I’ll be a rising Junior this year and I was looking to attend a summer program this summer. The four main options I’m looking at right now are MPulse, Pace Summer Scholars, UNCSA, and CCM. But there are a lot of decisions to be made.
UNCSA does not require an audition, so basically, if you sign up, you’re in. But this year they have limited space due to dorm renovations, and their website states “Please do not wait to register.” The deadline isn’t until April 15, but I’m not sure exactly when spots will fill up. It also has a 300 dollar non refundable deposit at the time of registration.
I want to audition for MPulse and apply for Pace Summer Scholars, and MPulse priority decisions come out February 28th and Pace has rolling admissions so I should expect to hear back about three weeks after I submit my application.
My parents and I are deciding right now whether to audition/apply for MPulse and Pace Summer Scholars with the risk I won’t get in (especially with MPulse since it is such a reach, I know I have extreme slim chances but I don’t think it could hurt to audition) and then that by February 28th UNCSA spots will fill up and I’ll have nowhere to go except for CCM, which is by audition only, too, so I don’t know if I’ll get into that one, leaving me with nowhere to go this summer.
We’re also considering the option of putting in the 300 dollar deposit at UNCSA, waiting for MPulse and Pace Summer Scholars, and if I miraculously somehow get into one of them (very very slim chances but worth a shot? This is a completely hypothetical scenario) withdrawing from UNCSA, which will seem like a waste of 300 dollars, but if you consider that UNCSA is 4,000 dollars and both Pace and MPulse are around 3,000, I don’t think the 300 dollars makes much of a difference. But also, will spots even fill up that fast at UNCSA? Is it too much of a risk to wait until the end of February to register?
Also, I can’t audition for CCM unless I give up the option of UNCSA completely since I don’t think CCM decisions come out until April (someone correct me if I’m wrong) which is when half the non refundable tuition for UNCSA is due. Should I just give up UNCSA completely and try for MPulse, Pace, and CCM? I’m not exactly sure what to do here, as I have three options
A. Audition/apply for MPulse (very slim chances) and Pace Summer Scholars and wait until the end of February when decisions come out to register for UNCSA and risk that the spots in UNCSA ran out and have nowhere to go
B. Put in the 300 dollar deposit for UNCSA, audition/apply for MPulse and Pace, and if I somehow by the grace of God get in, withdraw from UNCSA, and have the security of knowing I’ll have SOMEWHERE to go for sure this summer
C. Give up UNCSA and audition/apply for MPulse, Pace, and CCM knowing I have a high chance of not going anywhere this summer
I know I’m being very presumptuous with that MPulse/Pace Summer Scholars scenario, but I feel like I have to consider every situation there. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Additionally, if anyone has information about Pace Summer Scholars, please let me know! Based on their website and the few reviews I could find on CC, it seems great, but I haven’t heard about it until recently so I’m not sure what its reputation is.