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UVM 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. Our program affords high school students the incredible opportunity to earn transferable credits, gain first-hand knowledge of campus life, interact with peers from across the globe in a one-of-kind immersive experience, and, as the college application process becomes increasingly competitive, allows them to showcase their potential to higher education recruiters.

UVM Summer Academy offers your high school student the chance to immerse themselves in the academic rigor (and fun!) of the college experience. For the on-campus portion of the program, rest assured that your student will be occupied when they are not in class with pre-planned, supervised activities and provided with a campus meal plan covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner at our dining halls. They will be housed in a state-of-the-art dorm, our Central Campus Residence Hall, located at the heart of our campus and opened in 2017. From their dormitory, your student will have access to a fitness center, a connector to the library, and the Green Mountain Walkway, which traverses campus. They will be sharing a room with another student in the program, and should bring sheets, snacks, a laptop, and their enthusiasm!


Students are required to complete both the on-campus and online components of the program to earn course credits.

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Summer Course Options

2020 Dates

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

July 5: Move in day! Residential students move into the UVM residential halls. Learn more about Summer Academy campus living.

July 6 – 10: MTWRF, 9:00am – 5:00pm First week of on-campus programming. Classes will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, and there will be workshops and student activities scheduled in the evenings. Explore available course programs.

July 11 – 12: Weekend activities and workshops will be planned for Residential students. Check out some of the activities that you’ll have the option to participate in.

July 13 – 16: MTWR, 9:00am – 5:00pm: Second week of on campus programming. Classes will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm with workshops and student activities scheduled in the evenings.

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

July 20 – 24: Week 3 – the fully online portion of the program begins. Students can expect to commit to 10-15 hours per week completing the online portion of the program.

July 27 – 31: Week 4, which is also fully online, is the final week of the program. Students can expect to commit to 10-15 hours per week completing the online portion of the program.

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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