The University of Alabama

What do you want to learn this summer?

We offer a variety of fun and intriguing summer programs for students of all ages. Whatever your interests, we have a program for you! Scroll down this page to discover all the ways you can grow this summer at The University of Alabama.

Alabama Museum of Natural History Expedition 37

Middle School Week (6th - 8th graders): June 8 - 13
High School Week (9th - 12th graders): June 15 - 20
Public Camp Week (Open to all ages): June 22 - 27

Discover Alabama’s diverse natural history by participating in the 37th Annual Museum Expedition Camp! Participants will have the fun and unique opportunity to work with scientists in the field of paleontology as part of an actual scientific research project to explore the natural wonders of Alabama. Students, teachers, and adults will spend a week at the Expedition field camp working with scientists to learn excavation techniques, laboratory procedures, and specimen identification. The Museum Expedition combines real exploration, with real science to create a unique experience and lasting friendships. Participants will have the opportunity to meet friends, explore new surroundings, and conduct field work in paleontology in Greene County, Alabama. We invite you to explore an area of rare opportunity as we dig into the past to gain a glimpse of what life was like in Cretaceous Alabama. Work side-by-side with paleontologists to discover important facets of Alabama’s geologic history. Call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail us at for additional information. Spaces are limited so sign up soon!

Alabama Museum of Natural History Summer Field Trips

July - August

Join the Alabama Museum of Natural History for Summer Field Trips that include tubing, caving, fossil-hunting and canoeing in some of Alabama's most beautiful and interesting places. These exciting day trips are led by experienced Museum naturalists and are designed for students, adults, families and children over the age of ten. The Museum provides the transportation and equipment. For more information call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail us at

July 10: Shark's Tooth Creek Fossil Trip
July 11: Canoeing on Bear Creek
July 14: Tubing the Little Cahaba River
July 16: Canoeing North River
July 17: Canoeing the Coosa River
July 18: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip
August 1: Shark's Tooth Creek Fossil Trip

Summer Day Camps

Science Day Camp: July 20 - 24

Join us for a fun filled week exploring Alabama's wonderful scientific diversity. Learn about fossils, watersheds, fish, reptiles and much more as we discover Alabama in this full day camp. 5th-8th graders are invited to experience hands-on science in the field alongside real scientists! For more information call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail us at Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Art Half-Day Camp: July 27 - 31

Discover art in science and nature during this week long half-day camp at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. 3rd-5th graders are invited to explore the world around them through a variety of art mediums including sculpture, painting, and photography. For more information call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail us at Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Alabama Summer Computer Camps

High School: July 27 - 31, August 3 - 7

The University of Alabama Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering will host a series of Computer Science camps from July 27th – August 7th, 2015 for high schools students. Camp attendees will be given an option to stay in our dormitories as residential campers or local students may commute to camp. Students will be taught multiple topics of Computer Science while learning to program a computer in several exciting contexts (e.g., Java, robotics control and smartphone apps with App Inventor). The Computer Science camps are taught by faculty and staff in a manner that encourages self-exploration across multiple projects.

Contact: Dr. Jeff Gray at

Athletic Camps

June – July

The University of Alabama offers camps for 16 varsity sports (football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball, men's and women's track, men's and women's swimming, gymnastics, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, and cheerleading). The camps are held on various dates, June through July. For more information on these camps, call (205) 348-3600 or visit

Athletic Training Camp

July 11 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

The University of Alabama Jr. High and High School Athletic Training Student Aide Camp Staff invites you to learn about athletic training from the athletic trainers who provide medical care to some of the best athletes in the nation! The camp is designed for junior high and high school students who are interested in gaining athletic training knowledge and skills. The program will address current concepts in athletic training and is taught by certified athletic trainers who work at The University of Alabama.

Topics to be covered include:
Basic Anatomy, Mechanisms of Sport Injuries, Gait Analysis, Evaluation Techniques, Taping and Wrapping, Concussion Assessment.

All camp activities will be conducted in the Football Athletic Training Room located in the Mal Moore Football Facility off Bear Bryant Drive.

