University School of Jackson

Summer Study Opportunities

  • Vanderbilt University Pre-College PAVE Program: PAVE is a six-week summer course of study and design to strengthen the academic skills of students who are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical, science, or technology program. If you are an eleventh grader and are planning to take advanced placement or honors mathematics or science courses, the PAVE program will fortify your senior year and potentially improve your ACT, AP, SAT and TOEFL test scores, while increasing your chances for entrance when you apply to college. If you are a graduating high school senior and are planning to attend any institution, this program not only exposes you to campus life, but also provides you with the experience to overcome the spots you may encounter. Upon completion of the PAVE program, all students receive a certificate of Achievement.
  • Summer Discovery-Summer Pre-College Enrichment and Internships *12 great campuses in 5 countries, 2 to 6 week programs. For more information please email [email protected] and online at or call 516-621-3939
  • New Worlds Emerge- summer program that provides an educational adventure, study abroad opportunities, service learning, college life, language immersion, career exploration. For more information go to or call 815-812-8219. - email
  • The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is currently accepting applications for the Veterinary Summer Experience Program. To apply, a student must: Be a legal resident of Tennessee, be a current high school junior or senior, be at least 16 years of age, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be available for full time employment, have not previously participated in the Veterinary Summer Experience Program. All applicants must submit an application, an official high school transcript, and three reference letters. For more information stop by the College Advising Office or visit the website!  -  • email
  • Emory Pre-College Program: The Emory Pre-College Program gives rising juniors and seniors in high school an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students may enroll in classes with college students, earn transferable college credit, and explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields. To learn more, please stop by the College Advising office or visit the website listed below. -  • email
  • The University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs offers exceptional students the unique opportunity to experience the life of Notre Dame students. For more information go to
  • Ringling College of Art and Design Summer Teacher Institute: The Ringling College of Art and Design Teacher Institute offers an exciting curriculum integrating multiple competencies to improve both pedagogical approaches and personal practice. This weeklong institute fosters a collegial environment of creative exploration that provides a unique opportunity for immersion into a new and traditional art processes. Upon completion of the Summer Teacher Institute, participants will earn 4 CEUs. -
  • Mississippi State University School of Architecture Design Discovery For further information or additional brochures, you may email [email protected] or call 662-325-2202.
  • University of the South-Sewanee Bridge Program in Math and Science classes include an introduction to college-level calculus, an introduction to physics, and a part-time astronomy course. Interested students can look at the website at or call 931-598-1997.
  • Loyola Summer Scholars Program is designed for motivated Sophomores and Juniors who want to get a head start on their college careers. Please contact [email protected] or call 312-915-6565 for more information.
  • Washington University in St. Louis High School Summer Scholars Program-take two college courses for five weeks. Explore your interests and experience life on campus. For more information and application materials please visit the website or call toll free at (866)209-0691 -  • email
  • Boston University Summer Term High School Programs: These programs provide a preview of college life, combining academic challenge and a strong social community - making summer the perfect time for you to experience campus life at Boston University and get a head start on college. The different courses offered include: High School Honors, Research Internship in Science and Engineering, Summer Challenge, and Summer Preview. To learn more about the programs, visit the website. -  • email
  • The University of British Columbia Summer Scholars Program: The Summer Scholars Program is open to students, 16 to 18 years of age, who are in good academic standing and entering their junior or senior year of high school. Students can apply online at Space is limited to 30; therefore, interested students should apply as soon as possible. -
  • The University of Chicago is offering courses to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors through its Summer Session. Students take undergraduate courses for college credit. Please visit the website for more information on courses, applications, and cost. -  • email
  • The Design Matters Camp: At The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design, we not only teach students the needed skills to be future architects, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners, we also offer an experience that addresses different ways of thinking that allow our students to become future innovators. Design thinking informs the industrial design of objects, graphics, and information, policy and process. The camp is for those interested in the design of space, and those who want to better understand how design impacts invention and human experience. While the camp serves to give the prospective student a taste of what an academic design studio is like, it also attempts to broaden the idea of what design is. This weeklong camp will exercise the mind through discussion, drawing, making, investigation, and re-imagining of the environment that is our designed world. Registration is open to all rising 10th-12th grade students. Previous architecture or design experience is not necessary. -
  • Lipscomb University is offering a Summer Scholars Program. The course offerings include Fundamentals of Biology, Introduction to Psychology, Foundations of Business, Introduction to Communication, Fundamentals of Photography, and Freshman Seminar on the Humanities. Please contact [email protected] or call at 615-966-6150.
  • Washington University in St. Louis High School Summer Scholars Program. Explore careers and majorsin medicine, writing, engineering, leadership, and more. Visit or call 866-209-0691.
  • Vanderbilt Summer Academy : A residential summer program on Vanderbilt's campus for rising 8th-12th graders. Vanderbilt Summer Academy offers one-week, two week, and three week sessions taught by Vanderbilt faculty and scholars. Please visit the website or you may call 615-322-8261 for information. 
  • Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Programs Advanced Placement/Early Admission Fine Arts: Architecture/Art and Design/Drama/Music
  • National High School Game Academy. Please see more information at
  • Phillips Exeter Academy is offering five weeks of academic exploration and discovery. For more information visit the website at or email [email protected].
  • Oxford and Cambridge Summer Schools: Applications are now open for programs taking place in Oxford and Cambridge this summer. Please visit the website to see a page listing all of the available subjects and details on how to register. -
  • Each year Phillips Exeter Academy welcomes to campus some 700 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields. For more information about the academic and extracurricular offerings, please visit the website. -
  • Oxford Advanced Studies Program: Oxford, England -
  • The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, College of Engineering Summer Enrichment Program "Introduction to Engineering" for rising 7th through 12th grade students: The objective is to provide an introduction to engineering, showcase the applications of math and science, and learn what engineers do in the real world. Each program is one-week residential program designed for underrepresented participants that have performed at a B or higher level in both math and science. We encourage all students to apply. The programs offered this summer are: Introduction of Sophomores to Engineering Principles (INSTEP-rising 9th and 10th graders) and High School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES-rising 11th and 12th graders). For more information please stop by the College Advising Office or go to the website listed below. -

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Carol Ryan
Director of College Advising

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Shannon Whisenant
Assistant Director of College Advising

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Lori Howell
College Advising Assistant

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