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Pre-College Program Admissions

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Applications will open in December, so mark your calendars. Until then, join our insider list. You'll be one of the first to know about 2018 application deadlines, program updates, courses, and more. 

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Eligibility for 2018

The Pre-College Program admissions committee is looking for mature, academically motivated students who meet both of the following criteria:

  • Will graduate in 2019 or 2020—rising sophomores and juniors
  • Are at least 15 years old by December 1, 2017, and will not turn 19 years old before July 31, 2018

Application period opens in December

To apply to the program:

1. Complete an online application. The application fee is $50 and nonrefundable. 

2. Provide the following supplemental materials:

  • Counselor report
  • Transcript or grade report
  • Signed rules and regulations form

All supplemental forms should be completed and uploaded to the Document Management section in online services.

3. Watch your inbox—you’ll receive an e-mail prompting you to log in to check your application status approximately three weeks after you’ve completed your application.

English proficiency 

If English is not your native language, submit scores from the TOEFL iBT or IELTS language proficiency exam along with your application. The scores of successful applicants are typically above 103 on the TOEFL iBT with 25 on the written section; IELTS are at least a 7.5 score with 7 on the written section. We do not accept Cambridge English Exam test scores. Be sure to schedule your test appointment as early as possible. You don't want the test to delay your application.

Keep in mind that you may only apply for the Pre-College Program or the Secondary School Program. If you decide you want to switch your application over to the Secondary School Program, you will need to contact the program office directly.

Application deadlines

Early application deadline
Submit your application by this date to receive a decision before course registration begins
2018 date TBD
Financial aid application deadline
Submit both your program and financial aid application by this date
2018 date TBD
Application deadline 2018 date TBD

Selection process

We evaluate all information submitted—including transcripts, counselor reports, and your short essays—when considering your application.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis, and the selection process is competitive. Once an application is complete, it takes approximately three weeks for a decision to be made.

Next steps after admission

If you are admitted to the program, you’ll register for the course you wish to take during open registration periods. Registration opens in late February, and you select your preferred courses and sessions online. Courses do fill up quickly, so plan to register early.

Course information for next summer will be available in early 2018. 

Check out the 2017 course options 

International students

According to US State Department guidelines, international students participating in the Pre-College Program do not qualify for F-1 student visas as this is a non-degree program that requires less than 18 hours per week in the classroom.

Participants should apply for the B-2 tourist visa (citizens of some countries may not need visa stamps but will need pre-approval through the ESTA system) which allows for brief stays—usually less than six months—that may include participation in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree.

Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country if you have any questions about visas or the necessary documentation for your visit.

Please visit the US Embassy website to locate the embassy in your country.

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