UVM Summer Academy is an immersive, academically challenging 4-week program designed for high school students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and are interested in earning college credits while exploring a relevant academic interest. Summer Academy courses are designed specific for and enroll only pre-college students.

Our program offers high school students the incredible opportunity to learn from renowned professors and experience an intensive academic environment. You’ll study alongside like-minded students, showcase your potential to college admissions officers, and even earn 3 transferable college credits.

Our course options allow you to access UVM academics while experiencing life on campus. A commuter option is available for those who do not require on campus housing to participate in the academic program.

Students who participate in Summer Academy:

  • Stay intellectually engaged over the summer and avoid boredom
  • Are exposed to new ideas and perspectives
  • Explore topical content areas
  • Make new friends from around the country
  • Pay high school reduced tuition rates or utilize Vermont dual enrollment vouchers which cover cost of tuition

UVM Summer Academy is a 4-week program with 8 days of on-campus instruction followed by 2 weeks online. One course is offered online only, see list of courses.

Dates: TBD 2024

  • Arrive on campus/check in to residential hall on Sunday, courses begin Monday.
  • Checkout is Friday, XXXXXX by noon.
  • Reside on campus two weeks followed by two weeks online.
  • Complete all coursework online by XXXXXX.
  • Residential enrichment activities are scheduled for the July 4th holiday.

UVM Summer Academy courses are taught by UVM faculty, and students are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as UVM undergraduate students. Completed college credit courses will result in an official college grade and will be added to the student’s University of Vermont transcript.


    • COMU 096 – Health and Medicine
    • ENGS 051 – Writing the Real World with Creativity
    • HLTH 095 – Biomedical Science and Human Disease
    • NSCI 095 – Introductory Neuroscience (online only)

UVM Pre-College Enrichment Learning Community Experience

The UVM Pre-College Enrichment Learning Community is designed to prepare high school students for life in college and beyond. Students live in campus housing, experience campus life, and learn about the college admissions process. Students also gain an introduction to a variety of University of Vermont resources. Learn more

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I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in Summer Academy at UVM. By the end of the program, I had met a lovely group of people whom I still keep in contact with, I gained a much clearer understanding of what I want to do, and I feel like I could go to college tomorrow, which I feel puts me ahead of a lot of other students. It was an experience I will absolutely never forget. Now, as a senior, I am applying to UVM as one of my top choices!”
-Kate Ciesielski, Health and Medicine

I would strongly encourage anyone and everyone to attend the UVM Summer Academy if they have a class that meets what they are interested in. It’s a really good experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
-Morgan Burnham, Health and Medicine

“I’m really glad I took this course. It allowed me to see a glimpse of what college will be like and kept me occupied during the summer. I feel a lot more confident in my academic pursuits, and learned a lot about my own learning style in a very independent environment. I wanted to see what studying neuroscience is actually like before I committed to it.”

– Anonymous, Introduction to Neuroscience

“Professor Ray was extremely kind, compassionate, and understanding of COVID circumstances. Many thanks to her!”
– Anonymous, Biomedical Science and Human Disease

“I really enjoyed how Koela Ray posted previously filmed labs from YouTube, even if they didn’t perfectly align with what she may have done. It was really useful in comprehending the concept of a lab, without the privilege of actually performing one. I also thoroughly enjoyed the use of Tophat, because it was very organized and accessible. I was always able to find my materials and know exactly when and where things were due.”
– Emmaleigh Sturm, Biomedical Science and Human Disease

“I thought this was a fantastic class and Ms. Ray was a great teacher!”
– Natalie Preston, Biomedical Science and Human Disease

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