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Application Process

First, apply online.

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 assignment the next Friday. View the complete registration schedule. A late fee will be charged for applications received after April 12.

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.

Review the Summer Programs course assignment schedule

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. 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.


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. Review specific notification dates. Course assignments will be available 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.

Students Who do not Receive a Course

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.


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.

Late Applications

Late applications (received after April 12, 2019) are accepted and considered as space in the program permits. A late fee of $25 US will be charged for late applications.