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Pre-College Summer Programs Series - Part 1 | Business



It may seem strange that I am writing about the summer while we are still in the thick of winter, but my one big learning over the 19 years as a College Consultant is that it’s all about planning. If you are playing a catch-up game, you have to be ready for the stress that it accompanies. Of course, there are people who thrive and do remarkably well in that environment – my high school freshman, for instance (who I hope is not reading this post!). But not for me. Maybe it’s life lessons, wisdom, or simply age. But I’d rather be ahead of the game; take my time to plan, organize and strategize. In that spirit, I’d like to share a few summer programs over the next few weeks that may be a good fit for teenagers. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and that there are other activities that you can pursue instead, including research, pursuing a passion project, and getting an internship/job. But if you are curious about a pre-college summer program, you are welcome to start here. This week we will discuss Business programs.


Athena Summer Innovation Institute at Barnard College New York City, New York


Who can apply?

  • Young women who are rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

What will they learn?

  • Public speaking

  • The basics of running and managing a corporation

  • Writing business proposals


Application deadline: April 15, 2023


Session dates: July 23-August 12, 2023


Residential tuition: $9,058; Commuter tuition: $7,772


Berkeley Business Academy for Youth Haas School of Business UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


Who can apply?

  • Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

What will they learn?

  • Developing a business idea and creating a team business plan


Application deadline: March 17, 2023


Session dates: July 9-22, 2023 or July 22-August 5, 2023


Tuition housing, and fees: California Resident $6,050 or Out of State Resident $7,050 Leadership in the Business World Pre-College Program At Penn The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA


Who can apply?

  • Rising seniors

What will they learn?

  • Communication and leadership skills

  • Collaborating on projects

  • Designing and presenting an original business plan


Application deadline: April 5, 2023


Session dates: June 4-24, June 25-July 15, July 16-August 5, 2023


Tuition and fees: $9,899 McCombs School of Business Six-Day Experiences The University of Texas at Austin


Who can apply?

  • Rising high school juniors and seniors

What will they learn?

  • Accounting majors and careers


Application deadline: April 1, 2023


Session dates: June 25-30, 2023


Tuition and fees: Free of charge. All educational, food, and boarding costs are covered by funders. Olin Fleischer Scholars Program Washington University Olin Business School, St. Louis, MO


Who can apply?

  • Underrepresented and first-generation high school juniors and seniors

What will they learn?

  • Leadership

  • Careers in Business and Entrepreneurship


Application deadline: March 8, 2023


Session dates: July 9-15, 2023


Tuition and fees: Free


Next week, we will highlight Engineering, Math, and Coding programs.

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