Apply to TASS

Apply to TASS

Applying to TASS

All high school sophomores are invited to apply to TASS. We particularly encourage applications from African American students, other students of color, and any student with an interest in exploring critical Black and ethnic studies. Prior academic experience is not required. You can request application materials from our office, or access the application and brochure from this web site (see below).

The application asks essay questions because we want to learn more about your personal and academic interests and abilities. With a large sample of your best work, we will be able to make our decision based upon who you really are, not just your grades.  These essays are by far the most important part of the application, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to complete them.

Application and Brochure

The 2020 application cycle will begin in October, when we will post information about next summer’s programs. Applications will be available in November, and will be due in early January 2020.

In the meantime, feel free to explore last year’s brochure to get a sense of the types of seminars we will offer.

You may also want to look at last year’s application to get a sense of what to expect. Our questions do change year to year, but the overall format and style will be similar. You can find the 2019 application as a PDF here.

To request more information, please contact us.


Telluride Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability.

Applicants who plagiarize all or part of their application will not be considered for admission to the program and will have their applications returned to them. Telluride Association and its officers may also, at its own discretion, contact the staff of these students’ respective schools in order to notify them of any instance of plagiarism.

Telluride Association occasionally shares applicants’ names and addresses with our partner institutions for the purpose of informing them of scholarship and other opportunities.

It is the policy of Telluride Association not to grant any special consideration, positive or negative, to students who apply to summer programs when those students have a parent or sibling who has participated in or been employed by a TA program. Immediate family members of current TASS faculty are ineligible to apply.