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Summer Camps and Programs for Students

Hacker High School: Introduction to Cybersecurity

This 2-week program provides a deep, 360-degree understanding of how computer and digital information works, its connection to the field of cybersecurity and how you can protect yourself and your information. This program will help build the foundation and concepts to later pursue studying and preparing to take the official Certified Hacker Analyst certification exam, sponsored by the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM).

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Overview

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 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.

This 2-week program was developed in partnership with the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM) and taught by Quinnipiac’s own Information Security professionals. You will learn cybersecurity fundamentals and skills to keep your identity and personal devices safe from attackers using the same tools and techniques the professionals use, as well as gain a deep understanding of what “hacking” — the ability to figure out computer systems — is all about. Specific topics covered include internet infrastructure, malware, attack analysis, digital forensics, email safety, web security and privacy.

At the end of this program, you’ll walk away with:
  • A 360-degree understanding of how computer and digital information works and the fundamentals of cybersecurity to keep your information secure

  • The preparation needed to take the official certification exam for Certified Hacker Analyst sponsored by the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (exam not included in the program)

  • A certificate of completion with a QU instructor-written review and assessment

Hands-on Experience

Schedule

July 17 - July 28, 2023

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m. Morning Meeting Check-in with the group, quick introduction to the day’s theme, and short challenge or game to get excited and motivated for the day!
10 a.m. Daily Lesson Faculty will teach and discuss the key topic for the day, incorporating hands-on learning, group discussions and case studies.
Noon Lunch Eat and socialize with your classmates.
1 p.m. Independent/Team Production Work Time This is a chance to put your hacker skills to the test in both independent and group challenges.
3 p.m. Feedback and Work Block Get feedback on your afternoon’s work, review key skills, get help with tough concepts, and build on your learning
4 p.m. End-of-Day Review and Debrief Meeting A chance to reflect and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.
4:30 p.m. Dismissal Dismissal for commuter students.
5 p.m. Dinner Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.
6 p.m. Evening Activities (Group Recreation, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects) The evening is reserved for overnight students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized group enrichment activities.
10 p.m. Quiet Time  

Program Costs

Option 1: 2-week overnight program from Sunday to Saturday. Includes full room and board as well as evening and weekend activities: $3,360

Option 2: 2-week on-campus commuter program from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Includes lunch daily: $2,400

Both options offer:

  • Two weeks of faculty-designed programs taught on-campus with educational support staff

  • Technology and software support

  • A Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • A certificate of completion

  • Access to special Quinnipiac Admissions events

Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

Participation Requirements

Participants must be current high school students. Typically, participants are between the ages of 15 to 18 years of age at the start of the program. Eligibility is based on grade level as of June 2023.

Equipment and Materials

All necessary laptops or computers, software and other devices will be provided by the program and loaned to each participant. Participants may bring their own devices, but during the program, students will be asked to use our devices and equipment that are appropriately equipped and formatted for use within the program.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 1, 2023
Space is limited per session and enrollment is based on when a deposit payment is received.

Deadline to submit payment: Payment is due within 30 days of applying to fully register for a program.

Payment Methods and Refund/Cancellation Policy

Applications are reviewed when they are received and students are accepted on a rolling basis.

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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 for 2022