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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Introduction to Programming in Python


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Computer Science, Coding
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2024 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review. Find out more!


    Learn how to program by taking a trip through the world of Computer Science! This hands-on course will teach you the fundamentals of writing code through tackling problems from a variety of different fields within computing. Along the way, you will write programs for a variety of applications, from data analysis to conversation, games and more!

    This course will be taught in Python, and you will create interactive programs from day 1. During the length of the course, we will cover most of the content of an introductory programming course, though content will be scaled to fit the needs and experience of students.

    The course will include synchronous class time, weekly homework assignments to build your skills, and a final project of your own design about a topic of your choice. No experience with programming, or Python is required - curious and creative thinkers of all backgrounds are welcome!


    Students attending the online program are expected to attend all class sessions live in real time. In order to prioritize the health and well-being of participants, eligibility is restricted to applicants residing in time zones where class hours do not extend beyond midnight. Please use a time zone converter to check when class sessions will meet in your time zone. 

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: June 30 - July 13, 2024
    Two-Week Residential Programs: $3,636

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and registration.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.