How Do I Know if the Young Artists Institute Is Right for Me?

The Young Artists Institute is for highly artistically-motivated high school students who can benefit from artistic exploration beyond the standard school curriculum. If you love to write, draw, paint, write 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! Young Artists Institute is a competitive program with limited spots so apply early!

Which Track Should I Select?

Students in the Young Artists Institute spend time in all-group forums and workshops with peers from all artistic disciplines. The core instruction, however, is divided into distinct areas: Poetry, Creative Writing, Theater and Visual Arts. 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 15, 2019. Applications submitted after the general deadline will be added to our waitlist and reviewed as space becomes available.

When Will Students be Notified of Acceptance?

It generally takes 2-6 weeks from the time of application close (May 15) for a determination of acceptance to be made. SOU Pre-College Youth Program received hundreds of applications during the summer time so please be patient in this process. No application is reviewed until all parts of the application are received. We will being sending out acceptance notices in the Spring.


How Much Does it Cost to Attend the Young Artists Institute?

The Young Artists Institute is a self-supporting program funded through student tuition. The fee for 2019 is $1300. This covers tuition, instruction, supervision, room and meals, attendance to a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and activities.

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 should be requested as part of the student's online application. All tuition assistance forms must be received by May 15, 2019. 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?

Students will be notified about tuition assistance after June 3, 2019. Due to the quantity of applications every year, we unfortunately cannot notify about tution assistance earlier than June 3rd.

When Should Payment of the Tution Occur?

Tuition is due only after acceptance. Payment information is included in acceptance notifications. We accept cash, check and Visa/MasterCard online.

What Happens if I Have to Cancel?

Sometimes conflicts come up! We appreciate hearing as soon as possible since there may be a student on the waiting list we need to notify. A $50 cancellation fee may be assessed.

What about Living Groups?

Student's living Group Counselor (Senior Counselor) guide, mentor and supervise 8-12 person living groups. The Counselors are college students who have experience in youth programs and counseling. They've been selected for their leadership skills, enthusiasm for the arts and their love for working with young people. There are separate residence halls for boys and girls. Parents are given the oppertunity to meet with their child’s counselor during the check-in time to ask questions and share information and concerns.

What about Requesting 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. Requests must be noted by both students on their applications. Please plan accordingly, requests not made by both students will not be honored.

Where/What Are the Residential Halls YAI Students Stay in?

All YAI students stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Shasta Hall within Raider Village. For 2019, students will stay in the Shasta Dormitory complex, which features four-person suites, air conditioning, and ample lounge space. Students stay in suite style rooms and share an immediate room with their roommate. Roommates share a full bathroom with two other roommates. All suites are single sex. Students stay in rooms in close vicinity of their Senior Counselor, who stays in their own room independent of all students. Please indicate on your application or call our office for additional living accommodations.

What Will I Eat?

All meals will be served in The Hawk, which is part of the residential Raider Village. Students select from a wide variety of nutritious and well balanced foods. A vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are always available. Accommodations can always be made for students with food allergies or sensitivities. Dietary restricitons and allergies are reported as part of the accepted student paperwork.

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