San Diego, CA

Summer Springboard program for high school students on the campus of University of San Diego

Campus Overview

San Diego has it all: cutting edge technology, beautiful scenery, and constant sunshine. University of San Diego was ranked among the most beautiful college campuses in the nation by The Princeton Review.

Dive into an academic area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors, and professional experts. Experience world-class beaches, Belmont Park, as well as educational field trips to organizations working in your academic field.

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Tuition:

Residential Price: $4,998*

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398*

Commuter Price: $2,798*

Dates:

July 25, 2021 August 6, 2021

Location:

University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

Testimonials

  • The classes were useful and helped shed light on different aspects of the medical field, and the various careers you can choose from within the field.

    Isabella D.

  • I enjoyed the real world insight from the field trips. We went to a construction site and Autodesk Gallery to learn about the mechanics of machines and buildings.

    James L.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the San Diego area. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each afternoon we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that San Diego has to offer.

Biotechnology

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Are you interested in medicine, science, and technology? Is you goal to create a life-saving drug? This is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain real exposure and work in a biotechnology lab utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.

The goal of this program is to provide students intensive laboratory skills experience, and to understand fundamental chemical processes common in prokaryotic and eukaryotic biology, and classical and molecular genetics with an emphasis on gene expression and genetic engineering.

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Drone Cinematography

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Drones are being sold in record numbers and taking to the skies. The FAA estimates that there would be more than 2 million drones registered by the end of 2019 in the US.

But did you know that in 2020, you have to be certified as an amateur or professional to legally fly a drone? If you have a passion for STEM and media, sign up for the Summer Springboard drone cinematography course for teens and ultimately receive proper certification so that you can fly safely and legally.

Excursions at University of San Diego – students will visit a local drone delivery testing facility or drone research center.

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Emergency Medicine

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Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Excursions at University of San Diego – Students will visit a state-of-the-art simulation center in the San Diego area. In addition, they will get behind-the-scenes access to a hospital ward room, emergency or intensive care unit room, operating room or procedural training room.

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Finance & Investing

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Students will break into teams with each team selecting a promising stock that the team will research throughout the course and ultimately pitch to a group of investors. Faculty will provide hands-on help to students throughout this process. Along the way; students will be introduced to core investment concepts including the characteristics of different asset classes, public vs private equity, the workings of the stock market, company financials, company valuation and portfolio design.

Excursions at University of San Diego – Students may visit to an investment company in the San Diego area.

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Fundamentals of Engineering

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Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.

Excursions at University of San Diego – Students will visit a construction site to meet firsthand with the architects and engineers to learn how the complex structures are designed given the constraints of the project.

 

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Psychology & Neuroscience

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Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience. 

Excursions at University of San Diego – Students will visit local medical and research facilities in San Diego.

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Activities & Trips

Soak up the sunshine of Southern California with numerous outdoor activities. There’s a reason San Diego is called “America's Finest City!”! Students can relax at nearby beaches, like La Jolla and Pacific Beach, or explore Balboa Park, the biggest urban cultural park in the country,

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San Diego, California

72° and sunny almost all year round, you'll definitely want to spend your summer at University of San Diego! USD's 180-acre space is located atop a mesa with scenic views of downtown San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Belmont Park

Belmont Park is San Diego’s beachfront amusement park and boardwalk offering something for everyone since 1925. You'll have a blast whether it’s filled with adventure-packed activities on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or laid-back beachfront eating with friends.

Balboa Park

Where culture, science, and nature collide, Balboa Park is home to more than 16 museums, lovely gardens, trails, and other recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 acres, there is something for everyone.

Track-Specific Excursions

Each academic program may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. Excursions may include: Jack in the Box Corporate Headquarters, a cutting edge biotechnology laboratory, an active construction site, and more.

Student Life

Your home with Summer Springboard in San Diego will be university dormitories on the beautiful campus of University of San Diego.

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Housing

Just like a college student at University of San Diego, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at San Diego. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.

Security

All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Berkeley summer program for high school students.

Facilities

Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.

Dining

Most meals on campus will be at the local dining hall, conveniently located near our dormitory. We can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program