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Looking for a fun, educational pre-college program in New Jersey for your teenager? Kean summer programs are the answer. Summer at Kean is a great way to keep kids engaged and learning through the summer months.  Kean University offers a wide range of pre-college and summer camp programs for all interests: athletics, science, performance arts... and much more!  
Kean’s pre-college summer programs are developed and led by Kean University faculty and held on campus in state-of-the art facilities in Union, New Jersey and on Kean’s newest campus in the New Jersey Highlands. 
Kean also hosts a variety of community summer camp programs for kids of all ages.  For more information on these camps, click on the link on this page.

Enrollment is limited and advanced registration is required so register today!

Kean University Pre-College and Summer Youth Programs

Camp Premiere: engages middle and high school students, in the magic of theater.


Session 1: Theatremakers

Students learn the elements of acting and playwriting through theatre games and acting exercises that help them translate their creative ideas into original performances for the stage. Working in a fun, creative, and collaborative environment, campers craft and star in their own play. This camp session culminates in a public performance of the campers' work, followed by a certificate presentation and reception for the participants.

Session 2: Actors Studio

Students focus on the craft of acting, including scene work, monologue preparation, movement, and voice/speech. Students work closely with industry professionals to hone their skills. Campers perform monologues as well as scenes from contemporary plays, some of which have been developed through the Premiere Play Festival. This camp session culminates in a public performance of monologues and scenes, followed by a certificate presentation and reception for the participants. 


Department Premiere Stages
Dates and times

Session 1 (Theatremakers): July 9 - 20, 2018, M-F 10am-2pm; Session 2 (Actors Studio): July 23 - August 3, 2018, M-F 10am-2pm.

Overnight/Day Day camp
Age/Target Grades 6 - 8 (Session I) & Grades 9 - 12 (Session II)
Cost and Registration

Tuition is $295, and limited scholarships are available. A $50 deposit is required for enrollment, and serves as your initial tuition payment.



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Acting Adventures: Fundamentals of acting and theatre through character creation, improvisation, and ensemble building.

Description  The Kean Theater Conservatory presents  Acting Adventures: a two-week exploration of the fundamentals of acting and theatre through character creation, improvisation, and ensemble building.
Department Kean University Theatre Conservatory
Dates and times  July 9 to 20, 2018
Overnight/Day Day, Camp runs Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Age/Target 3rd to 5th Grades
Cost and Registration $350.00

(Primary) Krystle Seit, Academic Specialist, Theatre Conservatory,  908-737-4420,

(Secondary) Holly Logue, Director, Theatre Conservatory, 908-737-4428,


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NJ DECA Summer Leadership and Competitive Events Program: prepares high school and college students for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.


NJ DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high schools and colleges for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. This overnight immersion experience is designed for current and prospective DECA students to learn from industry professionals, participate in mock events and develop new skills through expert leadership training. 

Dates and times  TBA
Age/Target  Current or Rising NJ High School DECA Students

Jeffrey Victor |

NJCSTM Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP): allows high-school students interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) careers to participate in dynamic hands-on and group activities.


The GSSRP is a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM field.  Upon entering the program students are divided into small research teams that are paired with faculty mentors conducting authentic scientific research in the following six areas: Analytical Chemistry, Virtual Reality & Scientific Visualization, Microbiomes & Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Computational Mathematics and Modern Drug Discovery.  Students learn how to conduct basic and applied research during this program and develop a true appreciation of the scientific research process while contributing first hand to the acquisition of new scientific knowledge.  Students engage in weekly meetings with faculty and team members to solve problems and discuss results, novel ideas and the latest scientific literature.  

Department  New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics
Dates and times July 9 – August 16 (Monday-Thursday; 9:00am-4:00pm)
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target 10th - 12th grade high school students (Classes of 2018, 2019, 2020) 
Cost and Registration


Fee waivers will be provided to low-income families and those with financial need.

Students must apply and be selected to participate in the GSSRP.  Applications will open in January 2018 and are due March 30, 2018.  Acceptance notifications will be sent on April 15.  Apply at:

Contact Marianne Gass
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Steps to Your Future: college-immersion program open to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Steps To your Future Day/Overnight Pre-College Program is for young adults with autism and other special needs who are interested in getting a glimpse of the college experience. Campers will be immersed in activities to learn everyday life skills to aide in the transition of becoming more independent in a college setting. They will explore Kean University’s College Campus to identify and inspire interests. There is also an option for campers to stay overnight in the Kean University dorms on Wednesday July 25, 2018 and Thursday July 26, 2018 to further enhance the college experience. 24 hour supervision and therapeutic activities will be provided by faculty and students from Kean’s Occupational Therapy department. 

Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic
Dates and times

Day camp option: Monday, July 23, 2018-Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Camp Hours: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm on Monday-Wednesday

Overnight Option:  Monday, July 23, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018, Camp Hours: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm on Monday- Tuesday. Wednesday drop off 8:30 am. Campers stay overnight Wednesday 7/25/18 and Thursday 7/26/18. Pickup is on Friday July, 27th at 1 pm

Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Students with autism between the ages of 14 and 21
Cost and Registration $400.00, cost includes: three days of meals and therapeutic activities. 
$500.00, cost includes: five days and two nights of meals, housing and therapeutic activities.
Contact Geraldine Pagaoa-Cruz MS, OTR
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Environmental Science at Wenzhou Kean University: Meet and interact with high school students in Wenzhou, China.

Description  The WKU Pre-College Summer Program is a Travel-Learn program for high school students to study ecological and environmental sciences through field and lab activities while earning three college credits. The program brings NJ high school students (entering 11-12th grade) to Wenzhou Kean University (WKU) to meet and interact with high school students from Wenzhou, China. Students will participate in lectures, lab and field activities, undertake group projects, and present their projects in WKU and also in the “Student Research Day” hosted in April every year at Kean University. Program participants will be touring areas surrounding Wenzhou and Beijing in order to further expose them to Chinese culture and history. The program is scheduled over a two-week period in July 2018. The US students will earn three (3) college credits for a course entitled Introduction to Environmental Research (ENV 1050) by taking part in this opportunity.
The course fee of $3600 includes airfare (from Newark NJ to Wenzhou, China) and ground transportation in China, visa application, all food and lodging, a three-day tour in Beijing (Great Walls, Forbidden City, and Hutong, etc.) and all course instruction and the three college credits. Pre- and post-trip meetings will be scheduled to help students prepare for the travel and present their work in a scientific format.

School of Environmental and Sustainability Science 
WKU Biology Department 

Dates and Times

July 07- July 22, 2018


Overnight - In China


Juniors and Seniors

Cost and Registration

$3,600.00 (Includes all fees)


Contact: Dr. Dongyan MU | (908) 737-3689


This is a special webpage designed for this program. 

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Michael Graves College / Robert Busch School of Design Precollege Program: Thinking Creatively Design Camp​: teens learn from Kean University design faculty and other professionals to develop original design solutions to real-world projects.


In the Michael Graves College / Robert Busch School of Design Precollege Program: Thinking Creatively Design Camp, participants will work with Kean design faculty, students, and visiting professional designers and art directors in a fun, creative, and collaborative environment to develop original design solutions to real-world assignments and to expand creative thinking. Campers will learn the foundations of creative design through innovative, active exercises and projects. Skills in computer graphics, 3D technologies (print & laser), and comprehensive mockup accompany direction and guidance in critical and creative thinking for developing design solutions. They will also get a chance to see their work displayed in an exhibition and virtually on the Thinking Creatively Design Camp social networking page. Activities include individual studio projects, a professionally organized design charrette, field trips to museums/galleries in New York and a professional studio, critiques, group and team studio projects, and a final portfolio exhibition and reception.

Department  Michael Graves College / Robert Busch School of Design
Dates and times July 9 – August 2, 2018; Mondays – Thursdays; 9:30am – 3:15pm 
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target 15 – 17 years; high school sophomore – senior 
Cost and Registration

$950 ($300 deposit due at registration)


Rose Gonnella (

Christopher Navetta (


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Upward Bound- Kean University: 9th and 10th grade students are invited to apply for the Upward Bound Project where they learn the skills necessary to pursue and attain a bachelor’s degree.


Kean University's College of Natural Applied and Health Sciences offers an intensive Saturday and summer six week residential program for students beginning in the 9th grade. The Upward Bound Project is one of the eight Federal TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide students from low income families and/or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree, with the skills and motivation necessary to pursue and attain a baccalaureate degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete high school, enroll and graduate from college in four years

The purpose of the program is to provide the skills and motivation necessary to enroll and graduate from college in a 4 year time frame, upon high school graduation.

Program activities will be held on the Kean University campus located in Union, NJ and the target high schools. The academic component is held during the months of September-May. The summer residential component will be held during the months of June -August.

The academic year and Saturday classes will include courses in math, science, science labs, foreign language, literature, corporate mentoring, and STEM research with university faculty, tutoring, test preparation and financial literacy. Participants are provided college/university tours, parent/student financial aid workshops, career workshops and cultural enrichment activities, along with group, individual and career counseling. Assistance with the college application process including college and SAT fee waivers are available for eligible participants.

