Applications & Admissions

More About The Program


For remaining places, we are now accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Application Process


Sotheby’s Summer Institute Online 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: 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. 

Returning Students


We are thrilled that you have decided to study with us again. Students who have previously attended Sotheby’s Summer Institute Online 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


Admission to Summer Institute Online is competitive. All applications are carefully reviewed by our admissions committee. Admissions officers seek talented student leaders with diverse interests, ambitions and writing styles. The committee strives to select critical thinkers who will contribute to a well-rounded, academically engaged community of students.


Each application is reviewed holistically and qualified students who have demonstrated a genuine interest in the program as well as a strong academic background will be considered for admission to the program. Our goal is to accept the most qualified students as possible and to ensure we are accepting the right students into the right program.


Applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage students to submit their applications as soon as possible to increase their chances of being placed in their preferred course. Please note that all supplemental documents must also be submitted in order for your application to be considered.


Term Application Closing Dates

  • Term 2 – Tuesday, June 16
  • Term 3 – Friday, June 26
  • Term 4 – Friday, July 10

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.


Please note that the deadline to apply for financial has passed. New requests for financial aid will not be considered.

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