Minerva Schools – Active Learning Facilitates

Elevation: Seoul: After a two-week quarantine, Minerva students are in Seoul for the spring semester. Wearing face masks and following social distancing protocols, students participated in a hybrid Elevation with virtual and in-person components to explore the city and orient themselves to their new community: >>Pictures<<


Is Online Learning Effective for Natural Science Courses: Without a physical laboratory, many students are hesitant to take science courses online, fearing a lack of interaction and inefficient learning. However, in a recently published case study, Professor Megan Gahl and Professor Allison Gale are currently working with Minerva students so that active learning and new technology can successfully facilitate online learning and help students to think like a scientist: >>ReadAcademic Practice in Ecology and Evolution<<


An Exemplary Model for Modern Higher Education: Universities should enable students to succeed not just in coursework but also in future careers by helping them develop professional skills. As an early and prominent leader in university innovation, Minerva Schools was featured in the Edge Foundation’s case study on the forward-looking programs that are addressing critical gaps in modern higher education: >>Case study<<

USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program

As we move towards the summer season, USC wants to take this opportunity to let students know that the USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program is again online for Summer 2021 and is available for students to apply! With the student success of last summer, USC is thrilled for the opportunity to open their doors up once more to a diverse and engaging Summer 2021 student cohort.


USC courses cover topics from all the divisions within the School of Cinematic Arts and are taught by current USC faculty who teach during the full-time sessions. All classes are for USC college credit and may be transferred to any university with an official university transcript. Some more popular classes include: Filmmaking Online, Beginning Screenwriting, Inside the Business of Film & Television, and Animation Fundamentals.


Applicants must be of ages 16 & above and in good standing to be considered. Below is a link to the program where available classes can be reviewed as well as a few testimonials from former students:


If an applicant has specific questions about a course or the process, questions can be emailed directly to summer@cinema.usc.edu.

VirtU-8 Team – March & April Programs

Register for one or all four of  VirtU-8 eventsEach event will be in Eastern Time:

  • How toe Choose a College and the Value of Liberal Arts (Tuesday, March 2: 8 am or 8 pm)
  • Conversation with Current International Students (Wednesday, March 24: 1 pm or 8 pm)
  • Common App & Scholarships 101 (Saturday, April 10: 8 am or 3 pm)
  • Fear Factor: Major Fears of the College Search Process (Thursday, April 22: 8 am or 8 pm)


Event Format:

  • 20 min. Overview of the above topic
  • 15 min. Question & Answer
  • 25 min. Virtual fair with all 8 institutions

Northwestern University’s goal is to maximize the time of students and office by providing a platform to interact with multiple institutions in one single event!

ArtPod – Upcoming Opportunities

California College of the Arts (CCA), College for Creative Studies (CCS), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The schools are all members of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 36 top non-profit colleges in the US and Canada. Have joined forces as “The ArtPod,” to offer workshops and events to interested partners and students.


Portfolio Preparation Presentation:

Thursday, March 11 at 7:00-8:00pm EST

Friday, March 12 at 9:00-10:00am EST

The Portfolio Preparation Presentation is designed for students (all grades and levels of experience) who are looking for tips on creating an art portfolio. Representatives from the ArtPod will share examples of student artwork, discuss portfolio requirements, and answer questions about the application process.

>>Registration required<<

JHU Engineering Innovation – Information Sessions

Offered in an all virtual format this year, Johns Hopkins’ Explore Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Innovation are college-level, fun, and intellectually stimulating courses—perfect for high school students who are strong in math and science.


Hosted by Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation program directors. During this session, students will hear from and talk with the amazing team behind the program and learn more about the engaging hands-on activities, how to apply, and more. A former student will also share their experiences…

Saturday, Feb 27 at noon EDT
Thursday, March 11 at 6 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, March 23 at noon EDT

Register Here


Hosted by Summer Study in the USA. Members of the JHU staff are booth participants at this informative event for pre-college programs. Stop by and chat!

Feb. 20 @ 11 a.m. EDT
Mar. 3 @ 7 p.m. EDT
Apr. 10 @ 11 am EDT

Summer Study in USA

2021 USC Summer Military Scholarship

USC Summer Scholarship for high school students of Military Families

USC Summer Programs Office is sponsoring a scholarship opportunity for high school students to participate in the 2021 USC Summer Programs.

Highly-motivated high school students of active families in the military can apply to receive a full scholarship to participate in the rigorous USC Summer Programs 4-Week, For-Credit, Online Program. The scholarship covers the entire tuition

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Please share this valuable opportunity with any current 10th or 11th-grade student who has at least a 3.5 GPA and is the son or daughter of an active U.S. military service member, reservist, or guard to apply online today!

Students can discover what summer could be through the Summer Connection and learn more about the scholarship opportunity through the 2021 Pre-College Scholarship.



