Choosing a campus
SSP takes place at two campuses, starting and ending one week apart:
The curriculum and facilities are largely identical at the two campuses. You will tell us in the online form whether you are applying for a particular campus only, or either campus. You may also indicate a preference. Check your school's academic calendar and ask your parent or guardian. Your chance of admission will be somewhat higher if you can attend either campus, since one may fill before the other. We cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures; do not apply if you have another commitment during the dates shown.
- on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico (70 miles south of Albuquerque International Sunport)
Sunday, June 21 - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
- on the campus of University of Colorado in Boulder (43 miles northwest of Denver International Airport)
Sunday, June 28 - Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
How To Apply
SSP's college-like experience starts with the application itself. In fact, applying to SSP is good practice for your college apps next fall.
To open your application, first register and complete an online form that tells us who and where you are. You may log in later to add information or check the status of your application.
Next, download the application PDF instructions and forms.
The rest of your application will consist of short answers, official transcript, test score reports, evaluations from your current math and science teachers, and an optional third evaluation or letter from another adult, and up to two pages of supplemental information. For more details see "Your Application" below, and the Admissions FAQ.
Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed. Give your teachers as much time as possible to complete their evaluations. (If the two required teacher evaluations do not reach us by the deadline, it may not be your "fault", but it is your problem!)
There is no advantage to sending your application early, or in sending some parts while you wait for other parts to be ready. We strongly prefer to receive everything together in one envelope. If necessary, we will accept teacher evaluations or transcripts sent separately (if they arrive by the deadline).
Send by courier or mail to:
- If you attend school outside the U.S., or your U.S. visa expires before August: your application must be at our office and complete by Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.
- If you attend school within the U.S.: your application must be at our office and complete by Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd #421
Cary, NC 27518 USA
We strongly recommend using a service that allows you to track the envelope and confirm delivery.
Our reviewers will carefully consider all of the information presented in your application. Admissions decisions are sent by email and shown online about 6 weeks after the respective deadline.
Program Fee and Financial Aid
There is no application fee. Financial concerns should not be a factor in your decision to apply.
We understand that many families have little or no room in their budgets for a residential program. Our all-inclusive program fee - the most we ask any family to pay - is $4,500 (compared to our actual cost of over $7,000). It covers 39 days of room & board, instruction, equipment, supplies, and local transportation … everything except travel to campus.
Thanks to donations from alumni and friends of SSP, need-based financial aid is available to further reduce the cost. Each summer between a third and a half of students receive financial aid. As an example, students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch at school are likely to attend at no charge, with SSP paying the airfare too (up to $500). International students are eligible for financial aid on the same basis as other applicants.
The optional Financial Aid Application form is included the Application PDF. Applying for financial aid has no impact on admissions decisions. U.S. applicants may wait for the admission decision before deciding whether to apply for financial aid, proof that financial concerns should not be a factor in your decision to apply.
Financial Aid FAQ