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Summer programs for kindergarten through high school students include credit-bearing, academic, and sport programs. Teachers may explore sustainable teaching and the benefits of movement in the classroom. These programs are offered by many CSU departments and organizations hosting events virtually and on campus at Colorado State University. 

Programs generally update listings from late November through June. Summer 2023 dates are announced for the College of Business Global Business Academy and  Venture Validator Youth Summer Camp. The Women in Construction Management High School Institute dates are also available below. Please continue to check back for additional Summer 2023 updates.

Summer 2022 information for many programs is available below; most programs will be offered again in Summer 2023. New 2022 programs included the CSU Cyber Camp: Crypto for Fun and Security, First-Generation Business Summit, and GirlsGetMath@CSU — all free!

Colorado State University is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 and responding with the health and well-being of our community firmly in mind. Please visit the Covid-19 Information and Resources website.

Please contact the department or organization offering the program for questions about joining email listservs, registration, cost, housing, transportation, and more.

Legend for K-12 icons for elementary, middle, and high school

Credit-Bearing Programs

These summer programs are opportunities for high school students entering junior and/or senior year to earn college credit while developing their research, leadership, and additional skills in an inclusive and stimulating learning environment.

Students at CSU Black Issues Forum (BIF)
Program for high school students

Black Issues Forum (BIF)

June 7-11, 2022

BIF is open to thoughtful and committed students who:

  • Are completing their junior year of high school
  • Have a GPA of 2.8 or higher

There is no cost to attend this program, but students must complete a two-step registration process by Friday, April 22.

This year’s Black Issues Forum (BIF) is a five-day intensive summer program designed for students who want to participate in meaningful conversation, enhance their leadership potential, and deepen their understanding of their cultural heritage while discussing issues facing today’s Black community. Throughout the week, students interact with university faculty, staff, and current CSU students as they discuss and evaluate the relevant issues that affect the Black community at local, state, national, and global levels.

Students who participate in the Black Issues Forum will also earn one free CSU credit hour and may be eligible to receive scholarship funds to attend CSU. This would be $10,000 for in-state students over four years and $20,000 over four years for out-of-state students.

Travel expenses to Colorado will be the responsibility of the student, but CSU will offer complimentary shuttle transportation to/from the airport.

Group of students at summer Lorenzo de Zevala Legistlative Session
Program for high school students

Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ)

June 19-22, 2022

Hosted on the Colorado State University campus, the “LDZ” program is designed to give youth leaders the edge on successfully navigating, managing, and creating organizations.

The program is open to high-achieving students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2023 or 2024).

Native American student and instructor viewing a laptop screen
Program for high school students

Native Education Forum (NEF)

 June 6-10, 2022 (Offered virtually)

The Native Education Forum is a five-day summer program for rising high school seniors and incoming CSU first-year students. Students gain university classroom experience, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process.

Academic Programs

These programs are presented by departments at Colorado State, as well as organizations providing summer camps through CSU Conference Services.

Many programs fall into more than one category and include common elements such as leadership and creativity. Programs are placed in the category that best describes the primary focus.

Age groups vary by program; please contact the unit presenting the camp for additional information. 

Animals and Environment

Two boys with sticks at CSU's Environmental Learning Center (ELC)
Program for elementary and middle school

Environmental Learning Center (ELC)

Primarily for ages 7-12.

This summer, the ELC offers eight, week-long summer day camps. While each camp has a theme, the overall focus is getting children outside, comfortable and connected to the natural world.

The ELC is an extension of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

Young rider hugging the horse Frenchie
Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

Youth Summer Horsemanship Camps

The two camps are available for Summer 2022:

  • June 6-11
  • June 12-17

Offered annually, the Youth Summer Horsemanship Camps are geared toward equine enthusiasts who are 10-15 years of age. Campers stay in the residence halls on main campus, eat in the dining halls and receive classroom/riding instruction from both equine faculty and current students.

Campers have the option to bring their own horse or lease a school horse, ride english, western, or both and spend the duration of camp as an overnight camper or a day camper. Students who are 16 – 17 can join us as day campers!

