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Psychology Pre-College Camp

This immersive experience is designed for students who have a passion for psychological science and are eager to explore the many subfields psychology has to offer.

The Camp is on the Manhattan College campus, conveniently located in New York City. Campers have complete access to Manhattan College, including our classrooms, labs, dance floor, and library.

The camp serves students who are currently in 10th or 11th or 12th grade.

Click this link to join one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more about each program our program.

Our program offers a unique blend of interactive lectures and fun-filled activities with tangible outcomes that will ignite participants’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the discipline of psychology. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of subfields, from clinical and developmental to social and neuroscience, all under the guidance of our experienced faculty. Participants will get a special opportunity to learn about unique subfields such as forensic psychology and sports and performance psychology.


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does the Camp cost?

    Check our tuition fees below. If you plan to live on campus, review our residential add-on option below.

    Does the Camp offer financial aid?

    Our camp offers several options to support parents with their financial situations. Please get in touch with us to discuss your financial case.

    Where is the Camp located?

    We are located in Riverdale, west of Van Cortlandt Park. Our Camp is conveniently located one and a half blocks from the NYC subway (#1 train at 242nd Street) and close to several major highways. All children will stay on campus.

    Can we visit the Camp before signing up?

    We are not running in-person camp visits. Please join our virtual meetings to learn more about our Camp.

    What is security and safety like at the Camp?

    Security and safety are our top priorities in Camp. Our camp faculty will accompany participants at all times times.

    What should participants wear to the Camp?

    Campers should wear comfortable shoes. Sneakers are highly recommended—no flip-flops or Crocs.

    Who makes up the camp staff?

    Our camp staff comprises professionals with experience in education, Manhattan College faculty, and Manhattan College students may also support daily activities.

    Does the camp offer field trips?

    All the activities and classes will be on campus and in our Manhattan College labs. 

    Can I cancel my child’s registration?

    The registration fee is non-refundable. If you have paid for Camp and, for some reason, you decide not to continue coming, please email us at, and we can discuss your situation.

    Does the Camp provide lunch and snacks?

    Unless the participant is registered to our add-on residential option living on campus, we do not provide lunch or snacks to participants.

    Do you provide housing?

    Yes, we do. We provide a residential add-on option, which includes on-campus housing, three meals at our cafeterias, and fun extracurricular activities.

Activity Descriptions:

  • Psychology and You: This introduction to the program will guide you through an overview of the world of psychology. We will discuss how psychologists conduct research and develop a small research project to conduct over the course of the week.
  • Social Psychology: Social psychology studies the influence people have on each other. We will explore topics such as persuasion, attraction, and conformity.
  • Clinical Psychology/Psychological Disorders: Clinical psychology studies how personality variables, genetics, neurobiology, upbringing, behavioral patterns, and the social environment shape the mental, emotional, and behavioral functioning of individuals. Clinical psychologists then directly apply this scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat troubling psychological disorders and to build resilience and high-level human functioning.
  • Sport and Performance Psychology: Sport and performance psychology is a specialty area that integrates psychological variables, motor learning, group dynamics, personality characteristics, and one’s psychosocial experience into its scientific study to better understand the unique demands of athletes and other performers. Sport and performance psychologists then work with athletes and other performers to reach and maintain optimal performance states, minimize psychological concerns, and promote their overall psychological well-being.
  • Animal Behavior and Cognition: Do you think animals can think? In this session, we will explore the functions of animal behavior and investigate the ways in which animals “think.” We will learn about different mental processes and discuss the methodology used to measure them. We will also discuss various challenges that influence how we view animals and their thinking abilities compared to humans.
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Cognitive neuroscience seeks to use observations from the study of the brain to examine the connections between the mind, brain, and behavior. In this session, we will explore the basics of the anatomy and functions of the brain and learn about the methods used to study how the brain supports cognition and behavior. We will discuss how we can sense and perceive the world, act in it, remember it, feel about it, make decisions, and think about others.
  • Forensic Psychology: Forensic psychology studies how psychology interacts with the legal system. In this session, we will cover Antisocial personality disorder (psychopathy), theories of criminal behavior, lie detection, the insanity defense, jury decision-making, eyewitnesses, and risk assessment. 
  • Psychology Blitz: As we wrap up the program, we will highlight additional subfields of psychology. We will also investigate the results of our week-long research project.

Program Dates in 2024

Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11, 2024

Faculty: Dr. Kimberly Fairchild, Dr. Arno Kolz, Dr. Zella Moore, Dr. Maria Maust-Mohl



Monday 7/8

Tuesday 7/9

Wednesday 7/10

Thursday 7/11

Morning (10-12)

Psychology and You

Clinical Psychology/Psychological Disorders

Cognitive Neuroscience

Forensic Psychology

Afternoon (1-3)

Social Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Animal Behavior and Cognition

Psychology Blitz

Tuition Fees

Tuition: $1,200

Registration fee: a $100 non-refundable fee must be paid when registration is submitted.


  • Certificate of completion
  • Classes
  • Class materials
  • Manhattan College gift



Participants provide their lunch unless they are registered to the residential add-on option.

Residential Add-On

If you plan to stay at our dorms, have full meals at our cafeterias, visit iconic NYC places, and have a campus experience, check out our weekly residential add-on here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you every step of the way. Email us at