Applying to Expand Your Mind

Session A (June 17 - 28) is now closed for registration.



MITY seeks applicants who demonstrate both academic talent and a passion for learning.  Students must be entering grades 9 – 12 in the fall to be considered for admission.  All requested materials (application, transcript, teacher recommendation, and student essay) are considered.  Students who were accepted to EYM or ExplorSchool last summer only need to submit an application, current transcript and deposit.

Application Process

  1. Complete Online Application
  2. Submit Required Materials (attach to application or email to
    • Current Transcript / Grades (All Students)
    • Paragraph: Write a 200-word paragraph introducing yourself and stating why you want to attend MITY and why you want to take the class(es) that you selected. (Required if you were not accepted to MITY in summer 2023.)
    • Teacher Recommendation: Send this link to your teacher. They should submit the completed recommendation directly to MITY. (Required if you were not accepted to MITY in summer 2023.)
  3. Pay Deposit for Each Session or Submit Financial Aid Form (see below).  This can be done when submitting the application, by using this link, or by sending a check payable to MITY to: 1600 Grand Avenue St. Paul MN, 55105.  Please write the student's name on the memo line.  Note: Students not accepted will receive a full refund.
  4. Acceptance Email from MITY.  Once MITY receives the deposit and all materials, you will receive an official confirmation email.  Please allow two weeks for MITY to review your completed application.
  5. Tuition Balance Due May 1.  Families will receive an invoice via email in the spring.
  6. Complete Health Form by June 1.  All students must have a completed health form on file or they will not be allowed to attend class.

    Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, or financial aid program. 

"MITY can be described as open, insightful, and diverse. The lessons, curriculum, students, faculty, and ENERGY kept me coming back to MITY every year! I developed some of my best friendships-for-life at MITY."

-MITY Alumni

Tuition & Financial Aid

2024 Tuition Rates

Commuter Tuition:  $855.00 per session
Includes all instructional costs, field trips and a MITY t-shirt.  It does not include lunch. MITY does not offer transportation to campus, but will send out information to families interested in carpooling.  The Macalester Campus is conveniently located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.

Residential Tuition:  $2,150.00 per session
Includes all instructional costs, field trips, supervised dorm rooms, meals, entrance fees and transportation for weekend and evening activities, and a MITY t-shirt.  Students live together, two students to a room, in Bigelow Hall on the campus of Macalester College. Carefully selected and trained dorm supervisors live on each floor with the students and accompany them on all program activities.

Financial Aid

There is limited financial aid available for students applying to MITY’s programs. There are two ways to apply for financial aid:

  1. For Minnesota Residents Who Qualify For Free Or Reduced Educational Benefits:  You are eligible to apply for the Summer Academic Enrichment Grant offered by the MN Department of Higher Education. You will need to complete the Summer Academic Enrichment Grant Form. You will need to provide one of the following forms of supporting documentation:
    • A copy of the official letter you received from your school district that states that this student qualifies for educational benefits for the 2023-2024 school year; OR
    • The first page of your family's most recent federal income tax statement; OR
    • A copy of the official letter you received showing that the child's household is currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

    Go here to see if your student qualifies.

  2. If You Do Not Qualify For Free Or Reduced Benefits:  You can still apply for financial aid through the MITY giving program.  Complete this financial aid form.  You will need to include the first page of your family's most recent federal income tax statement.

Cancellation Policy

All applications must include a deposit of $300 ($500 for residential) or a completed financial aid application. $100 of the deposit is non-refundable.

  • After April 1, the full deposit of $300 ($500 for residential) is non-refundable.
  • The balance is due by May 1. After May 15, there is no refund of tuition.
  • If MITY cancels a course before it begins, students will be placed into their second-choice class.
  • Refunds are not provided once a session begins.
  • In the unlikely event that MITY terminates a course during the session, MITY will consider the circumstances and may, at its sole discretion, issue a partial refund or credit.
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