Classes are taught by Kean University administration, faculty, professional staff, and professionals from the public and corporate sector. Students participate in the program until they graduate from high school.

Dates and times There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer. There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer. There are 24 Saturdays during the academic year and a six week residential component during the summer.
Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Eligible students are 9th and 10th graders who attend public schools in East Orange, and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Each student must be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum. Participants must have an academic need and meet the Federal TRIO Program guidelines.
Cost and Registration

Program tuition is supported by the US Department of Education, Kean University and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Applications are with the target high school guidance counselors or you may contact the program office to request an Upward Bound application.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Upward Bound Admissions Committee. Applicants that are recommended by the Upward Bound Admissions Committee will be contacted for a personal interview with their parent (s) or legal guardian. The applicant will be notified in writing of their admission status three weeks after the interview.

Accepted participants and their parents and/or primary care giver must attend a mandatory orientation to understand the expectations and requirements of the program. Completed applications must be received on or before October 1 of each year.


Maria Isabel Rijos, M.S.
Director Upward Bound Program
p: (908) 737-3618

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Summer Athletics Programs

Kean Elite Girls Volleyball Camp

Description For girls entering 9th-12th grade who have previously played organized volleyball and are intending to play in high school. Players will be exposed to advanced strategies and training techniques in all facets of the game. The College Prep Camp will expose your daughter to college coaches from several schools to see how different coaches and different programs train their players. You should come away from the camp with insight into the training of a dozen or so college programs.
Department Athletics and Recreation
Dates and times July 25-27 and July 30-August 1
Overnight/Day Overnight
Age/Target Ages 14-18
Cost and Registration

$225 Commuter before June 1, $250 after

$330 Overnight before June 1, $350 after

Contact Don Perkins

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Kean Elite Volleyball One Day College Prep Clinic

Description For varsity-experienced players who intend to play women’s volleyball at the college level or higher, but have not yet enrolled in college. This clinic will include intense training and playing opportunities designed to simulate a collegiate playing experience.
Department Athletics and Recreation
Dates and times  TBA
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Ages 16-18
Cost and Registration

$50 before June 1, $75 after

Contact Don Perkins

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Kean Boys Volleyball


The camps are directed by and all instruction is derived from Kean University’s Head Men’s Coach Charlie Ginex’s proven winning system. Kean Volleyball has established a tradition of excellence faster than any program in the history of DIII Volleyball. We have built this tradition on the court with 6 trips to the NCAA DIII tournament and five visits to the “Elite 8" & a 104-6 record in conference play over the last seven years. Other notable program highlights include:

•  Seven All-Americans
•  Five National Player of the Week selections
•  6x Defending Conference Champs (2012-2017)
•  Six Conference Player of the Year Selections
•  35 All-Conference Honorees
•  Twice led the nation in blocking

The Advanced Volleyball Training (AVT) Camp will be staffed by award-winning expert coaches, as well as a certified athletic trainer, who will be on site 24 hours a day.

Department Athletics
Dates and times  July 15-17 2018, (Overnight & Day)
Overnight/Day Overnight and day
Age/Target 13-18 year old boys (8-12 grade)
Cost and Registration Overnight Camper = $450
Day Camper = $325
Contact Charlie Ginex, Head Men's Volleyball Coach
Kean University 1000 Morris
(F] 908-737-0605
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Offense-Defense Football Camp


Sports Illustrated magazine ranked Offense-Defense the #1 full contact football camp in the USA for children ages 6-18, trained by college and retired NFL coaching staff specializing in the fundamentals of both sides of the ball...offense and defense....over 4 days of camp.  Campers are matched with other players within their age and size group.

Dates  July 9 - 12, 2017
Days/Times Sunday drop off - 7:00 AM  Day Campers pick up - 4:30 PM, Extended Day Campers pick up - 8:30 PM

Monday and Tuesday drop off - 8:30 AM Day Campers pick up - 4:30 PM, Extended Day pick up - 8:30

Wednesday drop off - 8:30 AM  All campers depart by 5:30 PM

Target Ages Ages 7-18

For Information go Offense-defense Sports at and you can register on line. Review details under location page. There is also a downloadable registration form that can be faxed or emailed in
(fax: 843.903.2749, email: Our customer service group can help and answer questions at 843.903.1888.

Contact fax: 843.903.2749, email:, phone: 843.903.1888

Rapid Fire Field Hockey Camp


This camp will focus on teaching and improving basic skills and fundamentals of the game of field hockey.  The camp is run by Kean University's and 2016 NJAC College Coach of the Year, Leslie LaFronz. Specialty drills are created by our experienced international coaching staff and we guarantee player skill advancement through creative, fun and motivating coaching. All drills will be customized to challenge individual players.

