TASS FAQ for Applicants

TASS FAQ for Applicants

When is the application due?

The application for the 2024 TASS programs will be in early January, 2024. See the TASS Timeline for details.

What are the dates for the summer program?

TASS 2024 will be held from June 23, 2024 through August 3, 2024.

Who is eligible to apply?

All current high school sophomores and juniors (tenth and eleventh grades) are eligible to apply for the program. You do not need to be a United States citizen or attend a US high school to apply. If you do not attend an American high school, you should apply one or two years before you expect to graduate from high school. Similarly, if you are home-schooled, you should apply one or two years before your expected graduation. We are happy to advise you on whether you are eligible to apply, especially if your academic calendar is substantially different from that of the United States, if you are in an unconventional academic program, or if other unusual circumstances cause you to be unsure of your eligibility. Please contact tass-queries@tellurideassociation.org for clarification.

Do I need to be nominated by my teacher?

No! We welcome applications from all students who meet our eligibility requirements, whether they have been nominated or not. Nominations are a way for us to reach students who might not have heard about Telluride Association. But your teachers might not have heard about us either! Nominated students receive a digital copy of our brochure and application form, but they are exactly the same as the digital versions here on our website. We don’t give any weight during our application review process to students who have been nominated.

How do I submit my essays online?

If you are submitting your application online, please be aware that you will need to copy and paste your essays into text boxes. Please insert an extra blank line between paragraphs and be aware that any special characters or formatting will not be preserved. We recommend that you write and proofread your essays in a word processor before you submit your application. Please make sure to save your application between pages and between sessions.

Can international students apply?

Yes! Almost every year there are a few international participants in TASS. Unfortunately, Telluride is not in a position to assist with facilitating visas.

Is it possible to apply to both TASS-CBS and TASS-AOS?

In a given year, you may only apply to one of these two programs (TASS-CBS or TASS-AOS). If you attend one program in your sophomore year, you may not apply to that same program the following year, but you are still eligible for the other. For example, you could participate in TASS-AOS your sophomore year, and then apply to TASS-CBS your junior year if you wanted. We encourage applicants to think seriously about the differences between the two programs and apply only if genuinely interested in that program’s focus.

What are Telluride's plans for addressing COVID?

Telluride is committed to fostering a safe environment and following COVID-19 health and safety protocols in accordance with guidance from the CDC and our host institutions. In summer 2023, we required all participants to be up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations and conducted regular COVID testing during the programs. Exceptions are available for medical and religious accommodations. Due to the evolving nature of this pandemic, it is not possible for us to fully predict what measures will need to be in place in summer 2024. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will announce requirements and protocols closer to the program’s start.