Founded in 1701, Yale University is one of the oldest Ivy League universities, and has been rated one of the most beautiful campuses. During the Yale summer program, you will live surrounded by Gothic spires and Georgian cupolas and have access to Yale’s two art museums, gymnasiums, libraries, and beautiful leafy lawns on which to relax.
Session 1: July 8 - July 21, 2018
Session 2: July 22 - August 4, 2018
Academic Exploration Tracks
Business & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Whatever you do in life, foundational business skills such as effective communication, sales and marketing, and financial management will serve you well. These skills let you transform your ideas into a real business that will give you greater control of your destiny.
Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Topics will cover marketing, finance, operations, and sales. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.
Civic Service & Leadership
Are you passionate about making a difference in your community or in the world? If so, then this course is for you. Experience civic leadership through this community service for teens.
Take a deep dive into the field of community development, an experiential learning opportunity to deepen your understanding of the root causes behind some of the most common issues facing communities. Then, you’ll get the chance to develop your own sustainable project for your own community.
College Tours & Test Prep
It’s not just about getting into the best school, it’s about figuring out the best schools for you. This program takes you to a variety of college campuses so you can identify the type of university that is uniquely suited to your personality and style.
The program also prepares you for the entire college admissions process. Get advice on building your college portfolio. Think about how competitive coursework, extracurricular activities, and a stellar personal statement factor into your application. Along the way, you’ll have to answer a lot of questions about yourself and what you want.
New England is home to a high concentration of top institutions and experts in the admissions process. Meet with a former admissions officer of a top university and visit colleges in neighboring regions to compare and contrast what is right for you. While the exact colleges we visit may vary, they may include some of the following institutions:
- Boston: Harvard University, MIT, Brandeis University, Boston College
- Providence: Brown University, Providence College
- Connecticut: UConn, Wesleyan University, Fairfield University
- New York City: NYU, Columbia University, Fordham University
- Western Massachusetts: Amherst, UMass, Hampshire College
Do you wonder what it is like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This computer science summer program for high school students isn’t just a coding camp, it also challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.
The Startup Law program gives students an overview of the legal issues faced by startup companies seeking to raise venture capital financing. Students will also examine general corporate law matters. Real world experts will share their experiences representing some of the nation’s top companies. Meet with law school students to hear the inside scoop on law school and the admissions process.
Words have power. Words shape how people perceive reality. Words can change the world. Join Summer Springboard’s Creative Writing program and become immersed in the study of four different genres using the Writer’s Workshop methodology. Discover what it takes to be a novelist, a poet, a scriptwriter, and a gonzo journalist.
Do you have a favorite novelist you want to know more about? Do you question who writes the episodes of The Arrow on the CW? Do you want to understand why journalists risk their lives to cover category 5 hurricanes? Do you turn your poems into song lyrics? Through a variety of lessons, writing prompts, guest speakers, field trips, and time to put pen to paper, the course will sharpen writing skills and love of the written word.
Engineering & Innovation
This engineering summer program for high school students doesn’t just tackle engineering and science fundamentals, it also challenges students to think critically and creatively about how to design innovative solutions to complex problems. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.
Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. These businesses are always in need of creative minds that can problem solve on their feet and help the company save money, solve issues, and expand their reach. 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.
Medicine & Healthcare
Considering a career in medicine? Thinking about being a pre-med major in college? Do you love biology, are fascinated about the human body, or want a career helping people but aren’t sure where to start? These are big questions that can influence the next four to twelve years of your life. Summer Springboard gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.
Learn real world skills in emergency medicine through our hands-on, field-based curriculum. Learning has never been so fun! For those considering medical school, you’ll have a chance to meet with students currently in med school who will answer your questions and share their insider perspective on what it’s really like and how they got in. Additionally, meet real world medical professionals and learn about the wide variety of occupations in healthcare.
Journalism plays a vital role in a democratic society. Journalists are the truth seekers who keep our leaders accountable, and they share the stories that affect us all. Dive into this vital field, learn about news, and become a citizen journalist who can produce news on the go.
Activities & Trips
Since we are based in the heart of New England with access to the premier facilities offered by Yale University, this program will combine time in the classroom with visits around the New Haven area. Students will have the chance to experience interesting tourist and academic-related locations to help broaden them experience and expose them to one of the most exciting areas of the East Coast. Additionally, we’ll enjoy the fun attractions in the vicinity. All excursions are included in the tuition and will be fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.
New York City
Students will venture into New York City for a day to explore the must-see sights of this thriving metropolis. Enjoy a day tour on a hop-on, hop-off bus exploring different areas of Manhattan. There will also be some time for souvenir shopping.
New Haven, Connecticut
While best known for Yale University, the city of New Haven has a bustling pedestrian life too with its numerous shops, cafes and top-rated restaurants. One of students' favorite restaurants is Shake Shack. There are also world-class museums available to students, such as the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.
Boardwalk & Beach
Enjoy a day strolling the boardwalk along the Long Island Sound. While swimming is not recommended, students can enjoy a day at the beach playing frisbee, bocce, or just relaxing in the sun.
In order to take full advantage of everything New England offers, each academic program may take their students on related trips. The goal of these trips is to augment their study and exposure to a particular subject area. Examples of supervised academic excursions include: hospitals, tech startups, media and communications firms, think tanks and government institutions. During these visits students, will meet with industry experts and have the opportunity to experience their fields of interest first-hand.
Breakfast + *Wake Up Call*
Class time / SAT Prep or College Tours
The True You - or - College Admissions Coaching
Yale is the academic and cultural center of New Haven, Connecticut. The area has the vibe of a quintessential college town with unique shops and restaurants just a short walk away. You don’t even need to leave campus to enjoy the cultural treasures located right on campus.
Just like a college student, Yale summer program accommodations will usually be in a twin room with shared community bathroom facilities. Due to the historic nature of the campus, residential colleges will not be air-conditioned. All floors are gender-segregated and housing is assigned based on our housing survey, student age and geographic diversity.
Even though you’re away from home, your Resident Advisor (RA) lives just down the hall and is there for anything you might need, and to ensure your safety and security. In addition, RAs create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at Yale. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.
During your high school summer program at Yale, you will live in a residential college on campus. All residential colleges have 24-hour security and use electronic key cards to enter gates and entryways. Yale Police and Security is available 24 hours a day and actively monitor the campus.
Campus Director, Dianne Nolan
Dianne Nolan, is an accomplished leader, educator, coach and mentor with a passion for guiding high school students to achieve their goals. After graduating from Rowan University where she was a four-sport student-athlete, Dianne continued her education at West Virginia University and later earned a second master’s degree in Political and Corporate Communications from Fairfield University.
As a College Basketball Coach at Lafayette, Yale, Fairfield and St. Francis College, Dianne holds a career record of 500+ victories, with 100% graduation rate of all her student-athletes. She directed the Hoop School at Fairfield University and serves as a mentor in the Residential College. She has a proven ability to inspire young people to maximize their own potential while working within a team environment to reach a common goal.
Yale is organized into 12 separate residential colleges around an internal courtyard with multiple entryways. The entryway defines local “neighborhoods” within each college, offering students a sense of security and community. Our high school summer program at Yale has its own dedicated entryway.
There is wireless internet throughout campus and coin operated laundry facilities are within the dorms.
Dining halls are located within walking distance from dorms, and most meals will be eaten on campus, giving you the opportunity to interact with your fellow students and get a taste of college life. Yale has made a commitment to sustainability, and therefore serves sustainably grown food, purchases from local producers when possible, and regularly changes menus to reflect seasonal and local availability. We can accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.
Note: Schedule is illustrative and is subject to change. Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.