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Enrollment Process

Step 1: Establishing eligibility

Students who are interested in our courses must take one of our designated above-grade-level tests to establish eligibility.

The courses available to students depend upon their specific scores, as well as their age and grade.

We highly recommend that students who wish to attend our summer programs participate in CTY's Talent Search. By doing so, students increase their chances at being assigned to a course in our summer programs.

Review course eligibility information to determine what courses you are eligible for.

Step 2: Complete an application

You may apply online.

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Important Deadlines

To be considered in our initial course assignment process, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on January 25.

After January 25, applications received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern each Friday are considered for course assignments the next Friday. A late fee will be charged for applications received after April 12.

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2019 Summer Programs Registration Schedule

Application date range

Deadline to be included in the assignment run for this date range

(Friday)

Changes to applications submitted during date range may be made through midnight U.S. Eastern time

(Tuesday)

Course assignment notifications will be emailed

(Friday - Tuesday)

On or before January 25

January 25

January 29

February 1 - 5

January 26 -February 1

February 1

February 5

February 8 - 12

February 2 - 8

February 8

February 12

February 15 - 19

February 9-15

February 15

February 19

February 22 - 26

February 16 -22

February 22

February 26

March 1 - 5

March 2 - 8

March 8

March 12

March 15 - 19

March 9 - 15

March 15

March 19

March 22 - 26

March 16 - 22

March 22

March 26

March 29 - April 2

March 23 - 19

March 29

April 2

April 5 - 9

March 30 - April 5

April 5

April 9

April 12 - 16

April 6 - 12

April 12

April 16

April 19 - 23

Regular registration ends

 

 

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How Courses are Assigned

Students are not assigned to courses on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, we use a computer program to assign as a group all students whose applications are received by a particular date. The computer program prioritizes students according to a number of factors. The factors include whether or not this is the student’s last year of eligibility for a given program, whether the student is a returning or first-time student, whether the student tested through CTY’s Talent Search, and test scores.

An algorithm accounting for these criteria creates a ranked list of students and begins assigning courses starting at the top of the list. If a student’s first-choice course is already full, the student will be considered for their next course choice, if one was selected. If the student has not indicated more than one choice, or if all choices indicated are full, the student will not be assigned to a course.

Students who include several courses, sites, or sessions among their choices stand a better chance of receiving a course assignment. Students may make up to fifteen choices. Listing multiple choices does not hurt a student's chance of being assigned to the first-choice course; conversely, listing only one choice does not increase a student's chance of receiving that course.

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Course Assignment Notification

Students who apply on or before January 25 will be notified of their course assignment status by email on February 1. After that, students who apply by Friday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern of a given week will be notified of their status by email the next Friday. Course assignments will be posted on MyCTY on approximately the same schedule. For students who apply after January 25, the time between application and course assignment is 7 to 13 days, depending on what day of the week the application is received.

Site-specific information packets are posted in MyCTY beginning in mid-February. These packets cover what to bring, on-site student check-in details, meals, housing, etc. They also provide a schedule of events, maps, detailed directions, and airport locations.

Instructions for completing the required medical form and requesting airport shuttle service are also available in MyCTY.

2019 Summer Programs Course Assignment Schedule

Application date range

Deadline to be included in the assignment run for this date range

(Friday)

Changes to applications submitted during date range may be made through midnight U.S. Eastern time

(Tuesday)

Course assignment notifications will be emailed

(Friday - Tuesday)

On or before January 25

January 25

January 29

February 1 - 5

January 26 - February 1

February 1

February 5

February 8 - 12

February 9 - 15

February 15

February 19

February 22 - 26

February 16 - 22

February 22

February 26

March 1 - 5

February 23 - March 1

March 1

March 5

March 8 - 12

March 2 - 8

March 8

March 12

March 15 - 19

March 9 - 15

March 15

March 19

March 22 - 26

March 16 - 22

March 22

March 26

March 29 - April 2

March 23 - 29

March 29

April 2

April 5 - 9

March 30 - April 5

April 5

April 9

April 12 - 16

April 6 - 12

April 12

April 16

April 19 - 23

Regular registration ends

 

 

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Students Who do not Receive a Course Assignment

Students who could not be assigned to one of the choices indicated on their applications will be notified at the same time as the students who were assigned. Students are automatically waitlisted for their current choices. If they prefer, they may add or change choices or withdraw their applications. Read more about the waitlist process below. Deposits will be refunded to students who withdraw. The application fee is nonrefundable. Learn more about not receiving a course assignment.

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Making Changes to Course Choices and Assignments

If students wish to add or change courses, they must go to MyCTY at cty.jhu.edu and submit a new course request. All changes made by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern during the week of course assignment will be considered.

Students will then be considered for placement as part of the next regular weekly course assignment run. Priority for placement follows the usual ranking system (see How Courses are Assigned).

Remember, each week the number of students requesting any particular course could exceed the space available. For this reason, placement into a new choice is NOT guaranteed. Keep in mind, too, the process is completely automated. If space is available in any new choice, the student will be moved immediately, and another student could also be moved immediately into that student’s original placement. Students should request new courses only if they are absolutely certain they want to make a change since it might not be possible to switch back to their original course.

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The Waitlist Process

Students not placed in any of their course choices are automatically waitlisted. Other students may waitlist for closed courses through MyCTY. Students remain waitlisted until they take action through MyCTY to remove themselves from continued consideration. Please keep these points in mind:

  • The waitlist is not first-come, first-served. Waitlisted students are not assigned a number on the waitlist. If a course opens, all waitlisted students with that choice will be considered, regardless of whether they have been assigned to another course or how long ago they applied for the course. Priority is determined by the algorithm described above. This means that a student’s place on the waitlist can vary from week to week.
     
