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Pre-College Summer Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

2 or 4 Week Residential Programs
Not Offered in 2023
    Grade Level
    9, 10, 11, 12
    14, 15, 16, 17, 18
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    CU Boulder Pre-College Programs for High School Students

    Want to spend your summer taking STEM courses on the most beautiful campus with perfect Rocky Mountain summer weather? 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 on Farrand Field or the Norlin Quad 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 up the Flatiron Mountains and more 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.

    Typical Weekday ScheduleSee what a typical day is like for students at our CU Boulder program! See Sample Schedule

    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 or visit the Boulder Reservoir and swim Boulder's premier waters.
    • 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.

    • Soak up the sun with some outdoor shopping at 29th Street Mall and the Boulder County Farmers Market.

    • 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.

    • Maggie E."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.
    • Cameron C."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.
    • Erik H.“It’s a chance to explore, become more independent, and have a ton of fun!”Erik H.
    • Charlotte L.“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.

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