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Application apply summer program Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College application information, how to apply, requirements, deadline 

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Deadlines for Summer Impact Institute

February 15, 2019: 2019 application goes live.

March 4, 2019: Priority application deadline for students seeking financial aid. 
Scholarship applications are still encouraged and considered after this date on a funds-available basis. 

April 15, 2019: Application deadline.

Students are accepted on a rolling basis—all students are strongly encouraged to apply early, to ensure slots are available. Join our mailing list for regular updates!


  1. Complete the online application. We recommend you read the application thoroughly prior to completing it, and take adequate time to draft your answers, particularly to the short essay question.

  2. Supply a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, using the linked form.

  3. Send high school transcripts. For international applicants, please include an english-language translation of transcripts, as well as a TOEFL score report, if available, showing a minimum score of 100 (internet), 600 (paper), or 250 (electronic). (If not sending TOEFL scores, please send comparable documentation of fluency, e.g. letter from english language instructor).
    Mail these documents to:
    Foresight Design Initiative, att: Foresight Prep @ Oberlin
    4619 N. Ravenswood Ave, Unit 305
    Chicago, IL 60640

  4. If applying for financial assistance, complete the scholarship application.

  5. Applications will be reviewed by the Foresight Prep Staff in collaboration with Oberlin College's Office of Admissions. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.


  1. This program is targeted toward all current high school students. While many participants are rising juniors and seniors, interested students who are rising sophomores and graduating seniors are also strongly encouraged to apply. For graduating seniors, Foresight Prep @ Oberlin's emphasis on experiential learning through the execution of research projects provides a useful "bridge" to college coursework.

  2. Students from all countries are welcome. International students are responsible for acquiring a valid U.S. Visa to enter the country. Unfortunately, financial assistance is not available for international students.

What Are We Looking For?

While the program seeks students with a responsible record of academic persistence, its highest priority is identifying students who exhibit the capacity to think critically about pressing social and environmental challenges, the passion to address them, and the desire to develop their own skills in order to more effectively solve problems and create change.

Though applications are read with a critical eye, Foresight Prep students are often a self-selective group, drawn to the course by their desire to create positive change. The final cohort of students is assembled with consideration of experiential, geographic, racial and economic diversity.


Many application-related questions are included in our FAQ.

Tim Jones-Yelvington, Program Director, is happy to hear from you at anytime:, 773.271.1990.