Applications & Admissions

Application Process


Sotheby’s Summer Institute for pre-college students is open to incoming high school students (grades 9-12). 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. Complete short answer questions

4. Pay a $50 application fee

5. Submit supplementary materials





  • Standardized Test Scores
  • 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.


Letter of Recommendation Form: Form must be completed by a teacher, guidance counselor, or coach. (Download form)


Standardized Test Scores (optional): Test scores do not need to be official but must clearly show the student’s name, test date and test scores. Examples of acceptable standardized test scores include: PSAT, ERB, AP, SAT, ACT, Regents. Standardized test results are not a required component of the application, but students who have taken these tests are encouraged to submit them for consideration as an indication of their preparedness for college-level coursework.


Work/Writing Sample (optional): 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.

Application Timeline


Priority Decision: February 11, 2019
Prospective students applying for Priority Decision will be considered for course placement based on their preferences. Courses may fill to capacity after Priority Decision. The Priority Decision deadline for our 2019 program is February 11, 2019. All applicants who submit a completed application for Priority Decision will receive a notification by February 28, 2019.


Regular Decision: March 11, 2019
The Regular Decision deadline is March 11, 2019. Please keep in mind that students who are interested in a particular course are encouraged to apply for Priority Decision as some classes may begin to close after the Priority Decision cycle. All applicants who submit a completed application for Regular Decision will receive a notification by the March 28, 2019.


Financial Aid
Financial aid awards are based on a combination of merit and need. While applying to the Summer Institute, students may also elect to apply for Financial Aid. Students will receive their program admissions decision and financial aid decision at the same time. Financial Aid applications submitted after March 11, 2019 will not be considered.

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