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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 15 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

• Transcript and School Report


• 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


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 the 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.


Extended Final Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020
Given the world-wide developments regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are extending the final application deadline from March 16 to April 20. Applications submitted after this deadline will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis

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. Please note that the deadline to apply for financial has been extended from the February 10 to March 16 to give students an additional opportunity to apply. All required financial aid materials must be submitted by March 16 to receive consideration. New requests for financial aid received after this date will not be considered.

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