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Best Colleges? Correlation between Summer Camp Locations and Rankings

girl learning coding in front of computer

iD Tech Camps offers weeklong day and overnight STEM education courses for kids and teens ages 7-17.  Students learn how to develop Android apps, iPhone apps, 3D models and animations with Autodesk Maya, video games, websites with Flash, C++ and Java™ programs, digitally edited films, robots, and more. Courses are held at over 60 prestigious universities nationwide including Amherst College, Stanford, UCLA, Northwestern, Princeton, and more.

Not too long ago, U.S. News & World Report published their 2012 edition of “National University Rankings,” and anybody up on their university-knowledge game would recognize most of the names atop the list.  Harvard and Princeton tied each other at #1, Yale finished #3, Columbia #4, MIT and Stanford at #5, Duke at #10…

Reading through the list, I couldn’t remember if I was reading the U.S. News report or if I stumbled back to the list of iD Tech Camps and Teen Academy locations.

Now that we have iD Programming Academy summer camps in New Haven (held at Yale) and Durham summer camps held at Duke, there is more overlap than ever between the two lists. Not to mention the fact that Amherst College was #2 in the national Liberal Arts Colleges category (we will be running summer camps in Amherst for 2012).  Other new, prominent university names include our Albuquerque summer camps held at University of New Mexico, and summer camps in Las Vegas held at UNLV.

The aim of the U.S. News report is to provide students and parents the necessary data and tools to locate a school that meets their many different needs.  And, to keep up with the proliferation of social media, the publication has implemented a new Facebook tool on that allows readers to see which of their friends have attended – or are currently attending – a certain school.

All in all, it’s pretty cool to see that while we strive to provide a variety of valuable, relevant academic summer courses, the venues that host our programs are recognized to be the best of the best as well.