Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a six-week rigorous residential experience for high school seniors who have a strong interest in computer science, engineering and natural sciences. The summer academy's goal is to equip students with essential skills necessary for successful completion of STEM majors. 

The program seeks to recruit underserved and underrepresented students who hail from a multitude of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, populations inadequately represented in STEM disciplines and students who reside in underserved school districts and/or are first generation college-bound students.

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply*:

  • Students from racial backgrounds that are underrepresented in science and engineering (African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American)
  • Underserved students, coming from low socioeconomic backgrounds (which may be indicated by qualifying for free/reduced school lunches)
  • First-generation college students (a high school student whose parent(s) haven't received a bachelor's degree)

*All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents


The curriculum for students will include non-credit academic offerings designed and taught by members of the Carnegie Mellon faculty, outstanding teachers and graduate students carefully chosen because of their commitment to teaching and their ability to relate to 12th grade students. Upperclass students will serve as classroom assistants, tutors and mentors to program participants.


  • Pre-Calculus, Differential Calculus or Concepts of Mathematics (credit-bearing courses)
  • Physics of another science seminar
  • Programming Seminar
  • Engineering, Computer Science or a Science Project
  • SAT Preparation Course
  • Personal and Career Development
Fees & Requirements

There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit will be due and a portion of those funds will be transferred to your student account to assist with the purchasing of program supplies.

Students will, however, be responsible for books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses. Textbook costs vary from year to year, students will be notified of exact costs upon acceptance to the program. On average, students spend approximately $200 on personal and recreational expenses throughout the summer program.

Summer Academy for Math and Science applicants must be at least 16 years old and have completed their junior year of high school to participate in this program. Summer Academy for Math and Science participants will be required to reside in university housing.