If students have any questions regarding this scholarship opportunity, please contact our office, ATTN: Military Scholarship.

summer@usc.edu | 213.740.5679 | summer.usc.edu

Summer Discovery – Gifted and Talented Programs

EXCITING NEWS! Summer Discovery has acquired Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG). SIG provides gifted, academically talented, and creative students dynamic and innovative approaches for supplementing their education, ensuring they receive the individual attention they require.

The addition of SIG, which has programs in over 20 nationwide locations such as Yale, Emory and Bryn Mawr College, provides families more options for their children to experience world-class academics from elementary school to high school.

Are you a gifted, academically talented, or creative student? Check out some of UCLA’s summer discovery new offerings below.


SIG Summer Residential Programs:

Discover SIG’S three-week summer sessions for gifted, academically talented, and creative students ages 9-17 held at some of the most prestigious campuses nationwide like Yale, Emory, and UCLA.

Students can opt for residential, day programs & Saturdays options. Choose from 75+ courses designed to engage the whole person, allowing students to strengthen their creative problem-solving skills, pursue their passions, and prepare for college through academic and social experiences.

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SIG Spring Online Courses:

SIG is offering two-week online enrichment programs April 1 – April 30 for students ages 5-13. This is a great opportunity for gifted/advanced elementary and middle school students to explore unique academic topics through intellectually engaging courses that both challenge and excite! The deadline to apply March 1, 2021. Enroll today! SIG Spring Online Courses:

Courses include:

  • Mini-Golf Course Design: What’s Your Angle?
  • Biomimicry: Nature’s Inspiration
  • 3, 2, 1…Blast Off Into Rocketry!
  • Getting the Pulse are Cardiology
  • Legally Speaking

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SIG Summer Investigators and Innovators Online Programs:

SIG offers three-week enrichment programs for gifted, academically talented, creative students ages 5-17. From course studies in graphic design and short film production, to medical microbiology and cloning – SIG Summer Online has engaging courses for gifted and advanced students. Apply today! The deadline to apply is April 1. 

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The Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges — Claremont McKennaHarvey MuddPitzerPomona, and Scripps Colleges — are united by a unique spirit of collaboration and connectivity that influences every part of academics, athletics, and student life. The “5Cs” are literally located across the street from one another, so students can attend a small, tightly-focused college even as they enjoy the benefits of a bigger, multi-faceted campus.

Students are invite to attend The Claremont College’s upcoming virtual programs for prospective students, families, and counselors to learn more about the shared and singular approaches to liberal arts education.

During the program you’ll discover what makes the unis consortium special, and hear more about their distinctive missions. After the presentations, you’ll have a chance to ask questions to the presenters.


Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
5C Information Session
This session provides an overview of the Claremont Colleges and an introductory understanding of each individual college. For more detailed information of each college please visit their respective websites. 

Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time
5C Student Panel
Are you curious about what life is like at the 5Cs? Our community members are excited to share! This session features a panel of 5C current students who are eager to answer your questions.


Registration for each event will close 24 hours before the event start time. There is a 1,000 person limit for each event, and we will have a waitlist. If on the waitlist students will be notified via email if space becomes available for the event in which you are registered. Event details and access information will be emailed to said student after registration. If on the mailing list for multiple Claremont Colleges, you might receive this invitation more than once. You only need to register once each program you’d like to attend!

New York Film Academy – How to Prepare for an Audition or Creative Portfolio!

The New York Film Academy would like to invite students to a new free webinar taking place Wednesday, February the 10th at 6:00 PM (Central Europe Time) on How to Prepare a Successful Audition or Creative Portfolio. This webinar has proven to be particularly useful for all arts/film/performing arts college applications (not just NYFA’s).


During the talk, we will also be discussing NYFA specific scholarships and financial assistance and taking live questions from the audience in attendance. Anyone can easily register to the webinar here.

For a complete overview of all long and short-term programs, take a look at NYFA Digital Brochure. All costs, dates and locations for each program are broken down in Dates & Tuition section. Please also feel free to take a brief moment to review admission requirements section.

Cornell University – Summer Programs

Students might benefit from college-level summer study at Cornell University’s Precollege Summer Program, which, due to COVID-19, is offering courses exclusively online this summer.


As one of the nation’s longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs, it gives students the chance to:

  • Get a head start on college by earning 3 to 6 credits and a Cornell transcript
  • Immerse themselves in rigorous university courses taught by top Cornell faculty
  • Prep for college applications with one-on-one admissions counseling
  • Connect with a diverse group of high school students from around the world


Students choose from undergraduate Cornell courses in Arts, Architecture, Business, Hospitality, Health, Humanities, International Relations, Science, Technology, Social Change, Veterinary Medicine, and more. Students can also create their own six- or nine-week program.

Courses are offered between June 1 and August 3, 2021. Limited financial aid is available.

Learn More!