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The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is a hands-on learning experience offered on-campus and online. High school students dive deep into a field of study with access to world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals.

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At this time, the Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program plans to host students on-campus and online for Summer 2021, pending future public health guidelines.

20 Institutes. On-Campus & Online. 1 Incredible Summer.


Students have the opportunity to experience a career pathway or academic field of study, meet new friends from around the world, make professional connections, explore life on campus, and learn what their future may hold.

On-Campus Institutes

“I felt such a sense of belonging here. The medical sim labs were so cool and the hands-on experiences gave me a clear view into the world of medicine. I made a new best friend and realized what I want to pursue in my future. The leaders were so kind and really made all of us feel included, safe, and excited about Wake Forest!” Kristen, Medicine Institute


Students can choose from a variety of online learning opportunities that fit best with their busy summer schedules. Whether students want to participate in live lectures or learn at their own pace, they can dive into a career pathway or field of study from the comfort of their homes.

Online Institutes

“I had a great experience this week. The program leaders and ambassadors were very welcoming and knowledgeable, and I feel like, for an online program, it was pretty much the best it could have been. I learned new things while having fun during the labs, and heard about different topics firsthand from guest speakers. This online experience really solidified what I think I want to pursue.” Julia, Biosciences and Engineering Institute




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Draw. Illustrate. Animate. Breath life into your works of art frame-by-frame.


Biosciences & Engineering


 Experimentation. Exploration. Innovation. The building blocks of science.

On-Campus   Online



Swim with sharks who know how to create and seize opportunity in ponds large and small.

On-Campus   Online

Debate and Public Advocacy

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Speak up. Speak out. Build confidence and skills; be your best advocate.

On-Campus   Online


Take your idea from concept to reality and learn how to launch the next industry-changing start-up.

On-Campus   Online


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Lights. Camera. Action. What’s the story you want to tell? We can help you tell it!

On-Campus   Online

Finance and Investing

Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Get ahead of the game. Learn and experience how investing works.

On-Campus   Online

Health and Exercise Science

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Workout your future. Master the essentials of health, exercise, and overall wellness.

On-Campus   Online

Health and Wellbeing

 From nutrition to mindfulness and everything in between, discover how health dictates all facets of life.

On-Campus   Online



Your permission to approach the bench is granted. Experience an insider’s view of the legal industry.




Walk a mile in the shoes of those who know what it means—and what it takes—to inspire others.

On-Campus   Online



 Don your white coat and scrub into the world of medicine. Prepare to make a positive impact.

On-Campus   Online


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From the molecular to the philosophical – explore how the brain develops, functions, & learns.

On-Campus   Online

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Learn to use your power to shape the policies that govern you, your community, your state & the nation!

On-Campus   Online


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Take a trip inside the mind. Discover why people think, act,
and feel the way they do.

On-Campus   Online

Sports Marketing


From the field to the locker room, get an in-depth view of one of the largest industries worldwide.

On-Campus   Online

Sports Medicine


Discover what it takes to keep top athletes on the field and performing at their very best.

On-Campus   Online



Pursue your digital dreams from the intersection of inspiration and innovation.

On-Campus   Online

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality IconExplore the digital divide between reality and the virtual world through virtual reality, augmented reality, game engines, and motion capture.


Writing for Life

Writing Institute IconCompose. Communicate. Create. Take your ideas from concept to reality and be prepared to write for life.

On-Campus   Online

Next Steps

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  • Step 1 – Discover the Institute that is best for you, whether it’s on-campus or online.
  • Step 2Apply! You’ll need to craft two essays and request a recommendation from an educator for the 2021 Summer Immersion application.
  • Step 3 – Experience your future. Join us for a life-changing week on-campus or online.

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