Pre-College Programs

STEM I for Middle School Students - SPARK: How to Apply

2016 Program Dates

Two-Week Session
June 26 – July 8, 2016


For middle school students who have completed grades 6 or 7 and are a minimum of 12 years of age by the start of the program.

Fees: $4,086

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Hear from STEM I Program Director Abbey Aevazelis about the STEM I Program in our latest webinar recording »

Prospective students must apply for admission. For SPARK, there is no application deadline, however, students are strongly encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of enrolling in first-choice courses

When evaluating applicants for the SPARK program, Brown looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and some level of maturity particularly for younger students.

Accepted students must confirm their attendance with a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Once this deposit is received, students must enroll in a course through Course availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis so enroll early!

A complete application consists of 3 items:

  1. A completed online Application Form »
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant. Course selection and enrollment takes place AFTER program admission and receipt of $300 program deposit.

    NOTE: The Upload Documents and Make a Payment tabs will become available after submission of your application and our system processes the application, which can take up to 24 hours. (Longer processing times occur over the weekend.)

  2. A non-refundable application fee (payable securely online within via the Make a Payment tab)
    Before 3/1/2016: $50
    3/1/2016 to 4/30/2016: $75
    5/1/2016 and after: $100
    Accepted forms of payment include credit cards (MC/VISA/AMEX/DISCOVER) and ACH Payments. International applicants may pay by Flywire or wire transfer. Contact for payment instructions.
  3. An official school transcript.
    Applicants should request an official transcript containing your most recent grades/marks for each course with an explanation of the scoring system in English (for example, 6=excellent or A=excellent). Please submit your transcript by using the Upload Documents tab within

Application materials should be mailed to:
Brown University
Pre-College Programs
Box T
Providence, RI 02912

After we receive all of the items above, the admissions committee will review your application. The committee looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

To ensure sufficient time for the admissions committee to review and process your application, your application must be received at least two weeks prior to the start date of your desired course.

We will notify you of the admissions committee's decision by email, usually within two weeks of the date your complete application was received.  You may visit to check the status of your application.

Important Dates

All program balances are due by Thursday, May 26th. Students who register after the initial payment deadline must pay their full balance upon registration. Students will be billed monthly until the balance is paid. Students are not permitted to carry a balance while attending the program.

Scholarships and Fundraising

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Student and parents are encouraged to review our Policies page to learn about important payment deadlines, refunds, code of conduct, and more.

Information for International Students applying to on campus and global programs »

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