Pre-College Programs

Start your college exploration early through pre-college programs!  Some programs will allow you to do everything from earning college credits through specific coursework to staying on campus to going on field trips!

Be sure to check on Naviance for a more comprehensive list of programs!

Talk to your counselor about what program is right for you and how to register.
HOBY Applications for Sophomores

HOBY’s flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar, empowers high school sophomores to develop their leadership talents to become the leaders of their community.  The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives:  Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.  See more at:  Sterling High School may nominate one sophomore student as the primary attendee and one sophomore student as the alternate.  Students must commit to the program dates of June 12-14, 2020 at Kean University.  See Mrs. Litle for applications. 
New Jersey Scholars Program for Juniors

The New Jersey Scholars Program is a tuition-free, five-week summer program for students who are residents of New Jersey, United States citizens and rising seniors at the high school level in New Jersey.  Each school is permitted to submit up to two applications to be determined by the school’s internal process.  If selected by NJSP as a semifinalist, applicants are invited to participate in a group interview with NJSP.  The Program selects Scholars from among the semifinalists.  Applicants must be able to commit to attending the program from June 28- July 31, 2020.  Please go to the NJSP website for additional information about this year's topic, "Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human".  See your counselor if interested.  

New Jersey Governor's School for Juniors

The prestigious Governor's School of New Jersey Program seeks high-achieving juniors interested in rigorous STEM summer academic programs.  There are two programs operating in 2020.  The Governor's School in the Sciences will be hosted at Drew University from July 12- August 1, 2020,  and the Governor's School of Engineering & Technology will be hosted by Rutgers University from June 28- July 24, 2020.  All interested parties must be willing to meet the necessary time commitment of either program.  In filling out this form you are only completing the preliminary stage of what is an intensive, multi-step selection process.  Sterling High School is only permitted to nominate one applicant for each Governor's School program.  See your Counselor if interested.  

Cornell University

Cornell's Summer College is one of the nation's longest running and most highly regarded pre-college academic programs. It brings more than 1,500 motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York.  

This summer, students can choose from two-, three-, and six-week programs between June 20 and August 4 in subjects ranging from architecture, business, hospitality, and engineering, to international relations, music, science, social change, and veterinary medicine — and many more.

Most applications are due May 1. For details, visit here for more information.

Fairleigh Dickinson

For students interested in technology and design. Earn college credit by taking classes of your choosing! You can attend for either two or four weeks. Click here for more information.

University of Pennsylvania

For all high school students. Penn is offering an array of programs for high school students from the Penn Summer Prep non-credit program to specific academies for different interests to the for-credit Pre-College Program. There are plenty of options for intellectual, academically-inclined students. Click here for more information.

Temple University Workshops and Summer Academy
This summer, you can explore some of the fields of study available at Temple University while you’re still in high school through pre-college programs. Experience our vibrant urban campus, make new friends, and get a head start on your college experience. Customize your two-week or four-week program. All programs take place on Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia, PA.  Find out more information here.  

Temple University's Tyler School of Art and Architecture

For 11th and 12th grade students interested in pursuing art. This program acts as an introduction to their Bachelor or Arts in Visual Studies. It offers three college credits, housing on campus, and weekend field trips. Click here for more information.

Rowan University STEAM Academy

For all high school students interested in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This program allows you to stay on campus, take courses and earn credits, and go on related field trips. It also offers leadership training, career counseling, resume building, and PSAT/SAT prep. Click here for more information.

Stanford University

Stanford University offers programs across a wide variety of disciplines—including arts, business, humanities, math, science, and more—allowing highly motivated students to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

Deadlines for most of our summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.  Click here for more information.  

Syracuse University

For all high school students interested in an array of fields. Syracuse offers a variety of 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-week programs that focus on different majors from Acting/Musical Theater to Entrepreneurship. You can earn college credits and stay on campus through their diverse offerings. Click here for more information.

Stockton University CSI Summer Camp

We have had students attend this camp and they loved it! This camp is open to all high school students. This is a residential program that runs three times over the summer to allow multiple opportunities to attend. Campers will learn to gather evidence, how to question, and be exposed to the courtroom. They will also get to meet people who work in the fields of law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic psychology, and other related careers. Click here for more information.
W.E.B. Dubois Summer Institute at Princeton University
Founded in the summer of 1988, the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute  provides scholarship and leadership training for high-achieving youth. Each year for  32 years, the overall average SAT score for our Scholars has been significantly higher than national norms. Approximately 99 percent of the participants attend college and graduate. An overwhelming majority of them attend highly selective colleges and universities.  Click here for more information.