Applications & Admissions

More About The Program

 

Applications for Summer Institute 2020 will open December 2.

Application Process

 

Sotheby’s Summer Institute for pre-college students is open to high school students (grades 10-12 based on the grade the student is entering in the Fall 2020 school year) and graduating seniors. Students must be 14 years old by the first day of the program. All students are required to complete an online application, which can be completed in a few basic steps. As students work through their application, they may save their progress and return to the application prior to final submission.

1. Fill out basic information
2. Select course preference
3. Submit the contact information for one reference
4. Complete short answer questions
5. Pay a $50 application fee
6. Submit supplementary materials

Required
• Transcript and School Report

 

Optional
• Work/Writing Sample

Transcript and School Report: Forms must include the school’s grading system and the most recent completed semester grades. Transcripts must be in English and do not need to be official. Report cards for the last two years are acceptable.

Reference: must be a teacher, guidance counselor, coach or school official.

Work/Writing Sample: Students can submit any piece of work as an optional supplement to their application (e.g. research paper, poetry, course assignment, artwork, proposals, etc.).

 

*The online application portal will prompt students to submit supplementary materials after payment of the application fee. Applications will not be considered complete until all required supplementary materials have been received. Failure to submit required supplementary materials by the application deadline may result in rejection or declined admission.

Returning Students

 

We are thrilled that you have decided to study with us again. Students who have previously attended Sotheby’s Summer Institute for pre-college students can submit a simplified application in a few basic steps. Application fees will be waived for returning students.

 

1. Fill out basic information
2. Select course preferences
3. Complete a few short answer questions
4. Submit an updated Transcript and School Report

Application Timeline

 

The admissions process for the program is structured around four application periods: Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Extended Decision. Our admissions committee reviews all completed applications with required supplementary materials after each cycle deadline.

 

Each application is reviewed holistically by our admissions committee and qualified students who have demonstrated both a genuine interest in Summer Institute and a strong academic background will be considered for admission to the program. Students will receive an admissions decision via the email address provided on their application within two to three weeks after each deadline. Accepted students will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit within two weeks of notification of their admissions decision. We encourage students to submit their applications as soon as possible to increase their chances of being placed in their preferred course.

 

Early Decision: January 6, 2020
Prospective students applying under our Early Decision will have first consideration in course placement based on their preferences. The Early Decision deadline for our 2020 program is January 6, 2020. All applicants who submit a completed application for Early Decision will receive a notification within four to six weeks of deadline.

 

Regular Decision: February 10, 2020
Prospective students applying for Regular Decision will be considered for course placement based on their preferences. Courses may fill to capacity after Regular Decision. The Regular Decision deadline for our 2020 program is February 10, 2020. All applicants who submit a completed application for Regular Decision will receive a notification within four to six weeks of deadline.

 

Extended Decision: March 16, 2020
The Extended Decision deadline is March 16, 2020. Applications submitted after the Extended Decision deadline will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. If admitted, applicants will have two days to submit a deposit to secure space in the program.

 

Rolling Decision for Summer Institute
Applications submitted after the Regular Decision deadline will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. If admitted, applicants will have two days to submit a deposit to secure space in the program.

Financial Aid

 

Limited financial assistance is awarded based on a combination of merit and need. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must submit a completed program application, followed by a financial aid application. The application can be completed online in a few easy steps. Click here to begin the 2020 Financial Aid Application*:

 

1. Fill out basic information
2. Submit most recent two consecutive years of IRS tax forms
3. Provide an optional statement describing any financial history or special circumstances

 

International families with income outside of the United States must provide an equivalent proof of income.

 

*Financial aid is available to students who have been accepted into the program and have chosen to apply for financial aid. You must submit a financial aid application, a completed program application, and all required documents by the deadline in which you are applying (Early or Priority). The final deadline to be considered for financial aid is the Priority Deadline, February 10, 2020. Failure to submit all required materials by February 10, may result in a rejection or declined offer. New requests for financial aid received after this date will not be considered.

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