Admission Policy

The UArts Pre-College Summer Institute attracts students from around the world. The admissions process is intended to determine if an applicant will succeed in the program. Students entering their junior or senior year (or equivalent) in high school may apply as commuter or residential students.  Students entering their sophomore year may apply as commuter students. 

Rising 9th - 12th graders interested in a more abbreviated experience are invited to participate in our non-credit One-Week Commuter Intensives  

The University of the Arts gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission.  UArts is a supportive community committed to integrity and inclusion.  We promote and respect self-expression, a wide range of ideas, and diversity in all of its forms.  UArts expressly prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, mental or physical disability, or any other protected classification in accordance with Federal, state, and local nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws. 

*Note regarding the Creative Jazz Institute: Unlike the other programs in the Summer Institute, the Creative Jazz Institute is open to 6th through 12th graders.  Only rising 11th - 12th-grade students may reside on campus.  6th - 10th-grade students may apply as commuters.  

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Course Cancellations
The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute reserves the right to cancel classes or change faculty; we make every effort to accommodate students should such an event occur. 

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Tuition Discounts + Scholarships
Students are eligible to receive only one discount or scholarship.  Discounts cannot be combined with scholarships. Discounts and scholarships are non-transferable and are applied to tuition cost only (not to program fees, housing, or meal costs -- see Expense Breakdown below). Please be sure to enter the appropriate information where indicated on the registration form. Discounts and scholarships must be noted and reflected in the payment calculation at the time of application; no refunds will be issued retroactively to correct overpayment.

 Discounts 
Child of Alum Discount
Children of a UArts, PCPA or PCAD alum are entitled to a 10% discount (on tuition only). The parent must list the school, major studied, and year of graduation on the application form.

Returning Student Discount
If a student has participated in a prior Pre-College Summer Institute or Saturday School program at the University of the Arts, they are entitled to a 10% discount (on tuition only). Please enter the term attended, year, program, and the course on the application form.

 Scholarships 
Scholarships are awarded based on demonstration of significant creative potential & financial need.  Scholarships require additional application materials and are competitive.  Scholarships can be applied to tuition only, and cannot be combined with any other discount.  Scholarships are not available for One-Week Commuter Intensives
Summer Institute Scholarships

Expense Breakdown

AMD | CW | Theater
Tuition = $3,500
Program Fee = $200
Housing & Meals = $1,593
Optional commuter meal plan: $260 
Music Business 
Tuition = $2,725
Program Fee = $150
Housing & Meals = $1,275
Optional commuter meal plan: $195
Dance
Tuition = $1,825
Program Fee = $150
Housing & Meals = $1,275
Optional commuter meal plan: $195
Jazz 
Tuition = $1,900
Program Fee = $100
Housing & Meals = $885
Optional commuter meal plan: $130

One-Week Commuter Intensives
Tuition = $510
Registration Fee = $50

 

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Billing + Payment Schedule
Summer Institute applicants receive a confirmation email once their application, including required materials, has been received.  Applicants receive an admission decision, course registration notification, and instructions for how to access the UArts student portal within ten business days of completed application (via email). 

One-Week Commuter Intensive participants must pay in full at the time of registration.   

Bills
Bills are available online via the UArts portal. 

Payment
Payments for balances are due in full on May 18, 2018.

Payments may be made by personal check, bank check, money order, American Express, MasterCard or VISA. Please make all checks and money orders payable to The University of the Arts.

Applications received after Friday, May 18 must be accompanied by payment in full. 

Late Payments + Fees
Balances paid after May 18, 2018, will not be accepted in the form of a personal check.  Late payments will incur a $60 late payment fee. Returned checks will incur a $50 fee.

Automatic Student Withdrawal
Students with outstanding balances will be automatically withdrawn from the program on Friday, June 1, 2018.  Nonrefundable deposits + fees will be retained. 

