Summer at RWU

Engaging Programs for Motivated High School Students

Experience life on RWU's beautiful Bristol campus with our dynamic, hands-on summer programs. Earn college credit, build connections, and develop skills to support strong college applications while exploring your passions. Discover which program is right for you!

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High School Summer Academy in Architecture

Rising high school Juniors and Seniors earn three college credits through a variety of Architecture studio, seminar, field work and extracurricular activities. Students understand Architecture as a possible area of college study, and as a career.

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Marine Biology Camp

Our Marine Biology Camp is specifically for high school-aged students, and is a one-week introduction to coastal ecosystems. In addition to our state-of-the-art facilities, campers immerse themselves in the dynamic, thriving marine environments of the Southern New England coast. Campers will learn about coastal ecosystems through exploration of food webs, productivity of the sea, plants and animals in the coastal zone as well as current events in the field of marine biology and much more.

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Pre-College Summer Institute

Rising high school juniors and seniors, and recent high school graduates taking a gap year will spend three weeks immersed in the topic of their choice, gaining hands-on experience through experiential learning. Choose from several college-credit bearing courses, each of which includes hands-on projects and programming on college and career readiness. Students will also be mentored on how to leverage their experience into building strong college applications.

2022 Summer Institute Registration is closed. Check back next year!


From Summer Academy High Schooler to Master of Architecture

Elias Christo, RWU Class of 2018

Elias Christo is getting the most out of the architecture program at RWU. Once a high school participant in the Summer Academy, he is now in his final year of the 4+2 program, which will allow him to graduate with a bachelor science and master of architecture in just six years.

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More Summer Events at RWU


SPJ Northeast High School Journalism Institute

This summer, for the first time, RWU will host SPJ’s Northeast High School Journalism Institute, the first of many workshops nationwide sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Students will work in teams on news stories, photos, video and audio related to the area's environment, economy and infrastructure.