You don’t have to wait until you’re old enough to enroll in Catholic University to take courses here and begin to experience the exciting life and learning opportunities to be found here. High school students are invited to sign up for one of our summer pre-college programs.

Summer Business Institute 

The Summer Business Institute aims to inspire and engage high school students in Catholic Social Teaching through the practice of entrepreneurship and business. Students will engage with real-world business practitioners and entrepreneurs. Students will create their own business idea and present to CUA “Shark Tank” judges.

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Summer Band Workshop 

The Benjamin T. Rome Summer Band Workshop is open to any student currently in 8-11th grade. The workshop will provide an opportunity for students to prepare, rehearse, and perform a concert or concert band literature at the end of one week. Students will be coached in specific instrumental technique and large-ensemble skills by Catholic University faculty and other professional musicians.

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Light the World! 

Light the World! Encourages high school students to learn to see theology in everyday life by exploring theological traditions, asking questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues, and examining how their faith calls them to lives of service.

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American Politics Ethics, and Catholic Culture Summer Institute 

The American Politics, Ethics, and Catholic Culture Summer Institute works towards creating engaged and responsible citizens of high moral character who will take their knowledge and experiences with them back home and are inspired to make tangible change within their communities. Students will have an opportunity to serve others and explore issues related to social justice and community service.

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Experiences in Architecture 

The Experiences in Architecture program at The Catholic University of America is an intense three-week workshop for students interested in architecture or other design related fields.  Students are exposed to both the academics and the professional sides of the architecture arena, as the city of Washington, D.C., becomes their classroom.

The Experiences in Architecture program will better prepare you for the rigors of architecture school, giving you a head start, as well as acquaint you with campus life at the university level.  Students, who have participated in EiA's summer workshop, or a similar pre-college program, are better prepared for success at the university level.

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Summer on Stage (High School Drama Institute) 

The CUA High School Drama Institute is residential program for students who wish to pursue intensive summer training in the performing arts. Study voice, movement, and acting with experts in the field.

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Engineering New Frontiers 

Engineering New Frontiers (ENF) is a weeklong, residential summer camp for rising high-school juniors and seniors held on the campus of The Catholic University of America.

At ENF, students will work closely with CUA engineering faculty members to explore the wide variety of engineering opportunities in our society.  Through classes, demonstrations, and hands-on experiments, students will experience what college engineering majors and professional engineers do.  Living on campus, students also get a "taste" of college and exposure to the best of Washington, D.C., including special museum tour, sporting events, and various other safe recreational activities.

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