Biology FAQs

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The University of Central Florida is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Summer Institute (SI) students. We have shifted some of our programs to virtual for Summer 2021 and will continue to monitor and follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19, applicable to our programs. Potential cancellations, student capacities, locations, and other details may change as information surrounding the current pandemic continues to unfold. We will update our websites as new information becomes available and appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time.


Q: Is SI@UCF Residential?
A: No. Students are to come to campus every weekday from 9 AM – 5 PM while the camp runs. The exception to this is the one overnight field trip on Thursday. UCF will provide transportation from campus to the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) on Thursday morning and back to campus on Friday.

Q: What is the cost and what does it cover?
A: The cost is $400 and that covers tuition, program materials, and field work.

Q: When are applications due?
A: The early bird deadline is April 16. These applications will be given first consideration and acceptances will be given to some of these applicants on or before April 23 via email. Any remaining slots available will be filled from applications deferred from this group and those received by the final deadline, May 21. These students will hear back by May 28 via email.

Q: When is the $150 deposit due?
A: You must pay your $150 deposit by June 11 to hold your spot. Otherwise, others will be offered an opportunity to attend. The deposit is non-refundable.

Q: When is the remaining $250 due?
A: July 2.

Q: Are there any scholarships available?
A: Yes, there are scholarships available. Students must establish need as defined by the university. Students requesting scholarship assistance should contact the program coordinator for more details.

Q: Can high school credit be given for the courses taken at SI@UCF?
A: Once accepted, the student would have to contact their guidance counselor. It is up to each individual school to determine if credit may be awarded.

Q: How many students are accepted?
A: A maximum of 12 students will be accepted.

Q: What about meals?
A: Students will be provided with a meal card on Monday and Friday to be used towards the purchase of lunch at the Student Union. Students MUST bring a bagged lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.