Summer program offers high schoolers a chance to experience college

Summer program offers high schoolers a chance to experience college

By Megan Cicurel

Summer program offers high schoolers a chance to experience college

By Megan Cicurel
University employees can give their dependents an opportunity to get a taste of undergraduate life while earning college credit. Learn more about how employee tuition remission benefits may apply.

Whether your high schooler is starting to think about college or eager to submit college applications, the Summer Scholars Program at the University of Miami offers an engaging summer experience for high-achieving high school students to live and learn on campus with their peers from around the world. The program fosters hands-on learning with University faculty members and the freedom to explore potential college majors and career paths.

Available through the Division of Continuing and International Education, students also can apply to participate in the UM Academies, which provides immersive academic programs open to students who are currently in grade 9, 10, or 11. They can select one non-credit course to study during the two-week session. 

Both the Summer Scholars Program and UM Academies offer a remote learning option. As a University employee, eligible faculty and staff members can apply tuition remission benefits to the Summer Scholars Program tuition fees when enrolling their dependents.

Tanya Clarke, seated, and her four children
Tanya Clarke, seated, and her four children

During the past six years, Tanya Clarke, an assistant professor of medicine at the Miller School of Medicine, has enrolled all four of her children in the Summer Scholars Program and she said that she would “one hundred percent recommend this opportunity” for high schoolers. During the program, her children—Gabrielle, Daniel, Giselle, and David—pursued their personal academic passions, which ranged from law and biomedical engineering to sports medicine and business.

“This program not only intensifies the students’ perceived goals, but it also allows them to pursue their interests in a practical manner and see whether these interests are something they love,” said Clarke, who credits her children's motivation to continue learning in their chosen fields to the program’s hands-on approach and undergraduate level instruction.

Earn college credit.

From July 3 to 22, students in the three-week Summer Scholars Program select one academic specialty from diverse academic tracks that range from real estate to biology and digital media. Each academic specialty consists of two courses, which are structured around hands-on experiences, guest lecturers, open discussion, lab work, and field trips. Upon completion, students can earn six college credits.

As an alternative to the traditional Summer Scholars Program, which allows participants to live on campus or commute daily, students can register to participate in a remote learning program. For six college credits, students in this program can focus on either infectious diseases and public health or filmmaking and storytelling.

Save with employee benefits.

Dependents of University employees may be eligible for tuition remission benefits, which are applied to the tuition fee on the Summer Scholars Program. For questions regarding eligibility, connect with HR-Total Rewards, your pay and benefits team, at 305-284-3004.

Apply now.

Though the general application deadline for precollege programs is May 1, students are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of enrolling in the academic track of their choice. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed when all required documents are received. Apply now.  

Note, March 1 is the deadline to apply for a scholarship. Students must submit both the Summer Scholars Application and the separate Scholarship Application. 

Families are invited to register for an online open house session on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m., to learn more about the program, including available scholarship opportunities, the application process, areas of study, and how they may be eligible to earn college credits.

Contact the University of Miami Precollege Office at 305-284-4000 or ssp@miami.edu for more information.