About STEAM Academy


The purpose of Rowan University’s STEAM Academy is to educate and empower 21st century students in order to prepare them for a successful college and career path. We aim to provide multiple pathways to higher education for students with varying abilities and interests. We are committed to providing purposeful and engaging educational experiences as well as valuing the diversity of all students.


Rowan University’s STEAM Academy features instruction and presentations by top faculty whose diverse curriculum better prepares students for college and career paths in one of the fastest growing segments of today’s economy. What makes Rowan University’s STEAM Academy unique is the pairing of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with art, design, culture and humanities to provide an even more well-rounded experience.

The Academy

Open to students entering grades 7 through 12, the STEAM Academy combines academic excellence and engaging extracurricular activities with supportive guidance and supervision. With three distinct program options, the STEAM Academy offers students the opportunity to experience college life while preparing them for their futures. Students will gain valuable insight and practical tools that will better equip them to achieve their personal, educational and career goals. We have recently been rated top 30 pre-college summer programs for 2019 through College Consensus.

What to Expect

With a day-only program and two different residential programs, our three-week long STEAM Academy exposes high school students to college campus life while immersing them in STEAM-focused learning experiences and field trips. Residential students stay in supervised, on-campus housing, dine in Rowan’s cafeteria and at local restaurants, and enjoy our Recreation Center. Upon successful completion of the program, residential program students earn three transferable, college-level Rowan University credits.

Summer 2020 Courses

  • Leading Among Diverse Perspectives
  • Introduction to Watercolor
  • Expressing Music through Technology
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Scientific Programming
  • Introduction to Web Programming
  • Engineers of the Future
  • Introduction to Film Production

Summer 2020 Workshops

  • Forensics
  • Engineering
  • Media Technology
  • Portfolio Development
  • Drones

Classes subject to change.

Our Programs

Voyagers: A day program, middle schoolers participate in a STEAM Forensics course combining Science, Technology and Arts.

Navigation: Once a residential program, we are now proud to offer morning session and full day attendance options! Sophomores, juniors and seniors take STEAM-focused field trips and actively plan for their futures through immersive leadership training, career counseling, resume creation and PSAT/SAT preparation.

Pathways: This rigorous residential program features a research internship specifically focused on STEAM content that aligns with student's preferences. Designed to help student's grow academically and to create a more attractive college application, Pathways is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.


Dates: July 5 - July 24, 2020

Voyagers: $900 (includes tuition, two daily meals and instruction/materials)


  • Navigation Morning Session: Attend Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm for the three credit course. Breakfast, tuition, and textbooks are included. $1,325
  • Navigation Daily Session: Attend Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm for accredited course, leadership and academic workshops. Breakfast and lunch are included. $2,000
  • Navigation Weekly Session Attend Monday-Friday and stay overnight, going home on weekends. Accredited course, tuition, textbooks, room and board are included. $2,800
  • Attend for three weeks, weekends included featuring exclusive academic field trips. $3,300

Fully accredited college course included

Pathways: Residential only. Weekends off attendance costs $3,300, weekends included costs $3,625.

Fully accredited college course included

Scholarships: Limited scholarships available.

Contact Information: Melissa Speck | (856) 256-5242



  • Grade 9: GPA 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Grades 10-12: GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Students applying to this program must submit the following materials:

  • Application
  • Recommendation from teacher
  • Recommendation from school counselor
  • High school transcript
  • Brief autobiographical sketch (100–200 words, typed) that includes personal background and characteristics
  • Essay (200–250 words, typed) explaining interest in attending the STEAM Academy
  • Optional submission of standardized test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT)

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Send completed applications (with all materials) to:

STEAM Academy
Rowan University, School of Earth & Environment
600 Whitney Ave.
Glassboro, NJ 08028


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