2020 Pre-College Summer Programs
Two Week Institutes
June 27- July 11
Designed for fearless and inquisitive young women, SITI is perfect for students looking to develop their STEM skills in both lecture and laboratory settings. Using the city as a supplemental classroom, you’ll be able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in motion by visiting job sites and liaising with city organizations. In addition to your coursework, this program begins to address some of the inequalities that women face in the STEM field and how we can begin to rewrite the narrative with our presence.
June 27- July 11
Home to over 100 museums, a handful of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and arguably the world's biggest Fashion Weeks, New York serves as an art, fashion, cultural and architectural capital. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of the social, political, and economic impact of art and fashion and how they fit into either (or both) of these industries.Academic work is supplemented by sessions on the business of the art and fashion industries, museum studies, art and social justice, and much more. This program takes students from theory to practice in a New York minute.
June 27- July 11
Residential ONLY: $5,750
ASII is an intensive boot camp that provides young women with the practical skills and knowledge they need to develop new ideas that will make a difference in the world. Working in small teams, you will be given the tools to create a new venture — start-up businesses, non-profit organizations, or advocacy campaigns — that has the power to disrupt accepted ways of doing things and creates lasting change. Students will hone their leadership skills by attending workshops on topics ranging from marketing products to financial fluency, site visits to NYC startups, and sessions with Barnard speaking fellows to improve their storytelling abilities. The institute culminates in a final ‘Pitchfest’ where teams present their new venture to an esteemed panel of leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.
July 18- August 1
Barnard’s Young Women Writers Institute encourages writers to find their voice and share it with the world. Students will spend their mornings learning from Barnard instructors in courses such as The Art of the Essay, Writing New York, and playwriting, on the same campus where writers like Greta Gerwig, Zora Neale Hurson, Jhumpa Lahiri got their start. Afternoons will be spent in intensives focused on developing a writing portfolio, getting published, and careers for writers. Off campus, you will tour some of the iconic neighborhoods that birthed movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat Generation.
July 18- August 1
The Young Women's Leadership Institute embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. As an YWLI participant you should be curious, passionate, and ready to develop your skills as a leader. The Institute will allow you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. Students are given the opportunity to tackle a problem in the world and work in small groups to design and execute a solution using the skills they’ve gained in courses and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to meet with women in workplaces throughout the city to learn about the skills and tenacity needed to stand out in today’s workforce.
YWLI embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. As an YWLI participant you should be curious, passionate, and ready to develop your skills as a leader. The Institute will allow you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. Students are given the opportunity to tackle a problem in the world and work in small groups to design and execute a solution using the skills they’ve gained in courses and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to meet with women in workplaces throughout the city to learn about the skills and tenacity needed to stand out in today’s workforce.
July 18- August 1
The Urban Studies Summer Institute immerses students in the world of policymaking, social justice and the use of data to enact change. Students spend two weeks uncovering how and why policies are developed and the impact that those policies have on society, both in the United States and internationally. Topics to be explored include criminal justice, housing, immigration, health care, and women’s rights.
Outside of the classroom, you will be able to see justice in motion through workshops, site visits to organizations that serve NYC, and a group capstone project that explores a social problem and provides solutions. By the end of their two weeks, students will be equipped with the language of social justice and the skillset to be changemakers in their communities and beyond.
Four Week Institutes
June 27- July 25
Embrace your creativity in the Performing Arts and Media Institute, a four week intensive offering courses in dance, theatre, filmmaking, art, and music production that will culminate in our annual Festival of the Arts, where students will showcase their best work to their peers. Outside of the classroom, students will spend their afternoons in:
Industry related intensives
Workshops on navigating the college admissions process for arts/media majors
Festival of the Arts Preparation
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
2 Week Resident- $5,750
2 Week Day Student- $4,995
4 Week Resident- $9,165
4 Week Day Student- $6,875
Resident Student Tuition includes room and meals in the campus dining hall, textbooks and course readers**, MetroCard for duration of program*, (1) Broadway ticket, NYC excursions, Columbia gym membership, $95 campus medical fee.
Day Student Tuition includes meals in the campus dining hall, textbooks and course readers**, (1) Broadway ticket, NYC excursions, Columbia gym membership, $95 campus medical fee..
*Participants are responsible for replacing lost or stolen MetroCards
** Students in Contemporary Studio Art and Architecture of the Everyday will need to purchase additional course supplies on their own. A list will be provided by the professor a month prior to the start of the program.
A $500 deposit is required for all accepted students within two weeks of their admissions notification. Students who fail to submit their deposit within two weeks will automatically forfeit their admission to their summer program and any financial aid award that they have been granted towards their tuition. Tuition must be paid in full no later than May 31st, 2020.
Each year our office is able to offer a limited amount of financial aid to students who demonstrate need. No merit scholarships are awarded. In addition, aid is not provided for international students. The deadline to apply for financial aid is Friday, February 28, 2020.
In addition to their program application, students must supply the following materials to be considered financial aid :
1. Financial Aid Application Form (this is linked within our application, which opens 12/1/2019)
2. Parent/Guardian 2018 Tax Returns
3. Parent/Guardian W-2s
4. Optional: A letter identifying any financial changes since 2018 that can give our office a better understanding of your financial need.
In the event that a student must withdraw from their enrolled program before Opening Day, our refund policy is as follows:
Prior to 4/30/20: Full refund (less $500 deposit)
Between 5/1- 5/15/20- 50% refund
Between 5/16/20- 6/1/20- 25% refund
After 6/1/20- No Refund
No refunds will be given for students who are dismissed or choose to withdraw once the program has commenced.
How to Apply
Who is Eligible?
Female identifying students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of high school in Fall 2020. Students must be at least 14 years of age by the first day of their summer program.
International students are welcome to apply to our summer programs. Our programs are non-credit bearing therefore international students do not require a student visa to attend. Our office will provide all international enrollees with a letter of admission and detailed scheduled to apply for a tourist visa.
Admissions & Deadlines
Applications are now OPEN and are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Priority Deadline: Monday, January 20th, 2020 (application fee is waived at this time)
Tuesday, January 21st- Wednesday, April 15th- $75 application fee
Thursday, April 16th- Friday, May 15th- $125 application fee (space permitting)
Unofficial High School Transcripts
(1) Teacher/Guidance Counselor Recommendation Letter for rising Junior and Senior applicants
(2) Letters of Recommendation for rising sophomore applicants
(1) short essay based on ONE of the following prompts: In 250-500 words...
-tell our office something you think we should know about you.
tell our office something you have changed your mind about in the last 3 years.
List of Extracurriculars (if applicable)
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to ensure your summer learning experience is off to a good start is by getting informed! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about PCP admissions, enrollment, academics, or life in NYC.