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 Summer Field Trips

museum.programs@ua.edu or 205-348-7550

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.

Alabama Museum of Natural History Expedition

museum.programs@ua.edu or 205-348-7550

This is not your ordinary summer camp! Discover Alabama’s diverse natural history by participating in the Museum Expedition Camp! Participants will have the fun and unique opportunity to work with scientists in the field of Archaeology as part of an actual scientific research project to explore the cultural history 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 artifact 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 archaeology in Baldwin County, Alabama at Gulf State Park. 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 prehistoric Alabama.

Work side-by-side with archaeologists to discover important facets of Alabama’s cultural history. Spaces are limited so sign up soon!

Alabama Summer Computer Camps 2020

High School: June 8-12

Dr. Jeff Gray gray@cs.ua.edu

The University of Alabama Department of Computer Science will host a high school computer science camp in Summer 2020. Students will be taught multiple topics of computer science while learning to program a computer in several exciting contexts. The Computer Science Camp is taught in a manner that encourages self-exploration across multiple projects. The high school camp is offered to rising sophomores through seniors and is taught by UA faculty (Dr. Gray and his staff). Both commuter and dorm-based options are provided. Those students from outside of the commuting range to Tuscaloosa may reside in our dorms throughout the week. Students from across Alabama and the USA are invited, as well as international students. The camps begin at 9am and end at 3:30pm each day of the week. Students will be given an hour lunch break with planned social events.

The High School camp will be June 8-12, 2020 and offer a dorm option for those outside of Tuscaloosa who are rising 10th through 12th graders (currently in 9th through 11th grades).

For more information, please visit:


Athletic Camp

RollTide.com or 205-348-3600

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
  • Cheerleading

Belser-Parton Literacy Center Reading and Writing Programs

The Literacy Center is a research and service center in the College of Education. We offer support services and intensive instruction for students entering grades K-6 in need of additional instruction in reading to maintain or accelerate progress toward grade level goals.

More information is available at literacy.ua.edu.

Communication and Media Preview

Contact Tisch Student Services & External Relations at UACCIS@ua.edu or 205-348-8599

  • CAMP Dates: July 14-18, 2020
  • Registration Opens: February 3, 2020
  • Registration Closes: June 15, 2020

Communication and Media Preview (CAMP) provides high school students with the opportunity to discover and create stories. During this five-day, four-night immersive experience at The University of Alabama, students will practice skills and improve knowledge related to the fields of communication and media, develop connections with aspiring communicators, and become familiar with the college experience. Participants will work with cutting-edge technology alongside the nation’s leading experts in areas such as advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations.

CAMP offers high school students the opportunity to interact with UA faculty, staff, alumni and current students while learning about communication and media industries. Before ever entering college, participants will be exposed to various career options in the field and cultivate their interests around communication and media while engaging in a hands-on, team-centered learning environment. Participants will produce original work and gain a deeper understanding of how communication and media impacts our communities.

CAMP will:

  • Promote innovation and creativity
  • Expose participants to the world of communication and media in areas such as broadcast, media production, promotion, social media, writing and public speaking.
  • Provide a hands-on learning environment that includes interactive guest speakers, collaborative workshops, a culminating project and off-site trips
  • Serve as a laboratory for participants to create original work alongside UA C&IS faculty
  • Introduce participants to the C&IS college experience

Registration information:

  • cis.ua.edu/camp
  • Students eligible: rising high school sophomores through rising high school seniors
  • CAMP cost: $600 (scholarships available)
  • Questions? UACCIS@ua.edu or 205-348-8599

Community Music School

Dr. Jane Weigel jweigel@ua.edu or 205-348-6741

  • Private Lessons for All Ages and Abilities: June – July, variable days/times
  • Kindermusik: May 27 – June 25
  • Adult Strings Ensemble: May – June, dates TBA
  • String Camp: For rising 5th – 12th grades: Three options by age/experience; June 24-28
  • Chamber Music Trios and Quartets: June & July – variable day/times
  • Children’s Musical Camp (ages 6-12 years): Frozen JR: July 15 – 26

The CMS is an outreach program of the School of Music (Moody Music Building) 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 camps are available. Chamber music groups (variety of instrumentation) coached professionally. Teachers include UA faculty, area professionals with advanced music degrees, graduate students, and carefully selected undergraduate music students. Disney’s Frozen JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Private summer lesson days/times are flexible. Fees vary according to teacher selected and are offered June – July (closed July 4). Morning and afternoon Kindermusik class times available (see times on website). To enroll, visit our office (171 Moody Music Building on the UA Campus) or visit our website.

Forensic Science Summer Day Camp

Lindsey Gordon fgordon@ua.edu or 205-371-8700

  • Middle School Session: July 6-10
  • High School Session: July 20-24

This Forensic Camp exposes middle school and high school aged participants to leaders in the field of Forensic Science and Anthropology as well as the abundant resources the University has to offer. The camp will provide attendants with a spring board to fields of study in Anthropology, Sociology, Human Biology, and Criminal Justice.

Participants will interact with University professors and working professionals through a variety of presentations and hands-on experiences. The program provides an atmosphere that will challenge and stimulate the participants to be career and college ready. Several aspects of Forensic Science will be covered during the course of the camp including: forensic anthropology and odontology, crime scene sketching and analysis, trace evidence and print analysis, and forensic profiling.

Students will leave the program with a better understanding of the world of Forensic Science and how UA Museums and the College of Arts and Sciences can help them on their career path and opportunities for professional success.

