Test scores and transcripts have only a limited influence on our impression of a candidate’s potential to contribute to and profit from TASP.
Far more important to our decision are the essays written for the application. These essays give applicants a chance to characterize themselves and to demonstrate their independence of thought, curiosity, and concern for social and political issues.
The students whose personal and intellectual abilities make them excellent TASP participants do not necessarily have a sophisticated educational background. We try to evaluate the accomplishments of all applicants in light of their circumstances. In this way we hope to ensure geographic, economic, and racial diversity. Because TASP is an experience in community living as well as in intellectual growth, we try to select students who seem concerned for the welfare of others and who are flexible enough to enjoy the challenge of interacting with people whose perspectives and experiences vary enormously.
The application process is more rigorous than most college admissions procedures, and each application is given serious, thorough attention. Completed applications are due in mid-January. Each application is evaluated by two or more of our trained readers, most of whom are current college students who have participated in Telluride programs. Promising candidates are interviewed in March or April by regional representatives of Telluride Association. If you are selected for an interview, you will need to request a transcript and letter of evaluation immediately following notification from Telluride Association in early March. You will also be asked to submit an additional essay you wrote for school. (Further instructions will be given at that time.) In late April, using all the accumulated information about each candidate, the Summer Program Selection Committee makes the final selection of participants and alternates.
In the important summer before a student’s senior year in high school—a year in which students often make significant decisions about the future—the value of a summer spent learning, thinking, and comparing ideas in good company cannot be overestimated. TASPs have provided this opportunity for sixty-five years, and we expect the 2019 programs to continue this extraordinary tradition.
Applications for 2019 will be due by 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern Standard Time), Tuesday, January 22, 2019, or postmarked by January 22, 2019. We strongly encourage you to apply online, although we will not penalize applications submitted by mail.
In either case, you will find it helpful to read through the application before beginning your work. You can find a PDF version of the application here.
You can read more about TASP and this year’s seminars in our brochure.
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 TASP faculty are ineligible to apply.