Cool Summer Programs for Middle and High School Students Offered by Capital Region’s Independent Colleges and Universities

News Date: 9/23/2011


Jennifer Miller, 518-436-4781,

Michael Mineconzo, 518-436-4781,


Capital Region Institutions Offer a Wide Variety of Programs for Area Students


Albany, NY – New York’s independent colleges and universities provide summer enrichment programs for middle and high school students. These programs offer students the chance to learn about new topics, while also providing them an opportunity to experience the college environment first-hand.  

The 2011 edition of “New York’s Private Colleges and Universities Outreach and Enrichment Programs for Junior High and/or High School Age Students” is now available from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). Complete with program descriptions, dates, age range for participants, and college contacts, the booklet catalogs hundreds of summer learning opportunities.

“Summer programs in a college setting offer a unique window of opportunity for middle and high school students to learn new subjects, advance their knowledge and personal growth, and develop new friendships,” said Laura L. Anglin, President of CICU, “New York’s independent colleges and universities are offering something for everyone this year, while giving students a taste of the college experience and top-notch teaching and facilities.”

Several Capital Region colleges and universities will be offering exciting summer programs for area middle and high school students this year. Below are just a few examples of the fascinating summer programs available from the Capital Region’s independent colleges and universities.

  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will provide a summer research program for area high school students. Participants in the program will engage in hands-on research focused on pharmaceutical sciences with members of the college’s faculty. (
  • The College of St. Rose will offer its Summer Academy for Youth for area students. Students can enroll in either full-day or half-day courses covering such subjects as art, music, language and culture, writing, performing arts, and science and technology. (
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will offer its CEO Academy, which will introduce students to the management field. RPI also will offer its Dylan A. Thomas Memorial PREFACE Program so minority and female students can explore opportunities in engineering. Also available are career exploration programs in aerospace engineering and architecture, academies on robotics engineering and game development, and programs in chemistry, engineering, renewable energy, and medicine. (
  • The Sage Colleges will conduct courses on art and design, theatre, and portfolio preparation. The Sage Colleges also will hold its GEMS program, which is for female students to explore the fields of engineering, mathematics, and computer science hands-on. (
  • Siena College will hold its High School Scholars program this summer to allow area students to study new subjects and career opportunities in-depth, while also providing them with a college campus experience. (
  • Skidmore College will hold the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth at Skidmore College, which provides enrichment programs for academically talented students. The college also will hold its Summer Pre-College Program in Liberal and Studio Arts, which will prepare students for college life. Also offered are summer institutes on both jazz and flute. (
  • Union College will offer programs for area students interested in engineering. Union’s Robot Camp will teach students about creative design, programming, and allow them to build an autonomous robot. The EDGE program will offer high school girls the chance to explore the field of engineering and visit several area engineering firms.  (

For program descriptions, dates, age range for participants, college contact, and other information on these and other summer programs offered by New York’s independent colleges and universities, visit to download “New York\'s Private Colleges and Universities Outreach and Enrichment Programs for Junior High and/or High School Age Students - 2011.” For a schedule of open houses, admissions, and financial aid information, visit