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The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program empowers high school students to manifest their goals. Through meaningful real-world experiences, robust academics, an inclusive campus culture, networking and mentorship, students are able to discover their passions and clarify their future pathway.


21 Institutes. 1 Incredible Summer.

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Experience Wake Forest University

Students can choose from a variety of on-campus learning opportunities that fit best with their busy summer schedules. Whether you’re interested in applying to Wake or not, the Summer Immersion Program is a great way to experience life on a college campus and Wake is a pretty great place to discover the major or career pathway that’s right for you.

Summer 2023 Availability

There is no hard deadline for the program. We accept students on a rolling basis until all programs are filled. The institutes below have limited space available for select weeks. 

The law program gave my child the opportunity to learn about and network within the different branches of law which allowed her to narrow her focus prior to attending college and law school.”

– Parent, Law Institute

Exposure to a Career Pathway

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



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


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

Cancer Medicine

Discover the field of Oncology. An inside look at caring, curing and treating.

Debate & Public Advocacy

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


Learn about the fundamentals of engineering – identify needs and solve problems with innovative solutions.


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


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

Finance and Investing

Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Get ahead of the game. Money that does not make money, is a waste of money.

Health and Exercise Science

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

Health and Wellbeing

Learn about the eight dimensions of wellbeing, use technology for health procedures, and tour campus facilities dedicated to health, fitness and overall wellness.



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



Learn the skills and tools it takes to lead and inspire others.


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


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

Policy and Politics

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


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


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Screenplays are where cinematic stories are born! Use your creativity to craft the stories you want to tell through dialogue, plot, and tone.

Sports Business

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This is the best seat in the house for an in-depth view of one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide.

Sports Medicine


What does it take to keep top athletes on the field and performing at their very best? Grab some athletic tape, have the scalpel on standby and come find out!



Inspire yourself by exploring the intersection of technology and innovation.

Virtual Reality

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

Women’s Medicine

Explore what makes women’s care different. An inside look at treatment, intervention and surgery.

Writing for Life

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

Next Steps

Apply Now

  • Step 1 – Discover the institute that’s right for you!
  • Step 2Apply! You’ll need to craft two essays and request a recommendation from a teacher, school counselor or administrator for the 2023 application.
  • Step 3 – Experience your future. Join us for a life-changing week on-campus.

Highlights from the Summer

Debate and Public Advocacy
Students Preforming an Experiment
Student in pre-college program
Students Preparing to film on the quad at WFU
Wake Debate Student on Computer
campus garden