Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science FAQ

Summer Academy for Math and Science

How are students selected to participate in the Summer Academy for Math and Science?

We'll select applicants with an array of academic and extracurricular credentials; and wide-ranging interests, achievements and experiences. We'll be sensitive to the great variation among applicants’ personal circumstances, home communities, courses studied and grades earned in high school. We have the opportunity and responsibility to consider all factors in evaluating applications and to select applicants having the potential to contribute to, and be successful students in, these summer programs.

When will I hear if I've been selected?

Decision letters will be sent on a rolling basis beginning January 1st.

Once I submit my application online what's the next step?

After you submit your application electronically, you will recieve a follow up email on how to submit any additional supporting materials (transcript, recommendations, essay, etc.) We encourage electronic submission over mailing documents. Although the deadline is March 15th, please note that only completed applications along with supplemental materials will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

How much does it cost to participate in the Summer Academy for Math and Science?

There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science. Students will, however, be responsible for books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses.

What are the estimated expenses?

Textbook costs vary from year to year. On average, students spend approximately $300 on personal and recreational expenses throughout the Summer Academy for Math and Science.

Am I required to live on campus?

All students are required to live on campus. A part of the Summer Academy for Math and Science experience is learning to live in the residence hall with a roommate.

Who will supervise the students in the residence hall?

The residence hall staff consists of two adults (1 male, 1 female) with counseling and residence hall supervision experience. There will also be a team of college student resident assistants who will mentor, advise and support the health, comfort and general welfare of the students. The residence hall staff will live in the residence halls and are available to respond 24 hours a day.

Are students permitted to leave campus during the program?

In order to build a strong residential community we strongly encourage students to limit weekends away from campus. However, if students must be away overnight or for the weekend, an "Absence from Campus Release Form" signed by the parent or guardian, granting permission for the absence, must be completed. Overnight absences during the week when classes and projects are in session will not be permitted.

Am I permitted to take additional classes or be employed outside of my Summer Academy for Math and Science schedule?

Because the Summer Academy for Math and Science is a rigorous academic program, students cannot work on or off campus, take additional course work or attend special camps (sports, music, etc.) during their participation in the Summer Academy for Math and Science.

Will there be recreational activities?

The Summer Academy for Math and Science residence life involves much more than just a place to live. Of course students will do their share of work in the academic portion of the program, but there’s also time for a social life! Our resident hall staff plans a schedule of activities throughout the summer including sightseeing trips in and around Pittsburgh, movies, museum visits, sporting events, amusement parks and theatrical productions.

When should I plan to arrive and depart?


Registration and Opening Day are Saturday, June 30.  Participants should plan to arrive and check in between 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Students should plan to leave after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, but before 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11.