Traditioally, check-in is on Saturday evening on the plaza in front of the Greensprings Dormitory complex. Meals begin with breakfast on Sunday morning. Please make sure your student has had dinner before Saturday night check-in. Upon arrival on campus, proceed to the registration area without your student’s luggage to receive the room assignments, keys, and class schedule. A counselor will show you and your student to the assigned room.


Students will have a public culminating showcase of their work and an art gallery showing on the SOU Campus. Closing activities usually take place on Sunday morning. We encourage parents and friends to attend. Students will be packing up their belongings before the closing showcase. Check-out is usually between 9:30-10:00 a.m. Students must wait to be released by their Senior Counselor after their room has been cleaned and room key has been returned. Students should take belongings to their car prior to the closing activities. Following the closing activities, students may leave for home. It is extremely important that parents be prompt in picking up their students at the end of the Young Artists Institute program. If you will be delayed for any reason, please let us know ahead of time.

How do I know if the Young Artists Institute is right for me?

The Young Artists Institute is for all artistically-motivated high school students who can benefit from artistic exploration beyond the standard school curriculum. If you love to write, act, draw, paint, sculpt, dance, or recite poetry this program is for you. Students who attend the Young Artists Institute are drawn to the arts and want to be surrounded by peers with similar interests in a supportive environment. If you think you might be a candidate for the Young Artists Institute but are not sure, give us a call.

Which track should I select? 

Students in the Young Artists Institute spend time each day in all-group forums and workshops with peers from all artistic disciplines. The core instruction, however, is divided into five areas: Poetry, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Digital Arts, and Theater. Select the area where you are most comfortable, or the area you are most eager to explore. You will spend the majority of your time in a cohort with other students who selected the same discipline, and with an instructor in your subject area who will guide you through the program. We try not to move students between disciplines once the program has begun.

When is the application deadline?

Because of the popularity of the Young Artists Institute we encourage students to complete their applications early and submit them in a timely fashion.  We anticipate demand will exceed capacity in 2019. Individual applications will not be reviewed until all documentation has been received and files are complete. The General Application Deadline is May 4, 2019.  Applications submitted after the general deadline will be added to our waitlist and reviewed as space becomes available.  We will notify successful applicants beginning in spring. .  

When will students be notified of acceptance?

Students will be notified as applications are received and reviewed. It generally takes 2-4 weeks from the time we receive an application for a determination of acceptance to be made. NOTE:  No application is reviewed until all parts of the application are received.

How is tuition assistance determined?

Any Oregon student who has been accepted for the Young Artists Institute is eligible for tuition assistance on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Tuition assistance requests are completed within application. Because assistance funds for the Young Artists Institute are limited, we do ask that schools and parent groups explore possible sources of scholarship aid in their local areas. 

When are students notified about tuition assistance awards?

Information coming soon for 2019!

How much does it cost to attend the 2018 Young Artists Institute?

Information coming soon for 2019!

When should payment of the tuition occur?

Tuition is due only after acceptance. There is information about payment in the acceptance notifications that are sent out. We accept Visa and MasterCard online.

What happens if an accepted student is unable to attend the Young Artists Institute?

We appreciate hearing as soon as possible since there may be a student on the waiting list we need to notify. There will be a $50 cancellation fee.

Should I request a roommate?

One of the best things about the Young Artists Institute is the new and lasting friendships students make during their time on campus. We do accept roommate requests; however we encourage you to meet new people. In order to honor roommate requests we need to have both students request each other on their applications.

What about food?

Meals will be served in the Hawk, part of the SOU residence hall complex. Students select from a wide variety of nutritious and well balanced foods. A vegetarian option is always available. Accommodations can be made for students with food allergies and sensitivities.