Eligibility

students in class

To apply to Summer Studies, students must meet course qualifying standards that are based on ACT or SAT scores. In addition, Summer Studies includes two different levels: Academy and Center. Each level has different sites and courses, and students can only apply to the level they qualify for—that is, all those who qualify for Center must attend Center, and all those who qualify for Academy must attend Academy. Use the tables below to see which you qualify for.

Please note that the SAT changed its test in March 2016, necessitating an adjustment in minimum qualifying scores, so be sure to choose the qualifying scores that match when you took the SAT.

Abbreviations for the ACT qualifying scores include M = Math; E = English; S = Science; and R = Reading.

If you qualify for Center, you should also review the Center Score Tables, which determine eligibility for specific Center courses.

If you were in the...
when you took the...
and you scored...
these scores qualify you for Academy
these scores qualify you for Center

7th Grade

SAT (before March 2016)

any one of the following:

M  500–560
CR 500–560
WR 500–560

M  ≥ 570 
CR ≥ 570
WR ≥ 570

or a combination of:

n/a

M ≥ 520 and CR ≥ 520
M≥ 520 and WR ≥ 570

SAT (March 2016 and after)

any one of the following:

EBRW  540–600
MATH  530–590

EBRW ≥ 610
MATH ≥ 600

ACT

any one of the following:

M 18–19
E 25–26
S 20–23
R 20–24

M ≥ 20
E ≥ 27
S ≥ 24
R ≥ 25

or a combination of:

n/a

M ≥ 19 and E ≥ 25
M ≥ 19 and R ≥ 24

8th, 9th, or 10th Grade

SAT (before March 2016)

any one of the following:

M 540–600
CR 540–600
WR 540–600

M ≥ 610
CR ≥ 610
WR ≥ 610

or a combination of:

n/a

M ≥ 520 and CR ≥ 560
M ≥ 560 and CR ≥ 520
M ≥ 520 and WR ≥ 610
M ≥ 560 and WR ≥ 570

SAT (March 2016 and after)

any one of the following:

EBRW  580–640
MATH  570–630

EBRW ≥ 650
MATH ≥ 640

ACT

any one of the following:

M 21–22
E 28–29
S 22–24
R 22–25

M ≥ 23
E ≥ 30
S ≥ 25
R ≥ 26

or a combination of:

n/a

M ≥ 19 and E ≥ 28
M ≥ 22 and E ≥ 25
M ≥ 19 and R ≥ 25
M ≥ 22 and R ≥ 24

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving young scholars in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.