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Are you a high school student who wants to experience a first taste of college life? With USF’s Pre-College summer programs, you can!

Spend your summer break pursuing academic interests, discovering career opportunities and exploring the independence of university life.

All programs are enriched with experiential learning, select field trips and guest speakers – all of which put theory into practice. Some programs even offer the opportunity to earn college credit.


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STEM for Scholars Program

This four-week summer program prepares students for academic and college life, with the goal of expanding students’ horizons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and conceptual creativity. They will be engaged and challenged, through active, hands-on participation in all aspects of the program. This is a for-credit program with commuter and residential options.

Stem for Scholars Program

Non-Credit Programs

STEM Academy: Science & Medicine

This academically intensive, six-day program is designed to directly involve students in hands-on inquiry, discovery, creativity and research across several disciplines that impact medicine and the health professions.

Academy scholars will be exposed to basic, clinical and translational research. This is a non-credit, residential program.

STEM Academy: Science & Medicine

Biomedical Engineering Program

You’ll engage in hands-on activity and instruction with USF’s biomedical engineering faculty, understand basic principal areas of biomedical engineering,  and learn how biomedical engineers contribute to human health and wellbeing.

You’ll also learn how to measure bioelectrical signals and test bioelectrical interfaces using the Design for X (DFX) lab at USF. Through the program you will use high-tech tools often used by cardiologists, neurosurgeons and other medical professionals. This is a non-credit, residential program.

Non-Credit Biomedical Engineering

Write Now: Young Writer’s Workshop

Write Now, USF’s young writer’s workshop, is a week-long immersion into a collegiate environment in creative writing. Students will work with passionate and experienced instructors, meet published authors, and write and share their own work. This is a non-credit, commuter program.

Write Now: Young Writer's Workshop

University Summer Experience (for International Students)

Specifically for international participants ages 14-18 who want to learn more about what USF offers. Participants will tour various departments on campus and participate in hands-on experiences in real classroom settings.

This program’s focus is mainly English as second language participants, while also offering SAT/ACT and TOEFL preparation workshops. Additional features include educational field trips and chaperoned weekend activities.

University Summer Experience (for International Students)

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