Computer Science FAQs

Q: Is Computer Science SI Residential?
A: No. Students are to be dropped off (or drive on their own) to campus every weekday at 9am and leave at 5pm for the duration of the camp.  UCF will not provide housing for participants.

Q: What is the cost and what does it cover?
A: The cost is $1250 and that covers instruction, a t-shirt, all materials and a certificate of participation.

Q: When are applications due?
A: The early bird deadline is April 14. These applications will be given first consideration and acceptances will be given to some of these applicants on or before April 21 via email. Any remaining slots available will be filled from applications deferred from this group and those received by the final deadline, April 28. These students will hear back by May 5 via email.

Q: When is the $300 deposit due?
A: Deposits for those accepted from the early bird deadline must submit their deposit by April 28. For those accepted after April 28, you must pay your $300 deposit by May 12 to hold your spot. Otherwise, others will be offered an opportunity to attend. The deposit is non-refundable.

Q: When is the remaining payment due?
A: May 26.

Q: Are there any scholarships available?
A: Yes, there are two types of scholarships available for Computer Science SI. (1) Financial Need – Students must establish need as defined by the university. (2) Increasing capacity – Women remain significantly underrepresented Computer Science. Today, however, many companies, organizations, and colleges are committed to increasing the number of women in the field. Students requesting scholarship assistance should contact the program coordinator for more details once accepted to the program.

Q: Can high school credit be given for the courses taken at SI@UCF?
A: It is up to each individual school to award credit.  Once accepted, the student would have to contact their guidance counselor before the program starts. After the program ends, our lead instructor provides each student with a synopsis of what they have learned and their grade in each course.

Q: How many students are accepted?
A: A maximum of 35 students will be accepted.

Q: How are students placed into their programming course?
A: Students who have not taken the Advanced Placement Computer Science A course will either be placed in the Level 1 or 2 course depending on their mathematics background.  Course placement is determined by the instructor during the application review process.  All students who have completed the Advanced Placement Computer Science A course will be placed in the Level 3: Introduction to Competitive Programming course.

Q: What about meals?
A: Meals are not included for this program. Students have two options. They can bring their lunch or they can buy lunch from the on campus dining facilities, which accept cash, credit/debit cards, or touchless payment.

Q: Do you use Macs or PCs?
A: Our lab has PCs, but students may bring their own laptops and use either PCs or Macs. Students are not required to bring their laptops, however.

Q: What if a student needs to miss a day or two?
A: We understand with summer travel arrangements that this happens and we are able to accommodate such requests if possible. Due to the group nature of the projects done in the later half of the course, attendance is strongly encouraged. If a student gets sick, we understand the need to stay home. Our staff can help catch them up when they become well.  Please contact the SI coordinator or instructor for any known absences in advance.