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Outer Coast Summer Seminar New Student Application

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The Outer Coast Summer Seminar is a five-week program that combines rigorous, college-level academics, meaningful community service, and student-led self-governance. Both inside and outside the classroom, Summer Seminar students will learn how to identify, analyze, and respond to the challenges that face the world today.

The Seminar runs from June 27 - August 1, 2020 in Sitka, Alaska.

Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for the Summer Seminar. Outer Coast will meet all demonstrated financial need.

If you were a student at the 2018 or 2019 Summer Seminar, please complete the 2020 Returning Student Application and not the application below. 

More information about the Summer Seminar and Outer Coast can be found in the Summer Seminar Program Overview or at outercoast.org. If you have any questions, please contact info@outercoast.org.

The application is open from January 1 to April 1, 2020. Applications will receive admissions decisions by April 26, 2020. A number of qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist, with the possibility of admission through June.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Student Information

Best way to reach you for scheduling an interview *
 
Race/Ethnicity (check all that apply) *
 
First Language (check all that apply) *
 
How did you hear about the Outer Coast Summer Seminar? (check all that apply) *
 

Student High School Information

Current Grade Level *

Parent/Guardian Information

Parent/Guardian 1
Lives with student? *
Highest Level of Education? *
 
Parent/Guardian 2
Lives with student?
Highest Level of Education?
 

Short Answer Questions (250 words)

Please respond to the following prompts in up to 250 words each. While your responses will not be considered on the basis of length, we hope you take the opportunity to express yourself fully.

If you are selected to attend the Summer Seminar, your answers will be shared with staff and faculty.

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Long Answer Question (500 words)

Please respond to the following prompt in up to 500 words each. While your response will not be considered on the basis of length, we hope you take the opportunity to express yourself fully.

If you are selected to attend the Summer Seminar, your answer will be shared with staff and faculty.

 

Write a personal essay in response to one of the following prompts:

  • Tell us about a time when you encountered a significant failure or setback. How were you affected by this challenge and how did you respond?  
  • Tell us about a community you belong to and your role in it. (A community can mean many things: your family, your school, a sports team, a friend group, the town or city you are from, etc.) Why is this community important to you?
  • Tell us about a role model in your life (preferably someone you know personally). Who are they, what do you admire about them, and how has their mentorship impacted you? 
  • Write a personal essay on a topic of your choice. You are welcome to write about an aspect of your background or identity you feel your application would be incomplete without.
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Teacher Recommendation

Please ask a teacher to be your Summer Seminar recommender. We will contact your teacher to learn more about you as a student and a person.

(Your teacher will receive an email directing them to the recommendation form when you submit your application. Your teacher’s recommendation is due Wednesday, April 8.)