College and University Programs for High School Students

The State of Maine and many local colleges and universities offer programs that enable high school students to take college classes at a greatly reduced rate.  We encourage students who feel they may be ready to look at available courses and talk to their counselor and families to determine if this is a good fit for them.  

For more information and links to college programs, click here.

JUNIORS: To review the Guidance “Early College for Juniors” ‘presentation, click here. Colleges often post their fall courses in mid-March and their spring courses in November, so plan to talk to your counselor well in advance of the new semester starting.


Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the state is no longer offering AP courses through the AP4ALL program. Please see the Early College information form (above) for more about colleges classes (some of which are online).

Outside opportunities, program, fairs, and events that come to our attention will be posted here.  Please let us know if you have something to share!


Many colleges, universities, and other groups have summer programs for high school students. This can be a good way to explore different topics and experience a college campus. The cost of these programs is sometimes prohibitive, however, so if you find one that catches your eye, ask about scholarships or other financial aid, or simply contact the college to arrange for an individual visit. Links to summer programs we’ve been made aware of are below; be sure to check for and confirm deadlines, age, and other requirements before applying.

Case Western Reserve University Pre-Collegiate Programs - due May 1

Duke University Summer Programs - deadlines vary

Boston University’s Academy of Media Production - due March 31

Boston University Summer Journalism Institute - financial aid deadline April 1

Tufts University Pre-College Programs - deadlines vary

Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute - due March 15

Smith College Pre-College Programs - financial aid deadline March 22; applications close June 1

University of Maine Consider Engineering Program - due Apr. 22

Hurricane Island Summer Youth Programs - applications open now; financial aid is available

Bucknell (University) Academy Summer Experience - deadline April 20

RPI PREFACE Program - deadline March 15