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University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

2 or 4 Week Residential Programs$5,499-$9,299
Special STEM courses for summer 2022
    Grade Level
    9, 10, 11, 12
    14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    Course Highlights
    • - STEM Research Experience
    • - All Things Aerospace Academy
    • - Biotechnology Academy
    • - Neuroscience Academy
    • - Video Game Design Academy
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    CU Boulder Pre-College Programs for High School Students

    Want to spend your summer taking STEM courses at the unique and picturesque campus of CU Boulder? Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, CU Boulder provides a serene setting and college-town atmosphere for students to explore academics and adventure.

    At Colorado’s flagship university, you’ll connect with world-class instructors in eco-friendly, state-of-the-art facilities meant to foster innovation and experimentation. Our intensive academies and courses in engineering, robotics, neuroscience, technology, biotech, and research are hands-on, challenging, and rewarding. We're excited for you join to us at CU Boulder for an amazing summer of pre-college academic programs and all that Boulder has to offer. 

    CU Boulder Pre-College Programs for High School Students

    Campus Life & Activities

    Boulder is the perfect mix of a big city feel and small-town appeal. After class, take a 15-minute walk to The Hill, a popular area just off campus filled with restaurants, coffee houses, ice cream shops, and clothing stores. Or, spend the afternoon on campus and take advantage of the outdoor pool, climbing wall, tennis courts, and student recreation center. 

    Grab your friends (and RC) for a walk down to Pearl Street Mall. This 6-block area is a pedestrian hub featuring hundreds of restaurants and stores. No trip to Colorado would be complete without a hike - or several. We organize hikes for students to experience the majestic scenery at our fingertips.

    Our home on campus is in the newly renovated Kittredge Complex, which offers breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. You will be a part of a dynamic community of students and staff who live together in one residence hall.

    Whether you’re watching a movie or working on a group project, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your Resident Counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you 24/7.

    Top 10 CU Boulder Activities

    • Ride the roller coasters at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park.
    • Take a supervised trip to Downtown Denver and visit the Denver Zoo or Downtown Aquarium.
    • Enjoy a major league baseball or soccer game at the Colorado Rockies or Colorado Rapids.
    • Visit the waterfall at Eldorado Canyon and swim in the spring-fed pool.
    • Enjoy a live music concert at the famous Fox Theater or Red Rocks Amphitheater.
    • Tour Folsom Field, the home of the Colorado Buffaloes.

    • Show off your skills at the batting cages, miniature golf, and go-karts at Gateway Park.

    • Put on some bowling shoes and Rock-n-Bowl the night away.

    • Shop the boutiques and watch talented street performers at the Pearl Street Mall.

    • Relax by the outdoor pool that’s shaped like Ralphie, the CU Boulder mascot.

    *2 week students participate in many but not all activities listed. All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

    Dates & Tuition


    • "This program was exceptional. I️ loved how friendly my instructor was. He generated very interesting hands on experiments that taught us complicated subjects in creative, fun ways."Maggie E.2019 Alumni
    • "It helped me grow as a person. I used to hate sleep away experiences because of homesickness, but all the people here really helped me grow in that category. Everyone was a joy to be around."Cameron C.2019 Alumni
    • “It’s a chance to explore, become more independent, and have a ton of fun!”Erik H.2018 Alumni
    • “This experience was overall one of the best in my life. So many new friends, great staff members and a true sneak peek at life in college!”Charlotte L.2018 Alumni

    Program Details

    Living: Students live in the Kittredge Complex only a short walk from Alferd Packer Grill, academic buildings, Farrand Field, and the Hill.  Students live in a double room with communal bathrooms. Every air-conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, dresser, closet, and Wi-Fi. Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Summer Discovery office are all in our residence hall.

    Dining: Students enjoy three meals every weekday, and two on weekends, while on campus. Alferd Packer Grill is a multi-venue hot spot in the middle of campus open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is known for its vast salad bar with locally sourced options and an allergen-free section.

    Health & Safety: Our RCs are committed to the support and supervision of Summer Discovery students. Daily sign-ins and room checks are mandated for your safety. You are free to walk around campus, the Hill, and Pearl Street (our ‘home areas’) in small groups. If you have a question, RCs are on duty to help.

    Not feeling well? Summer Discovery staff make all medical appointments, accompany students to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits. Appointments are made with Wardenburg Health Center or Boulder Community Foothills Hospital.

    Tuition includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, housing, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 on weekends), use of athletic and recreation facilities, activities and trips, transportation for included activities, college admissions presentation.

    Not included: Application fee, $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $85 each way), class materials, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, linens, blanket and pillow, and spending money.


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