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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

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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.

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1. General information

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2. Activities

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3. Your transcripts

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4. Short answer questions

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5. Video introduction to YOU


Program Locations, Fees & Dates

*Location  *Dates *Program Fee (not covering travel)
University of Michigan June 16 – July 13 $7,495
Northwestern University June 30 – July 27 $7,495

June 9 – July 6

July 14 – August 10


*These are now the finalized locations and dates for summer 2019. Please note that, unfortunately, will not be offering the University of Pennsylvania location this year due to logistical constraints, but we look forward to hopefully returning there in future years.

Note: An application fee of $60 is required across all campuses. Fee can be waived with proof of financial need.


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. 

Examples of our reduction of program fees based on family income include:

Family Income of Admits* Range of Program Fees Family Pays**
$0-25k $25 - $3,750
$25-50k $100 - $6,500
$50-75k $1,200 - FULL
$75k+ FULL

*Family income includes all sources of income, including untaxed income and excluding losses; 

**Range varies based on specific family circumstance of location, costs, income, and assets.

Read our FAQ

Admissions Statistics

The LaunchX community is a valuable part of the experience, so we take care to ensure that every cohort is filled with top students from around the world that bring together a diverse yet complementary set of experiences and skills.  Below are the statistics of our 2018 summer class for reference.

  • 35% international, with students coming from countries including Kuwait, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Burma, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Korea, Tunisia, Slovakia, and more
  • 32% on a financial need scholarship with an average of >$5,000 awarded towards program fees
  • 42% female
  • Self-identified across the entrepreneurial types of:
    • 55% builder - technology and product development
    • 47% brander - marketing, brand, and visual design
    • 53% business developer - operations, finance, and sales
  • Experienced across a range of projects and initiatives that display entrepreneurial propensity:
    • 68% have started a school club
    • 67% have started a company or non-profit
    • 48% have attended an entrepreneurship program
    • 38% have competed in a startup competition
    • 31% have attended hackathons

Application Deadlines

Round Early Admissions Regular Admissions

Be compared against a small pool of applicants and get a decision sooner.

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

Deadline: December 21, 2018

February 25, 2019

Decision: March 1, 2019

April 15, 2019