Summer Programs

Program Information

Center of Excellence is a four-week enrichment program designed to grant high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy. The academic objective is to reinforce math and science concepts learned throughout the school year and introduce new content material.
For more information call (504) 520-5264 or email

CS: Exploring Computer Science at XU is a two-week non-residential program designed to enrich the computation-specific studies of high school students through computational problem-solving tasks in exciting and engaging ways. We’ll explore computer science and solve problems by designing and creating Android mobile apps, programming robots to perform tasks that we want, even explore the creative side of computer science using Google’s Cardboard for virtual reality projects. We’ll have many challenges and competitions where students can win prizes and recognition by doing their best.
For more information call (504) 520-5248 or email

FMSTA is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program for high school freshmen and sophomores. FMSTA's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the earth system, working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth's environment.
For more information call 504-520-5264 or email

Mardi Gras Indians Arts Program is an 8-week summer program designed for students, ages 11-15, to study the unique New Orleans African American tradition of masking for Mardi Gras as “Indians.” They will practice the traditions and explore the creative process of designing and sewing a Mardi Gras Indian suit.  Students are introduced to the traditional dress styles of Native Americans as a baseline for comparative analysis of the elaborately worked suits of the Mardi Gras Indians. They also study African-Caribbean Indian masking styles and performance traditions.
For more information call 504-520-7556.

Summer Science Academy STAR Programs is a part of the STEM Institute Program and host three module programs. These programs are aimed at middle school and high school students who have expressed an interest in science careers. Designed to enhance knowledge of the subject matter prior to the student taking the course in middle school or high school, the three-week curriculum is engaging and thought provoking. The STARS programs are:

  • BIOStar                     
  • CHEMStar                 
  • MATHSTAR             

For more information call 504-520-5264 or email

SOAR: Stress On Analytical Reasoning is a 3-week residential program that prepares rising high school seniors in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science and health careers. A limited number of on-campus housing is available for SOAR participants living outside of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area.
For more information call 504-520-5264 or email

Summer Programs