Summer Springboard invites ambitious high school students to join us for a two-week SUMMER program on the campus Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA.

Students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts.

Cal Poly SLO is California’s first polytechnic school. The university is famous for its renowned Learn by Doing educational philosophy. For the last three decades, it has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by US News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges guidebook.

Cal Poly has one of the largest and most scenic university campuses in the United States. Set between rolling hills and the Pacific coast, with perfect weather year-round (they average 315 days of sunshine), this is an ideal location to spend two weeks on a pre-college academic program with Summer Springboard!

Enroll in one of these sessions to join us on-program on the campus of Cal Poly this summer:

Session 1:

June 30, 2024 – July 12, 2024

Session 2:

July 14, 2024 – July 26, 2024


At the heart of your Summer Springboard program is the academic track you choose. Depending on your field of interest, you will take a course, led by an expert instructor, that is designed to give you a taste of the real-world college experience at a competitive university.

Each course is designed by educators and real world experts to allow high school students to quickly grasp core concepts in an easy and enjoyable way.

You can choose from these Academic Tracks and Courses when you attend our program on the campus of the Cal Poly this summer:

• The Art of Photography
• Branding & Graphic Design
• Contemporary Cinema & Film Critique
• Data Journalism
• Digital Advertising & Social Media Storytelling
• Expressive Lettering & Design
• Graphic Design: Idea to Creation
• Hip Hop, Poetics, & Politics
• Indigenous Nations, Sovereignty, and Land
• Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Instructional & Technical Writing
• Judicial Politics & the Supreme Court
• Marketing Bootcamp
• Persuasive Communication & Competitive Debate
• Podcast Media & Business
• Political Science & US Elections
• Printing & Graphic Design
• Public Policy & Political Advocacy
• Storyboarding for Film & Animation
• UX Design
• Visual Culture & Communication
• Web Development & Design
• and more…

Why Choose SSB This Summer?

On a Summer Springboard pre-college academic program, teens are invited to explore a major and find a future career path, on elite university campuses in the United States and abroad.

We are proud to host our programs at some of the nation’s – and world’s – leading colleges and universities to offer students a rich taste of life on a major campus.

Each campus has been selected for our programs based on outstanding academic excellence and rigor, reputation for safety and comfort, and capacity to inspire students to reach their full potential. With an outstanding university as your home and real-world classroom for two weeks, you’ll experience a true taste of college student life.

Each instructor has been chosen for their expertise in their field of study, their academic achievement, and their exceptional ability to teach and connect with high-achieving, college-bound high school students. Whether you’re working with a professor from the university, a scientist who runs their own lab, or any other number of extremely qualified instructors, this is a learning experience not to be missed.

Summer Springboard hosts summer programs on the campuses of the following locations:
UC Berkeley, Yale University, UCLA, Georgetown University, UC San Diego, Oxford, Cal Poly SLO, Duke University, Georgia Tech, New York and Boston. More campus locations are also on their way!


Hands-on Learning

Dive deep into our academic immersion courses taught by industry professionals. Imagine learning Law from someone who argued before the Supreme Court or writing under the guidance of a published author.

College Prep

Through campus visits and enrichment electives, we provide a deeper understanding of the college admissions process. Students also make new friends from across the United States and around the world and learn to live as a college student.

Career Exploration

Beyond theory, there will be excursions and guest speakers for students to hear firsthand from experts in their field of interest. Past company visits included Google, Bloomberg, and the United Nations Foundation.

Weekend Excursions

Whether it’s Central Park, the Golden Gate Bridge or even a pristine California beach, students visit the must-see sites of the region. Also, students will have a fun day with friends at an amusement park, National Park or other nearby attraction.

Summer Springboard

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Explore A Major. Discover a Career Path. Enjoy College Life.


“I learned so much and had a wonderful time immersing myself in the academic program. I was presented with many amazing opportunities that I never would have been exposed to had it not been for Summer Springboard. Last but not least, I made lifelong friends. I owe so much to this program. Thank you for these extraordinary opportunities.”

-Summer Springboard Alum

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.