The Stevens Summer Programs

The Stevens Summer features several distinct programs across varied areas of academic interest. All are designed to be project-driven, hands-on programs that give students a real college experience. In every case, our on-campus programs are complemented by site visits to Fortune 500 companies. Students may choose to participate in more than one program during the summer, as long as the program dates do not overlap.

Programs

Engineering & Science

ECOES (Exploring Career Options in Engineering & Science)

Computer Science

Pre-Med Science

Pre-Med Engineering

Creative Coding

BUILD (Bots Using Innovation & Learning Design)

Business

Business Intensive

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Technology, Society & the Arts

3D Design & Sculpture 

Exploring the Apocalypse through Science & Technology Studies (EASTS)

Game Design

Foundations in Electronic Music

 

Life at Pre-College

Program Instruction

Programs offered in The Stevens Summer are taught by members of the university community, a group of scholars devoted to the highest standards of research and teaching. Combining their efforts with those of trained and experienced teaching assistants, the instructors create a rich academic experience drawing on the wealth of educational resources at Stevens and in the New York metropolitan area.

A Campus to Call Home

Stevens gives you a taste of everything, starting with our location: a scenic campus, in a vibrant town, next to a world-class metropolis. With just enough freedom for when you want to feel independent and just enough social life and guidance for when you don’t, we’ve designed a college experience for you that will only heighten your excitement for the real thing. All projects and exploration labs are held in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in on the Stevens campus, as well as in professional a professional recording studio (Multimedia program). Enjoy sports and recreation in the Schaefer Athletic and Recreation Center, complete with an NCAA competition sized pool, as well as indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, squash and racquetball courts. Outdoor facilities include sand volleyball courts and six outdoor tennis courts.  

Your Stay at Stevens

You will share a double room in one of our residence halls with a roommate, who will be specially selected for you based on your application. Our comfortable rooms have everything you need, from extra long beds to high-speed wifi — and some even offer river views. You’ll be staying only steps away from your classes and labs, on-campus dining halls and the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Athletic and Recreation Center. At night, our resident advisors (RAs) are always on hand to keep an eye on things and help you with anything you need. For information on amenities, rules and what you should bring, see our FAQs.

Dining at Stevens

When it comes to mealtime, you’ll have lots of choices. Our on-campus dining locations offer a variety of ever-changing options: enjoy made-to-order tacos or the Mile High Burger at Colonel John’s, or a freshly tossed Green Zebra salad at the Red & Gray Café, or your must-have Starbucks® drink from our in-library café, America’s Cup.

There are also weekend catered meals, group dinners in downtown Hoboken and off-campus restaurants and cafés that accept DuckBills (a debit account on your student ID card). All meals, including DuckBills, are included in the cost of the program.

Resident Advisors and Counselors

Our Resident Advisors (RAs) provide careful supervision and help foster a strong and supportive social atmosphere in the residence hall. RAs are carefully selected Stevens students who have completed an intensive training program. Curfews and other safety measures are strictly enforced by the RAs during the evening hours.

Our counselors take pride in focusing first and foremost on the well-being of our pre-college students. Counselors do not have other jobs and are not taking classes during pre-college sessions, and they look after the safety of our students with the utmost care. 

Seeing New York City

We want you to have an unforgettable summer both inside and outside the classroom — and exploring New York City is a big part of that. Aside from the corporate site visits you’ll go on for your program, we have a special slate of fun activities in the city planned for you. Our NYC excursions vary from summer to summer but always feature the best the city has to offer. Past summers have included a New York Harbor dinner cruise, trips to museums, sporting events, beaches, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island and of course, the Statue of Liberty.

Making Friends

Pre-college students always say they’re surprised and delighted by all the friends they make and keep in touch with after the program. High school students come from all over the U.S. and abroad to participate in our pre-college programs and we go to great lengths to make sure everyone gets to know one another. From icebreakers on day one to social outings to group dinners and team assignments, no one gets left out.

