Penn State University Park, Pennsylvania Special classes and academies in Business, Psychology, and College Skills 2 Week Program
Holiday Savings Price $4,149

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  • 2 Weeks 7/1 - 7/14 $4,399 $4,149 Pre-College Program
Apply and enroll now for Holiday Savings up to $500! 2018 tuition savings ends December 15th!

Open to students completing grades 9, 10, 11, & 12

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, use of facilities, housing, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 meals on weekends), activities and trips, linens.

Not included: Application fee, $70 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $40 each way from University Park and $125 each way from JFK), ​overnight stay at an JFK airport hotel on June 30 for an additional $125, class materials, course supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, blanket, pillow, souvenirs, and personal spending money.



Penn State University - Overview

Why Summer Discovery at Penn State?

Founded in 1855, Penn State University is a research-intensive university with a goal of teaching students to be leaders with a global perspective and conducting research that improves lives. With over 97,000 students and over 26,000 staff, Penn State is one of the largest universities in the U.S., and it boasts the largest alumni network. Notable alumni include Herman Fisher, co-founder of Fisher-Price, Ty Burrell, star of Modern Family, and Lisa Salters, ESPN reporter. 

At Summer Discovery Penn State, we help you prepare for your transition from high school to college. Our pre-college program combines academics, athletics, and activities to give high school students a well-rounded introduction to college life.

During our 51 years, we have provided incredible summer experiences for thousands of high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 43 states and over 60 countries. Join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world this summer.

  • Residential Life Live with your friends in "Happy Valley," one of the best college towns around. Become more independent with the support of our amazing staff.
  • Academics Choose from over 20 difference enrichment courses or one of 4 exciting full-day academies in Business, Psychology, Anthropology, and College Skill Building.
  • Activities Discover State College this summer. From hiking Shaver’s Creek to Penn's Cave Wildlife Park to outdoors movies under the stars to concerts at Bryce Jordan Center, every day on and off campus is action-packed.
  • Sports Take advantage of the amazing Big 10 athletic facilities at Penn State through pick-up games and tournaments.

A typical weekday at Penn State

Every day at Penn State is unique, but here is a preview of what you can expect on campus:

8.30am Roll out of bed and head to the dining hall where you can enjoy eggs, pastries, fruit, and more on your way to class.

9.30am Grab your notebook and pen (or your laptop) and don’t be late for class.

11.30am What’s one great thing about college? Long lunch breaks. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, catch up on homework, or do some laps at the McCoy Natatorium.

1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Some classes involve hands-on experiences and you may take field trips on and off campus. 

3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from sports, shopping, local attractions, museums, and more.

6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the state-of-the-art dining center. Be sure to save room for ice cream from Penn State's own Creamery!

8.00pm Outdoor movies. Bowling. Hiking. Golfing. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends at Penn State.

11.00pm Order a pizza, watch a movie, or play video games in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

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University of Pennsylvania Join 3 week research academies in Social Justice, Physics, Chemistry, Neuroscience or Biomedical Research, or 6 week college credit classes at this Ivy League university.