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Summer Programs

During the summer, the University of Michigan offers a number of learning opportunities for youth.

From residential camps to day-long programs, from art to science to business, summer programs offer a variety of exciting, academic and enriching options for youth. Programs allow participants to experience the University of Michigan while enjoying an outstanding education in areas of interest.

Click on the title of each program for more details including dates, application process and fees. Note that some units are still in the process of updating their 2014 offerings. Please visit this website periodically and/or contact units directly for additional, updated information.

The Center for Educational Outreach offers a limited number of need-based scholarships to support attendance at University of Michigan summer programs.


ArcStart is a three-week residential program sponsored by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning that offers the opportunity for local high school students to experience the studio intensity of a bachelor of science degree in architecture.

BFA Prep
BFA Prep, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is an intensive three-week residential studio program for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors that offers the opportunity to experience the studio intensity of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree curriculum.

Drawing from Observation
Drawing From Observation, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is a evening studio class that meets twice a week for a total of 12 sessions. The class is for current area high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors and focuses on learning to draw from observation.

In the Middle
In the Middle, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is a week-long exploration in art and design methods and materials, academic skill building, and college preparation for middle school students.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
MPulse is a 2-3 week residential program for high school students that provides exposure to the rigorous training provided by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in the areas of music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theater and dance.

Portfolio Prep
Portfolio Prep, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is an intensive two-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors that focuses on producing a first-rate admissions portfolio.

Studio: Detroit HS
Studio: Detroit HS is an integrated architectural immersion education and mentoring program designed for highly motivated high school students. It is a unique opportunity for interested Detroit area high school juniors and seniors to learn about and explore the possibilities of a career as an architect as well as be matched to mentors in the field.

Youth Theatre Fellows: A Residential Summer Theatre Camp
The University of Michigan Detroit Center in partnership with Wayne State University's Theatre Department and Dance offer a unique opportunity for youth in grades 8-12 to immerse themselves into various aspects of the stage world. The week-long residential experience includes a day-trip to Stratford Shakespeare Festival and a tour of the U-M Theatre & Drama Department.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Camp Bluestem: An ECO Girls Summer Experience
Camp Bluestem provides girls ages 10 to 13 with a full schedule of field trips and hands-on activities to foster environmental awareness and stewardship, cultural education, self-confidence, and leadership skills. The camp is a 5-day overnight camp at the U-M Ann Arbor and the U-M Biological Station near Pellston, MI.

Camp Explorations
Camp Explorations is an interactive program at the Museum of Natural History that expands children's knowledge of natural history through experiments, crafts, and activities, with plenty of fun.

Camp for R programming and biological computer games
For computationally oriented students to learn computer programming as it relates to future biomedical applications. This camp is designed to prepare math/computer-oriented students for computational biology research. R is a statistical tool and programming language, useful in various application areas such as medicine, public policy, and economics. Students will learn to program using R and biomedical data. Biology concepts will also be introduced through playing computer games. This camp constitutes a building block in high school GIDAs club computational biology research.

Computational biology camp for high school students
For academically motivated students rising 9th-11th grades, the GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms) program involves computational biology, including applied mathematics and computer science, to analyze biological data, particularly data gathered from gene sequencing. The camp will focus on understanding the role of genomics in diseases and symptoms, how medical treatments can be developed to affect gene expression, and how to use computational biology to help identify genes that may be linked to certain diseases or symptoms such as Alzheimer's Disease. This camp will expose high school students to career opportunities in biomedicine through hands-on experience in computational genomics and prepare them for the emerging era of medical genomics, when all doctors must be well-acquainted with genetic discoveries, technologies, and applications.

Computational biological research camp for advanced high school students
For students ready to learn the latest bioinformatics methods to analyze large amounts of data in researching diseases. Prior experience in computational biology is required. At the end of a team research project aimed at addressing a current problem in medicine, students will present their results in an open forum to an interested audience.

Earth Camp
The one-week Earth Camp takes place at the University of Michigan and on field trips in Michigan and Ohio. While staying on campus, students will work in college science laboratories, learn from top University of Michigan professors, and find out more about science careers.

Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE)
GISE is a program that brings seventh- and eighth-grade students to campus for one week during the summer. The students participate in hands-on projects in engineering, the human genome project, chemistry, physics, and space science as well as sessions on computers, careers, and ethics in science.

MiBytes computer camp is a commuter camp offered by the Computer Science and Engineering for high school students or high school graduates of the same year. Students will dig into a variety of topics through engaging, hands-on projects that they will present at an Expo. Topics include app development, robotics, microcontrollers and cybersecurity. Students will also be immersed into the college experience through campus tours and field trips to local tech companies among other recreational activities.

Michigan Introduction to Technology and Engineering (MITE)
MITE is a residential program for rising 10th and 11th grade students. Participants will study mathematics, engineering concepts, communication skills, and academic study skills in regularly scheduled classes.

Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS)
The Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS), offered by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, is an on-campus summer program that exposes high school students to current developments and research in the sciences and encourages the next generation of researchers and discoverers to develop and retain a love of mathematics and science.

RobotC for Girls
RobotC is a one-week day program for high school tudents. The camp introduces students to computer programming in a fun and supportive environment. Campers program Lego Mindstorm robots using C programming language.

Summer College Engineering Exposure Program (SCEEP)
Summer College Engineering Exposure Program (SCEEP) is a residential program for students who will be high school seniors in the upcoming school year. It provides exposure to the University of Michigan, with a special emphasis on the College of Engineering experience.

Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE)
The Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE) Camp is a one week, residential camp for high school students interested in engineering. Students will spend the week applying engineering concepts to solve a variety of design challenges, as well as learn about numerous engineering disciplines. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers and the College of Engineering at University of Michigan, SEE camp provides opportunities for the campers to discover the endless opportunities engineering has to offer.

SEP (Summer Enrichment Program) @ the MEZ (Michigan Engineering Zone)
The SEP @ the MEZ program is a two week commuter camp held at the Michigan Engineering Zone (the MEZ) at the end of June for 50 students. This program is designed to take middle school concepts delivered in Science, Math and English classes in school and develop them in the minds of the students, so that they begin to identify the connections between their class curricula and the real world, its technology and its engineering.

Xplore Engineering program
Xplore Engineering is designed for alumni and their children or grandchildren entering the 4th through 7th grade. Through a series of experiential workshops, participants get hands-on experience in the field of engineering.


Health Professions

Genesis Project-EnACT Summer Program
Genesis Project-EnACT is a two-week residential experience sponsored by the School of Nursing. The purpose of the program is to expose students in grades 8-11 to the field of nursing. For more information, please e-mail: TheGENESISProject@umich.edu

MI Health Sciences Academy
The Michigan Health Sciences Academy is a two-week residential experience that brings together 10th and 11th grade high school students throughout Michigan to experience campus and medical school life.


Language and Culture

Michigan Debate Institutes
Students at the Michigan Debate Institutes are instructed by the nation's most accomplished and experienced workshop faculty. The faculty is comprised of national champion high school and college coaches and outstanding intercollegiate debaters.

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)
TASS offers high school sophomores an opportunity to participate in one of two challenging six-week college-level courses in African American Studies and other fields.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)
TASP offers high school juniors an opportunity to participate in one of four challenging six-week college-level humanities or social sciences courses at the University of Michigan or Cornell University.



The Leadership Education and Development Program in Business (LEAD) offers students a three week exposure to business concepts and careers through a variety of classroom activities and corporate visits.