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    Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute

    Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Health Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Live and learn like a college student for 3 weeks this summer at Carleton College’s Summer Liberal Arts Institute (SLAI). SLAI is an immersive summer learning experience for current 10th and 11th graders to explore liberal arts through rigorous and experiential curriculum. Whether it's Liternature, Sociology, or STEM: If you are excited about learning and thrive in collaborative work environments, SLAI has a program for you!


    • Building Connections in STEM
    • Humanities: Modes of Knowing, Sites of Encounter
    • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
    • Reimagining Society: Capitalism, Socialism, & the Environment
    • Seeking Computational Solutions: Programming & Beyond
    • Storytelling Through Different Lenses  

    At SLAI, you will connect with like-minded peers from all over the nation and world, all while earning college credit and learning from top-ranked Carleton faculty, who are experts in their field. Choose from one of 6 programs, with topics in: History & Literature, Storytelling, Sociology, STEM, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and more. 

    Students who attend SLAI come away from the program with improved college-level reading, writing, and research skills, an increased knowledge of topics and majors they may want to study in the future, and a general sense of preparedness for college.

    During the program, students spend their mornings and afternoons in class, conducting research, and in hands-on labs. After class, a variety of social activities are available everyday, from frisbee to beading to making s’mores. Weekend field trips to attractions in surrounding cities are also included in the program. Past destinations have included amusement parks, museums, or even a day at the lake!

    Visit our website to apply today! We have two rounds of application review. The first deadline is on February 5, and the second and final deadline is on March 11. Need-based scholarships are available.