Q: How do I submit my Summer Institute application?

All Summer Institute applicants (Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Jazz, Music Industry, Theater; 3 credits) must submit applications and required materials through the online form or by submitting the downloadable PDF application form by mail.  All applications must include a $250 non-refundable deposit. Start your application or submit the downloadable PDF application form

Students may register for Studio Workshops (2-weeks, 1.5 credits) by using the online form or by submitting the downloadable PDF Registration Form by mail.  

Is there a deadline?

The priority deadline for the 2019 Summer Institute program is Saturday, March 9.  After March 9, we will continue to accept applications until programs are at capacity.  However, we are only able to accept students into a program/major if there is still space available.  We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application as soon as possible. 

After Friday, May 17, payment in full for the program must be submitted at the time of application. The deadline for international students requiring an I-20 form is Friday, May 17.  The scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 22.

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Q: Does my personal statement or audition need to be included with the application or can it be sent separately?

A personal statement (Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Music Industry, Theater) or audition (Jazz, Dance)  must be submitted in order to process an application for admission. Your personal statement or digital audition link must be entered directly into the online application (or included with your mailed paper application).  View application requirements by program  

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Q: Should I include an audition for Theater, or a portfolio for Art, Media + Design, with my application?

Applicants do not need to submit an audition for the Theater program or a portfolio for an Art, Media + Design portfolio as part of the regular application process.  However, applicants applying for a scholarship are required to submit auditions or samples of their artwork as well as additional scholarship application documentsView application requirements by program  

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Q: Where is UArts? Is campus safe?

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 Hall, Reading 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.  

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.  Each UArts residence hall is staffed with a security officer 24-hours a day to ensure the safety and welfare of Pre-College students.

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Q: Will Pre-College provide transportation for me to get to UArts from the airport/train station?
Students & parents should plan to make their own transportation arrangements to and from campus.  View travel information

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Q: What hotels are close to the University? And do they offer any discounts?

There are many hotels in Center City Philadelphia—close to UArts. View Center City hotel listings 

UArts guests receive special rates from these nearby hotels:

If you have any questions, please contact the Pre-College office.

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Q: When is move-in?  Can I arrive late or leave the Summer Institute early?

Residential move-in is Sunday, July 7th from 12 pm - 2 pm in Hamilton Hall. 

Due to the intensive and immersive nature of the program, Summer Institute 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. 

Housing cannot be provided before check-in on Sunday, July 7th. Early arrivals are not encouraged.  Final check-out from residence halls varies by program of study. For planning purposes, students should expect to leave campus between 4 pm and 6 pm on the last day of their program.

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Q: If I am living in the residence halls, what should I bring?

- Sheets for extra-long twin bed
- Blanket or bedspread
- Pillow(s)
- Lamp (non-halogen)

- Towel(s)
- Toiletries & Medications
- Bathmat (or extra towel)
- Toilet paper (1-ply only)

Kitchen (optional)
- Disposable plates, cups, utensils & paper towels
- Small trash can 

- Lockbox for valuables
- Clothing hangers (optional)
- Alarm Clock
- Umbrella (optional)
- Quarters for laundry (3 + 4-week students)
- Money for laundry card (2-week students)

- Cleaning products
- Laundry detergent
- Trash bags

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Q: Is there laundry on campus?

Yes. Each residence hall has laundry facilities on every floor.  The cost of each wash is $1.25 and $.50 for 30 minutes of drying.

Students in three or four-week programs need quarters for laundry machines.  Students in two-week programs need money to purchase a laundry card.  Students must provide their own detergent. 

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Q: How will I find out who my roommate is?

You will be given your room number and roommate information at move-in. If you and another student request to reside with each other and are admitted to programs of the same duration, Residence Life will make every attempt to honor your requests.  This request must be made at the time of application/registration.

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Q: Is there a nurse and/or counselor on campus?

Summer Institute students have access to both a nurse and counselor during the Summer Institute at no charge. Both are located in the Gershman Y at the corner of Broad and Pine.

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Q: Will I get college credit for Summer Institute?
Students enrolled in Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Jazz*, Music Industry, and Theater will earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of the program. Summer Workshop students receive 1.5 college credits upon successful completion of the program. 

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

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Q: If I complete Summer Institute, will I be accepted to UArts’s undergraduate program?

During Summer Institute at UArts, you will have the opportunity to get feedback on your portfolio or audition from UArts faculty & Admissions counselors, and earn college credits.  Participation in the Summer Institute does not guarantee admission to UArts’s undergraduate program. For more information on how to apply for an undergraduate degree at UArts, contact the Office of Admissions: admissions@uarts.edu or (215) 717 – 6049.

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Q: I have a Canadian passport. Do I still need an I-20 or F-1 visa to attend the Summer Institute?

You will need an I-20.  If you have additional questions about your immigration-related paperwork, please contact:

Mara Flamm
Director, International Student Programs
Phone: 215-717-6621  |  Email: mflamm@uarts.edu

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Q. How long after I am accepted will it take for me to receive my I-20 paperwork?

I-20 applications take two - five weeks to process upon receipt of a complete I-20 application.  If you have additional questions about your immigration-related paperwork, please contact:

Mara Flamm
Director, International Student Programs
Phone: 215-717-6621  |  Email: mflamm@uarts.edu

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Q: When are the final events for my program?  How many people can attend the final performances/exhibitions?

To view the dates for your program's final events, visit the Summer Institute 2019 Calendar 

We encourage family and friends to attend their student's final performance/exhibition. Tickets are not needed to attend the events and seats are first come, first served.

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Q: How do I request a copy of my transcript at the end of the summer?

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.

Request transcript

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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211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 1311
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 717 - 6430