UGA Programs for K-12 Students 

Welcome parents, students, teachers and school administrators! This page is designed to provide you with a listing of programs and activities available for children and pre-college students at the University of Georgia. 


About UGA's Pre-Collegiate Initiative

A UGA outreach goal is to support academic pre-collegiate programs that address Georgia's educational pipeline needs. In 2007, the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach began exploring strategies for enhancing institution-wide support for academically based, pre-collegiate programming provided by a variety of units on campus. Now housed at The Fanning Institute, a public service unit, this initiative is convened jointly by Fanning and the Office of Admissions. 


Academic Programs for K-12 Students

Accounting Residency Program: Grades 10-12

The Accounting Residency Program is open to current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are planning to attend UGA. Students will learn about the accounting profession, hear about career options, develop financial literacy and leadership skills, and learn about business etiquette. 

Animal Science in Action: Grades 11-12

Animal Science in Action is a 2 day program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in a Bachelor of Science degree and career in the animal science field. The UGA Animal and Science Department encompasses science and hands-on learning opportunities with beef and dairy cattle, horses, swine and sheep.

Athens Peer Court: Grades 9-12

Athens Peer Court is a leadership program in which youth volunteers serve as the lawyers, judge and jury in sentencing hearings for youth who have been arrested. The Fanning Institute created Athens Peer Court to offer such training and continue to fulfill its goal of helping students become leaders in their communities. Students interested in serving should contact the Fanning Institute. 

Avian Adventures: Grades 11-12

Avian Adventures is a short course (3 days) provided by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is open to high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the field of poultry science. Participants apply new skills and have fun sharing a unique educational experience.

The Dog Doctors Youth Outreach: For Elementary, Middle and High Schools

The Dog Doctors make stops at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Georgia. Dr. Paige Carmichael and UGA veterinary students come into your classroom with three large Bernese Mountain dogs--the Dog Doctors. Dr. Carmichael will talk about her research and the roles that the Dog Doctors play in her development of tests to detect genetic diseases in dogs. She will answer students' questions about the dogs, her research, and careers in Veterinary Medicine, and will show photographs of the Dog Doctors as they grew from babies to full-grown animals. Students will also be able to interact with the dogs as well as with the veterinary students who will show them X-Rays and bones of animals.

Georgia 4-H: Grades K-12

Georgia's 4-H summer camping program, administered through the county offices of UGA's Cooperative Extension Service, offers a 4-H summer camping experience unparalleled in the nation. Over 8,000 children ages 9-19 annually descend on five unique 4-H centers for a week of camp that will be reflected upon for years to come. Every camp offers great adventure, friendship and fun, and all seek to develop the camper's Head, Heart, Hands and Health to make him/her a better person.

Georgia Journalism Academy: Grades 9-12

The Georgia Journalism Academy is a program offered by UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication that gives students the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and Grady College faculty and staff. Students produce a newspaper or a broadcast show, live in UGA's residence halls and eat a Georgia's award-winning dining halls, experience college life and the city of Athens, and meet fellow student journalists and form new friendships. Seminars will also be offered in advertising, public relations, staff leadership, media rights and criteria for applying to UGA and Grady. Registration fee includes tuition, housing, most meals and supplies. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and a passion for journalism. 

Georgia Plant Science Scholars: Grades 9-12

Georgia Plant Science Scholars, or GAPSS, offered by UGA's Plant Pathology Department, is a program for high school students who are trying to identify their career goals. GAPSS gives students the opportunity to visit four different plant science areas (Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology and Entomology). Students spend 3.5 days on campus visiting the departments, going on various tours of the area, and having fun at socials held in their honor. Please contact Kisha Shelton at for more information. 

High School Residency Program (Business): Grades 11-12

The High School Residency Program, offered by the Georgia Society of CPAs and hosted at UGA, provides an introduction and overview of the many opportunities available in the world of accounting. Presentations from representatives of national and local accounting firms, industry (Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific), and government (FBI, SEC) help show the exciting and different types of job opportunities available in accounting. Students get a hands-on experience through accounting case studies and computer classes.

