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Summer Pre-College Programs



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.


Students enrolled in Camp Premiere: Session I (Grades 6 — 8) will 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 with professional actors, directors and playwrights in a fun, creative, and collaborative environment, campers will craft and star in their own play. This camp session culminates in a public performance of the campers' work developed over the two-week period, followed by a certificate presentation and reception for the participants. Camp programs are designed both for returning campers and those who are attending for the first time.

Students enrolled in Camp Premiere: Session II (Grades 9 — 12) focus on the craft of acting, including scene work, monologue preparation, movement, and voice/speech. Students will 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 Stages Play Festival. This camp session culminates in a public performance of monologues and scenes, followed by a certificate presentation and reception for the participants. Camp programs are designed both for returning campers and those who are attending for the first time.

Department Premiere Stages
Dates and times July 10 - 21, 2017 (Session I) & July 24 - August 4, 2017 (Session II);
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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 $25 deposit is required for enrollment, and serves as your initial tuition payment. Register online at  


Courtney Little

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Golf Camp PAR FORE: through the sport of golf, fosters positive personal, social and physical development for adolescents at-risk of joining youth gangs.

Description  PAR FORE is an occupation based, golf mentorship program that provides opportunity for youth to learn the game of golf, as well as learn life skills.  The overall intent of the programming is to promote healthy development and mental health, as well as engagement in productive leisure pursuits.  Youth are provided both group and individual occupational therapy services, as well as mentorship by Kean University undergraduate and graduate students. Programming is fun, free and therapeutic! 
Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic, Kean University Department of Occupational Therapy
Dates and times  Camp starts on Monday, June 26, 2017 through Thursday, August 3, 2017
Overnight/Day Day, Camp runs Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Age/Target Youth ages 11 to 17 from Newark and neighboring communities who are at risk for gang membership.
Cost and Registration FREE
Contact Dr. Jennifer Gardner

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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

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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.

Description 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 & Chromatography, Virtual Reality & Scientific Visualization, Microbes, Microbiomes & Bioinformatics, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Computational Mathematics and Medicinal Chemistry & 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 5 – August 17 (Monday-Thursday; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Current 10th-12th grade high school students (rising Juniors/Seniors/college Freshmen)
Cost and Registration


Students must apply and be selected to participate in the GSSRP.  Applications will open February 1, 2017 and are due March 30, 2017. 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 is a five-day and optional two-night camp for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are interested in getting a glimpse into the college experience. Campers will participate in immersion activities that are key to transitioning to life as a college student. These activities will include the experience of eating meals in the campus dining hall, navigating a college campus, attending a college class, completing their own laundry, preparing meals, and participating in on-campus activities and events.

Campers will also have the opportunity stay in the dorms at Kean for two nights (on days three and four) to learn what it is like to be away from home and live with a roommate. The program will be supervised by students and faculty from the departments of Occupational Therapy, Special Education, and Therapeutic Recreation. Kean students will also attend the program as mentors to provide campers the opportunity to learn from and socialize with peers their own age who are already in college. Campers will also meet and socialize with other campers who are also interested in attending college someday.

Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic
Dates and times

 TBA (Program will run Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Optional additional overnight available Thursday-Friday until 12 p.m.)

Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Students with autism between the ages of 14 and 21
Cost and Registration $400 for Monday-Wednesday 
$500 for Monday-Friday, including the two overnights 
Contact Geraldine Pagaoa-Cruz
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Costa Rica Research Program (SESS) Summer Program: 10 days of ecological research projects in the Costa Rican rain forests.

Description  This program is a partnership with Seeds of Change ( Over the course of 10 days, we will conduct ecological research projects and learn about the complexity of the Costa Rican rain forests. The first eight days will be studying leaf-cutter ants through an experiment that the students will design and implement, while the last two days will be spent on the coast helping with a long term sea turtle research project. There will be plenty of time to explore and have fun during our trip too through organized excursions.