  • If a student has been assigned a course, they may choose to waitlist for another choice through MyCTY. They can remain in their current course while being considered for their waitlisted choices.The waitlist process is automated. If a student is at the top of the waitlist and space opens up, the student will be moved out of their current course (if any) and placed in a new course. The family is not contacted before the change is made. Switching back to the originally assigned course generally isn’t possible. If at any point, you decide that you no longer wish for your child to be considered for a waitlisted course, please be sure to update or delete your waitlist request immediately.
     
  • Students on a waitlist receive an email communication about their status each Friday, until they are either assigned to the waitlisted course, remove themselves from the waitlist, or withdraw their applications.
     
  • On April 20 students will be removed from the waitlist unless they ask CTY Enrollment Services to keep their waitlist status active.

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Advice to all Students

Although we would like to accommodate all students who apply and to offer them their first-choice courses, due to space limitations this is not possible. When completing the application, we encourage you to list as many courses, sites, and sessions as you are willing and able to attend. This will give you the best possible chance of participating in our program this summer. While patterns in course requests vary from year to year, we have observed these general trends:

  • Because lab space at all sites is limited, science and computer science courses often have more requests than we can accommodate. If science or computer science is your first choice, consider including a math course or humanities/writing course (if eligible) among your other choices.
  • Requests for session 1 often exceed the space available. If possible, consider including choices in session 2.
  • Be flexible about sites, if possible. While the sites are located at different colleges and have some different course offerings, the overall experience is quite similar wherever students attend.
  • Remember that listing multiple choices does not hurt your chance of being assigned to the first-choice course.

Keep in mind, though, that each option listed represents a commitment on your part. Do not list any course, site, or session that you are not willing to attend; we will not refund your deposit if you decline any choice listed on the application.

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Advice to Returning Students

Returning students have priority in the ranking system for course assignments, but to receive the full advantage of this benefit, be sure to have your application received by CTY by January 25 the deadline for being included in the first round of course assignments.

In addition, never assume that you will receive your first choice. In some cases, there is not enough space in a course even for all the returning students who apply on or before January 25.

Remember, too, that if you list only one choice, and we cannot place you, you will not have another chance to select courses until the end of the course assignment run, and your choices may be much more limited. List in advance as many options as are acceptable to you.

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Advice to First-Time Students

If you participated in Talent Search in a previous year, please have your application submitted by January 25.

If you submit your application after January 25, please check our website, for a list of all of the courses still available. This will save you the disappointment of applying for selections that were filled by other students. Keep in mind that the available courses will be filled according to our ranking system. While you may be assigned to a course on that list, we cannot guarantee that you will be. It is important to list as many options as possible from the available courses and to have a back-up plan for the summer.

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Attendance for Both Sessions

To maximize the number of students who are able to attend the program, all summer programs participants are limited initially to enrolling in just one three-week session.

Requests for an additional session may be submitted through MyCTY.

Students may submit requests at the time of application. However, we will not begin considering students for assignment to an additional session until March 1. Students whose forms are received in our office by Friday of a given week will be notified of their status by email the next Friday. They will be considered for placement using the same algorithm described under “How Courses Are Assigned.”

Note: Students wishing to attend the program at the Johns Hopkins location for both sessions may do so, so long as they take a humanities or writing course for one of the sessions.

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Planning for the Summer

Although we would like to accommodate all students who apply to the program, due to space limitations this is not possible. For this reason, we urge all families to have a back-up plan for the summer. Please do not assume that your child will be attending the program until you have received your course assignment.

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Canceled Courses

Each year we must cancel a few courses in which students have already been registered. This is either because not enough students signed up, or because of unpredictable circumstances such as a lab becoming unavailable. Students whose courses are canceled will be contacted and may withdraw with a full tuition refund or select a course that still has space available.

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Refund Policies

To withdraw your child from the program for any reason prior to arriving on site, you must notify the CTY Enrollment Services in writing. Once on site, you must notify the site director. Refunds take approximately 4-6 weeks to process from the time that the withdrawal notification is received by the CTY Enrollment Services. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) used for the initial payment to CTY. Refunds are sent to the student’s address of record. Please refer to the chart below for more information regarding CTY’s refund policies.

Before course assignments are made

Tuition and non-application fees paid will be refunded in full.

The application and international fees will not be refunded under any circumstances

After course assignments but before session begins

January

Non-application fees and tuition paid will be refunded in full

The application and international fees will not be refunded under any circumstances

February*

Non-application fees and tuition paid will be refunded in full

March*

Non-application fees and 50% of the deposit will be refunded

April*

Non-application fees and 25% of deposit will be refunded

May thru July*

Non-application fees and 0% of deposit will be refunded

* Full tuition and non-application fees paid are fully refundable after February only in the following circumstances: if a student withdraws for a medical reason and provides us with appropriate documentation from a physician; the student did not receive sufficient financial aid; the student is not assigned to any of the courses requested; or all the requested courses are canceled.

After session begins**

Week 1

If the student withdraw or is dismissed, room and board will be refunded on a prorated basis

The application and international fees will not be refunded under any circumstances

Weeks 2 & 3

No refund

**If a student withdraws due to a medical reason and appropriate documentation from a physician is provided, a refund will be given on a prorated basis.

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