Website: https://museums.ua.edu/oar/

Rural Health Scholars Program

Contact: Cynthia Moore cmoore@ua.edu

May 24-June 26, 2020

The Rural Health Scholars Program is a five week summer program for rising high school seniors from rural counties in Alabama. The program gives students a chance to experience college life. Scholars live on campus, take two college courses for credit, participate in seminars and field trips, and receive information about health careers. The program is for current juniors.

For more information and to apply, go to:http://cchs.ua.edu/rhs.

Minority Rural Health Scholars Program

Cynthia Moore cmoore@cchs.ua.edu or 205-348-3116

May 26 – June 28

The Rural Minority Health Scholars Program is a five-week summer program for students who are interested in becoming physicians and returning to rural Alabama to practice. Students will shadow a physician and take one academic course for credit. Program is for current seniors in high school who are from rural Alabama.


Moundville Archaeological Park Indian Summer Day Camps

Lisa Rasco llrasco@ua.edu or 205-371-8732

  • June 8-12

Each identical session of Indian Summer Day Camp is a week long program offered for ages 9 to 13, interested in Native American arts and life-ways. Among other things, kids focus on several different art projects including pottery, dreamcatchers, Native jewelry, gourd crafts, and making their own moccasins. Activities include hiking, gathering wild foods, touring an archaeological laboratory and other UA museums, playing Native games and sampling authentic Native American cuisine. Located at Moundville Archaeological Park, campers from Tuscaloosa can be dropped off from Smith Hall on The University of Alabama campus at 8:30 a.m. and return to Smith Hall at 4:30 p.m. For a registration form, please email Lisa Rasco at llrasco@ua.edu.

  • Museum members: $225.00 (per week per child)
  • MAP Staff: $225.00 (per week per child)
  • Non-museum members: $250.00 (per week per child)
  • Multiple children from the same household after full price of first child will be $225.00 (Per week Per child)

The discounts are already applied in pricing and only one discount can be used per session. This includes multiple children discounts totaled from pricing above.

Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE)

Gregory L. Singleton gsingleton@eng.ua.edu or 205-348-1447

  • SITE I: July 12-17
  • SITE II: July 19-24
  • SITE III: July 26-31

Cost: $850.00

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 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

Register on our website site.eng.ua.edu

Summer Day Camps

museum.programs@ua.edu or 205-348-7550

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 full day camps. Fifth through eighth graders are invited to experience hands-on science in the field alongside real scientists! Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Discover art in science and nature during week long half-day camp at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Third through fifth graders are invited to explore the world around them through a variety of art mediums including sculpture, painting, and photography. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Swim to the Top

Andrea Ziegler amziegler@ua.edu or 205-348-9854

June 1 – 25 (Monday – Thursday)

Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Swim to the Top is a swimming, physical education and academic enrichment summer program sponsored by the University of Alabama’s Division of Community Affairs. The summer program works in partnership with the Barnes Branch YMCA Summer Camp, Tuscaloosa’s Park and Recreation Authority and The First Tee of Tuscaloosa. Swim to the Top’s primary focus is to provide swim lessons and water safety information to camper’s ages 4 – 14 years old. Additional focuses include having fun in non-traditional physical education, experimenting during hands-on science projects about nutrition, and improving literacy and writing. All program instruction takes place at the Barnes Branch YMCA and Freeman Swimming Pool, June 1 – 25 on Monday – Thursday mornings between 8:30 – 11:30am.

The Long Weekend – Summer Multimedia Journalism Camp

URL: https://www.alabamascholasticpress.com/ or 205-348-2772

June 5 – June 7

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 5-7, 2020. Students can attend with or without their media staffs and advisers. The cost for the weekend is $200, which includes room and board, tuition and all meals.

ASPA Director Meredith Cummings said the UA journalism department is proud to carry on summer programs, a vital part of ASPA, which is celebrating its 83rd anniversary this year. 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 also 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 a showcase by campers, students will have a great start on the upcoming year and will leave with a solid plan for their school newspaper, yearbook, broadcast program, website 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. Homeschoolers are welcome.

For more information on this event, regularly check aspa.ua.edu and follow ASPA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

LEAP (Leaders Exploring Academic Possibilities)

Leaders Exploring Academic Possibilities (LEAP) is a summer program for rising high school freshmen hosted by UA Early College at The University of Alabama. LEAP consists of a five-day academic, leadership, and service exploration. Rising high school freshmen who apply and are accepted will participate in team-building exercises, The University of Alabama college activities, Tuscaloosa community service opportunities, and group project planning. Students interested in participating must submit the online LEAP application, which includes a short essay and submission of two references.

The five-day LEAP camp will be held during two separate weeks. Students can choose to participate in the June camp OR the July camp. Students will choose one camp in which to participate.

The LEAP program will be held on the following dates:

  • LEAP Camp 1: Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12, 2020
  • LEAP Camp 2: Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17, 2020
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $250.00 per student (subject to change). Cost includes materials, UA campus activities, community service activities, meals, supplies, LEAP t-shirt, closing ceremony attendance, group photo, and certificate.

The LEAP application was open from Monday, October 7, 2019 and closed Friday, December 6, 2019. Students will be notified in February 2020 of their acceptance into the program. The LEAP 2020 application is closed. (The LEAP application for 2021 will have a similar timeline).

For additional information or questions about the LEAP program, email leap@ccs.ua.edu or call (205) 348-7083.

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