Students will earn three college credits for a course entitled Introduction to Environmental Research (ENV 1050) by taking part in this opportunity.

The course fee of $3500 includes airfare (from Newark NJ to Liberia, CR) and ground transportation in Costa Rica, all food and lodging, all excursions (including zip lining, hot spring visits, horseback riding and hiking), and all course instruction and college credit. Pre-trip workshops will help prepare the students for the research experience and assist developing field and laboratory procedures based on the scientific method. After the trip, students will present their work in a scientific format so that skills in scientific writing and oral presentation will also be gained.


School of Environmental and Sustainability Science

Dates and Times

July 6-16, 2017


Overnight - In Costa Rica


Juniors and Seniors

Cost and Registration

$3,500.00 (Includes all fees)


 Contact: Daniela Shebitz | Daniela Shebitz | (908) 737-3745


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.


The Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University is accepting applications for the Thinking Creatively Pre-College Design Camp Program, a four-week design experience for students 15-17 years old who are enthusiastic participants interested in advertising design, graphic design, motion graphics, interior design, and/or industrial design.

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.

Participants 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 10, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target 15 – 17 years; high school sophomore – senior 
Cost and Registration

$950 ($300 deposit due at registration)


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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.


Veronica Jackson, Program Director
908 737-3618


Bryan J. Spears, Program Counselor
908 737-3619

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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. 
Department Athletics and Recreation
Dates and times 6pm, Thursday, July 21 - 4pm Saturday, July 23 
Overnight/Day Overnight and Day available
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


Kean Men's Volleyball has built a proven tradition of excellence faster than any program in the history of D-III Men's Volleyball. We have built this tradition of excellence on the court with four straight trips to the NCAA D-III "Elite 8" & a 65-0 record in Skyline Conference play over the last four years.

• 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, Conference Champions
• Four AVCA All-Americans
• Three AVCA National Player of the Week selections
• Four Conference Player of the Year Selections
• 19 All Conference Honorees
• 15 Academic All-Conference Honorees

At Kean we take this TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE and pass it on to our campers, so that they can experience similar philosophies & training methods in order to help develop their individual skills. In addition to fundamental instruction, campers will be exposed to game situations and strategies during Match style competition. Our goal is to challenge our campers and promote individual improvement that will lead to success, on and off the court.

The Kean Volleyball Camp will take place in the beautiful, modern, air-conditioned Harwood Arena, & will be staffed by award-winning expert coaches and athletic trainers.  This camp is open to overnight & day campers. All campers will receive seven sessions of instruction on advanced volleyball skills as well as classroom Breakout sessions.

We take the time to get to know you so we can bring the best out of you on the court. My assistant coaches and I are in the gym along with current Kean team members as well as local and national College and Club coaches to make sure you are getting the best instruction possible.

Department Athletics
Dates and times  TBA
Overnight/Day Overnight and day
Age/Target 14-18 year old boys (8-12 grade)
Cost and Registration  
Contact Charlie Ginex, Head Men's Volleyball Coach
Kean University 1000 Morris
(F] 908-737-0605
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2016 Summer Boys Volleyball sold out, registration closed.

Offense-Defense Football Camp


This camp focuses on teaching and improving basic skills and the fundamentals of football.  Specialty drills are created by our experienced coaching staff that guarantee player skill advancement through creative and motivating coaching. All drills are customized to challenge individual players. This camp caters to beginners, intermediate players and elite high school players preparing for the collegiate game.

Dates  TBA
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 field hockey. The Camp Director is Kean University's Head Field Hockey Coach Leslie LaFronz. Specialty drills are created by our experienced international coaching staff that guarantee player skill advancement through creative, fun and motivating coaching. All drills will be customized to challenge individual players. This camp caters to beginners, intermediate players and Elite High School players preparing for the collegiate game.

