Students interested in STEM have a bevy of excellent choices including Michigan State’s HSHPP Program, the MIT: Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering, or the PROMYS program at Boston University. Math-specific programs such as the Ross Mathematics Program at Ohio State or MathILy ay Bryn Mawr College are worthwhile pursuits for the quantitatively-inclined.
The RSI Program, put on by the Center for Excellence in Education on the grounds of MIT, is a cost-free program with an acceptance rate of approximately 3%. The roughly 80 accepted high school students spend five weeks going through an entire research cycle, reading current literature in their field, drafting a research plan, and sharing their findings at a seminar. Accomplished professors teach and mentor the students through the process. Participation in the RSI program is a highly-impressive credential for any student looking to apply to an elite undergraduate STEM program.
Business & Leadership
Those pursuing study in the field of business or in enhancing their leadership capacity would do well to check out Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program, Economics for Leaders which is hosted by a number of different schools, or Indiana University’s Young Women’s Institute.
The Bank of America Student Leaders summer program is as competitive as it gets, boasting an acceptance rate of under 4%. The 225 high school juniors and seniors that make the cut spend eight week as a paid intern at a non-profit organization, receive mentorship from BOA employees, and participate in the Student Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. Volunteer opportunities are available all across the United States allowing participants to remain at/near home if they so choose.
Those interested in becoming the next generation of investigative reporters would do well to seek out the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program or the Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University.
For those unsure about their exact area of future study, programs like Texas Tech’s Clark Scholars offer a wide array of subjects from Advertising to Plant & Soil Sciences. The Yale Young Global Scholars Program has a less intimidating acceptance rate than many other elite programs—it accepts roughly 25% of the 6,500 who apply each year. Students from over 125 countries flock to New Haven, Connecticut for one of three two-week blocks offered from June through August. This program is on the pricey side; each session costs $6,300. Yet, for those who can afford it, this program allows students to live in Yale’s Residential Colleges, hear lectures from accomplished faculty members, complete a capstone project, and collaborate with bright minds from around the globe.