Summer Academy

Summer Academy

College Life Starts Now! Dive into Hanover’s Summer Academy

Have you ever wanted to experience the college life early? Join us from June 9-14, 2024, to get a head start on college, learn from Hanover’s renowned professors, and expand your interests and knowledge.

Extra perk! Students who enroll at Hanover will have the cost of the program deducted from their first year of tuition ($750).

Who should apply, and what’s the deadline?

Students who will be in high school during the 2024-25 school year are invited to submit an online application. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2024 to be considered for candidacy.

How do I apply?

Applications will open at a later date.

You’ll find nine institutes below to choose from. Simply select the one that is most appealing to you and complete the form. Each institute has a limited number of spots, so applying early is encouraged!

Additional Resources

A limited number of scholarships are available to qualifying students. If you are a recipient of Federal Free and Reduced Lunch, you qualify!

Cancellations after May 20 will not be refunded the deposit amount.

Summer Academies 2023 included:

So You Want To Be a TEACHER!

Experience various aspects of a teacher preparation program, and enhance your understanding of the process of becoming a teacher.

Put yourself to the test by drawing up lesson designs and managing a classroom, learn about different types of schools, and engage children in learning environments. Most exciting, you will have the opportunity to prepare lessons from start to finish and get hands-on experience teaching local children!

Creating TV Dramas, Sitcoms & Commercials

Learn the basic steps of storytelling in radio, television and motion picture. From developing a script and acting on camera to directing a scene and editing a final product, you will experience first-hand how digital entertainment is made.

Health Sciences Institute

Get a jump on your passion for making a meaningful difference and a career field in high demand — not only in Indiana, but across the nation. 

During Hanover’s Health Science institute, you’ll work directly with professors in labs and learn about being pre-health student at Hanover. In the process, you’ll gain preparation for career paths like nursing, medicine, and physical therapy.

You’ll experience working with health professionals, like pharmacists and physician assistants, who will share real-life patient stories and teach hands-on skills in delivering patient care.

You’ll leave with an exceptional idea of which health professions would best fit you, what college paths will get you there, and what factors impact the health and well-being of people in your community.

The Health Science Summer Academy is delivered in partnership with the East Indiana Area Health Education Center.

Environmental Science Institute

Spend a week exploring the ecology of southeastern Indiana with Biology professors Darrin Rubino (Botanist) and Brian Gall (Zoologist). Carved by the ice ages, with rolling hills, forested bluffs, dramatic ravines, and the Ohio River Valley, southeastern Indiana is one of the state’s most biologically diverse and geologically-interesting areas.

You will assess the environmental quality of our local creeks and streams, investigate climate and disturbance using tree ring analysis, collect 400-million-year-old fossils, learn to identify local animals and plants, and have a great experience doing so in our state-of-the-art laboratories and out on our hiking trails.

Using the tools of modern science to study the natural world, the week will culminate in a scholars’ symposium, where you’ll have the opportunity to display and present your findings.

Exploring Engineering

If engineering, math, and science are subjects you are most passionate about, this weeklong residential engineering camp is right up your alley.

You will explore the many fields of engineering, while also participating in many of the same hands-on activities that Hanover College students experience in engineering classes.

Work with Arduino microcomputers, build a solar water heater, practice soldering and testing an electronic circuit, and more. In addition, there will be engineering-related field trips during the week.

Civil War: A Nation Divided

The Civil War is the most dramatic period in American history. The secession of eleven Southern states led to a bloody and devastating conflict. When the fighting ended, the Union was restored and the great evil of slavery had been abolished.

In this institute, you will look through the lens of the military, political, and social history of the Civil War. We will explore the roles played by political leaders, soldiers, slaves, and women through texts and videos. Hands-on activities will include a museum field trip, war gaming with plastic soldiers, and musket demonstrations.

The Psychology of Popular Culture

Discover the power of popular culture, especially film, music, and television. We will consider why popular art really matters to people and how it may psychologically impact our daily lives.

We will consider topics like the emotional power of music and whether watching movies and TV influences human behavior. Students will have opportunities to explore aspects of popular culture that have been personally important to them.

Making Theater

Delve into the many creative roles involved in the theater-making process. From appearing on stage to working behind the scenes, you will have the opportunity to stretch your creativity, try new roles, and deepen your experience with theater.

Throughout the week, you will study examples of famous performances, act out scenes from well-known plays, write your own scenes, and try your hand at sketching set and costume designs. At the end of the experience, you will present the highlights of your work in a showcase performance!

The Book – Artifact, Technology, and Friend

We will use “the book” as a springboard to explore culture, life, and education. After we examine the architecture and technology that goes into a book, you will have a unique opportunity to see the treasures in Hanover College’s Rare Book Collection. We’ll also discuss the meaning books have in our culture, read stories about books, and analyze the roles that books play in our own lives.

The goal of this institute is to engage with “the book” in myriad of ways to dramatize the power of liberal arts thinking and inquiry. You will also make your own book, so we can weave together this intriguing object’s physical, emotional, and intellectual dimensions.

Summer Academy FAQs

General Schedule of Events

Coming soon.

Where will I be staying?

Students will stay in Lynn Hall or Crowe Hall. This air-conditioned, suite-style housing offers spacious common lounges, kitchen areas, and bathrooms. The suites may be shared with up to four campers.

What should I bring?

Coming soon.

Where/when should I arrive?

Coming soon.

When does camp end?

Friday, June 14. Pickup is at the Science Center (13 on Campus Map)

If you have questions, contact:

Summer Academy Mission

The Summer Academy’s mission is to foster curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills in young people by collaborating with community stakeholders and educators, as well as by offering academically-rich programming in an immersive residential experience.