Peach State LSAMP High School Bridge Program: Incoming UGA First-Year Students

Peach State LSAMP's goal is to double the number of underrepresented minority students who earn bachelor's degrees in the STEM disciplines and to encourage more of our degree recipients to pursue graduate studies in these fields. 

Pharmacy Summer Science Academy: Rising 12th Grades

The purpose of the Pharmacy Summer Science Academy is to provide students with more exposure to the science career field. Students will spend some of their time in the classroom as well as in laboratories working with distinguished faculty and will present their research at the end of the week. 

SAT Summer Intensive Program

UGA's SAT Summer Intensive Programs offer serious preparation for your high stakes undergraduate admissions exam. Take four days out of your summer to get an edge on this important gatekeeper test, and discover techniques that the test designers don't want you to know. This is truly a study-till-you-drop-experience, but it will be well worth it when you get your SAT scores in the mail. 

Summer Academy at UGA: Grades 5-12

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers Summer Academy at UGA, an exciting series of specialty day and overnight camps, designed for middle school and high school students who want to do amazing things. Students attend campus focusing on a wide variety of topics in the sciences, arts, technology and more, and get the chance to work with educators and professionals who are experts in their field. All programs focus on hands-on experiences and are presented in exciting and dynamic ways.

Summer Marine Science Camps: Ages 4-15

The Summer Marine Science Camp (SMSC) program allows kids to grow up learning about the Georgia coast. Camps for kids aged 4-15 provide a range of age and academically appropriate science opportunities. All SMSC sessions emphasize "doing science, not viewing science" in marine science and coastal ecology. All sessions are designed to offer a continuum of experiences together over a series of summers. Staff includes UGA marine education faculty, public school teachers, and Georgia Sea Grant marine education interns. The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) serves as the education unit of the Marine Extension Service and is part of the Public Service and Outreach Division of UGA. 

Terry Business Academy: Grades 11-12

The Terry Business Academy is a highly selective pre-collegiate program at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. This intensive one week program will expose approximately 30 high school rising juniors and seniors to the various fields of business and provide each student with practical experience developing and presenting a business plan.

Test Preparation: Grades 10-12

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers SAT Test Preparation in multiple formats, including one-on-one coaching and summer intensive programs. Get an edge on this important gatekeeper test by studying at UGA. 

UGA Pre-College Summer Programs: Grades 11-12

UGA Pre-College Summer Programs give high school students the chance to experience college life. Students will live in close-knit residential community, and attend challenging classes during the day. In the evenings and on the weekends, students will participate in a wide variety of academic, leadership and personal development workshops, as well as social activities and off-campus trips. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, and students must apply for acceptance into the program. 

VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program): Grades 11-12

At VetCAMP, students will be involved in various activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, providing mentorship and helping them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path. The seven-day-long on-site summer program will provide opportunities for observation of and participation in various services in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center and the Diagnostic Laboratories, as well as a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium for a behind-the-scenes view of the facilities. 

Vet School for a Day: Grades 9-12

The Vet School for a Day program is designed to educate high school students and guidance counselors about the many career opportunities within the field of veterinary medicine. Space for this popular program is limited. 

Young Dawgs UGA, A Workforce Solution: Grades 11-12

The Young Dawgs Academic Year program, hosted by UGA's Office of Human Resources, provides high school (junior and senior) students with the opportunity to acquire skill training and work experience directly related to their career and occupational interests. As a result, students develop employability and occupational-specific skills, setting the stage for further post-secondary education and/or work. The Young Dawgs program is training the highly skilled workforce required of the 21st century. 

Young Scholars Program: Grades 10-12

The Young Scholars program at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is a 6-week summer internship program for talented high school students who show a high aptitude in math and science related subjects. Selected summer interns work side-by-side with CAES researchers for six weeks, and are paid a salary for up to 40 hours of work per week. The students earn money, learn job responsibility and, most importantly, are introduced to the work of agricultural scientists. 

