Applications & Admissions


Applications Now Closed for Summer 2021

Application Process


Sotheby’s Summer Institute Online for pre-college students is open to high school students (grades 10-12 based on the grade the student is entering in the Fall 2021 school year) and graduating seniors. Students must be 15 years old by the first day of the program. All students are required to complete an online application, which can be completed in a few basic steps. As students work through their application, they may save their progress and return to the application prior to final submission.


1. Fill out basic information
2. Select course preference
3. Complete short answer question
4. Pay a $50 application fee
5. Submit supplementary materials


Transcript and School Report: Forms must include the school’s grading system and the most recent completed semester grades. Transcripts must be in English and do not need to be official. Report cards for the last two years are acceptable.


Work/Writing Sample: Students can submit any piece of work as an optional supplement to their application (e.g. research paper, poetry, course assignment, artwork, proposals, etc.).


*Applications will not be considered complete until all required supplementary materials have been received. Failure to submit required supplementary materials by the application deadline may result in rejection or declined admission.

Returning & Deferred Students


We are thrilled that you have decided to study with us again. Students who have previously attended Sotheby’s Summer Institute Online for pre-college students or were accepted to a 2020 course can submit a simplified application in a few basic steps. Application fees will be waived for returning and deferred students. In the simplified application, you will be asked to:


1. Fill out basic information
2. Select course preferences
3. Complete a few short answer question
4. Submit an updated Transcript and School Report

Application Timeline


Admission to Summer Institute Online is competitive. All applications are carefully reviewed by our admissions committee. Admissions officers seek talented student leaders with diverse interests, ambitions and writing styles. The committee strives to select critical thinkers who will contribute to a well-rounded, academically engaged community of students. Each application is reviewed holistically and qualified students who have demonstrated a genuine interest in the program as well as a strong academic background will be considered for admission to the program. Our goal is to accept the most qualified students as possible and to ensure we are accepting the right students into the right program.


Applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage students to submit their applications as soon as possible to increase their chances of being placed in their preferred course. Please note that all supplemental documents must also be submitted in order for your application to be considered.


Application Deadlines by Term

Term 1 – Thursday, May 27

Term 2 – Thursday, June 10

Term 3 – Thursday, June 24

Term 4 – Thursday, July 8



Each two-week online course is $2,850, plus a $75 tech fee. Students may enroll in multiple terms for a 10% tuition discount.

Financial Aid


Limited financial assistance is awarded based on a combination of merit and need. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must submit a completed program application, followed by a financial aid application.


Review Process

Financial aid is awarded to students who have been accepted into the program and have chosen to apply for financial aid. Students are notified of their financial aid decision at the same time as their program admission decision. The final deadline to be considered for financial aid was February 8, 2021.

Applications Now Closed

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