The Summer Springboard Difference

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

Our Mission

Our mission is to help students increase their self-awareness so they can make decisions about college selection, academic majors, and careers that reflect their personal vision for success.


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Our Program Model

Summer Springboard combines academic immersion with hands-on learning, career exploration, and college prep on the campuses of top universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. We give college-bound teens professional insight, self-awareness, and the confidence needed for success in college and beyond.

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Hands-On Learning

Dive deep into your passions and turn your aspirations into reality with our intensive academic programs. Our instructors are professionals in their fields who provide students with valuable skills and unparalleled real-world insights and applications to their field. Imagine learning law from an attorney who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, studying medicine with a doctor who has participated in emergency crisis response efforts, or learning skills to solve crimes with one of the world's most well known forensic scientists?

Career exploration

Career Exploration

Beyond theory, students experience excursions and discover more about their career interests by hearing expert guest speakers firsthand. Past company visits included Google, Bloomberg, and the United Nations Foundation. Also, students have heard guest speakers representing Cisco, McKinsey & Co., and a startup founder. These professionals shared their personal stories about how they got to where they are today and offered career advice based on real-life experiences.

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College Prep

Through campus visits, speakers and afternoon electives we prepare students for university life. In the afternoon True You College Admissions sessions, we provide a deeper understanding of the college application and admissions process. All students can get a taste of college life by living in dorms, making new friends from around the world and learning to live as a college student. Evenings are packed with fun activities like lip sync battle, game night, and more!


From a Harvard educated doctor who works with Doctors Without Borders to a business instructor who is Founder and Principal of Silicon Valley Institute, students will hear firsthand from experts in their field. 

Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.


Summer Springboard was truly the best way to experience a college lifestyle without actually being in college. The mentors were extremely kind and the courses themselves were beyond interesting. I met great people, and would do it all over again if I could!” – Amanda M.

“My time at SSB was one to remember. It really engaged me in the college life with classes and community. I really enjoyed the excursions and the course was incredibly informative not only in what would be covered in the field but also gave us insight of what was to be expected if we pursued that career.” – Chris C.

“My experience was unforgettable. I enjoyed all the activities, classes, and friends I met. With that being said, Summer Spring Board really served as an eye opener for me. SSB has taught me what college will be like, from home sickness to adapting to new environments. In all this was an unforgettable experience and I have no regrets coming.” – Michael T.

“I had a warm welcome first thing coming into the camp, people were flexible with my different requests, supportive when I need help…It’s always so nice having a teacher willing to take out half-hour after class just to talk with you.” – Charlie S.

“The curriculum is top-tier. I wouldn’t get this hands on experience anywhere else…” – Michala T.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program