Join a community of peers and engage with a chosen subject through hands-on, field-based seminars on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.
Challenge yourself academically on the world’s most prestigious campus, under the guidance of accomplished faculty, scholars, and guest speakers.
Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summits
Immerse yourself in issues of climate change, equity, and public health on week-long Boston-based programs with inspiring professionals, scientists, and leaders.
GO BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Putney Pre-College programs are designed for motivated high school students who are curious and passionate about the world around them. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, our programs combine pre-college enrichment and travel, taking you beyond the standard summer class model.
The Putney Pre-College experience prepares you for that all-important next step into college—both academically and socially. Expand your worldview through travel, meet new people from all over the globe, test-drive potential majors in real-world environments, and explore new interests amid a tight-knit community of supportive peers and instructors.Choose your location
Learn by doing
Enrichment & Extracurriculars
Instead, Putney Pre-College students learn by doing. Our field-based seminars are challenging and rigorous, but also innovative, intellectually stimulating, and fun. In the afternoons and evenings, take full advantage of your Pre-College destination. Enjoy activities and excursions, and immerse yourself in the local culture with new friends.
Putney students benefit from our novel combination of experiential learning and global immersion. Our programs are intentionally designed not to be like school, where learning is prescribed, classroom-centered, and text heavy.Contact Us
Prepare for college
Campus & Community
The Putney Pre-College experience extends far beyond the traditional campus. In vibrant and historic universities and locations around the world, Putney students get a taste of what college will bring, while using the surrounding environs for field-based learning.
Each summer, Putney students find a community of peers who share their enthusiasm and commitment to personal and intellectual growth. Students thrive in this learning community, where curiosity is sparked and fed by the world around them, as they prepare academically and socially for college.Start your application
“She benefitted so much from interaction in a small class setting with hands-on seminars that resulted in tangible projects within her favorite areas of academic interest.”
– Julie & Stewart Burke, Arlington, VA
“I overcame my fear of the unknown. I took a public speaking course and my instructor helped me to find my voice in this world. I gained confidence in myself and learned how to encourage others in return.”
PUblic speaking seminar
“Without a doubt, I am extremely proud that I was able to accomplish my personal essay for my college application in my Writing for College class. I am so happy I can walk away from the program with that piece completed.”
writing for college seminar
“The program hit a perfect balance of cultural immersion, adventure, day trips, experiential learning, and group bonding. I loved the diversity of daily activities and how each day felt like a totally new experience.”