Is SSP for You?

The campus observatory at New Mexico Tech

Applications are free and open to gifted and talented high school juniors, excelling in math and science courses, who by summer will have completed either calculus or physics. Sophomores with both calculus and physics may apply too. There is a program fee, but generous need-based financial aid allows students from low-income families to attend absolutely free.

2016 Program Dates

June 19 – July 27 New Mexico Tech campus
June 26 – Aug. 3 Univ. of Colorado campus

SSP is challenging – material is presented at a pace faster than most college courses – but every participant receives a high level of personal attention from the seven resident faculty, so no one is left behind. The spirit of cooperation is reinforced by the absence of grades, tests, or formal credit.

Should you apply? If the idea of spending most of your summer doing science excites you, and you meet the pre-requisites listed above, then why not? We will carefully evaluate your application holistically and on your own terms, taking in account your motivation, resources, and obstacles overcome. Every year, some people are surprised to be admitted (and they do just fine). Maybe that will be you. For more on who should apply or not, and who gets in and why, see the FAQs. We typically have many more applicants than spots available, so make a backup plan too.

women at SSP
SSP first admitted women in 1969. Now they are half of enrollment on each campus.

The Summer Science Program seeks a diverse enrollment and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its admissions, educational policies, or financial aid. Young women, and students from racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science, are especially encouraged to apply.

Imagine yourself …

  • living and working in a close-knit community drawn from around the world, everyone just as interesting and motivated as you are, united by curiosity and exploration …
  • immersing yourself in a fascinating, challenging research project …

    computer lab
    SSPers work hard and play hard together, all waking hours
  • helping your teammates and being helped in turn, collaborating rather than competing …
  • learning more and learning it faster than you ever thought possible, feeling intellectually challenged as you never have before…

The “SSP experience” accelerates your academic and personal development as you approach important life decisions. Afterwards you will really know whether studying science or engineering at a selective university is your path – or not. And you will gain practical skills, such as time management, that will help you succeed in college and beyond.