fashion Design, or Design & Merchandising hands-on. You will attend classes taught by Drexel faculty in studios and labs used by our very own students, where you will spend valuable time sketching and designing products, projects, and more. Field trips will give you an insider's look at top retailers, designer boutiques, and yes, even upscale merchants to discover where fashion and merchandising meet. You will even get to create the beginnings of your own personal design portfolio that can play an important role in applying to college.

Dates July 10 – July 23, 2016
Residential Yes (proof of immunization/vaccination is required)
Cost $3,000
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors (must be at least 16 years old)
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Music Industry Summer Program

Our summer program is designed to introduce you to the music industry as a whole — through a one-week intensive workshop of audio technology and business. The courses offered are based upon the degree curriculum and are taught by our faculty of industry professionals. Through the classroom, hands-on studio experience in our recording lab facilities, performance opportunities, lectures, and guest speakers, you will gain valuable insight into, and practical knowledge of, this dynamic field. You'll get an insider's view into the most current issues in the music industry.

Dates July 10 – July 15, 2016
Residential No (commuter program only)
Cost $1,300
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors; must be at least 16 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Medicine

Mini-Med Summer Camp®

The Mini-Med Summer Camp is a three-week program that provides an opportunity to experience what it's like to be in medical school and beyond. Each morning begins with a lecture presented by a Drexel University College of Medicine faculty member. The remainder of the day is spent shadowing attending physicians, residents, and medical students in the operating room or physicians' clinical practices. You will come away from this program with a true sense of the daily life of a physician, as well as a strong insight into what it will take to achieve your goals.

Dates Session I: 3 weeks in late June/early July, exact dates TBD
Session II: 3 weeks in mid-July/early August, exact dates TBD

Overall acceptance to the program is selected first, then every attempt is made to honor the session date the participant has requested.

Residential No
Cost TBD
Eligibility Rising high school seniors or entering freshman year of college
Deadline Early March, exact date TBD
Application Process
  • Refundable application fee
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Class ranking
  • High school transcripts
  • More Info Visit the Mini-Med Summer Camp® website or call 215.762.6800.

    Medicine

    Neuroscience Camp for High School Students

    Drexel University's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers ambitious high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to participate in a range of lectures and laboratory experiences in neuroscience. Created in collaboration with the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, this exciting 10-day summer program familiarizes students with current topics of interest in neuroscience.

    Dates TBD
    Residential No
    Cost TBD
    Eligibility

    Rising juniors and seniors in high school; admission to the Neuroscience Camp is competitive. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, interest in neuroscience research, success in their high school biology course, and extracurricular or community service activities.

    Deadline TBD
    More Info Contact Patrice Worthy at biomedcamp@drexelmed.edu or 215.762.7749, or visit the Neuroscience Camp for High School Students webpage on the College of Medicine site for more information.

    Nursing

    Careers in Behavioral Health Care Summer Institute

    Students with an interest in the helping professions, such as counseling, social work, psychology, addictions treatment, and psychiatry, will take part in a variety of experiential-based learning opportunities designed by Drexel's Behavioral Health Counseling Department. During the five-day institute, students will broaden their understanding of mental health and addictions treatment services by participating in site visits to treatment agencies, interaction with a variety of guest speakers, engaging in interactive workshops, and utilizing the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art counseling simulation lab where actors pose as clients allowing students to practice basic counseling skills.

    The Careers in Behavioral Health Care Summer Institute offers two five-day options so that students may apply for the week that best fits their schedule.

    Dates Session I: June 20–24, 2016
    Session II: July 11–15, 2016
    Residential Available (additional fee)
    Cost $250
    Eligibility Preference will be given to rising high school juniors and seniors.
    Deadline Only 12 spots are available for each of the two sessions. Applications should be returned by April 29, 2016. Acceptance letters for those selected will be sent on May 6, 2016.
    More Info

    Contact Patricia Wallace, Program Coordinator, at pmw56@drexel.edu or 267.359.5568.