This is the perfect opportunity for high-achieving, college-bound teens to
  • Learn more about Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly and course options for summer 2024
  • Meet with Cal Poly professors to discuss course details
  • Hear more about the College of Liberal Arts and its mission: no borders, no boundaries, no barriers to success

Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly Course List Summer 2024

Contemporary Cinema & Film Critique
Graphic Design: Idea to Creation
Digital Advertising and Social Media Storytelling
Gender, Race and Culture
Judicial Politics and the Supreme Court
Marketing Bootcamp
Podcast Media & Business
Printing and Graphic Design
Web Development & Design
Hip Hop, Poetics & Politics

Instructional & Technical Writing

Public Policy & Political Advocacy
UX Design
Indigenous Nations, Sovereignty, and Land at Cal Poly

Persuasive Communication & Competitive Debate

Storyboarding for Film and Animation
Visual Culture & Communication
Innovation & Entrepreneurship

US house of representatives building
Political Science & US Elections

The Art of Photography
Expressive Lettering & Design


Hands-on Learning

Dive deep into our academic immersion courses taught by Cal Poly professors, many of which have decades of industry experience. Imagine learning podcasting from a longtime news anchor or judicial politics from a former politician.

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

Students will explore California’s Central Coast which offers world-class hiking and beaches. Additional highlights include paddle boarding in Morro Bay, a trip to the farmer’s market, and a SLO Blues minor league baseball game and more!


“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.