Summer Link to College

VIP's Summer Link to College program gives rising high school juniors from our partner VIP schools the chance to spend five days living on the beautiful University of Denver campus as they experience their first taste of college life. From dorm living to university classes, workshops, cultural events, and more, Summer Link is designed to demystify the postsecondary academic experience and encourage students to continue into higher education after graduating high school.

This year, VIP expects to host more than 80 Summer Link participants from August 2nd through 6th. Students must commit to attend all five days. Applications for 2022 are now being accepted!

Start your Summer Link 2022 application today!

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Summer Link Participants Will Experience...

  • Ongoing interaction and mentor support from DU/VIP student leaders
  • Intensive academic classes taught by DU professors
  • Workshops in leadership, financial aid, time management, study skills, and cultural field trips
  • On-campus housing and dining
  • Follow-up activities during the academic year on how to prepare for college and the future


Who Should Apply?

Summer Link is designed for students with strong academic interests and potential. It is intended to support and empower those who plan to attend college, as well as those who may think college is not accessible to them. Participants must commit to attend all five days.

The program is available exclusively to rising high school juniors from DU's partner VIP schools:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Denver Center for International Studies
  • Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch
  • Denver School of Science & Technology: Stapleton
  • East High School
  • Hinkley High School
  • Pinnacle Charter School
  • South High School
  • West Campus

High School Presentations

We would love to come to your partner VIP high school and present the Summer Link program to your sophomore students! We can go to their classes, advisories, or meet during their lunch period. If you're interested, please email to propose dates and times for us to present in the next few weeks.

How to Apply

You can apply online today at the links below! The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 18th, 2022. Students will be selected and notified during the first week of May.

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