Welcome to Hoboken

The Princeton Review recently ranked Hoboken as #9 on its list of America’s best college towns — for good reason! Famous for Frank Sinatra and Cake Boss, Hoboken is also home to tons of restaurants and shops, the ever-vibrant Washington Street and a scenic river park. This safe, clean and thriving community is just an easy two-block walk from campus and a fifteen-minute train, bus or ferry ride away from Manhattan. You’ll go out for dinner in Hoboken with your group, and you’ll also have free time in the evenings to explore Hoboken with your new friends.

Your Daily Schedule

We’ve fine-tuned your daily schedule for a perfect balance between class time and meal time, group time and down time. Each program’s schedule varies, but the sample schedule below will give you an idea of how your session will go. Click here for a sample schedule. 

 

Program Descriptions

Exploring Career Options in Engineering And Science (ECOES)

2-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $3200.00

You know you want to go into engineering and science, but you also want to keep your options open. The ECOES program allows you to explore all of them. Tour several cutting-edge engineering disciplines while working alongside our world-renowned faculty in the lab, designing your own engineering project.

Modules:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Business finance
  • Chemical biology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Naval engineering
  • Physics and optics
  • Robotics

Computer Science

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

Experience the newest frontiers in computer science — areas that have never even been taught at Stevens before. This fresh series is packed with accelerated modules on topics such as scientific computing, cyber security, artificial intelligence, graphics and system design. While completing a hands-on project under the mentorship of our expert faculty, you’ll also visit major technology companies to see how computer science is changing the professional world — prior summers have included trips to Google and Microsoft.

Note: a laptop is required for this program. Applicants must also demonstrate prior experience with computer science. 
Laptop Minimum Requirements: CPU with Core 2 or later, Microsoft Windows 10/8/7 (64-bit mandatory), 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB RAM recommended), 16 GB free hard desk space, Wireless network interface controller
*Apple Macbooks are allowed, if only they run Microsoft Windows 10/8/7 (64-bit) via Virtual Machine or Boot Camp

**If you or your student do not own a laptop, please contact the Summer Programs staff at [email protected] for assistance. 

Modules:

  • Progressive algorithms & developing
  • Smartphone applications design
  • Mobile device security
  • Cryptography
  • Machine learning
  • Image-based rendering

Pre-Med Science

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $2000.00

Did you know that a scientific research background is the most popular preparation for med school? Just like a real pre-med student, you’ll attend lectures and labs that touch on cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, immunology and analytical chemistry. You’ll also visit New York-area academic and biotech laboratories to see how advances in medical science are made.

Modules:

  • Antibody staining
  • Enzyme assays
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Gene transfer
  • Isolation and analysis of DNA
  • Isolation and analysis of proteins
  • Subcellular fractionation

Pre-Med Engineering

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $2000.00

More and more, college students are choosing engineering as an approach to a career in medicine. Find out why in this exhilarating crash course in biomedical engineering. Learn by doing in hands-on labs while you work side-by-side with senior researchers. You’ll also visit New York-area biomedical device firms for a sneak peak at some of the medical engineering technology that could change medicine.

Modules:

  • 3-D printing of devices
  • Biorobotics
  • Eye motion tracking using infra-red cameras
  • Human performance testing
  • Mechanical testing of implants
  • Motion capture for gait analysis
  • Neural control of prosthetics
  • Robotic surgery instrumentation
  • Spinal mechanics

Creative Coding

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

Ever had a good idea for an app? Whether you have coding experience or not, we’ll help you design your own app and learn the art and beauty of computer programming. Channel your diverse and personal interests into a tangible application: international development, dance, fighting disease — you name it. Creativity is welcome! You’ll learn more than logic and problem solving: you’ll learn ways in which coding skills can change lives and make a difference in the world.

Modules:

  • Computer fundamentals (hardware and software)
  • Logic and computation
  • The problem-solving process 
  • Computer programming in Python
  • Programming with Raspberry Pi

BUILD (Bots Using Innovation & Learning Design) 

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $700.00

Note: this a day program (no overnight stays) for rising high school freshmen & sophomores only.

Welcome to the world of robotics! Gain hands-on experience in robot design, programming and interaction — then prove your bot is the best in a final competition against your peers. In this program, you’ll use LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 to design robots to interact in different scenarios, sense the environment and function independently. You’ll also work closely with Stevens faculty and students in our state-of-the-art facilities and even get to test some robots that are currently under design at Stevens.

