Understanding the admission process

Ever wonder what happens behind closed doors? The International Counselor goes into the committee room of over a dozen highly selective colleges to show you. More »

Free Tools for self-discovery

Know thy self, so said The Bard. But which self ought you know? These tools allow you a way of learning about various parts of yourself. More »

Guide to essays and personal statements

One of the most comprehensive lists of college essay writing resources and insights anywhere. More »

Are you ready for the summer?

Want to do something different? Check out the omnibus of fun filled possibilities. More »

Acing the interview

Some college require an interview. Check out our resources and insights. More »


Summer Programs

Firstly, we have our very own database of some of our favorite programs compiled in the Omnibus

Secondly, Michael Maki did a wonderful job creating pathways for different careers-over 3 dozen-offering up several suggestions for each summer from end of grade 8 to end of junior year. Download the PDF here

Finally, we have some summer touring programs:

College-visitsCOLLEGE VISITS offers the college bound student a first-hand look at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Because of our experience in working with a multitude of higher education institutions, we are able to obtain meetings with admissions representatives, student led tours, and campus housing. This helps to take the hassle and worry away from the student and parents in organizing a family visit. COLLEGE VISITS tours cover all aspects of college life. We tour small, medium and large schools, rural and urban, and public and private schools. Our tours cover almost every region of the U.S., so if there is a particular school or region you are interested in, chances are COLLEGE VISITS goes there. 

TS College toursTS College Tours was established to better serve students attending high schools outside the United States who wish to attend college or university in the US or Canada. Unlike other college tour companies, at TS College Tours we focus on the specific and unique needs while acknowledging the different backgrounds and requirements of international students.

Each tour has been carefully planned with students attending overseas schools in mind and each tour is led by counselors with experience in international school settings.

Their services include:

  • Pre-Scheduled Campus Tours – find out more here
  • Custom Tours for Schools
  • Custom Tours for Families/Tour Logistics for Families
  • On-site training of school counselors regarding the college admission process



Summer program search engines

Which websites offer the best search engines?

Select topics tagged with ‘Summer’ in Enrichment Alley: 


Data base at Teen Ink

  •  Writing – All Genre (58)
  •  Arts / Photography / Film (77)
  •  Music / Singing / Dancing (22)
  •  Outdoor / Adventure (7)
  •  Performing Arts (36)
  •  Travel / Touring (24)
  •  Sports / Boating / Riding (15)
  •  Science / Math (39)
  •  Language Programs (9)
  •  Technology / Computers (32)
  •  Academic / Pre-College (106)
  •  Community Service / Activism (23)
  •  Business / Debate (23)



College Xpress

Claims to have 1600 programs in their searchable database.



offers up 500 programs in their searchable database. 


College Confidential

While not providing a search able database, College confidential has over 80,000 posts in their pre-College summer section.