UVM Summer Academy


UVM LogoUVM Summer Academy is an outstanding, academically challenging 4-week program (2 weeks on-campus, 2 weeks online) for high school students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and are interested in exploring a specific field of study.

Summer Academy gives you the opportunity to learn what college life is like first-hand while getting a head start on your college career.


Course Options

  • Adventures in Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Science and Human Disease
  • Bioprospecting: Drugs from Bugs
  • Drones for Environmental Mapping
  • Energy Harvesting Technology Design
  • Health and Medicine
  • Journalism with Words and Photographs

2020 Dates

UVM Summer Academy is a hybrid program with 2 weeks of on campus work and 2 weeks of online work:

July 5: Residential students move into the residential hall.

July 6 – 10: MTWTF, 9:00am – 5:00pm First week of on campus course portion

July 11 – 12: Weekend activities for Residential students

July 13 – 16: MTWT, 9:00am – 5:00pm: Second week of on campus course portion

July 17: Residential students move out of the residential hall.

July 20 – 31: Online portion of the course.

Students are required to complete both the on campus and online portions of the program to be successful.


Who Should Apply

ScienceUVM Summer Precollege Programs are open to high school students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade who are interested and capable of successfully completing a 3 credit college level course taught by one of UVM’s many distinguished faculty.

During the application process, we require Parent/Guardian approval to ensure that the student is ready and able to participate in the UVM Summer Academy.

Program eligibility:

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • OR granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Personal Statement: Write 2-3 sentences about how this course fits in to your future success.
  • Parent approval: Your parent will receive an email to complete an online form confirming your participation.

Hear From Our Past Students

I was able to learn so much in short amount of time. It expanded my idea of what this field really was, and showed me yet another career option. While of course it was tiring and a lot of work, I would not trade it for anything!’

Alanna Nash – Drones for Environmental Mapping

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in Summer Academy at UVM. By the end of the program, I had met a lovely group of people whom I still keep in contact with, I gained a much clearer understanding of what I want to do, and I feel like I could go to college tomorrow, which I feel puts me ahead of a lot of other students. It was an experience I will absolutely never forget. Now, as a senior, I am applying to UVM as one of my top choices!’

-Kate Ciesielski – Health and Medicine

I would strongly encourage anyone and everyone to attend the UVM Summer Academy if they have a class that meets what they are interested in. It’s a really good experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat.’

-Morgan Burnham – Health and Medicine

UVM Summer Academy was a great experience. I got to meet lots of new people and friends. To get the full experience I would strongly encourage staying on campus. Going to UVM Summer Academy for two weeks made me so excited to go to four years of college.’

-Mckenzie McNall – Health and Medicine

I am so glad I did this program. Being residential really made the experience a thousand times better. I made many new friends from all around the country and talked to almost everybody! The community we created was so welcoming and after three days it felt like we had known each other for three months. I have never bonded with a group of people so quickly. This by far has been one of the best experiences of my life.’

-Meika Shuman – Health and Medicine


How the UVM Summer Academy Program Works

7All students will participate in the class they are registered for during the day. Workshops and other group activities will be held in the evenings.

Residential Summer Academy students will:

Commuter Summer Academy students will:

  • Attend Class

UVM Summer Academy students are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as UVM undergraduate students. Completed college credit courses will result in an official college grade and will be added to the student’s University of Vermont transcript.


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