Where is the financial aid application?
Applicants will have access to the financial aid application once they have submitted their preliminary application for the program. Applicants will receive an email from Slate with links to both their Online Application and the Financial Aid Application. The financial aid application will be accessible after you have set up an account to complete the full application. In addition to completing the Financial Aid request form, applicants will need the last two years’ of their parent's or guardian's tax information to complete the financial application. Our financial aid funding is very limited, and we typically experience a higher demand for financial aid than we are able to accommodate. Awards are allocated by need and typically take the form of a partial scholarship. Once an applicant has submitted their academic application, they will gain access to the financial aid application.
Will exceptions be made to the grade requirement?
No exceptions will be made to the grade restrictions. The grade restriction is important in providing a social environment that maximizes the value of the SAILORS experience. Also, these restrictions take into account considerations for students in the same courses living together in the same residence. Because the social and academic components are tightly integrated, students will have greater academic benefit by learning alongside others who are close in age and grade.
What are the cut-off scores for the standardized test requirements?
There is no test score "cut-off" or percentile requirement. SAILORS seeks students who demonstrate overall academic excellence. All application materials (such as written responses, test scores, teacher recommendations, etc.) are considered together.
What is the Grade Point Average cut-off for the transcript requirements?
There is no Grade Point Average "cut-off" or rank requirement. SAILORS seeks students who demonstrate overall academic excellence. All application materials (such as written responses, test scores, teacher recommendations, etc.) are considered together.
Is class rank or GPA required in the application?
If a student’s school does not provided class rank and/or a GPA, the student is not required to submit the information in the application.
Is it OK for parents to help write an application?
Due to the intensive, challenging nature of the SAILORS program, it is important that the application reflect the interests and abilities of the applicant only – not the parent – as accurately as possible. Therefore, all required work samples and responses to the application questions must be the applicant's own work. While it is acceptable for parents to proof-read the applicant’s work to correct errors, parents should not write any part of the application for the applicant. Any misrepresentation in application materials is grounds to revoke an offer of admission to SAILORS.
Can tuition be paid in installments?
No, the SAILORS program is not able to offer an installment plan.
Can international students apply if they do not have a standardized exam score?
The test score requirement may be waived for international applicants who have not taken a standardized exam and one of the main languages of instruction in their school is English. Students that are taught in a language outside of English are asked to submit a TOEFL score.
What standardized exam scores are accepted?
Any standardized exam administered at the international, national, or state level is acceptable. If an applicant has taken the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or PLAN, the SAILORS admissions committee would like to see those scores. The test given varies from school to school, and state to state. For example, many Californian students will take the STAR, ERB, SSAT, ISEE, IOWA or Stanford Q. We encourage applicants to check with their school’s registrar to see if test results are on file.
When will applicants know if they have been admitted to the SAILORS program?
Once an applicant has submitted a complete application for admission, their student page will list the date by which they will be notified of their admission decision. Admission decisions are posted on the student page as well as sent via email to each applicant.
Does the application require sending an official transcript?
No. As the SAILORS application is fully online, applicants will upload transcripts directly to their applications; most will use an unofficial transcript to fulfill this requirement.
What materials must be submitted with an application?
In addition to the Preliminary Application, a complete application consists of:
- A submitted Online Application – Available after completing the Preliminary Application.
- Payment of the $25 application fee – This fee can be paid online using a credit card or check. Instructions for payment can be found at the end of the Online Application.
- A copy of your school transcript or most recent grade report – Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Allowed file types: PDF, JPG, TIF, GIF, and PNG.
- Teacher recommendation – On the Online Application, you will be able to request a recommendation from one or more teachers qualified to comment on your performance and ability in the Math and Science. You may submit more than one recommendation form. Required information: teacher’s full name, school name, subjects taught, email address, and phone number
- A copy of a recent standardized exam score report – Any standardized exam administered at the international, national, or state level is acceptable.* Allowed file types: PDF, JPG, TIF, GIF, and PNG. A standardized exam is an externally administered test which provides both a score report as well as an evaluation of the score relative to other test takers. *While any standardized test score is acceptable, applicants who have recently taken the ACT, PSAT, SAT, or TOEFL should submit their results with application materials.
Can a tutor, coach, mentor, counselor, or former summer camp instructor write the required teacher recommendation?
The primary teacher’s recommendation must come from an instructor who has observed the applicant in a classroom environment. If the applicant is homeschooled, and their parent or guardian is also their teacher, they may write their teacher’s recommendation in this circumstance only. Applicants may submit up to three additional recommendations from other educators who can comment on their academics.
Do recommendations need to be in English?
All recommendations and transcripts must be translated into English before they are submitted with an application; the admissions committee cannot translate them for you and will not review materials that are not in English. Translations do not have to be official: recommend applicants reach out to their English teacher for assistance or use online translators like Google Translate. Applicants must include both the original document and the translation in the file that is uploaded to their application.
What does waitlist decision mean?
A waitlist decision means that if space were still available the admissions committee would have accepted them, but the program is currently full. Each year a few admitted participants drop out of the program as their summer plans change for a variety of reasons. Therefore, the SAILORS program relies on having qualified applicants on the waitlist to fill the final seats in the program when they become available. The program will continue accepting applicants from the waitlist until very close to the start of the program as there are times when an admitted participant declines their space in the program with little notice. An applicant will not be removed from the waitlist unless they are accepted into the program or they ask to be released from the waitlist. The admissions committee does not release information regarding where on the waitlist an applicant resides.
Is there a way to receive an admissions decision earlier?
Due to the SAILORS application review process, we are not able to offer any admissions decisions before the designated notification date. Our admission committee reviews applications in a holistic manner, taking into account others in the applicant pool and must review all applications and compare applicants within that applicant pool to determine admissions. All applicants will be notified of their admissions decision on the designated notification date.
Can the application deadline be extended?
The SAILORS program is unable to grant extensions. Applications that are not received after the intended due date will not be considered.
Does the SAILORS program have a refund policy?
Application fees are non-refundable. Program deposits are non-refundable with the exception of certain financial aid cases. To withdraw an admitted participant from the program for any reason prior to arriving on site, the participant or parent must notify the SAILORS staff in writing via email. No refunds or discounts will be given for early departures at the end of the program.