Summer Springboard invites ambitious high school students to join us for a two-week SUMMER program IN New York City, HOSTED on the campus of Barnard College, Columbia University.

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

Hailed as the land of opportunity, spend two weeks this summer living in the innovative and cultural metropolis of New York. Comprising five boroughs and a multitude of eclectic and entirely different neighborhoods, see the culture and learn about the fascinating history of this city.

No matter whether you’re local to the city or surrounding suburbs, or the Big Apple is far away from where you live, you’ll experience the city through the eyes of a college student for the first time, even though you’re still in high school!

Iconic skyscrapers, sprawling Central Park and the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers sit amongst iconic architecture where the Hudson meets the Atlantic Ocean. There are no end of places to explore as you experience the people, beauty and unique environment of this city.

Students will be located at world-renowned Barnard College, Columbia University, famous for its top-tier academics and its many prominent alumni.

You can attend one of two sessions at our program on-campus this summer as either a commuter or residential student:

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 Barnard College, Columbia University this summer:

• Architecture
• Business & Entrepreneurship
• Computer Science
• Emergency Medicine
• Fashion Merchandising
• Finance & Investing
• Journalism
• Psychology & Neuroscience


If you live within the greater New York City area, you can opt to be a commuter student. Each day, simply arrive at campus for the start of the program, and depart from campus when your course and activity schedule is complete. This is a phenomenal option for local families. You can even save on program tuition if you choose this option!

Whether you’re a local or live far away from campus, you can choose to be a residential student. Live full-time on-program and experience campus life, while staying overnight in our dorms. Residential students enjoy additional weekend excursions included with program tuition!

To request a program catalog and learn more about our commuter and residential options, click here.

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, Boston and Barnard College, Columbia University. 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

Request a Program Catalog

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.