Arts and Human Sciences

Laptop with "Writers Rule" on the screen
Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

The CSU Writing Project: Young Writers' Workshop

June 13-17, 2022
Registration deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022

Writing programs for youth in grades 4-12:

  • Elementary Workshop (for students entering 4th-5th grades):
    • ready.set.write (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
  • Middle School Workshop (for students entering 6th-8th grades):
    • WriteOn! (12:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • High School Workshop (for students entering 9th-12th grades):
    • VOICES (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Students will experiment with hands-on writing techniques in various genres of writing with support from experienced creative writing teachers. They will share their work in small writing groups and will participate in a workshop with a visiting published writer.

Snacks will be provided daily, and students will receive a t-shirt at the end of the week!

Student using a biscuit cutter to make circles from dough
Program for elementary and middle school

Food Science and Human Nutrition Summer Cooking Camps

June 6-10, June 13-17, or June 20-24, 2022
Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 3.45 p.m.
Early registration discount of 10% by February 1, 2022.

These camps feature fun cooking activities for children ages 8-12. Select a camp and then choose which week your camper would like to attend.  Register for one, two or all three weeks! Each camp runs every week!

Summer 2022 camp topics are:

  • Baking Extravaganza
  • Edible Science
  • Free From

Summer Music, Theatre, and Dance: Camps and Programs

Visit the home page for Summer Camps, Institutes and Seminars or the sections below.

Clarinetists at CSU Lyft Academy
Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

Summer Music Camps, Institutes, and Master Classes

Experience a variety of music events designed for youth, middle/high school students, and adults. Camps and institutes offer students and adults specialized training, while master classes feature the world’s finest performers providing hands-on instruction in an open, informal setting.

Children acting with backdrop they created
Program for elementary and middle school

Kids Do It All: Summer Musical Theatre Camp

June, July 2022, 5-day workshops

Kids Do It All is one of the most innovative theatre programs in the country. Offered for youth who are ages 7-9, 10-11, and 12-13. Camp participants write, design and compose musical plays entirely of their own, experiencing a practical application of all aspects of theatre from acting, movement, voice, props and scene design, and songwriting. Six one-week camps are available on the CSU campus.

Dancer, CSU Dance Lab
Program for high school students

Dance Lab: Summer Intensive

July 31-August 13, 2022
Registration deadline: June 15, 2022

Beginner through prepreprofessional level dancers ages 14+ are invited to register for our two-week in-person intensive. In addition to dance classes and rehearsals, students will attend lectures, develop artist statements, choreograph solos, and present a public performance. Mentored by CSU Dance faculty, renowned guest artists, and current dance majors, attendees expand skills and knowledge while contributing to a collaborative creative process. To ensure individualized attention, registration is limited to 24 dancers admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Dance Lab is designed to increase understanding of:

  • Classical and Contemporary Dance Forms
  • Theory and Practice
  • Reflective Writing
  • Repertory
  • Choreography

This program offers up to 2 performing arts credits for Poudre School District students.

Please see Dance Lab website for additional registration packages, housing information and details for students entering CSU in Fall 2023.

Industry and Leadership

Graduates of CSU's summer Global Business Academy gather on the steps of the College of Business
Program for high school students

Global Business Academy

July 12 – July 21, 2023

The Global Business Academy is a summer business program for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

You’ll create great summer memories in this 10-day, action-packed experience and meet students from around the globe while learning how to use business to create a better world. The program includes an overnight stay at CSU’s beautiful Mountain Campus in the Rockies and will give you a taste of college life, staying in the University dorms in Fort Collins.

You’ll gain lifelong skills in international business and leadership, greater confidence, new passions and interests to explore, global friendships, and discover new ways to apply your business knowledge to what you care about most. No matter where your future career path leads, it’s invaluable to have an understanding of what makes the business world turn.

Students collaborate for a CSU College of Business presentation
Program for high school students

First Generation Business Summit

July 25-29, 2022

A link for the Summer 2023 First Generation Business Summit will be added when available.
In the meantime, please view this SOURCE article about the 2022 Program.

