How to Apply

Application period has closed for the YSPA 2020 program

Please read all of the below information before submitting your application:

  • YSPA does not give any priority to early applications nor do any kind of rolling admissions. No applications will be considered until after the deadline.
  • You must include a current school transcript (including your grades through Fall 2019) with your application.  If your school will not give you a copy of your transcript directly, you can ask them to mail the transcript directly to us via the address given on the application form.
  • You must have two teachers write letters of recommendation for you, submitted via SmarterSelect. Letters of recommendation will be accepted up until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  Be sure to give your teachers plenty of time to fill out the form (we recommend asking your teachers at least two weeks before the deadline). 
  • Do not submit standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.) with your application… these will not be considered. 
  • Students must be rising seniors in order to attend, and you must apply when you are a high school junior or equivalent. Students must be 15.5 years or older by July 12, 2020 in order to attend. 
  • Students must be available for the two week online directed self-study program starting Monday, June 29, 2020.  This online study program will require about 2-4 hours per day of study time through July 11, and you will need internet access most of these days in order to participate in online discussion sections. Failure to participate in the online program may result in expulsion from YSPA. 
  • The on-campus program will be from July 13 through August 9, 2020. Students should plan to arrive on July 12 by 4pm and leave by noon on Sunday, August 9.
  • International students are welcome to apply, but applicants must be proficient in English. 
  • Full tuition (including academic tuition, room and board, field trips, projects costs, instructional materials, computer fees, etc., but not including travel to and from the program, health insurance, or incidental expenses) for 2020 is $6100. 
  • Need-based financial aid in the form of a tuition waiver is available for those who apply after being accepted to the program. Financial aid is also available to international applicants. 
  • Admissions decisions (of “Awarded”, “Alternate”, or “Declined”) are expected to go out around the second week in April by e-mail and via the SmarterSelect application management tool.  Applicants who have received an offer of admission will have one week to accept or reject this offer.
  • Admission to YSPA is very competitive. We appreciate being notified if you intend to withdraw your application so that we can remove it from consideration as soon as possible. 
  • If you are admitted, a deposit of $1000 is required by April 24, 2020 to secure your spot. The balance of the tuition is due by Friday, June 5, 2020. Your offer of admission may be withdrawn and you may forfeit your deposit or your full tuition if it is found that you falsified any aspect of your application. In the unlikely event that the program is canceled, you will receive a full tuition reimbursement, including the deposit.