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Summer Scholars Institute

This summer, explore a future career while making incredible memories with new friends.

Dates: June 16-21, 2024

Get real-life experience and have fun in a college-prep summer course that’s unlike any other!

Explore a summer of learning at the University of Lynchburg’s Summer Scholars Institute. This diverse range of summer camps caters to rising ninth to 12th graders and is tailored to offer you both a deep dive into fascinating subjects and a taste of campus life. Whether you’re unearthing historical artifacts, delving into the health sciences, assessing security studies, or shaping entrepreneurial ventures, you'll find each camp is uniquely crafted to provide insights and hands-on experience in an area you'll love.

Our dedicated faculty and well-equipped campus ensure a supportive and educational environment for every student. Come join us for a summer that promises new knowledge, skills, and the chance to explore your potential at the University of Lynchburg.


Day camp: $499

(includes a T-shirt and daily lunch)

Residential camp: $975

(includes T-shirt, overnight accommodations, all meals, and closing banquet)


Rising ninth-12th graders

Space is limited!

Health and Medicine

Health Sciences

Track Cap: 50 students (Two sections of 25 students)

Get the pulse on health science professions this summer!

If you’re a rising high school student and have considered studying health sciences, then you should come to the University of Lynchburg’s summer college prep program! This weeklong camp will allow you a chance to explore a variety of health-related careers, like being a physician assistant (PA), working in public health, or becoming an athletic trainer or physical therapist.

You’ll learn about what goes into nursing, exercise physiology, sport management, and biomedical sciences. Plus, you’ll make friends and get a feel for campus life at Lynchburg through exciting student activities!

A PA student demonstrating how to take blood pressure.

You'll try out:

  • Providing care to a trauma patient
  • Performing functional movement analyses
  • Advocating for healthy nutrition for all ages and making healthy snacks
  • Exploring anatomy and physiology through dissection, cadavers, and technology
  • Practicing first aid, CPR, and athletic training skills
  • Assessing vital signs and providing clinical care in the patient simulation lab
  • Analyzing how the brain and behavior interact through neuroanatomy
  • Ensuring health settings and practices are safe and legally compliant

Get hands-on experience
in these program areas:

  • Athletic training
  • Biology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Health and recreation law
  • Neuroscience
  • PA medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health/health promotion
  • Sport management

National Security

It's The End Of The World As We Know It:
Making The 21st Century Safer And Survivable

Track Cap: 25 students

Uncover the intriguing world of security and safety studies at this one-of-a-kind camp that combines communications, geography, military studies, and more. You'll discover how to keep people safe, protect their interests and jobs, and defend the state’s sovereignty and readiness for any threats.

In this weeklong exploration into multiple security specialities — including state security, defense and security, public safety, environmental safety, and labor safety — you'll learn about anti-terrorism, climate resilience, and public safety. 

Discover what it’s like to analyze national security threats, develop security concepts, and compare different security systems to ensure the safety of a country and its people as you get a taste of this exciting career field!

Students work on projects in the SOBE technology lab


Headshot of Devon Brickhouse-Bryson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Headshot of Brian Crim

Chair of the History Department

Headshot of Joseph Hoft

Assistant Professor of Criminology

Headshot of Jeremy Langett

Professor of Communication Studies

Headshot of David Richards

Chair of the International Relations
and Political Science Department

Headshot of Mike Robinson

Chair of the Communication Studies Department

Headshot of Laura Henry-Stone

Chair of the Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Department


Cultural Histories and Archaeologies of Lynchburg

Track Cap: 12-14 students

Experience an extraordinary summer at a program designed for high school students passionate about history and archaeology. Participate in 10 expert-led sessions at Historic Sandusky and nearby areas.

Spend mornings learning about historic preservation, storytelling, oral history, and genealogy from specialists. Visit the Old City Cemetery for insights into historical customs and explore Pierce Street's cultural heritage.

Afternoons at Sandusky offer practical archaeology experience. You'll discover artifacts and learn to reconstruct stories from past eras, gaining both historical knowledge and research skills.

Two students brush dirt away at a dig at Historic Sandusky


Headshot of Lisa Crutchfield

Associate Professor of History

Headshot of Ghislaine Lewis

Co-chair of the Africana Studies Department

Headshot of Lindsay Michie

Professor of History

Headshot of Nina Salmon

Associate Professor of English

Headshot of Nikki Sanders

Professor of History

Headshot of Greg Starbuck

Director of historic sandusky

Headshot of Amy Merrill Willis

Chair of the Religious Studies


Explore Entrepreneurship

Get a sneak peek into Lynchburg's College of Business during the Explore Entrepreneurship week summer course. Throughout the week, you'll engage in nine intensive sessions with faculty and mentors, exploring entrepreneurship's nuances, challenges, and opportunities — including pitching your ideas to judges.

Also, you'll get to tour local businesses and maker spaces, interact with entrepreneurial leaders, do your own self-assessments for business aptitude, receive business etiquette lessons, and learn to develop and present business ideas.

Explore Entrepreneurship is designed to offer a thorough experience, equipping your for success in the exciting world of business.

A female student uses the bloomberg terminal


Headshot of John Angelis

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Headshot of Nancy Hubbard

Dean of the College of Business

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Assistant Professor of Marketing

Housing: Westover Hall

  • Westover Hall is a four-story residence with suite-style doubles, shared bathrooms, and a few medical singles. It has two wings (North and South), two elevators, and amenities like study nooks, a large community kitchen, lounges with balconies, and an outdoor rooftop terrace.
  • Each suite has two double rooms connected by a shared restroom, and students must provide their own bathroom essentials.
  • Each room includes a bed, wardrobe, dresser with a floating top, chair, ethernet port, and seven electrical outlets.
  • Room dimensions are 15’2" x 18'6", with varying window sizes and XL twin mattresses. The building also offers kitchenette areas on each floor and an outdoor terrace with a fire pit and grills.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel by June 14, 2024, you will receive a full refund. Any partial or total cancellations after June 14, 2024 are not refundable.

Contact us

Stefanie B. Copp, EdD
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Director of the Master of Education in Reading Program


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