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 Trips and Day Camps

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

Discover Alabama’s diverse natural history through a variety of field trip and day camp options. Additional information and updates for summer 2021 can be found on the UA’s ALMNH website.

Moundville Summer Day Camp

Lisa Rasco llrasco@ua.edu

Moundville Summer Day Camp is a week-long program that teaches children ages 9 through 13 Native American arts and lifeways. Located at Moundville Archaeological Park, activities include museum and park tours, videos, storytelling, nature hikes, sampling Native American foods, and playing Native American games. Children will have the opportunity to create several fantastic art projects including pottery, copper jewelry, and a gourd container or mask. Two sessions are offered, one in June and the second in July that feature identical programming. Van pickup at Smith Hall on UA’s campus is available, or parents can drop off their children at the park’s Conference Center.


  • First Session: June 7 – 11, 2021
  • Second Session: June 21 – 25, 2021

Alabama Summer Computer Camps

There will not be any computer camps hosted during Summer 2021. We expect to bring back these camps in Summer 2022. See below for additional information about previous camps, and contact information for future programs.

Dr. Jeff Gray gray@cs.ua.edu

Hosted by the University of Alabama Department of Computer Science. 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

Previous summers, The University of Alabama has offered 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

Community Music School

Dr. Jane Weigel jweigel@ua.edu or 205-348-6741
String Camp: June 14 – 19, 2021

Camp will be held on campus at the Moody Music Building. Two path options include Orchestra or Chamber Music. This camp is for students in grades rising 6th grade – 12th grade. Must be able to read music on all 4 strings, play in several keys, and play either violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Campers provide their own instrument. Teachers include School of Music string faculty, UA string majors, and area string professionals including Tuscaloosa City Schools string teachers. Camp hours are Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. AND 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Enrollment will open May 1 and be closed May 31. Cost is $175. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jane Weigel at jweigel@ua.edu

Community Music School Private Music Lessons (all ages) and Adult String Orchestra
Private lessons are open to students of all ages and abilities, beginning – advanced level. Offering both virtual and in-person lessons (this varies by teacher). Lesson cost is based on selected teacher and lesson number and length. Lesson schedules vary with selected teacher and are offered from June 1- July 31. Adult String Orchestra (ASO) is open to adults who have experience playing either violin, viola, cello, or bass. ASO meets May 20-June 24 (6 classes, cost is $35). Students must provide their own instrument. Enrollment opens online May 1. For more information contact the Community Music School: Dr. Jane Weigel at jweigel@ua.edu

Rural Health Scholars Program

Contact: Cynthia Moore cmoore@ua.edu
May 23-June 29, 2021

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.

The application deadline was March 15, 2021
For more information, go to: http://cchs.ua.edu/rhs.

Minority Rural Health Scholars Program

Cynthia Moore cmoore@cchs.ua.edu or 205-348-3116
May 23 – June 29

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.
The application deadline was March 15, 2021. http://cchs.ua.edu/rmhs

Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE)

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

The 2021 SITE Summer Program has been cancelled due to logistics related to COVID safety protocols. We are expecting SITE to return during the summer of 2022. Specific information on SITE 2022 will be available in January of 2022. Should you have any questions or concerns free to contact me directly. site.eng.ua.edu

Swim to the Top

Andrea Ziegler amziegler@ua.edu or 205-348-9854
June 1 – July 1 (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 campers ages 4 – 14 years old. Campers enjoy non-traditional physical education and experiment during hands-on STEM projects about health and nutrition. All program instruction takes place at the Barnes Branch YMCA and Freeman Swimming Pool, June 1 – July 1 on Monday – Thursday mornings between 8:30 – 11:30am.

The Long Weekend – Summer Multimedia Journalism Camp

This camp will not be hosted during Summer 2021. We are hopeful to bring back the camp in Summer 2022. View previous camp information below.

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

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. 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. 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 7 – Friday, June 11, 2021
  • LEAP Camp 2: Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16, 2021

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 October 5, 2020 and closed December 4, 2020. Students were notified in early 2021 of their acceptance into the program. The LEAP 2021 application is closed. (The LEAP application for 2022 will have a similar timeline).

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

Young Writers Camp

kclark45@crimson.ua.edu or 904-673-6370

The University of Alabama Young Writers Camp, for rising 6th-12th graders, fosters creativity and a range of writing and artistic skills in a fun, accepting, interactive environment.

The Young Writers Camp will allow students to choose from a variety of classes and workshops taught by experienced writers covering poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting for film and TV, graphic novel, and other forms.

This year the camp will be run entirely over Zoom, from June 7-18th.

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