Expense Breakdown

AMD | CW | Theater
Tuition = $3,500
Program Fee = $200
Housing & Meals = $1,593
Optional commuter meal plan: $260 
Music Business 
Tuition = $2,725
Program Fee = $150
Housing & Meals = $1,275
Optional commuter meal plan: $195
Dance
Tuition = $1,825
Program Fee = $150
Housing & Meals = $1,275
Optional commuter meal plan: $195
Jazz 
Tuition = $1,900
Program Fee = $100
Housing & Meals = $885
Optional commuter meal plan: $130
One-Week Commuter Intensives
Tuition = $510
Registration Fee = $50
 


Tuition + Fees

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Attendance
All students are expected to attend classes each day. Unexcused absences are not acceptable and will affect the student's final evaluation (and grade, if applicable). If a commuter student is unable to attend classes, the student’s parent or guardian must contact Pre-College Programs to excuse the student. Residential students must report to Health Services if they are ill. 

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Non-Resident Student Policy
It is the presumption of the Pre-College Summer Institute that all non-residential students will be living at home under the supervision of their parents/guardians for the duration of their UArts experience. If the student is planning on living at the home of someone other than a parent or guardian, the parent must indicate this on the application form and provide Pre-College Programs with all pertinent contact information including the address and phone of the individual hosting the student.  

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Academic Information
College Credit
Students enrolled in Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Jazz, Music Business, and Theater will earn three college credits upon successful completion of the program.  One-Week Commuter Intensives are non-credit bearing.

*Note regarding the Creative Jazz Institute: Only high school students will receive college credit. 

Student Schedules
Please review individual program descriptions for more information about the length of a typical day in the program. Students receive a personal schedule upon check-in at the Pre-College Summer Institute. It is difficult to make changes to a student’s schedule after registration, but written requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. No course changes can be made after the start of the program. All students are required to participate fully in their program, with no options for partial days or courses.

Assessment + Grading
Students enrolled in Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Jazz + Contemporary Music, Music Business and Theater receive a letter grade and three college credits upon successful completion of the program. Written assessments from instructors and grades are mailed home in September.  

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Student Code of Conduct
Pre-College Programs works to provide a safe and healthy environment for learning and artistic growth. As this is a college-level program, students are expected to behave accordingly, which demands regular class attendance, respect of personal and University property as well as the rights of students, faculty, and staff. All students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct regardless of whether they are on-campus or not during the time of the infraction. The Student Code of Conduct also applies to violations of local, state, and/or federal laws. Prior to arrival on campus, students and parents are required to read and confirm acknowledgment of the Student Code of Conduct.

All students and parents attend an orientation during move-in where policies and procedures will be discussed and reviewed in detail. Violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be addressed by the Office of Student Affairs and Dean of Students and could, based on the nature of the infraction, include automatic dismissal from the program.

It is the policy of the Pre-College Summer Institute to provide a safe and healthy environment for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment in a partially supervised community. The well-being of this community depends upon the good judgment and considerate behavior of its members. Student status at the University of the Arts is not an unconditional right, but a privilege subject to certain rules and expectations articulated in the Code of Conduct. Students are required to attend all courses unless they are ill and can provide Pre-College Programs with notification from UArts’ Health Services or have a written excuse from a parent or guardian.

The Student Code of Conduct includes a “three strikes policy” for offenses for both residential and commuter students participating in the programs. Offenses include those that occur in the classroom, in the residence halls, and even off-campus if the University’s administration is made aware of them. On the first offense, a University official will warn a student; on the second, the University will place the student on probation and limit privileges; on the third offense, the University will dismiss the student from the program. At any time, the University reserves the right to contact parents or guardians regarding the behavior of a student; the family must, therefore, provide the University with an emergency contact name and phone number.

At the discretion of the University’s administration, students will be removed from the program if they are deemed by the University to be disruptive or harmful to the welfare of the community and/or himself or herself, regardless of the “three strikes” policy. Engagement in any illegal activities, physical violence, or any other offense deemed a major infraction of University policy by the University administration, including the possession or use of illegal substances, drugs, paraphernalia, or alcohol, will result in immediate dismissal from the program. 

