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Summer Institute

College Life. College Credit. College Level.

June 16-29, 2019

Summer Institute is a program for high school students ready to experience college. Students are immersed in college life on campus while taking two college-level courses for 3 total credits. This program is open to students who have finished their junior year of high school and have a minimum 3.3 GPA.

The Summer Institute Experience

Students get to:

  • Live on campus and experience college life
  • Earn two credits for a foundations college level course
  • Gain one credit for an interest-specific college level course
  • Learn from experienced Taylor professors
  • Connect with academically-driven Christian students from around the world
  • Participate in social and service activities
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What to Expect

Dates: June 16-29, 2019

Application Deadline Extended: April 30, 2019

Courses Offered: All students will take the Foundations of Christian Liberal Arts course, and will have the opportunity to choose one additional course from the following options: Introduction to Game Design, Egypt of the Pharaohs, or Creative Writing in a Flash: Short-form Fiction and Nonfiction.

Cost: The total cost is $1,230. This includes a $30 application fee and $1,200 for room and board. $50 of the room and board cost is counted as a matriculation fee and must be paid before May 25th. The credit-bearing tuition is offered for free.

Who Can Attend: Students who have finished their junior year of high school and have a minimum 3.3 GPA

How to Get Started:

  1. Explore the Courses Offered in 2019
  2. Learn about our Application Requirements
  3. Apply to the Summer Institute
  4. View the 2019 Summer Institute schedule
  5. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions

Course Offerings

Every year, all Summer Institute students take one foundations course and a second course specific to their interests.

Foundational Course:

Foundations of the Christian Liberal Arts
Taught by Dr. Jeff Cramer. An introduction to the integration of faith and learning, and the value of a liberal arts education. The course seeks to answer two primary questions: What does it mean to flourish as a Christian living in this creation? What do the liberal arts have to do with this flourishing?

The course is taught in four sections with significant discussion about what it means to live in a right relationship with God, neighbor, creation, and self.

Elective Courses:

Creative Writing in a Flash: Short-Form Fiction and Nonfiction

This course will introduce students to the art and craft of short-form prose writing in the genres of fiction and creative nonfiction. Participants in the course will read and discuss published stories and essays of 1000 words or fewer in order to study the fundamentals of storytelling and the particular textures of compressed narrative prose. The students will also write their own short-form fiction and nonfiction pieces by engaging in the full creative process, from idea generation and drafting to revising, workshopping, and sharing their own new work.

Egypt of the Pharaohs

In this course, students will explore the culture of ancient Egypt through an interdisciplinary approach that covers areas such as: religion, politics, architecture, art, language, geography / environment, diplomatic relations, and gender relations. By approaching ancient Egypt in this way, students will be challenged to better understand the multifaceted aspects of culture and how different components impact and shape each other.

Introduction to Game Design

This course will introduce students to the design and development behind a cutting-edge, modern day gaming engine—the operating system behind the video game. We will discuss the purpose and complexities of engines by discussing a few different gaming engines, sampling a few games, and then recreating a few classic games from scratch. We will be coding in the Lua programming language, but no prior programming experience is necessary.

Application Requirements for the Summer Institute Program

Summer Institute is open to students who have finished their junior year of high school* and have a minimum 3.3 GPA. It is recommended that participating students be in the top 15% of their high school class.

Application Deadline Extended: April 30, 2019

Online Application

Elements of the Summer Institute Application

Your Story

Tell us how God has been working in your life. You can do this one of two ways:

  • Write your story (400-700 words)
  • Share your story with an Admissions Counselor in person or over the phone.

High School Transcript

Have these things sent to Taylor. Your application is not complete without these components.

Academic Reference Form

An adult who can speak of your academic aptitude may complete this reference form. The form will be emailed to the individual you designate through the online application.

Christian Character Reference

A pastor, mentor, or any adult who can speak of your spiritual walk may fill out the reference form. (Family members are not permitted to complete this form.) The form may be completed in one of two ways:

  • Online: During the application process, you will email them an electronic form.
  • Print: Print the PDF form and give it to them to be completed and sent to Taylor.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $30 must be submitted online or by mailing a check to the Office of Admissions.

Questions About Summer Institute?

Please review our Summer Institute FAQs or contact Laura Armstrong, Summer Institute Recruiter, at lrarmstrong@taylor.edu.