For rising 9th-grade through newly graduated first-generation students
Application (free) is encouraged by March 1, 2022

Whether you’re planning to become the next superstar CEO or still trying to figure out your path after graduation, the free Summit gives you a jump-start on campus life and your career.

Stay overnight in an air-conditioned CSU residence hall on campus and eat in our dining centers as you learn the skills that will transform how business is done. Work alongside other first-generation students and College of Business faculty as you get valuable experience.

Attendees sharpen business knowledge in the classroom and at area businesses, develop the skills to successfully present to large groups, learn about career paths possible within the College of Business, and how to capitalize on the resources available for first-generation students to succeed at CSU.

Online Venture Validator Summer Camp, July 7-11, 2021 by the Institute for Entrepreneurship
Program for middle and high school students

Venture Validator Youth Summer Camp

June 5-9, 2023
Registration open February 2023
One week of half-day sessions

Hybrid-Online via Zoom and in-person CSU Fort Collins Campus

The Venture Validator Youth Summer Camp is hosted by the CSU College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship designed for incoming 7th-12th grade students to explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur in a safe, engaging, and fun space.

Students will combine problems they want to solve with their ideas to fix them and then start the journey of launching a business to do just that.

Students will also learn basic business principles and gain an understanding of different career opportunities in a wide range of fields from marketing to supply chain management, international business, organization and innovation management, and more.

Student in welding gear at Women in Construction Management Summer Institute.
Program for high school students

Women In Construction Management Summer Institute

June 6-10, 2023 on the CSU Campus.
Check back in early 2023 for details and the application link.

High School Summer Institute

Construction Managers work in dynamic teams to take the designer’s vision and make it a reality.

With one of the highest job placement rates and starting salaries of any major, a degree in Construction Management is a great choice for those who enjoy teamwork, solving tangible problems, critical thinking, and creating the world around them.

This five-day four-night on-campus program is for up to 25 high school students age 15-18 who are interested in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). Each day participants will engage with professional women representing AEC industries as well as college mentors to work on building their confidence and developing an understanding of construction management and related careers while having fun exploring construction related topics and activities!

Interdisciplinary Programs

Instructor and students collaborating in a mountain stream
Program for high school students

Honors Summer Institute

Registration is open for both sessions:

  • Session 1: June 5-11, 2022
  • Session 2: June 19-25, 2022

The Honors Summer Institute is a one-week camp for high school students with exceptional academic achievements. The program is an extension of the CSU Honors Program and engages students with sample classes from five different disciplines. Program includes time at the CSU Mountain Campus with two overnight stays.

Scholarships are available; no qualified student will be turned away from participating in the camp.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Please note: STEM-X programs offered by Poudre School District (PSD) are available for Summer 2022. CSU faculty or staff may be involved as collaborators in specific programs.

woman superimposed with cyber text
Program for high school students

CSU Cyber Camp: Crypto for Fun and Security

August 1-5, 2022
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Registration Period:
April 15-May 30, 2022

This is a free cybersecurity summer camp for girls entering grades 9-12.

Students will work closely with CSU professors, students, and industry representatives who are experts in these areas. Explore the key security concepts of authentication, confidentiality, and integrity by way of an exploration of blockchain technology and its application to financial transactions over the internet. The camp culminates on day five with the students having developed their own cryptocurrency which they trade-in for a certificate of completion.

Topics include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Distributed trust and consensus mechanisms.
  • Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, Smart Contracts

The camp assumes no prior experience in programming. A very basic background in Python or another high-level language will be beneficial.

Girl reading code on a computer screen
Program for high school students

Coding Camp for High Schoolers

Details for The Coding Camp for High Schoolers are not yet available for Summer 2022.

The Computer Science Department at CSU invites students entering grades 10 and 11 in Fall 2021 to learn to code and meet experienced faculty from CSU. This action-packed, five-day camp will introduce students to problem solving and creating software applications using Python. No prior programming experience is necessary.

Join us to:

  • Learn coding with Python,
  • Explore how computer science is used in other fields (business, chemistry, physics),
  • Talk to the faculty and researchers from CSU to find out what is going on in the scientific community, and
  • Enjoy virtual tours of research labs in the Computer Science Department.
Girls celebrating collaboration on a project at CSU Mechanical Engineering event
Program for middle and high school students

ENvision Summer Program

June 5-9, 2022

ENvision is a four-week virtual learning program offered by the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors around the state of Colorado.

