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Penn State & University of Michigan Big Ten Combo

State College, Pennsylvania & Ann Arbor, Michigan

Get InfoApply Now2 Weeks @ Penn State & 2 Weeks @ Michigan4 Week ProgramTuition $7,999For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)Photo Gallery
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  • 4 Weeks7/1 - 7/28 Residential (2 weeks at Penn State + 2 weeks at Michigan)$7,999

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

Tuition includes: Academics, housing, meals and activities as described in each campus' section.

Not included: Application fee, $70 student ID/technology fee, airfare from/to home city and to Michigan, transfers, course supplements, etc., as described in each individual campus' section.

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. Penn State University Park campus known to students as "Happy Valley," is one of the best college towns around.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 25 universities and is known for its sports teams and vibrant school spirit. Famous alumni include U.S. President Gerald Ford, Olympian Michael Phelps, and Madonna. This ‘Public Ivy’ is located in the classic college town of Ann Arbor.

Two great BIG TEN campuses, one unforgettable summer

Penn State and Michigan are both perfect settings for a pre-college program. Can’t choose between the two? You don’t have to. With our incredible Combo Program, you can spend half of your summer at spirited Penn State and the other half at bustling Michigan. Compare life on two dynamic BIG TEN campuses and start thinking about where you see yourself in the future.


The best of both worlds. Start your summer at Penn State University in University Park, PA. After 2 awesome weeks at Penn State, travel with your friends to the Midwest for 2 weeks at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Come and learn the true meanings of WE ARE! and GO BLUE!

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A typical weekday on campus

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

  • 8.30am Wake up and head to breakfast where you can enjoy a bagel, eggs, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9.30am Grab your notebook and pen 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 workout at the gym.
  • 1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Many classes take field trips around town to local businesses, movie studios, and sports stadiums. 
  • 3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from sports, shopping, beaches, museums, college visits, and more.
  • 6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the dining hall. How much pizza can you eat?
  • 8.00pm Movies. Comedy shows. Concerts. Major league sports. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends this summer.
  • 11.00pm Enjoy a pizza, watch a movie, or play games in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends in the residence hall.

Maximize your summer at 2 great universities

Make your summer twice as great. Our Combo Program combines academics, athletics, and activities at 2 incredible BIG TEN universities to give high school students 2 unique pre-college experiences. There’s so much happening at Penn State and Michigan. Click on the links below to learn about life on each campus.

Penn State:

  • Residential Life Live in Penn State’s newest residence hall, Earle Hall and eat in Findlay Commons.
  • Academics Choose from many enrichment courses or academies.
  • Activities From Hersheypark Amusement Park to hiking Mount Nittany to exploring Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, discover all that Pennsylvania has to offer.
  • Sports Tour Beaver Stadium and take advantage of Penn State’s BIG TEN athletic facilities.


  • Residential Life Live on the hill in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall and eat at the Hill Dining Center.
  • Academics Explore your interests. Sport Management. Careers in Medicine. Cooking and Baking at Legendary Zingerman’s®, and so much more.
  • Activities Discover the Midwest this summer. From Cedar Point Amusement Park to comedy shows to Detroit Tigers games, every day on and off campus is action-packed.
  • Sports Tour the ‘Big House’ and take advantage of Michigan’s BIG TEN athletic facilities.

Arrival and departure days

You must arrive and depart on the specified arrival and departure days only, at the airports listed below. If this is not possible, you must arrive the day after arrival day or depart the day before departure day. There are no rooms available at our residence hall outside of the dates of the program.


Sunday, July 1 (to Penn State)


Saturday, July 28 (from Michigan)

Booking Travel

Our travel agency, Musiker Travel, makes all flight arrangements for students from North America at your request. If you live outside of North America, you will receive instructions for making your own flight arrangements.

Airport Transfers

Summer Discovery provides escorted transfers from University Park Airport (SCE) for $40 or from John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) for $125 on arrival day and to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) for $75 on departure day. Students from the NY metropolitan area are welcome to join our transfer from JFK on arrival day. Students being driven to campus will receive directions in the spring. We meet you at baggage claim or outside customs for international flights, and assist with your departure.

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