What are the application, decision and commitment dates?
We have 40 spaces available this season and until all are filled, we've scheduled up to four waves during which admissions decisions will be made. Details follow below.
- November 29 - January 31- If your application is completed between November 29 and January 31, you will receive your admissions decision on February 14. Your RSVP will be due by February 21 and your tuition must be paid by February 28.
- February 1 - February 29- If your application is completed between February 1 - February 29, you will receive your admissions decision on March 13. Your RSVP will be due by March 20 and your tuition must be paid by March 27.
- March 1 - March 31- If your application is completed between March 1 - March 31, you will receive your admissions decision on April 17. Your RSVP will be due by April 24 and your tuition must be paid by May 1.
- April 1 - April 30- If your application is completed between April 1 - April 30, you will receive your admissions decision on May 15. Your RSVP will be due by May 22 and your tuition must be paid by May 29.
Completed applications may be accepted, denied, waitlisted* or withdrawn.
Incomplete applications will be denied.
*Waitlist spaces are not numbered. If space becomes available an invitation will be emailed to a student from the waitlist. That student will be given one week to RSVP and two weeks to pay their tuition. This timing is subject to change.
How competitive are admissions? We expect to receive 100 - 200 applications for 40 spaces.
Who makes the admissions decisions? The admissions committee is comprised of faculty from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
What are you looking for in a successful applicant? The committee will be looking for academic consistency, strength in HS Level Biology (a pre-requisite), demonstrated passion for the study of medicine (via required essay) and strong letters of recommendation which include examples of the student's strengths and likelihood to succeed in an intensive summer program.
Why is the application so intense? By design, our application is meant to feel similar to a college application. We expect applicants to use this experience to gain valuable experience and have the opportunity to present the best information possible to the committee. Regardless of the outcome, we hope that all applicants will find that they learned a lot from the application process and find ways to reflect on the experience when they apply to college.
Is there a waitlist in case someone who was accepted decides not to attend? Yes, the committee will also choose a limited number of students for the waitlist. If a student who was accepted declines their invitation, the committee will choose a student from the waitlist to fill the vacancy. Waitlisted students should note that this process could take several weeks to complete.
What happens if I don't get in? Admission to this program is quite competitive and we simply do not have enough spaces to accommodate everyone. Rising juniors who are denied would have another year of eligibility to apply again next year. If we have space in other programs, we'll share that information in your decision email.