Students must attend all weekly sessions to complete the program.

Students will receive materials to better engage in virtual sessions. Additionally, students will benefit from connecting with assigned mentors who are current engineering students.

Questions? Please contact Claudia Hernandez.

Multi-sided colorful cubes represent GirlsGetMath@CSU summer program
Program for middle school students


July 11-15, 2022

GirlsGetMath@CSU is a five-day, non-residential, mathematics program at Colorado State University that is open to all students entering 10th or 11th grade in fall 2022, regardless of gender. The program encourages active exploration of topics such as cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals.

Student and CSU instructors collaborate in design during Fashion Fundamentals youth summer program at Colorado State University.
Program for middle school students

Fashion FUNdamentals

June 13-June 24, 2022
Applications are available online and due April 15, 2022.

Our STEM program is open to middle school students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in the fall following the summer program.

Please visit for more information.

Fashion FUNdamentals is a two-week summer program designed to enhance young people’s interests and self-esteem in science, technology, engineering, and math by leveraging their interest in and passion for fashion.

Social programming focus areas include media literacy, body image, internet safety and anti-bullying, and highlights the importance of balanced nutrition and physical activity.

IT in Business summer program at CSU
Program for high school students

IT in Business

June 13-17, 2022

This summer program is for high school students ages.  This five-day program is offered by the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department at CSU.

Information Technology (IT) not only touches every aspect of everyday life but is also the primary driver of business today.

In this program high school students explore how tech supports and shapes business through fun and educational hands-on projects.

Instructor and students covering a concept during summer Math Jam camp
Program for middle and high school students

Math Jam

Summer 2022 information is not available.

A week of mathematical exploration and discovery led by CSU mathematicians for student entering grades 7-9! Let us show you how applicable, beautiful, creative, and cooperative a topic math can be.

This year, student will learn how mathematics plays a role in science, technology, engineering, and art. Most days will feature two in-depth and interactive sessions, but there will also be a campus-wide scavenger hunt and more!

Instructor and student with white board
Program for high school students

Prove It! Math Academy

The Prove it! Math Academy summer program will not be offered in 2022.

Big changes are in the works to provide our unique curriculum and high-quality resources to a wider audience of math enthusiasts in 2022.

CSU student mentors a high school student over circuit boards
Program for middle and high school students

Mechanical Engineering STEM Summer Camps

Summer 2022 camps run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Engineering Your World: Ages 13-14, June 13-17
Designing Your World: Ages 14-16, June 20-24

Our highly interactive, week-long summer camps are held at CSU’s state-of-the-art engineering facilities, introducing junior high and high school students to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a university setting.

Camps strike a balance between hands-on learning and socializing, with lunch provided and time to connect with peers, CSU faculty, and current college students. Join us!

Students doing a science investigation during Sci-Trek for Future Scientists
Program for high school students

SciVet Summer Program

June 20-24, 2022
The 2023  SciVet Summer Program application opens in January, 2023.
Open to high school students who are at least 15 years of age.

Want to feel what it is like to be a scientist? Join the Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center in exploring scientific practices first hand. We will be carrying out investigations, using real tools, and collecting data both in the lab and the field.

All activities involve current topics from a variety of fields, including tree coring, the chemistry of electronic devices, key role of native bees, the secrets of the marmots, glaciers, and permafrost!

Students listening to a demonstration during the summer vet program
Program for high school students

Summer Vet Program for Future Scientists

June 20-24, 2022
Summer 2023 Summer Vet Program information will be posted when available.

This program is open to students who will be entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2022 and are 15 years of age by the start of the camp. Scholarships are available.

The SciVet Summer Program is a student’s ticket to the world of veterinary medicine. For students who are serious about becoming a veterinarian, this is a super opportunity to look into the real and sometimes gritty field of veterinary medicine. Participants meet professors, practitioners and students in the discipline and have ample opportunity to talk with them. Through presentation, demonstrations, laboratory visits, and hands-on activities, students discover what modern veterinary medicine is about.