Per request, High School teams will be kept together in training cells.  Otherwise, individuals will be grouped together by age and experience.


Monday, July 16 - Thursday, July 19, 20118

Times Overnight and or Day Camp
Target Ages 5th Graders and Up To and Including All High School Aged Players

$495.00 For Overnight Camper Includes Housing and Meals

$325.00 For Day Campers Includes Lunches and Two Dinners

Leslie LaFronz  Cell (201) 312-7125

Summer Lacrosse Camp


12th Annual La Cross County Camp and Competition


This is a team camp and tournament held on the beautiful campus of Kean University.  Athletes will have use of multiple turf fields, and state of the art athletic facilities. At the end of the week there will be both an all-star and future-star's games.  The camp will focus on enhancing individual play and team concepts. Competitive games will be played daily against varsity level competition.

Dates  Monday July 24 thru Thursday July 27th 2017
Times 9:00 am - 2:30 pm M-W  9 am -12:30 pm Thur.
Target Ages Boy Ages 13-19 (8th grade to 12th grade)

275.00 per camper



Contact Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Shelley Sheiner 908-737-0629 or

Additional Summer Camps

Oxford International



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Dates  TBA
Times For students living off campus: drop off 8:45 a.m.; pick up: 10 p.m. daily (7 days/week)
Target Ages Ages 13-17 

The price varies based on length of stay and on- or off-campus accommodations.

Contact For information, please visit or send an email to

Carolyn Dorfman Dance- NJ Summer Dance 2018


Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary dance and the dynamic art, artists and processes of Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Daily classes are offered in modern/contemporary technique, repertory, partnering, Pilates, Body Therapies, and workshops with renowned guest artists. Join our inner circle through daily meetings with the company. The week culminates in a performance featuring all participants and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance company. Students may register for the Pre-Professional/Professional track (video audition required) or the Open Level/Community track.

Dates 08/13/2018 - 08/17/2018
Times 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 13 and up

Registration: Full registration: $350 before June 15th; $375 after June 15th. Master class: $30. Merit and need-based scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Scholarship application deadline: June 15, 2018. Video audition deadline:July 16, 2018.


For more information, contact (908) 687-8855 or

iD Tech


iD Tech is the leader in summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs for students ages 7-17. At iD Tech programs, students mod with Minecraft, design video games, create mobile apps, code creatively, engineer robots, make movies, and more. They gain hands-on experience, meet new friends, and learn 21st century skills that give them a competitive advantage in school and future careers.

Dates 7/10-7/14, 7/17-7/21, 7/24-7/28, 7/31-8/4, 8/7-8/11 - 2017
Times Check-in: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. / Check-out: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Target Ages 7-17 years old

To register or find more information about iD Tech Camps on campus at Kean University, visit or call 1.888.709.8324.


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RLS Summer Media Camp


Technology and fun are the core ideas in which we bring you RLS Media Camp. This summer camp features several distinct courses across varied areas of media interest. All are designed to be project-driven hands-on training that gives students a real experience in the media industry. This program exposes middle school students to media and technology topics including video production/movie making, web design, and photography.

What You'll Learn: 
Video Production / Movie Making

  •  Using video camera
  •  Conceptualizing a project
  •  Storyboarding and shooting
  •  Video editing
  •  Final Cut Pro
  •  Camera and accessory
  •  Equipment usage
  •  Editing video footage


  •  Using photography camera
  •  Discover professional shooting techniques
  •  Editing software
  •  Image touch ups and tricks

Web Design

  •  Building Web Page
  •  Front end development
  •  HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Activity Logging
Dates TBD
Times 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 9-14

Registration and full details:




The Irish Music and Dance Experience


Studio2Stage is a performance experience for amateur musicians, singers and Irish dancers, who wish to break into the touring show industry. The selected performers from all over the world, work together at Kean University to learn, produce and stage a professional show on the final night which is open to the general public.  Dancers and musicians will witness first hand, life as a professional performer, experience living away from home, making new friends, immersed in nine days of intense rehearsals and watching a full scale show production come to life! Learn about performance production and management, the role of a tour manager and dance captain, what to look for in your first touring contract and much more! We want to pass down the knowledge and experience that we and others working with us have learned over the years assisting amateur performers in getting closer to achieving their dream.

Dates  TBA
Times Varies
Target Ages Ages 15 years up

Auditions for studio2stage are ongoing. To apply, visit for the full list of details

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