This is a four-day program from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students arrive on campus between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. and must be picked up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Business Intensive

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

Thinking about a business major? We offer one of the most comprehensive pre-college business programs available and, with Wall Street just 15 minutes from the Stevens campus, you’ll gain unparalleled exposure to the big leagues and have a chance to put together an investment portfolio for a major company. Site visits in prior years have included Bloomberg, the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve. Most pre-college business programs focus on only one key business concept, but our curriculum is much broader, offering an overview of all of the fundamentals of business management and how they interrelate with technology.

Modules:

  • Accounting
  • Business fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance (including quantitative finance)
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

Ever dreamed of starting your own business? This program will show you what it takes to get an idea from your parents’ garage to store shelves everywhere. Working with experienced entrepreneurs, you’ll refine an idea for a product or service, conduct market research with prospective customers, build a website showcasing your idea and pitch it to a panel of accomplished investors and professors. Instructors nurture your start-up spirit by teaching you how to approach problems like an entrepreneur, and by helping you polish your leadership, communication and presentation skills. You’ll also visit a real tech incubator and complete an obstacle course to learn your leadership style.

Modules:

  • Problem-solving and innovating
  • Perfecting your sales pitch
  • Marketing your product
  • Building your website
  • Financing your ideas
  • Collecting customer feedback

3D Design & Sculpture 

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

In this workshop, you will develop a range of skills at the intersection of three-dimensional design, CAD design, 3D printing, and laser cutting in the context of sculpture making. You’ll make multiple objects during the course and walk away with a first-hand understanding of the processes, tools and software driving this exciting new technology.

Game Design

2-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $3200.00

Develop an original video game from start to finish in just two weeks! Housed in the Visual Arts & Technology Lab and Studio at Stevens, this interdisciplinary program allows you to merge art, design, play, storytelling and computer science. You will start by designing simple card and board games to understand how games work, then quickly progress to the Unity game engine where you will develop and program full 2D and 3D games. You’ll also learn Javascript, Photoshop and other software to continue to develop games on your own.

Modules:

  • How games work
  • Concept and visual development
  • Game-play and mechanics
  • Play-testing and critique
  • Introduction to C#, Photoshop, and Blender software

Foundations in Electronic Music 

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

Discover what it really takes to make professional-quality music. We’ll take you through composition, songwriting, recording, production, beatmaking, remixing and live performance — everything you need to develop your creative practice and produce original music. Learn how to perform, produce and program in the same production environment most used by the music industry at the Ableton Live Training Center on our campus. By participating in this program, you’ll also qualify for academic discounts on Ableton and Keith McMillen products, such as the QuNeo and Push.  

Note: You are also required to bring your own laptop and headphones. Stevens can provide a limited number of MIDI controllers for use during class. However, you are encouraged to bring your own MIDI controllers and audio interfaces, if you have them.

Modules:

  • MIDI controllers, including the Ableton Push
  • Basic arranging techniques in electronic music
  • Basic recording techniques and DSP theory
  • Mixing, remixing and beat-matching
  • Granular synthesis techniques and spatial audio
  • Building your own MIDI instruments, MIDI effects and audio effects
  • Modulation synthesis techniques: LFOs, AM, RM, and FM synthesis
  • Augmented instruments and alternative controllers

Exploring the Apocalypse through Science & Technology Studies (EASTS)

1-Week Program | Estimated Program Cost: $1800.00

We don’t need to look far to see the world coming to an end: The Walking Dead, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fallout 4 and The Hunger Games imagine it for us. This course won’t teach you how to survive the apocalypse, but it with help you better understand it. You will investigate apocalyptic scenarios and their aftermaths through the lens of Science and Technology Studies, an emerging discipline that considers the ethical and societal impact of science. You’ll also learn about potential career paths in this new field of study, while sharpening your critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills along the way.

Modules:

  • Technological pessimism and optimism
  • Infrastructure studies 
  • Sustainability
  • Vulnerability 

 

 

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“The Stevens Summer allowed to me survey a wide variety of fields and was a great learning experience.” – Cara Realmuto, Rising Senior, Business Participant