STEM students and instructors actively engaged at computers
Program for high school students

SWiFT: Summer Computer Science STEM program

June 6-10, 2022
Camp Sessions: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Help Sessions: 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.

SWiFT 2022, Summer Computer Science STEM Camp for Women in Fort Collins, is an activity-based summer intensive STEM program hosted by Computer Science Department in Colorado State University. Since 2016, SWiFT has provided free a week-long summer camp for female students who are attending high schools in Fort Collins, Colorado. The camp provides activity-based learning and hands-on experience to demonstrate how mathematical concepts that students learn in school are applied to solve real-world problems using health care data. The camp involves close, targeted mentoring and we are aiming for a student to instructor ratio of 2:1 or 3:1. All sessions are offered in an interactive computer lab located in the Computer Science Department.

Students at CSU summer Anatomy Camp
Program for high school students

Anatomy Camp

Not offered in Summer 2022; may return in Summer 2023

High school juniors and seniors interested in going into pre-med majors in college have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a one-week academic summer camp led by award-winning faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Dissect real anatomical specimens, learn anatomy on human cadavers, and look at case studies to diagnose medical problems and study technology-based, cross-sectional anatomy.

An activity at the CSU summer Applied Physiology Camp
Program for high school students

Applied Physiology Camp

Not offered in Summer 2022; may return in Summer 2023

Applied Physiology Camp is a hands-on academic day camp for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a strong interest in science and are considering pursuing a career in a health-related field.

Sport Programs

CSU RAMS Sport Camps logo
Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

Rams Sports Camps

Offered through CSU’s Department of Athletics, these camps are designed for a variety of ages from kindergarten through college sophomores depending on the sport.

Football, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball camps are open for Summer 2022 registration. Basketball and swimming camp announcements are pending as of June 11. Please check the Rams Sports Camps website frequently as programs are announced in stages.

Camps vary in length from one to three days. Registration is on a space-available basis. See specific camps for additional information.

NCAA guidelines will continue to be followed regarding camp offerings.

Youths and instruction at summer Youth Sport Camp
Program for elementary and middle school

Youth Sport Camps

May 31-August 12, 2022
Registration is open

Explore active summer fun for kids ages 5-13!  Offered by CSU’s Department of Health and Exercise Science, the camps run Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except for the two-hour tennis and golf programs.

Coeducational day camps focus on skill development and promote the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.

One-week sessions are offered in baseball/softball, basketball, field sports, inline hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.

Additional programs are:

  • FunLIFE (Learning to Improve Fitness and Eating)
  • Music and Movement
  • Extreme Outdoor Adventure
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Smart Fit Girls
  • Sport Science
  • Super Sport Camp (two weeks)

Commitment to Campus offers a discount for children of CSU employees for Youth Sport Camps.

Programs for P-12 Teachers

Smiling dancers, CSU Education in Motion

EDUCATION IN MOTION: A Professional Development Seminar for preK-12 Teachers

Dates: June 6-9, 2022

Join leading Dance/Movement Educators and Education Specialists to explore strategies and tools for integrating movement at all levels of learning in pK-12 classrooms.

Colorado State University invites Colorado pK-12 teachers and administrators to join us online for presentations, exploration, sharing resources, and expanding our awareness and knowledge of the benefits of movement in the classroom.

Logo: National Writing Project Conference

National Writing Project Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

​Details are for the National Writing Project Rocky Mountain Regional Conference are not yet available for Summer 2022.

Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, 2021

Sustainable Teaching in (Post-) Pandemic Times

Restoration precedes renaissance. Recovery equips us for revolution.​ Reclamation is required for change.

These tenets lie at the heart of sustainable teaching–a mindset with a set of accompanying practices that enable educators to flourish and heal. At this virtual conference with an experiential twist, you will acquire practical tools for centering your mind, bolstering your body, and reviving your spirit.

​You will explore, in professional community, how to grow as a social justice advocate and ally without sacrificing your own well-being in the process.

​You will rekindle the spark of hope you need, to keep doing the work you are called to do, even in these trying times.​