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Young Scholars Program

Young Scholars Program for High School Students

June 15 - July 22, 2022


Application Now Open!


Become a Young Scholar at Santa Clara University

Highly-motivated students going into their junior or senior year of high school have the opportunity to explore college in an intensive summer program that includes university courses, advising, and meetings with key people on campus. In addition to college credit (upon successful completion of their classes), students leave with a hands-on experience of college life. Students are required to attend every class meeting. Travel and other summer programs must not occur during the dates of the Young Scholars Program.


Discover Your Answers To:

  • How is college different than high school?
  • What are college professors like?
  • How do I choose a major?

 Young Scholars Program


What Young Scholars Have to Say About The Program

"I felt that the Young Scholar Program was a great program that helped push me academically, while also providing a social element that made me enjoy the classes."  - 2019 Young Scholar
" . . . My college journey so far has spanned the entirety of my high school career, and my vision for my future only truly came into view this past summer. My professor's attitude and method of teaching in my computer science class helped me immensely in making my decision of applying to SCU."   - 2018 Young Scholar


About Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Ranked among the top 15 percent of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information visit