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Summer programs held on college campuses can be a valuable tool in the college search process, providing prospective applicants with an in-depth look at academic and student life. Spending time living in dormitories, and meeting students and professors will help you better understand the possible "fit" and articulate your reasons for wanting to attend when it's time to fill out that application.

Beloit College: Summer Fields Program
Summer Fields, formerly known as Summer LABS, is a for-credit residential summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. But it is much more than that! It is a hands-on immersion into the liberal arts and sciences for students who seek to engage in their studies and apply their intellect and passion out in the world. For three weeks, students pursue rigorous academic study around one theme while living on campus with other high school students in the program.

Birmingham Southern Student Leaders in Service
This week-long residential program for rising juniors and seniors provides opportunities to learn about leadership, community engagement, and active citizenship through community service, simulations, and discussions, while giving students a taste of college life.

Centre College Global Leadership Academy
Motivated rising juniors and seniors are invited to consider Centre's intensive, two-week program that incorporates courses, informed discussion and field study at area locations with lectures and discussions on topics in one of three tracks of study: Global Diversity and Culture, the Global Environment, and Leadership and Problem Solving. Academy students live on campus and are integrated into the life of the college during this enriching academic and leadership experience.

Earlham College: Explore-A-College Program
By attending the Explore-A-College Program you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a college-like experience with 70-80 students from across the U.S. and world before you graduate from high school. You will develop college-level discussion, research, and time management skills that will better prepare you for college work. You are taught by an Earlham professor in one of ten courses of your choosing. Upon successful completion of the two-week course, you earn two semester hours of transferable college credit. You will also experience the social aspects of college life, attending events and excursions, living in a dorm with a roommate and meeting people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Emory and Henry College: Summer Leaders
The Summer Scholars and Summer Leaders programs offers a unique mix of learning activities designed to broaden student's interests and expose him or her to a college-like setting. Students will attend classes in E&H academic buildings, live in a campus residence hall, and be assigned an adult counselor who will be present at all times throughout the entire week.

In the Leadership program for rising 10th-12th graders, students usually arrive on campus a day early and participate in an overnight camping adventure with the director of Emory & Henry's outdoor program. During the weekdays, leadership students attend a leadership class in the morning and a regular Summer Scholars class with rising 7th-9th graders in the afternoon.

Hillsdale College: The Roots and History of American Liberty, Study Abroad, and Science Camp
Students who have completed at least one year of high school are invited to study with Hillsdale faculty, earning college credit in summer programs taking place on Hilldale's southern Michigan campus; the College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.; and in England, France, and Italy. 

Marlboro College: Marlboro (pre)College Summer Programs
Marlboro’s (pre)college summer programs offer young adults the opportunity to study with college faculty members, and to build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning, in the classroom and out. Each program offers an introduction to college-level academic work, combined with hands-on exploration. Evenings provide time for fun group activities ranging from collective 'zine design to swimming in nearby South Pond. Space is limited to 12 participants per programs, creating vibrant communities with room for every voice.

New College of Florida/Duke TIP Scholar Programs
New College of Florida in cooperation with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) is proud to have offered Scholar Weekend opportunities since Fall 2003. Duke TIP Scholar Weekend provides opportunities for academically gifted young people in grades 8-11 to participate in a challenging and fun weekend of learning.

Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute
The Summer Writing Institute at Rhodes College takes place annually for two weeks during June and is an intensive residential academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students. Within the college′s liberal arts environment, students sharpen their reading and analytical skills and learn strategies for writing creatively and critically through coursework in the humanities and social sciences. At the end of the session, students receive a grade for their work and class participation, earn two college credits, transferable to any college or university, and will have completed a portfolio of college-level writing.

St. John's College: The Summer Academy
Get a taste of freedom this summer. Spend a week (or two!) at St. John's College exploring great ideas with other high school students. Modeled on the St. John's Program, the Summer Academy offers participants a rich experience reading and discussing original texts in small discussion classes with faculty members experienced in guiding thoughtful and lively conversations. Students will learn to read texts closely, question their assumptions about the ideas they encounter in them, articulate their own ideas clearly through collaborative inquiry and dialogue, share insights, and listen actively.

Saint Mary’s College of California: Talk Back to Socrates!
This summer, wake up your intellect. Join the Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California to read and discuss works by some of the world's greatest thinkers and writers: Plato, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, T.S. Eliot. Learn to pursue the truth by conversing with the greatest minds, and try your thoughts in the fire of disciplined and passionate discussion. This program is for rising Juniors and Seniors.

Wabash College: Opportunities to Learn About Business (OLAB)
OLAB is a one-week hands-on introduction to business and the market economy for young women and men entering their senior year in high school. Considered one of the premier summer programs in Indiana, OLAB teaches students that business can be fun, creative, challenging, and rewarding. In 2012, 60 students from 11 states participated in the OLAB program. In addition to lectures by business leaders and Wabash faculty, students work in teams running a mock business. There is also time for recreation, as well as social activities in the evenings.

Students do not have to be planning a career in business to attend. What is required is a desire to learn how business and the market economy affects our daily lives. Many OLAB graduates are now doctors, lawyers, and teachers, as well as business professionals. Since its inception, the OLAB program has been funded entirely through the generous financial support of program sponsors, including the Goodrich Trust, making OLAB cost absolutely nothing for students to attend.