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Summer Experiences & Courses

Summer Programs for High School Students

This summer, take a vacation from the ordinary and continue your education in one of Quinnipiac’s high school summer programs. We are proud to offer a growing list of summer programs designed to give dedicated high school students a chance to grow academically and personally while getting an early taste of the college experience.

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Pre-College Summer Programs

Why should high school students consider a Quinnipiac summer program?

Our summer programs offer high school students the opportunity to:

  • Explore topics of interest at the college level, free from college-level pressure

  • Build a portfolio of work within an academic field of interest

  • Connect personally with Quinnipiac faculty, staff and other students

  • Build high-demand soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking and confidence

  • Earn valuable certifications and experience to add to a resume

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Not a high school student?

Quinnipiac University offers summer programs, camps and courses for learners of all ages, including veterans, students transitioning to college, and current undergraduates.

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2024 Summer Programs

The Bobcat Nature Academy summer experience takes students out of the classroom and gives them a front-row seat to the natural world. Throughout this 1-week camp, our instructors provide hands-on learning experiences on our campus and across the street at Sleeping Giant State Park.

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Students write observations while participating in field work.

The Data Sciences Lab summer program is perfect for high school students who love problem-solving, looking for patterns, creative thinking and the idea of using technology to tackle real-world challenges. Students will learn to leverage math, statistics and computer programming to analyze data, detect patterns, solve problems and influence the decisions we make.

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Student works on a loaner laptop at the technology center in the Arnold Bernhard Library on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus
Student works on a loaner laptop at the technology center in the Arnold Bernhard Library on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus

This 2-week summer program introduces high school students to academic game design and eSports as potential career paths. Participants will spend the mornings learning the process of brainstorming, designing, developing and testing games before shifting their attention in the afternoons and focusing on how to participate in and manage eSports teams and competitions.

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students on computers in a computer lab

Embark on an exploration of the Graphic and Interactive Design realm by delving into the intricacies of designing posters, websites, apps and animations — the very elements that capture your attention. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a diverse range of projects, from printed posters and banner animations to apps, websites and more.

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a man looks at a computer screen

Hacker High School is a chance for high school students to learn how to protect themselves and their information from cybercriminals and get ahead within the fast-growing, high-potential industry of cybersecurity. This 2-week program is a great fit for students interested in pursuing a career in computer science, cybersecurity or IT as well as students interested in learning the tools and techniques to keep information secure in today’s digital world. This knowledge isn’t just essential to your own personal safety but incredibly valuable to employers in almost every field all over the world.

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Student Cynthia Clemont sitting at a desk in front of a laptop in the Graduate Student Affairs Office.
Student Cynthia Clemont sitting at a desk in front of a laptop in the Graduate Student Affairs Office.

The Healthcare Career Exploration Academy introduces high school students to ten different healthcare disciplines to make it easier to decide which degree program matches their skills and interests. Students will learn about career opportunities within allied health professions, gain certification in health-related skills and earn two credits that will transfer to Quinnipiac University.

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High School student learns how to listen to lung sounds at Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing, during an interactive day on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.
High School student learns how to listen to lung sounds at Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing, during an interactive day on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

This fast-paced program is open to high school students who dream of telling their stories across all types of media platforms. Participants will work with award-winning media professionals and use our industry-standard cameras and editing suites to translate their creative ideas into engaging short films and video pieces.

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Connecticut high school students learn about different career paths during summer camp.
Connecticut high school students learn about different career paths during summer camp.

Quinnipiac professors and sports journalism professionals champion this 1-week program for students to gain hands-on experience as sports journalists and develop an understanding of potential career opportunities. Attendees write, edit, record and produce sports stories both on and off campus while learning the basics of interviewing athletes and conducting press conferences.

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woman outside using a video camera on a tripod

This 1-week comprehensive program offers hands-on learning in medical microbiology, including culturing microbes, analyzing results and diagnosing infectious diseases. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the functions and importance of the human microbiome in health and disease and will learn more about the topics of antibiotic resistance and disease outbreaks.

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woman examining cultures in a science lab

Ever wonder how Barbie became the biggest movie of the year? Or how the March For Our Lives changed the debate on gun violence forever? In this one-week boot camp, attendees will learn how to combine the power of public relations and social media as they work for an actual client alongside a public relations professional.

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Student takes a selfie with the Bobcat statue on the Mount Carmel Campus

In Their Words

Eileen Sheridan in front of an "Ambition Unleashed" sign

Eileen Sheridan

"My experience in the Healthcare Career Exploration Academy was so memorable — it was an amazing opportunity to experience a little taste of what college would be like, provided insight to many healthcare professions in the field and helped me figure out what I wanted to do in my future, which is occupational therapy. All fo the staff were knowledgeable and friendly and I met great friends that I will talk to every day."

Professor Wasim Ahmad and high school student Norah Araujo looking at a camera

Norah Araujo

“I had such an amazing experience in the QU Summer Program. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. I was able to bond with so many different people, even those from other courses outside of the one I was taking. It really helped me get an idea of what college is like and also helped me decide if photography is what I want to pursue. The atmosphere felt safe, welcoming and positive.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Accommodations

Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.

Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email summerprograms@qu.edu about any and all specific accommodation needs.

 

Rules & Regulations

Read Quinnipiac University’s Summer Camp and Pre-College Program Policies