Prohibited behavior at the University of the Arts includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Academic dishonesty or misconduct including, but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism
  • Non-academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property, forgery and falsification of information provided to any University official
  • Conduct that threatens the physical or psychological health and/or safety of any person (including the person committing the act) or the sanctity of the campus, including, but not limited to, physical or sexual assault
  • Damage to public, private, personal or University property
  • Violation of policies as described in the Student Handbook and the University Catalog and all other rules governing University facilities, programs, and services
  • Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, other University activities or activities authorized to take place on University property
  • Disorderly conduct including acts that breach the peace
  • Non-compliance with the directions of University, local, state or federal officials performing official duties, including failure to give proper identification when requested
  • Violation of a student’s rights or privileges and verbal or written harassment, discrimination, abuse and/or disrespect of any person
  • Violation of the statutes, laws, ordinances and/ or regulations of the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (or other states, when applicable) and the United States of America

Dismissed students are ineligible for refunds on tuition, housing or meals and are responsible for any and all expenses associated with the dismissal. 

Parents are responsible for removing their discharged student from the University campus immediately upon notification of dismissal. Dismissed students will not receive a certificate of completion, an assessment of their experience, a grade (if applicable) or a copy of program work (if applicable). Additionally, dismissed students forfeit the right to participate in future Pre-College programs at the University of the Arts or to attend any event or activity located on campus for the duration of the Pre-College Summer Institute program.

Parents and students will be asked to confirm their acknowledgment of these policies in writing upon admittance into the program. These policies will be discussed at Orientation and at resident floor meetings. 

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Weekend Release Policy
For the safety of the campus and students, Pre-College residential students are not permitted to stay off-campus overnight during the weekends or at any other time during the Summer Institute.  All students must check-in to their assigned Residence Hall each night at curfew. If there is an extenuating circumstance or emergency, a formal request for overnight release must be made in writing via email to the Director of the Pre-College at least 48 hours prior to the release date. In the case that weekend release is granted by the Director of Pre-College, parents and student must fill out a Weekend Release form (provided by the Director) and must comply with all procedures put forth by the Pre-College and the Office of Student Affairs.

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Refund Policy

Students who are dismissed from the program will not be refunded tuition, room + board, deposits or fees. Students who wish to withdraw for any reason must submit their request in writing by email to cs@uarts.edu, fax to 215-717-6538 or by post.

The date the request is received in writing is the date used to calculate the refund amount. Please allow up to 10 business days to receive a response from the Division of Continuing Studies to course withdrawal requests.

All refunds are less non-refundable program deposit and room + board.

Refunds are calculated as follows:

  • 100% refund on tuition one month prior to the first class (written withdrawal must be received on or before June 9, 2018).
  • 80% refund on tuition, housing and meals for withdrawal one week prior to the first class (written withdrawal must be received no later than July 2, 2018).
  • No refunds will be issued if withdrawal is less than seven days prior to the first class. Students who are dismissed from the program will not be refunded tuition, room, board or deposits. 

One-Week Commuter Intensives

All refunds are less non-refundable $50 course fee and calculated as follows: 

  • 100% refund on tuition for withdrawal one month prior to the first class.
  • 80% refund on tuition for withdrawal one week prior to the first class.
  • No refunds will be issued if withdrawal is less than 7 days prior to the first class. 

The date the request is received in writing is the date used to calculate the refund amount. Please allow up to ten business days to receive a response from the Division of Continuing Studies to course withdrawal requests. Please allow at least three weeks for refunds to be processed.   

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Transcripts
Successful completion of the Summer Institute (Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Creative Jazz Institute, Music Business, & Theater) grants high school-aged participants three college credits.  Requests for official transcripts (both paper & digital) are processed by the Registrar's Office via an online form.  Please note, there is a fee to process this request.  

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If you have additional questions regarding your student records after the conclusion of the program, please contact the Registrar's office at registrar@uarts.edu.

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This is not a contractual document. The University of the Arts reserves the right to change any curricular offering, policy, faculty assignment, or financial regulation described on this website. 

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precollege@uarts.edu
Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 909
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 717 - 6430