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 countriesâ€”including Taiwan, Italy, Kuwait, and Singaporeâ€”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?
There are always more qualified applicants than the program can accommodate. When two equally qualified applicants request the same course, the application which was completed first will receive priority.
The admissions cycle for the ATDP summer session begins each January/February.Â 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. 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. The date an application is complete is an important factor in determining a studentâ€™s course placement. 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 courseâ€”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.