Summer Program Admissions

Our summer program is selective and rigorous. Read on to learn about our admissions process, program cost, financial assistance, and qualities of a great candidate


What makes a great candidate for our summer program?

Great applicants have a proven track-record in working successfully with teams to create exceptional impact. It isn’t about coming up with ideas—it’s about seeing them through.

**Notice that grades and awards don’t make the list! Yes, we ask you to submit your transcripts, but this is the least important part of the application.

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    You take initiative to push yourself outside of your comfort zone

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    You don’t just care about what you do, you care about creating real results

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    You pour yourself intensely into your passions and to persevere

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    A Team-Player

    You’re able to collaborate dynamically and put the team before yourself

What is included in the application?

Whether you have a specific campus in mind or are open to doing the program a few locations, the application is the same. We want to get a sense for who you are, the goals you’ve accomplished, and what inspires you. Our application is purposefully robust and diverse, giving you many opportunities to shine.

1. General information

2. Activities

3. Your transcripts

4. Short answer questions

5. Video introduction to YOU

Program fee

Program fee for MIT 4-week program: $6,295 

Program fee for Northwestern 5-week program: $6,695

Application fee: $60 

*Financial need-based support is available, and application fee can be waived with proof of need.

Read Our FAQ

Inclusion & Excellence Scholarships

To support our ongoing commitment to inclusion and excellence in the innovation space, four scholarships will be offered for LaunchX Summer 2018. Read our blog for information around qualifying for a scholarship.

1. Woman in STEM Scholarship

2. Person of Color in STEM Scholarship

3. Social Impact Scholarship

4. Maker Czar Scholarship

Learn More on Our Blog

Financial Need-Based Support

Our admissions process is need-blind, meaning if you indicate that you need financial support, this will not impact your chances of acceptance in any way. We ensure that students who are admitted are able to attend, regardless of financial background.

Sample financial need packages:

Family Income of Admits* Average Program Fee Reduction**  Average Price Families Pay***
$0-25k $5,728 $171
$25-50k $5,131 $806
$50-75k $3,024 $2,888
$75-100k $2,668 $3,170
$100k+ $0 $6,295

*Family income includes all sources of income, including untaxed income and excluding losses; **Average scholarship provided by LaunchX, calculated based on averages. We do not make promises in advance about your financial-support package—different financial circumstances yield different outcomes; ***Based on program fee in year student was admitted.

Upcoming application deadlines

Early Admissions

Be compared against a small pool of applicants and find out sooner if you're in.

Deadline: December 18, 2017

Decision by: February 26, 2018

Regular Admissions

Get more time to apply but be compared against a larger pool.

Deadline: February 20, 2018

Decision by: April 16, 2018

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