Cost of Attendance (includes camp t-shirt, lunch and dinner):
Early bird registration: $100
Postmarked after July 10th: $125


Contact: Dr. Jeri Zemke at

Belser-Parton Literacy Center Reading and Writing Programs

Individual Tutoring (All Ages)

Science and Literacy Explorations (Entering Grades 1-6)

Reading Café (Entering Grades 5-9)

Creative Writing (Entering Grades 6-9)

American Girl® History Club (Entering Grades 2-7)

Magic Tree House® Reading Adventures (Entering Grades 2-5)

Family Programs (Ages 1-5 with a caregiver)

More information and registration forms are available at

Community Music School

Summer Lessons, Kid's Yoga & Adult Yoga for Musicians: June 1 – July 31
Kindermusik, Adult Strings Ensembles: June 1 – July 1
Summer String Camp for Grades 4-9th: June 22 – 27
Children's Musical Camp (ages 6-12Y): Disney's AladdinKIDS: July 20 – 31

The CMS is an outreach program of the School of Music (Moody Music Bldg.) at The University of Alabama. Designed to enrich the quality of life through exposure and study of the arts, students of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Lessons for all ages and abilities, Adult Strings or Brass Ensembles, Kindermusik classes, and Kid's Yoga available. Teachers include UA faculty, area professionals with advanced music degrees, graduate students, and carefully selected undergraduate music students.

Private summer lesson days/times are flexible, fees vary according to teacher selected and are offered June 1 – July 31 (closed July 4). Morning and Afternoon Kindermusik class times available. To enroll, visit our office, 171 Moody Music Bldg., UA Campus or visit–school.

Contact: Dr. Jane Weigel at or (205) 348-6741

Crimson Music Camps

Jazz/Improvisation and Marching Percussion Camp: June 11 - 14
Concert Band, Piano and Vocal/Choral/Opera Camp: June 14 - 19

The University of Alabama School of Music and University Bands is pleased to host the annual Crimson Music Camp for 2015. This summer, we will offer two weeks of instruction with programs in Jazz and Improvisation (High School 9-12), Drum Major and Leadership Team (High School 9-12), Marching Percussion (High School 9-12), Colorguard (High School, 9-12), Majorette and Dance Team (High School 9-12) Concert Band (Junior High and Senior High 6-12), Voice/Theatre/Opera (High School 9-12) and Piano (Junior High and Senior High 6-12). Students enrolled in the camp will be under the leadership and guidance of the artist-faculty members of the University of Alabama School of Music. Joining the UA faculty will be guest faculty members recognized as expert leaders in the field of instrumental music education. Each member of our camp leadership team and faculty will work diligently to ensure that each student receives the highest quality camp experience. Our camps offer small group sectionals and coaching, specialized courses, and master classes…all this while spending time sharing music with some of the most outstanding musicians and teachers in the country. We also provide our campers with a Crimson Music Camp T-Shirt, supervised recreation time each evening, and a fantastic finale concert. Educational and insightful classes and rehearsals during the day, combined with fun-filled evening activities make Crimson Music Camp 2015 the place to be! Residential and commuter options available. Don’t miss it! Online registration will open on Monday, March 2, 2015 and close on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Contact: Heath Nails at or (205) 348-6068

Culverhouse Majors Awareness Program

June 14 - 19

CMAP (Culverhouse Majors Awareness Program) is a residential summer institute for exceptional students who are typically under-represented in the ever-growing University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce. The program’s chief objective is to showcase the benefits of obtaining a business degree for those with communicative, strategic, or analytical talent.

CMAP exposes rising high school seniors to a world-renowned business faculty, leaders of widely- successful businesses, and the abundant amenities The University has to offer. Students will leave the program with a better understanding of the dynamic world of business and how Culverhouse can help them on their path to success.

Participants will interact on an individual basis with university professors and working professionals through a variety of presentations and experiences. The program provides an atmosphere that will challenge and stimulate the participants. Each of the business disciplines – accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, management science, and information systems – is explored in interactive formats designed for in-depth exploration of their interests in these fields.

Contact: Daphne Palmer at or (205) 348-3286

Accounting Career Awareness Program

June 21 - 26

ACAP stands for Accounting Career Awareness Program and is a program of The National Association of Black Accountants, Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants. The primary objective of the ACAP is to increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting.

ACAP began in 1980 when the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), recognized the need for a program that would direct African-Americans and other underrepresented ethnic groups towards the accounting profession. Realizing that preparation for a professional career begins in junior and senior high school, the Seattle Chapter of NABA designed a pilot program that could mark a turning point in the academic lives of secondary students, motivating them to pursue a higher education.

