Students in the Pacific High School Summer Institute will learn from college faculty in small, personalized learning environments that are the hallmark of a Pacific education. The non-credit programs emphasize hands-on, real-world learning and team-oriented collaborations, taught in Pacific’s labs, studios, fields and makerspaces. Graduates will receive a certificate from California’s first and oldest university.

Institute participants select one of the following precollege summer program offerings. Each will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the two weeks of the program.

Game tournament

Follow your passion for competitive gaming to learn more about the $160 billion eSport industry. Participants will improve gameplay by focusing on individual and teamwork skills, while also learning about various careers and business models in this exciting field.

Innovating with Purpose

Integrate digital and physical innovation by using new technologies. Learn the basics of 3D printing, virtual reality, graphic design, drone piloting, animation with AI and motion capture suits, media content creation, and product development.

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Creating Media

Work with faculty from the Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design to learn how to make movies, podcasts and more in our studios and digital media labs. The projects will be showcased in X-Space at the end of the Institute.

Investing in Stocks

Discover how to make smart investment decisions. This program will take students from investment fundamentals to actual investment trades on the stock exchanges through the Eberhardt Student Investment Fund, a signature program of Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business.

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Game Design & Development

Learn video game development and design from concept to execution at the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Finding a cure for cancer

Join our biochemists in their labs as you work alongside them to find a cure for cancer. Learn how to design and perform experiments that will create new drugs and delivery systems to combat disease.

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Competitive Debate

Learn to execute the skills and strategies of competitive debate from coaches and college students who lead Pacific’s speech and debate team, which has finished in the Top 10 nationally for seven consecutive years.

Music Industry

Explore the world of sound design, recording, publishing, licensing and other dimensions that drive America’s $900 billion creative sector economy. The music industry program is based at Pacific’s recording studios and taught by the university’s renowned Conservatory of Music faculty.

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Entrepreneurship & Technology Design

Learn practical techniques for conceptualizing, articulating and assessing innovative and entrepreneurial solutions and apply these techniques to your own ideas to create the pitch and business plan. This is a joint offering of the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Eberhardt School of Business.

Future Pharmacists

Work side-by-side with research scientists, professors and pharmacists from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy to design research experiments, learn vaccination techniques, participate in a pharmacy-themed escape room and respond to a simulated cardiac code blue.

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Sports Analytics

Explore the fast-growing world of sports analytics. Learn how data is changing the landscape of athletics by learning about this $300 billion industry. Topics include individual and team performance analytics, sports management and contract negotiations.


Learn to write computer code in the C++ programming language. Topics include variables, flow control structures, functions and parameter passing, arrays and object-oriented programming. This program is hosted by Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Leadership for Women

Explore how to be an effective leader through workshops and one-on-one sessions with top professors from the Eberhardt School of Business, alumni and community leaders to build leadership and communication skills. Participants will prepare business case projects and design and run a conference to share they have learned.

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