Leadership Programs

Padres e Hijos Fin de Semana: Grade 12

Padres e Hijos, a program of the Fanning Institute, invites twenty-five highly academically competitive high school seniors and their parents to visit the University of Georgia. The weekend is an English/Spanish bilingual educational forum specially designed to welcome and encourage potential UGA applicants. Current Latino UGA students, parents, faculty and alumni welcome the visitors and share their experiences. English/Spanish interpreters are available throughout the program. Participants spend two days on the UGA campus in Athens. The program comments Friday evening with a welcoming reception and an introduction to the bilingual college student ambassadors who will be available throughout the event.

Sin Limites! Youth Leadership Program: Grades 10-12

The Fanning Institute at UGA developed the Youth Leadership Program as a vehicle to develop leadership skills high school-aged students and to encourage the attainment of a higher education. It is our philosophy that developing youth as leaders will increase their knowledge of and access to educational opportunities. High school students throughout the state with a demonstrated interest in building leadership in Latino communities are encouraged to apply for the program.

Performing Arts Programs

Community Music School: Grades K-12

The Community Music School offers private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, music theory, music composition and most recently, recorder. In addition to private lessons, CMS offers group classes, music ensembles, and music theory lessons to all who aspire to enhance their musical knowledge and ability.

Festival Dance Camp: Grades 6-12

Festival Dance Camp offers a one or two-week intensive dance program, designed to provide high-quality training for the serious-minded dancer. The highly professional faculty will provide an experienced insight into all aspects of dance, understanding of their goals as a dancer and how to achieve them. 

UGA Summer Music Camp: Grades 9-12

The University of Georgia Summer Music Camp is an intensive five-day musical experience offered by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. It offers students a place to grow musically and in a fun and exciting learning environment. During this time, students will rehearse, take private lessons, attend musicianship class, perform, and have daily master classes with our internationally renowned UGA School of Music Faculty. Please note: Students must have at least one year of experience on their instrument!

UGA Summer Music Institute: Grades 10-12

The UGA Summer Music Institute has performance-intensive curriculum that will serve advanced students who are seriously considering music as a major area of study in college. All Summer Music Institute students will participate in a chamber ensemble coached by Institute faculty. Students will also enjoy numerous lectures and laboratory exercises which are designed for the advanced musician. Summer Music Institute students will also receive a one-hour private lesson from UGA Hodgson School of Music faculty. In order to concentrate our resources on the most serious musicians, several criteria will be used to select students for the Summer Music Institute. Rising high school sophomores, juniors or seniors will be considered. 

Students who have been selected as members of All-State Band, Orchestra, Choir, or Jazz Band, Governor's schools, Regional Youth Orchestras and Wind Ensembles will receive strong consideration for acceptance into the Summer Music Institute. Students will be considered based upon faculty evaluation of a recorded audition. The recording should include a lyrical and technical selection of the applicant's choice.

UGA Marching Band Camp: Grades 9-12

The University of Georgia Summer Marching Band Camp is an intensive five-day event. Campers choose to develop techniques and practices from the various areas of marching band including Drum Major, Marching Percussion, Twirlers, Dancers, Rifles, Sabers, Color Guard, and Band Leadership. The camp staff includes award-winning specialists in each area, drum corps instructors, Redcoat Band members, and faculty instructional staff from the UGA Redcoat Band.

Programs for Middle and High School Groups

Road to UGA

A special visitation program, Road to UGA, offered by the Office of Admissions, targets Georgia middle and secondary schools enrolling a high concentration of students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch or schools with traditionally lower percentages of students pursing 4-year college after high school. Contact Anthony Johnson at for more information 

Gear Up for College

A pre-college program for high achieving under-represented students in middle school. The goal of the program is to create early awareness about selective college admissions. During this one day visit, UGA staff and students engage with participants to help them prepare competitive college admissions while also learning how to pay for college. 

Developed by the Fanning Institute, Gear Up for College is funded by the Goizueta Foundation and administered by the Office of Admissions. To request a visit, schools may contact Jonathan Brunson at 

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