Frequently Asked Questions of Expand Your Mind

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions about our in-person program for rising 8th – 12th grade students. Families of admitted students receive complete details via email prior to the start of a session. Still have a question? Email mity@macalester.edu or call us at (651) 696-6590.

Application Questions

What are the admissions criteria?

MITY considers all application materials, including grades, teacher recommendation and student essay. There is no specific test score or GPA requirement. Students do not have to be identified as "gifted and talented" by their school district to apply. We are looking for students who perform well in school and are excited about learning.

What does “grade level” refer to on the application form?

The grade the student will be entering into in the fall.

How long does it take to receive a decision on my application?

MITY accepts students on a rolling basis, so once we receive all the information we will make a decision and notify families via email. If we do not have all of the necessary materials after 3 or 4 weeks, we will notify families in order to complete the process.

Should all the application components be sent together?

All the application components do not need to be sent together; however, we will not review your application until all the materials and deposit are received.

Food, Transportation and Safety

Is transportation available?

There are two public transportation bus stops at Macalester.  Families who are interested in carpooling are given a list of other interested families so that they can arrange ridesharing. 

What do students do for lunch?

Lunch is not provided.  Students should either pack a lunch or bring money to buy food at the campus grill (a la carte) or in the cafeteria (about $10.00).  

Are students free to leave campus?

The EYM programs runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. After the first day, students should report directly to their classroom at 9:00 AM and are expected to be picked up immediately after the program concludes at 4:00 PM. If your schedule requires your student to arrive early or depart late, we recommend that they wait in the Student Center. Please note that after hours commuter students are not supervised by staff. Between classes, students have lunch and have the opportunity to participate in several activities. During this time, students are expected to remain on campus or within one block of the campus where several coffee shops and restaurants are located.

Can you accommodate students with food allergies or other special needs?

Yes, students will be asked to provide health information and details on specific needs. MITY staff will work with families to plan the necessary accommodations.

What if a child gets sick or injured during the program?

The MITY staff strive to maintain a safe environment for all participants. If a student becomes sick or injured, parents will be contacted immediately. In an emergency, students may be taken to either Aspen Clinic at Ford Parkway or the Children’s Hospital at United in St. Paul.

Can parents visit a resident student on campus during the program?

For security reasons, nobody, not even family members, are allowed to enter the dorms once students have checked in. Resident students have a very busy schedule and we ask that families call, text, or email their student instead of visiting.

Can a resident student visit relatives or family friends in the Twin Cities area during the program?

Resident students are often very busy with evening and weekend activities. There are 5-6 dorm supervisors who accompany students and arrange the activities, many of which take place off-campus. If a student needs to leave the resident program for any reason, they will need to check out in the MITY Office between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday – Friday and return during those hours only. Therefore, if a student needs to be gone on Saturday, they will need to leave before 5:00 PM on Friday and not return until 8:00 AM on Monday. These guidelines are in place to ensure that our dorm supervisors can focus on the students who are there and not on someone who is leaving or returning.

Staff, Class Size, and Evaluations

How many students are in each class?

Classes with one teacher have a maximum of 16 students. In some instances, a class will have two teachers and up to 24 students.

Who teaches the EYM courses?

Do Staff Undergo Background Checks?

Yes. MITY conducts background checks on all staff members prior to contact with students.

Do students receive letter grades or credit?

MITY does not offer high school credit for our classes; however, several students have requested credit from their high schools for completion of a MITY course. Students complete 60 class hours and receive a final evaluation. With that information and the overview of the course curriculum, every student who has requested credit from their home high school has received either the credit or advanced placement in their schools. Teachers and administrators in Minnesota schools value the quality of the education that our students receive.

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