Dates  TBA
Times Overnight and or Day Camp
Target Ages 6th Grade - High School

$495 Overnight Camper. $325 Day Camper. Early Bird $485/$310 if received by March 1, 2016. Team Discount $485 if received by April 1, 2016 (for groups of 8 or more)

Summer Lacrosse Camp


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  TBA
Times 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Mon.-Wed.) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Thurs.)
Target Ages Boys ages 12-19

Registration is available at or contact Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Shelley Sheiner at or call 908-737-0629. The weekly cost is $300 per individual athlete or team registration is available.


Have your Coach or team leader contact Coach Sheiner.; or call 908-737-0629

Additional Summer Camps

AETS International ESL Program


AETS provides summer programs for international teens. Program length is 2, 3 or 4 weeks.  Students live on campus in Kean residence halls, attend morning English classes, practice lessons with afternoon and evening activities, and enjoy excursions to NYC. We provide programming 7 days/week.  AETS provides on-campus staff to plan, operate and supervise the program. Local students have the option of not living on campus. Daily drop off and pick up 7 days/week is required for students living off campus.

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 2016


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  T
Times 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 14 and up

Full Registration: $350; Master Class: $30. Merit and need-based scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Scholarship application and video audition deadline: June 15, 2016. Register now at


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

Children’s Specialized Hospital Pal’s Paradise Day Program


Pals Paradise is a one-week inclusive day program for children with special Families may register an additional child (sibling or friend) without disabilities to participate.

Activities include cooperative games, crafts, sports, water play, special visitors, and music. Transportation is not provided.

Dates and times

August 8-12, 2016

Drop off: 9:00 a.m.; Pick up: 3:30 p.m.

Target Ages 8-13 years old
Registration Information

Interested families may visit our website to register

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 M7/4-7/8, 7/11-7/15, 7/18-7/22, 7/25-7/29, 8/1-8/5, 8/8-8/12 - 2016
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.


visit or call 1.888.709.8324

Kid Care Concierge's College for Kids


Less - Kid Care Concierge's College for Kids offers a fun, engaging and academically enriching summer camp experiences for students entering grades 1-8.  Campers have so much fun that they forget they're learning in Kid Care Concierge's College for Kids Summer Camp!

Classes mirror professional and college-level courses, which include Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Math, Language Arts and much, much more!  Some students will be a real published author upon completion of camp! Kean affiliation, multiple child and early bird discounts may apply.

Dates and times Before care- 8 am - 9 am.  Morning Session- 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  Afternoon session- 12:30 p.m. -4 p.m. After care 4 p.m. -5 p.m. Supervised lunch period from 12-1
Target Ages Entering grades 1-8

OASIS in Union


at Liberty Hall, Kean University


Oasis in Union is a traditional summer day camp.  Campers have the opportunity to be active, think creatively and make new friendships in a safe environment.  Oasis Day Camp is for children ages 5-11.  Activities include athletics, creative and performing arts, nature exploration, swim instruction, team building and more.  Also offered is Early Start Imagination camp, which was specifically developed to meet the physical, and emotional needs of 3-5 year old pre-K campers.  Oasis is excited to be located on the grounds of Liberty Hall Museum and to use the athletic fields and pool of Kean University.

Dates June 27 - August 19, 2016
Times A.M. Drop-off between 8:30-9 a.m. / P.M. Pick-up between 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Early Drop-off available from 8-8:30 a.m. / Late Pick-up available from 5:30-6 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 3-11
Registration Online enrollment is easy at  You can also email us at or call (718) 596-4900 to request a brochure and enrollment form.
Kean University employees and students receive a 10% discount off of their camp tuition.
Contact or call (718) 596-4900

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 Monday, July 5 through Thursday, August 11, 2016
Times 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Target Ages Ages 9-14

The cost of this 6-week session (trips included) is $1,040; Early-bird (before May 7) is $990. There is a $45 registration fee (2 Camp T-shirts included). 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

Academic Accordions: 

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