ACAP revolves around a one-week summer residency program for high school students. The program introduces students to career opportunities in accounting through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lecturers from business and government.

Contact: Daphne Palmer at or (205) 348-3286

Honors Academy

July 19 - 24

Explore the Honors College at The University of Alabama with a week on campus, where you will be immersed in interactive workshops and activities presented by faculty, students and alumni. At Honors Academy, you will experience every aspect of the Honors College through sessions and activities focusing on our four pillars of academic success: Innovative Scholarship, Advanced Research, Cultural Interaction and Civic Engagement. Molding your academic career around these pillars allows you to create the undergraduate experience best tailored to your interests.

Do you want to be an engineer who finds a way to incorporate a love of art and music into your career? Do you want to study business while also learning skills that will help those in poverty? This week is your opportunity to witness how fine-tuning your ideas about higher education can shape your future. We will show you how you can obtain “the small liberal arts college atmosphere” with the opportunities available at a large university.


The Long Weekend - Summer Multimedia Journalism Camp

June 13 - 15

The Alabama Scholastic Press Association at the University of Alabama invites middle and high school students (grades 6-12) to attend its summer journalism camp, The Long Weekend, on campus June 12-14. Students can attend with or without their media staffs and advisers. Students with no prior experience can also attend. Home schoolers are welcome.

The cost for the weekend is $130, which includes room and board, tuition and all meals. ASPA Director Meredith Cummings said the University of Alabama journalism department is proud to carry on summer programs, are a vital part of ASPA, which is celebrating its 78th anniversary. The camp is designed to teach creative and efficient ways to communicate through scholastic newspapers, newsmagazines, yearbooks, literary magazines, broadcast programs and digital media. It allows students to enjoy a taste of college life and invigorate their interest in scholastic media

The Long Weekend will feature day and evening classes to help participants gain the tools to produce prize-winning results next school year. When festivities and classes wrap up with an awards presentation, students will have a great start on the upcoming year, and will leave with a solid plan for their school newspaper, yearbook, broadcast program, Web site or literary magazine. If they attend the camp without a staff, they will leave with skills they need to do great journalism in any medium.

Students can register online at The deadline for registration is June 6.

Contact: ASPA Director Meredith Cummings at or (205) 348-ASPA

Moundville Archeological Park Indian Summer Day Camps

Session 1: June 1 - 5
Session 2: July 20 - 24

Each identical session of Indian Summer Day Camp is a week-long program offered for 9 to 13 year olds interested in Native American arts and lifeways. Among other things, kids focus on several different art projects including pottery, weaving and gourd crafts. Activities include hiking, gathering wild foods, touring an archaeological laboratory, playing Native American games, museum and park tours, storytelling and sampling authentic Native American cuisine.

Located at Moundville Archaeological Park, campers from Tuscaloosa can be picked up from Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus at 8:30 am and returned at 4:30 pm.

The cost for day camp is $200 per child per week. For more information call 205-371-8732 or email A registration form is available on the Moundville website at

Rural Health Scholars Program

May 24 - June 26

Want to be a health care professional or scientist? Then the Rural Health Scholars Program or Minority Rural Health Pipeline Program — both of which introduce qualified high school juniors and seniors to the health professions, science, education, and college life — might be right for you. You'll stay on campus, take college-level courses, attend field trips and seminars, and learn through hands-on experiences how science and technology are important tools in becoming a health care professional or scientist.

Contact: Cynthia Moore at or (205) 348-3116

Rural Minority Health Scholars Program

May 24 - June 26

Rural Minority Health Scholars Programs is a five-week summer program for recent high school graduates (current seniors) who are interested in becoming physicians and returning to rural Alabama to practice. Students will shadow a physician in Tuscaloosa and take one academic course for credit.

Contact: Cynthia Moore at or (205) 348-3116

SITE (Student Introduction to Engineering)

Three Sessions Beginning July 12, 19, and 26

Ever wonder what makes bridges capable of withstanding 100-mph winds or why a skyscraper doesn't collapse during an earthquake? Perhaps you'll be an engineer someday. Come to The University of Alabama campus to learn what high school courses you will need to excel as an engineer and to discover if engineering is the right career for you. For high school students entering the 11th and 12th grades.

Contact: Gregory L. Singleton at or (205) 348-1447