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MIT Summer Programs
MIT does not offer a traditional open-enrollment summer school program where any high school student can come to campus to take courses and live in the dorms. However, several partner organizations run small, specialized programs on campus. If you'd rather study the human genome or build a robot than memorize this year's summer TV reruns, then you might try one of these:
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is an intensive six-week residential academic enrichment program for about 80 promising high school juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering and entrepreneurship, especially those from minority backgrounds and other underrepresented segments of the population. The program is free of charge to participating students, not including transportation.
Research Science Institute (RSI) brings together about 70 high school students each summer for six stimulating weeks at MIT. This rigorous academic program stresses advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. Participants attend college-level classes taught by distinguished faculty members and complete hands-on research, which they often then use to enter science competitions. Open to high school juniors, the program is free of charge for those selected.
Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where 60 female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes (taught by female MIT graduate students), labs, and team-based projects in the summer after their junior year. Students attend WTP in either Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or Mechanical Engineering (ME).
While the Summer Science Program (SSP) is not on campus, MIT does co-sponsor this residential science research program. With locations in New Mexico and California, and many MIT students among the program's alumni/ae, students learn mathematics, physics, astronomy, and programming over the program's 6 weeks. The curriculum is organized around a central research project: to determine the orbit of a near-earth asteroid (minor planet) from direct astronomical observations.
Other Selective Summer Programs
Most summer programs admit all or most students who can pay the (high) tuition. However, a number of competitive-admission summer programs select only the best students on the basis of merit, and are often free or comparatively affordable. MIT offers four of our own (above); here are a few more:
Science & Research Programs
- BU Research Internship Program
- Clark Scholar Program
- Garcia Summer Scholars
- High School Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP)
- High School Honors Science/Mathematics/Engineering Program (HSHSP)
- International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP)
- Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP)
- Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)
- Student Science Training Program (SSTP)
Math Summer Programs
- Canada/USA Mathcamp
- Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM)
- Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC)
- Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
- The Ross Program
- Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
State Governor's Schools
Other Summer Programs at MIT
Do you really want to spend part of your summer on MIT's campus? In addition to the programs listed above, MIT also hosts the following programs.
- MIT Launch - a four-week entrepreneurship summer program for all grades of high school students at MIT. Launch entrepreneurs start a company in teams, pitching to a panel of judges and investors at the end of the program. Many need-based scholarships are available.
- LLRISE: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers
- OEX: Ocean Engineering Experience
- OSC - Oxford Study Courses
- iD Tech Camps
Remember that participation in summer programs will not give your application any advantage, so you should participate because of your enthusiasm for the program's offerings and not for any perceived admissions boost.