During the Summer Institute, high school-aged students have the opportunity to experience college life and UArts’ vibrant culture in the center of Philadelphia.  Our students work hard, immersing themselves in creating and growing artistically.  They develop a body of work, performance, or portfolio for college admission with support and feedback from UArts faculty, Admissions counselors, creative professionals, and working artists.

Due to the intensive and immersive nature of the program, our students must be fully creatively and academically engaged.  As such, we expect residential students to remain on campus for the length of the program, and that both residential and commuter students attend all classes, complete all homework assignments, and participate in all required field trips and activities.  Students receive  3 college credits  for successful completion of the program. 

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Pre-College Alumni: where are they now?

  • Travel
  • Health + Wellness
  • Safety
  • Expenses

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By Air
UArts is accessible from the Philadelphia International Airport by cab (30-minutes) or SEPTA Regional Rail to Suburban Station (10-minute walk to campus).  Taxis are queued outside the terminals, and Uber and Lyft are also available.  

By Car
View campus map, directions, & parking.

By Train

  • Amtrak
    Amtrak 30th Street Station in Philadelphia is a 5-minute cab ride from UArts ($8 - 10).  Visit the Amtrak website for more information. Taxis are queued outside the station, and Uber and Lyft are also available.  
  • SEPTA
    The University of the Arts is easily accessible by public transportation from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware via the SEPTA Regional Rail and the NJ Transit PATCO high-speed line.  Campus is a 10-minute walk from SEPTA Suburban Station and a 5-minute walk from PATCO 12-13th & Locust Station
Students & parents should plan to make their own transportation arrangements to and from campus.

If you would like to meet with a staff member, please call ahead to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  
Philadelphia Campus Tours: Campus tours are provided at Open House
Can't make it to Open House?  Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour: admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049

UArts is dedicated to keeping all Pre-College students safe and healthy.  Health Services are administered by a certified nurse on campus, at no extra cost to the student.  The Counseling Center is also available to Pre-College students who need or want assistance.  Pre-College students who need emergency care are taken to Jefferson Hospital, located just a few blocks from campus, at the student’s expense.

All students are required to submit health forms, insurance information, and immunization reports before arriving on campus.  The Director of Health Services reviews all medical information before the start of the summer program to ensure that student needs are met.

Health & Wellness @ UArts

If you would like to meet with a staff member, please call ahead to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  
Philadelphia Campus Tours: Campus tours are provided at Open House
Can't make it to Open House?  Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour: admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049

UArts is dedicated to keeping all Pre-College students safe.  Academic buildings are staffed with security officers during building hours, and only those with a UArts ID or building pass are permitted inside UArts buildings.     

Safety @ UArts

Campus Location
UArts is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia.  UArts is situated in a safe area of the city, near historic City HallReading Terminal Market, and Rittenhouse Square, and within walking distance from world-class museums, theaters, and concert halls.  Pre-College staff and Community Advisors (CAs) go over safety guidelines with all Summer Institute students at Orientation.  

Residential and Academic Building Security 
Each UArts residence hall is staffed with a security officer 24-hours per day to ensure the safety and welfare of Pre-College students. Only Pre-College students who live in a residence hall are permitted to enter the residence hall. Pre-College students must wear UArts issued ID cards that include their residence hall. No guests are permitted in the residential halls at any time, with the exception of parents on move-in and move-out days only.  Academic buildings are staffed with security officers during building hours, and only those with a UArts ID or building pass are permitted inside the buildings.   

Supervision
A number of undergraduate students and professional staff members reside in the residential halls and supervise the residential students in the Pre-College Summer Institute -- Community Advisors (CAs), Area Coordinators, and a Resident Director. Students become well acquainted with their CA, who can provide guidance about academics, UArts + Philly, or life in general. All Residential Life staff members report to the Director of Student Life, who is actively engaged in the welfare of Pre-College Summer Institute students.

Curfew + Nightly Check-In
For safety purposes, all Pre-College residential students are required to observe a weekday and weekend residential curfew and check-in. Check-in time is 10:30 pm on weekdays and weekends. Students who miss check-in are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be dismissed.

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 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 Pre-College and the Office of Student Affairs.

Learn more about Policies  

Learn more about Student Life & Housing

If you would like to meet with a staff member, please call ahead to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  
Philadelphia Campus Tours: Campus tours are provided at Open House
Can't make it to Open House?  Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour: admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049

Deposit
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to process an application.  This deposit will be applied to your balance for the program.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission. 

Tuition + Fees

Tuition
Covers basic tuition, trips, guest lecturers, & lab fees, but not housing, meals, or supplies.
Art, Media + Design  |  Creative Writing  |  Theater 
Tuition + program fee = $3,700
Dance 
Tuition + program fee = $1,975
Music Business 
Tuition + program fee = $2,875
Creative Jazz Institute
Tuition + program fee = $2,000

Housing + Meals fee
Residential students stay in UArts residence halls.  Meals are provided in the UArts dining hall.
Art, Media + Design  |  Creative Writing  |  Theater 
Housing + Meals = $1,593 for four weeks  
Dance  |  Music Business 
Housing + Meals = $1,275 for three weeks
Creative Jazz Institute 
Housing + Meals = $885 for two weeks

Optional meal plan for commuters
Commuter students may purchase a meal plan for use in the dining hall at $65/week.
Art, Media + Design  |  Creative Writing  |  Theater 
Commuter meal plan = $260 for four weeks
Dance  |  Music Business 
Commuter meal plan = $195 for three weeks
Creative Jazz Institute
Commuter meal plan = $130 for two weeks

Supplies
Students are expected to bring necessary supplies with them or purchase supplies once they arrive on campus.  Supply stores are located within walking distance of campus.  Supply lists will be available one month prior to the start of the program.
 
Spending + Miscellaneous Expenses
Residential students spend an average of $80-$100 per week on additional items including laundry, snacks, personal spending and non-required supplies.

Financial assistance & discounts

Financial aid is not available for the Summer Institute.  A limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships are available & require additional application materials.  View scholarship information 
Returning Pre-College students and children of UArts alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. 
View additional discount & scholarship policies

If you would like to meet with a staff member, please call ahead to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  
Philadelphia Campus Tours: Campus tours are provided at Open House
Can't make it to Open House?  Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour: admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049

Questions?

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