Yale University

Summer Springboard program for high school students in New Haven, Ct

Campus Overview

On this historic campus, where tradition meets innovation and history breathes alongside boundless possibilities, is not just a place of learning; it's a portal to a world of limitless intellectual exploration and discovery. Often compared to Hogwarts Houses, this campus' fourteen residential colleges are known for their compelling and unique coursework.


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Session 1:
June 16, 2024 June 28, 2024

Session 2:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 3:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Yale University
New Haven, CT


  • "The academic classes are very in-depth and engaging. I also really enjoyed the excursion."

    Ayush D.

  • "This was such a fun experience! It helped me figure out what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go. Most of all, I found some amazing friends!"

    Emma L.

  • "I believe my experience here at camp was excellent. I got to meet so many new people and make great connections and bonds with all. I learned new stuff and really enjoyed the college experience..."

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  • "I don’t think I’ve ever made closer friends or had fun and learn things at the same time. I would come back every year if I could."

    Kelly W.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard, we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. Our carefully curated courses blend top academic instruction, hands-on learning, and exposure to industry-leading businesses and professionals that reflect the resources of the New Haven 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. Activities such as field trips, guest speakers, and practical scenarios take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that New Haven has to offer.

In addition to the morning academic course, students spend the afternoon either in electives, True You, or their course-specific field trip/activity.

Business & Entrepreneurship at Yale

Summer Springboard’s Business & Entrepreneurship course on the campus of Yale introduces aspiring entrepreneurs to the world of business and the areas that affect growing a business. Our course explores the aspects involved in starting, owning, and operating a business – from thinking through ideas, planning a business, and managing various considerations for growing a small business into an enterprise. Topics such as entrepreneurship, idea generation, customer relationships and revenue streams, personnel and human resource management, product design, cost accounting, financial analysis, marketing, and more will all be explored. Throughout the course, students will work in groups to generate a business idea of their own, and then follow the entrepreneurial process to develop the idea into a feasible prospective business startup. Ultimately, students will pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of business and entrepreneurship “judges” in a Shark-Tank type experience.


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Criminal & Forensic Science

Forensics is a field focused on the scientific gathering and analysis of evidence that can ultimately be utilized in the legal field. Although there are many types of forensics (accounting, psychiatry), this course will concentrate on crime scene investigations and lab science. Whether students are curious about doing crime scene investigations or want to be a forensic pathologist, this course will help them sharpen their investigative and observational skills and review a range of scientific concepts.

Course Excursions and Speakers: Students will have the opportunity to visit a local crime lab and speak to both scientists and crime scene investigators.

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Emergency Medicine at Yale

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.

Excursions at Yale – Students go to the Fairfield Simulation Center. Their state-of-the-art center promotes the acquisition of basic and advanced clinical skills that are essential for medical students and residents to master. Additionally students will receive a behind the scenes tour of Yale New Haven Emergency Department, which has a full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day as well as educational, preventive and outreach programs designed to understand, treat and prevent the most serious of patient injuries.

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Brand and Digital Marketing

1) Marketing is incredibly fast-paced, and is constantly evolving with new technologies –  marketers need to keep pace! Discover how AI, the metaverse, etc are changing the face of marketing dynamics
2) Marketing is more than just advertising. It’s also how you influence through the power of social media and influencers. Learn how marketers use influencers and craft social media strategies as part of their brand building plans
3) Innovation is key to giving brands longevity. Learn how to identify whitespace opportunities and develop game changing innovation for the target audience.
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Psychology & Neuroscience

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 Yale – students will visit the Cushing Center at Yale University, named after one of the most important names in neurosurgery.

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Trial Law at Yale

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This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. Real world experts will share their knowledge about Trial Law and students will hear the inside scoop on law school and the admissions process.

Excursions at Yale – students will visit the New Haven Superior Courthouse. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts.


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Writing for College

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Writing for College = Writing for Life. The course stresses the fundamentals of writing, prepares students for college applications as students create their own resumes and master their college essays. Students will also be introduced to specific AP and college-level writing techniques – skills that are not only useful in their high school days, but in college and beyond.

Excursions at Yale –  Students have a unique opportunity to visit the iconic home of one of America’s greatest writers, Mark Twain. In addition, students will visit various local colleges and universities, having the chance to meet with and gain valuable insight from admissions counselors. 

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Activities & Trips

Top: Since we are based in the heart of New England with access to the premier facilities offered by the 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 their 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 fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.


Spend the day in Boston where students will have the opportunity to explore the iconic and historical landmarks. Explore the Freedom Trail to trace the footsteps of American revolutionaries, don't miss the stunning views from the top of the Bunker Hill Monument, and stroll through the picturesque Boston Common

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. Some favorite restaurants are Yorkside Restaurant, Ashley's Ice Cream, and 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.

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England has over 100 rides, shows, attractions and is home to New England’s largest water park, Hurricane Harbor.

Track-Specific Excursions

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. Previous visits have included: Yale New Haven Emergency Department, Supreme Court, Henry C. Lee Institute, Boost Oxygen, and more.

Student Life

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.

  • SSB students at NYC's top of the rock
  • SSB students touring Sterling Memorial Library
  • Springboard Olympics 5


Just like a college student, 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, and a closet.

Even though you’re away from home, your Summer Springboard staff (mentor) 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. 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 Summer Springboard program, 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. Campus Police and Security is available 24 hours a day and actively monitor the campus.


This campus 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 has its own dedicated entryway.

There is wireless internet throughout campus and coin operated laundry facilities are within the dorms.

Each dorm hall has access to the Lower Level, which has laundry facilities, a dance studio, a "buttery," Yale's late night cafe, and other recreational and lounge spaces.


Meals will be eaten at the dining hall, walking distance from the dormitory where we live. Students may also take a short walk to dozens of restaurants and dining options in the New Haven neighborhood.

Schedule is illustrative and is subject to change. Summer Springboard - Session 1-3 - 2024 is operated independently of Yale University and is not sponsored or endorsed by Yale University. The views expressed in connection with the program are not official positions, statements of advice, nor opinions of Yale University and should not be viewed as an endorsement by the university of any such views or statements.

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