Pre-College Programs


Start your college exploration early through pre-college programs.
Some programs will allow students to earn college credits,
stay on campus, or go on field trips!

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

Talk to your counselor about which program is right for you and how to register.

HOBY State Leadership Seminar

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.

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Sterling High School may nominate one sophomore student as the primary attendee and one sophomore student as the alternate. Students must commit to attend the program dates. See Mrs. Litle for applications. 

New Jersey Scholars Program

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 dates. 

Please go to the 
NJSP website for additional information about this year's program theme. Contact your counselor if interested.  

Governor's School of New Jersey

The prestigious Governor's School of New Jersey Program seeks high-achieving juniors interested in rigorous STEM summer academic programs. Sterling High School is permitted to nominate one applicant for each Governor's School program. All interested parties must be willing to meet the necessary time commitment for the program. Please contact your guidance counselor if you are interested in this program.

Cornell University Pre-College Studies

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.   

Most applications are due May 1. For more information, please visit Cornell Pre-College Studies

Fairleigh Dickinson

For students interested in technology and design. Earn college credit by taking classes of your choosing! More information is available here: Fairleigh Dickinson

University of Pennsylvania

For all high school students, University of Pennsylvania offers non-credit summer programs.  More information is available here: UPenn Summer High School Programs

Temple University Workshops & Summer Academy
Explore fields of study available at Temple University through pre-college programs. Experience the campus and get a head start on the college experience. All programs take place on Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia, PA. More information is available here: Temple University Summer Academy  

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 the Bachelor or Arts in Visual Studies. The program offers three college credits, housing on campus, and weekend field trips. Click here for more information.

Rowan University STEAM Academy

For high school students interested in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This program allows you to stay on campus, take courses, 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

Sterling High School students have attended this camp and loved it! This camp is open to all high school students. CSI Summer Camp 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. Students will also 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.  

Carnegie Mellon University

Spend your summer in Pittsburgh, learning and living on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Pre-College programs include: Architecture, Art, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Design, Drama, Music, and more!
For more information, please visit: CMU

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