Value Colleges Releases Rankings of the Best Pre-College Summer Programs

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Value Colleges (, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education, is pleased to share a new ranking of the Top 50 Best Pre-College Summer Programs for 2021 (

For all rankings, Value Colleges focused specifically on fully accredited colleges and universities with an established reputation for quality. Value Colleges rankings are based on verified data from sources including IPEDS. Programs are ranked according to factors including cost and student satisfaction, so students can feel certain their choice of program will have a positive impact on their career.

The Top 10 Best Pre-College Summer Programs are:

1. University of Washington – Seattle, WA
2. Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
3. North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NC
4. UCLALos Angeles, CA
5. Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA
6. University of Texas at AustinAustin, TX
7. University of Illinois-Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, IL
8. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg, VA
9. Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA
10. Indiana University BloomingtonBloomington, IN

The full list will appear below this release in alphabetical order.

As the editors of Value Colleges explain, “Pre-college summer programs have become a popular way for high school students to test drive the college experience, and for colleges to show off their wares to potential applicants.” Although many students are content with a campus visit, “It’s way more immersive than just touring a college, but a little less intense than the real freshman year.” The best programs give students the chance not only to experience college life, but even to earn credits toward their degree. Even in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, pre-college summer programs are in demand – just not all on-campus. As the editors explain, programs “pre-college programs are going to look a little different this year. Many have gone to a virtual format, or shortened their programs. On the upside, costs are considerably down for most programs, making for even more of a value.”

The full ranking of the 50 Best Pre-College Summer Programs (in alphabetical order):

Adelphi UniversityGarden City, NY
Alfred UniversityAlfred, NY
Boston UniversityBoston, MA
Bowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH
Brandeis UniversityWaltham, MA
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY
Duke UniversityDurham, NC
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmond, KY
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneck, NJ
Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC
Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA
Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA
Hollins UniversityRoanoke, VA
Indiana University BloomingtonBloomington, IN
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD
Marist CollegeDutchess County, NY
New York UniversityNew York, NY
North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NC
Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
Rhode Island School of DesignProvidence, RI
Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ
Sewanee, The University of the South – Suwanee, TN
Skidmore CollegeSaratoga Springs, NY
Smith CollegeNorthampton, MA
South Dakota Schools & Mines & Technology – Rapid City, SD
Spelman CollegeAtlanta, GA
Susquehanna UniversitySelinsgrove, PA
Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, LA
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL
University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
University of California, DavisDavis, CA
University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA
University of California, San DiegoSan Diego, CA
University of HoustonHouston, TX
University of Illinois-Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, IL
University of Maryland – College Park, MD
University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherst, MA
University of North Carolina at Greensboro –  Greensboro, NC
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
University of RochesterRochester, NY
University of Texas at AustinAustin, TX
University of VermontBurlington, VT
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg, VA
Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem, NC
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

Rhonda Corey
Media Manager, Value Colleges
(919) 864-2220


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