The Application Process

I’m not from the San Francisco Bay Area. May I apply?

Yes! ATDP is open to students from the Bay Area and beyond. Students from many countries—including Taiwan, Italy, Kuwait, and Singapore—have attended. However, please note that (1) ATDP is not a residential program and we cannot assist with housing arrangements, and (2) financial aid is limited to students from the immediate Bay Area.

If admission is based on academic preparedness, why is applying early so important?

Applications are considered in the order in which they are completed. For the most competitive courses, there are always more qualified applicants than the program can accommodate. Highly qualified applicants who apply early have the best chance of being placed in their preferred courses at their preferred meeting times.

The admissions cycle for the ATDP summer session begins each January/February.  In order to apply for admission to the program, students must submit a complete application by specific application deadlines.

We make every effort to place all qualified students in their first-choice course. ATDP makes placement decisions on a continual basis, beginning as soon as applications are completed. However, course enrollment is limited, and there are always more qualified applicants than the program can accommodate. Therefore, it is advantageous for both returning and new students to submit their complete applications early, preferably well before the postmark deadlines. Applications are evaluated in the order they are completed, with first preference in placement given to returning students. Incomplete applications are not considered for placement.

The application process is the same for new and returning students. Students must reapply every year, and returning students are not guaranteed automatic readmission or placement in their first choice of course—they must have maintained strong academic records, and must submit their complete applications early. A student who applied in a previous year and then withdrew without completing a course will be considered a new student for admission purposes. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis.