Application Instructions

Requested information and supporting materials must be completed online on the UConn PCS application to be reviewed for admission. Applications are not considered complete until all of the requirements listed below have been met. Please make sure you regularly check your email for correspondence from us as we may request additional materials or information from you to determine a decision.

Step 1: Create an Account

To start an application, you will need to create an account under “First Time Users”. You will receive an email with information on how to activate your account and a temporary pin to complete your activation. Please note:

  • The student’s legal name should be used when creating the account (not the parent/guardian)
  • Provide an email address that is checked regularly. We recommend not using a school provided email address as they may block correspondence not recognized by your school

RETURNING STUDENTS: You may use the credentials you previously created. Log in under “Returning Students”. If you no longer remember your password, you may reset it.

Step 2: Complete Application

With your account created, you may click on “start a new application” (applicable for both first-time and returning students) to begin the process.

The online application will require the following:

  1. Online Application: The application will include questions about student’s personal background, academic history, parent/guardian and emergency contact information, and additional questions about NetID access and previous program participation. You will also be able to opt in to be considered for the the LTE Access Initiative or apply for course available scholarships.
  2. Course Selection & Essay Questions: Students can take up to four courses, with one course in each session. Applicants will select the course(s) of choice and answer two essay questions. The answers are meant to help the admission committee better understand you, your commitment, and interest in UConn PCS. We recommend completing the essay answers in a separate document where you can later paste the answers into the text boxes that will be provided. This will prevent the system from timing you out and losing your work. Answer each question in 250-300 words.
    1. Essay 1: What do you want out of your future college experience and how will attending a Pre-College Summer Program help you prepare for this experience? In your response, please include the course(s) you are interested in and why that determined your decision to apply to UConn PCS
    2. Essay 2: UConn PCS is a serious academic experience committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for mature high-school students. Tell us about an experience in which you behaved in a socially mature way to help someone else or to help solve a problem. What personal skills helped you manage the situation?
  3. Academic Transcript or Grade Report: Applicants are required to submit grade records for all secondary school work completed, including current coursework. Acceptable documents include unofficial transcripts, report cards, or progress reports.
  4. References: The contact information (name, position, phone number, and email address) of one reference we may contact in the case that more information is needed. Your reference may include a school counselor, teacher, supervisor, or coach.
  5. Application Fee: Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $45 application fee. After submitting the application, the system will redirect applicable students to TouchNet, our third party payment provider, where a secure payment can be made. If this application fee is not feasible for you or your family, please contact us at pcs@uconn.edu to walk you through some options.

Please note: Once you complete and submit an application, you will not be able to access the application again for any edits or changes. Contact us at pcs@uconn.edu for any questions.

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