• Rising juniors and seniors or international students of equivalent grade level (residential or commuter).

  • Rising sophomores  (commuter only).

  • Motivated students of all backgrounds who meet the above criteria and demonstrate the ability to succeed in the program.

  • Rising freshman are eligible to register for One-Week Commuter Intensives

Apply Early
Priority application deadline: March 10.
Apply as soon as you know that you want to attend the Summer Institute, as space is limited in many of the programs/majors.

Application Process

View the requirements for the program you are interested in.

All Art, Media + Design applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed Summer Institute application form.
  2.  Personal Statement  Submit a written statement expressing why you want to attend the program and what you hope to gain from the experience.  300 word maximum.
  3. A  non-refundable deposit of $250.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission.

Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions
Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

All Creative Writing applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed Summer Institute application form.
  2.  Personal Statement  Submit a written statement expressing why you want to attend the program and what you hope to gain from the experience.  300 word maximum.
  3. A  non-refundable deposit of $250.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission.

Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions
Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

All Dance applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed Summer Institute application form.
  2.  Audition  You may submit an audition digitally via YouTube or Vimeo link - or - audition in person.
    Audition Requirements: Audition should include up to five minutes of a technical demonstration at the barre or center.  Audition should also include a two-minute solo piece.
    In-Person Auditions: the opportunity to audition in-person for Dance has passed.
  3. A  non-refundable deposit of $250.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission.

Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions 
Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

All Creative Jazz Institute applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed Summer Institute application form.
  2.  Audition  You may submit an audition digitally via YouTube or Vimeo link - or - audition in person.

    • Students are accepted into the program in one of the following performance areas: Bass (upright or electric), Clarinet, Drum Set, Flute, Guitar, Percussion (African, Latin, etc.), Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Vibraphone, or Voice.

    • Audition Requirements: A prepared 1-2 minute piece that demonstrates a range of technical and improvisational abilities + a sight reading exercise. View instructions

    • In-Person Auditions: If you plan to audition in-person, please indicate this on your application.  Schedule an in-person audition time during on Saturday, May 5 in Philadelphia (email precollege@uarts.edu).

  3. A  non-refundable deposit of $250*.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission.

Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions
Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

Note: 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.  Only high school students will receive college credit.

*Thanks to the generosity of our funders, full scholarships are available.  The deposit requirement is waived for full scholarship applicants.    View scholarship requirements    

All Music Business applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed Summer Institute application form.
  2.  Personal Statement  Submit a written statement expressing why you want to attend the program and what you hope to gain from the experience.  300 word maximum.
  3. A  non-refundable deposit of $250.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission.

Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions
Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

All Theater applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A completed Summer Institute application form.
  2.  Personal Statement  Submit a written statement expressing why you want to attend the program and what you hope to gain from the experience.  300 word maximum.
  3. A  non-refundable deposit of $250.  The deposit will be returned only if a student is denied admission.

Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions
Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

*Please note: housing for Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Music Business, and Theater is at capacity for summer 2018.  Contact Pre-College to be placed on the waitlist.  Space is available for commuter students in all programs, and housing is still available for students applying to the Creative Jazz Institute.   

Apply Online
You must complete the application in a single session, as you will not be able to save your progress. Review the form and make sure that you have all the necessary information and materials available before you begin.  You will be required to submit the program deposit by credit card.

Apply By Mail
You may submit your completed application materials + program deposit (credit card, check, or money order made payable to The University of the Arts) by mail if preferred. Please make sure that your application is complete before you mail it. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed until they are complete.

Download the SI 2018 Application Form

USPS Address

The University of the Arts
Pre-College Programs
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Fed Ex + UPS Address

The University of the Arts
Pre-College Programs
311 S. Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dates & Deadlines

  • Open house: Saturday, March 10
  • Priority application deadline: Saturday, March 10
  • Scholarship application deadline: March 23
  • Scholarship notification: April 13
  • Balance and payment due: Friday, May 18 ($60 late fee after May 18)
  • Automatic withdrawal for students with unpaid balances: Friday, June 1
  • Move in date for residents: July 8
  • Classes begin: July 9

Pre-College Calendar

  • Art, Media + Design: July 9 – August 3 (4 weeks)
  • Creative Jazz Institute: July 9 – July 21 (2 weeks)
  • Creative Writing: July 9 – August 3 (4 weeks)
  • Dance: July 9 – July 27 (3 weeks)
  • Music Business: July 9 – July 27 (3 weeks)
  • Theater: July 9 – August 3 (4 weeks)
Other Creative Summer Opportunities
Rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to register for One-Week Commuter Intensives, which do not require an application.

Questions?

Request more info

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