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About CATALYST Academy

Application Information

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

The online application, online recommendation, transcript, high school profile, and financial assistance form (optional) must be received by March 1, 2019 (by 11:59 pm EST).


  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a high school rising junior or senior
  • Young men and women of diverse racial, socioeconomic, or geographic backgrounds


CATALYST Academy tuition – $1450.00*

  • Includes room, board/meals, and research supplies
  • Payable after notification of acceptance/admission

We strive to make the program accessible for our participants. Thus, we encourage applicants who are concerned about the affordability to attend to also apply for financial assistance.

​Rising seniors (class of 2020) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first generation college students meeting the requirements below will automatically be considered for a full tuition waiver for the 2019 CATALYST Academy.

  • Math Score on the SAT/PSAT/Subject Test should be 620 or above (or equivalent ACT score of 28 or above) and/or
  • Have taken, currently taking or plan to take the following courses prior to graduating in 2020: Calculus, Physics, and/or Chemistry (or related advanced Science and Math courses)

​*Tuition is subject to change

Financial Assistance

  • Financial assistance for tuition and/or travel is available based upon demonstrated need.
  • Submit the Application for Financial Assistance in conjunction with the CATALYST Academy application.
  • If admitted to CATALYST Academy, financial assistance awards will be included in the notification.

To apply for financial assistance, submit the following:

  • Financial Assistance Form
  • Supporting application documents (upload)
    • See Financial Assistance application for details

Admission Decisions will be released by early May via email