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Summer Institutes

Drexel's summer academic programs are summer camps 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 Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA) is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts field experience. The “tour guides” on this adventure are all-star professors from Drexel’s 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 geoscientist, and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

Dates

July 8 – 14, 2018
Barnegat Bay Field Station
Waretown, NJ

July 22 – August 28, 2018
Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station
Lake Ariel, PA

August 4 – 12, 2018
Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
Red Lodge, MT and Yellowstone National Park, WY

Residential These are residential programs. Students will live in dorms at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey, the Lacawac Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, or at the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association in Montana.
Cost Barnegat Bay: $1850, Lacawac Sanctuary: $1750, Bighorn Basin: $2200.
Note: Tuition covers housing, meals, and activities, but does not cover airfare or transportation to the camps.
Eligibility Open to high school students who will be juniors or seniors in September of 2018. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until all space are filled
Deadline Friday, April 30, 2018
More Info

Apply online at the Environmental Science Leadership Academy website. For more information, contact the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at DESLA@drexel.edu or 215.571.4639.

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 Session I: July 9 – 13, 2018; Session II: July 16 – 20, 2018; Session III: July 23 – 27, 2018
Residential No
Cost $1,200
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 and teacher recommendations.
Deadline June 17, 2018
More Info Contact ltw22@drexel.edu or 215.895.2321 for more information, or visit the Biomed Summer Academy webpage.

Business

Camp Business Program

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 7 – 13, 2018 (residential)
July 16 – 20, 2018 and July 23 – 26, 2018 (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 Thursday, May 31, 2018
More Info Applications follow a rolling admissions guideline. Contact Heather Lations, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment, at hel33@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 25 – 29, 2018
Residential No
Cost There is no charge for students accepted to this program.
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline Friday, April 6, 2018
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 16 – 20, 2018, July 23 – 27, 2018, or August 6 – 10, 2018
Residential No
Cost $795 (includes all materials, laboratory supplies, and lunch each day)
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, 2018
More Info Visit the Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute webpage.

Entrepreneurship

School of Entrepreneurship Schoolyard Ventures Summer Camp

The Entrepreneurial Ventures program gives teens the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and to build the skills and mindset required to solve real-world problems. Students will learn from experienced entrepreneurs how to use entrepreneurship, not only to generate revenue, but to improve the world. Since 2009, Schoolyard Ventures has helped over 1,300 students launch ventures ranging from app development companies and micro-finance projects to fashion labels and food startups. Students will also have the opportunity to take a guided campus tour, meet with the admissions team, meet Drexel students, and learn about Drexel’s entrepreneurship offerings at the Close School of Entrepreneurship.


Dates

July 16 – July 27, 2018

Residential Option One: Day program with second weekend overnight experience. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinners included during second week.
Option Two: Full residential program. Move in evening of July 15, move out afternoon of July 27.
Cost Option One: $1,795
Option Two: $2,785
Eligibility Current 8th grade, freshman, sophomore, and junior students may apply.
Deadline

April 1, 2018 ($100 discount for students who apply by February 15, 2018)

More Info Visit the Schoolyard Ventures website, or contact Rich Sedmak at rich@schoolyardventures.com or 267.481.1696.

Hospitality and Food Management

Food Camp

The Center for Hospitality and Food Management's Food Camp offers a three-day non-residential program to expose talented and motivated high school students to the Culinary Arts and Sciences and Hospitality Management programs at Drexel University.

Students entering either their junior or senior year will explore all facets of food from culinary arts, to science, hospitality and business, sustainability, food systems, and more.

Classes are taught by prominent Drexel faculty in our kitchens and classrooms on the main Drexel campus.

Students will experience lectures, hands-on collaborative projects, field trips and presentations from distinguished speakers.

Dates July 9 – July 11, 2018
Residential No
Cost $500
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline Rolling Admission
More Info

Contact Gianna Shikitino, Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator, at gls58@drexel.edu or 215.895.2836, and visit our Food Camp webpage to register.

Media Arts & Design

Film & Television

Our program is designed to explore cinematic storytelling through a one-week intensive course. By working with Drexel faculty and professional equipment, students will not only learn how to make a film, but why particular choices are made. By focusing on shot composition, mise-en-scène, screen direction, and continuity, students will better understand visual storytelling in both the film and television industries. The course is designed to both welcome novice filmmakers and grow experienced film students.

Dates July 9 – July 20, 2018
Residential No (Commuter Program Only)
Cost $1,300
Eligibility High school students who are 14–18 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Pre-College Programs website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Dance as a Healing Art

This one-week non-residential program is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore the intersections of technique, choreographic process, and dance as a healing art. 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.

Students enrolled in the Drexel University Summer Dance Intensive will have the opportunity to investigate dance as a college student, while enjoying the benefits of being in Philadelphia. The days will consist of technique classes, seminars on careers in dance, and choreographic explorations led by Drexel fance faculty with special choreographic mentorship by Drexel dance students. This one-week intensive will allow the workshop participant to understand the intersections of technique, creative process, and dance as a healing art.

Dates July 8 – July 14, 2018
Residential No (Commuter Program Only)
Cost $1,200
Eligibility High school students who are 14–18 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Pre-College Programs 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 8 – July 21, 2018
Residential Residential and Commuter (proof of immunization/vaccination required)
Cost $3,200 residential, $2,550 commuter
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 Pre-College Programs website or contact us at architecture@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Industrial Design and Making

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 July 9 – July 20, 2018
Residential No (Commuter Program Only)
Cost $2,000
Eligibility High school students, ages 14–18 years old
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Pre-College Programs 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 8 – July 21, 2018
Residential Residential and Commuter (proof of immunization/vaccination is required)
Cost $3,200 residential, $2,550 commuter
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 Pre-College Programs website or contact us at amt42@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Merchandising: Reimagining the Business of Fashion

Study the journey of fashion products from the designer's mind to the final purchase. Learn the roles of buyers, product developers, marketing professionals, fashion writers, event planners, and retail managers who make the business of fashion happen. During your two weeks at Drexel, you will explore the relationship between design, development, merchandising, and marketing. Learn about a dynamic profession which applies business knowledge in conjunction with an aesthetic viewpoint.

Dates July 8 – July 14, 2018
Residential Yes (proof of immunization/vaccination is required)
Cost $1,600
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 Pre-College Programs website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Fashion Design: Innovation and Transformation

Fashion Design is a creative form which merges self-expression with problem solving. Through creative investigation, a designer has the power to transform their ideas into shapes and structures on the body that will solve the consumer's needs whether it be an emotional, physical, or social perspective. During the two-week session, you will create a conceptual collection within the parameters of design brief. We will walk you through the process with visits to museums for inspiration, lectures defining market categories within the industry, studio classes focused on the creative process through research, illustration, draping, and computer-aided design for portfolio development.

Dates July 8 – July 14, 2018
Residential Yes (proof of immunization/vaccination is required)
Cost $1,600
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 Pre-College Programs website.

Media Arts & Design

One-Week Summer Residential High School Workshop in Graphic Design

Explore the exciting and diverse field of graphic design through an intensive one-week commuter program for high school students. Participants will engage in creative problem solving while developing awareness and skills in typography and image generation.

The program includes studio coursework, guest lectures, trips to local cultural installations, museums, and design firms, contact with alumni and students currently in the program, and one-on-one portfolio review with faculty. The week will culminate with a show of student work.

Dates July 8 – July 14, 2018
Residential Yes
Cost $1,800
Eligibility High school students who are 15–18 years old (entering sophomore – senior years)
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Pre-College Programs 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 8 – July 13, 2018
Residential No (commuter program only)
Cost $1,400
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 Pre-College Programs website or contact us at westphal.admissions@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Photography Summer Workshop

The one-week residency Photography Workshop will be an intensive exploration of the many facets that make up photography in the 21st century. We will cover all main areas of the medium with one to two day intensive lessons. We will begin in the studio covering the workflow of lighting both still life and portraits. Then we will move into our state of the art digital labs where we will learn how to harness the full power of Photoshop and make large prints from the prior two days in the studio. Finally, we will spend two days in the darkroom exploring the alchemy that make traditional photography such a magical process. We will also be going on a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to visit their Prints and Photographs collections where you will see firsthand prints made by the masters of the medium. Finally, the workshop will culminate with an exhibition of the work produced by the students that parents and the public will be invited to attend to view.

Dates July 8 – July 14, 2018
Residential Yes
Cost $1,800
Eligibility High school students who are 16–18 years old (entering junior – senior years)
Deadline Rolling admission
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Pre-College Programs website or contact us at photog@drexel.edu or 215.895.5869.

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, June 25 – July 13, 2018
Session II: 3 weeks in mid-July/early August, July 16 – August 3, 2018

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 $2,350
Eligibility Rising high school seniors or entering freshman year of college
Deadline March 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. EST
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 July 9 – 20, 2018
    Residential No
    Cost $2,000
    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 Applications due Friday, April 6, 2018
    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.

    Health Professions

    Careers in Behavioral Health Counseling 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 programs. 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.

    Dates June 25–29, 2018
    July 9-13, 2018
    Residential Not available
    Cost $250 (Please do not send payment until you are notified of acceptance into the program.)
    Eligibility Preference will be given to rising high school juniors and seniors.
    Deadline Only 12 spots are available. Applications should be returned by April 30, 2018. Acceptance letters for those selected will be sent May 19, 2018.
    Application Careers in Behavioral Health Counseling Summer Institute Application
    More Info

    Contact Susan Romano-Benigno, Program Coordinator, at sr673@drexel.edu or 267.359.5516.