A Brief Look at the SSA
The SSA lasts five full days. Each day starts at 9 am and ends about 4:30 pm. Students participate in discussions, laboratories and field trips. The courses involve college-level science material.
Students may attend as either commuters or residents, staying in the McDaniel College dormitories. There will be evening activities scheduled for the resident students. These include speakers, movies, games, and swimming at McDaniel’s indoor pool. SSA counselors and faculty will be present at all evening events. Commuter students are more than welcome to attend any evening activity.
All students in 9th - 12th grade are welcome. Students are eligible for the scholarship after successfully completing at least one week at the Summer Science Academy (SSA). Students who have already been accepted to McDaniel College as an undergraduate are welcome to attend the SSA, but are not eligible for the scholarship. See more details about the scholarship.
Types of Enrollment
The Summer Science Academy Scholars’ experiences include:
- Eligibility for the $40,000 scholarship! (See more details about the scholarship.)
- Earning one college-level credit-hour, which can be used if the student enrolls at McDaniel as an undergraduate or to whatever college a student decides to attend
- Instruction and laboratory supplies
- Gaining a strong and realistic perspective about what a college-level science experience is like and what college life is really about
Residential Students: $935* (This includes five nights lodging and meals. Dormitory assistants will help the Summer Science Academy Residential Scholars adjust to a college setting and living on campus.)
Commuter Students: $585* (This includes five lunches.)
*There is an additional $50 boat trip fee for the Marine Science course.
*There is an additional $30 fee for a personal laboratory coat and googles (both of which the student keeps after the session is over!) for the Forensic Science, Real-World Physical Science, Medical Anatomy, and Genetics courses.
Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited and can only be secured by registering and paying online as soon as possible. Early registration is encouraged. A letter via email confirms acceptance into the SSA. An enrollment letter containing more detailed information will be sent three weeks prior to SSA.
A $50 charge will be assessed for all cancellations. All cancellations must be verified at least 2 weeks before the SSA session begins to receive the refund. There will be no refunds within 2 weeks of the SSA session.
Get a $40,000 McDaniel Scholarship!
Students who successfully complete at least one session of the Summer Science Academy and who have not already been admitted to McDaniel College will receive a guaranteed minimum $40,000 scholarship to attend McDaniel College as an undergraduate.