Expand Your Mind
Rising 8-12th graders
A unique experience on a college campus
Session A: June 15 – June 26, 2020
Session B: July 6 – July 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We will begin accepting applications for our Summer 2020 programs on January 1.
For talented older students, Expand Your Mind provides exciting learning opportunities within a stimulating, new environment. EYM students from around the world join like-minded peers as they experience life together on a college campus, challenging themselves academically during this two-week summer program. Rec Time makes the student experience even more memorable. This long-standing midday tradition is designed to allow students to try new things, meet new people, and to shine as leaders.
This program provides students:
- One class per session, allowing deep exploration into a specific topic of interest;
- Exceptional teachers who are inspiring and enthusiastic;
- Large sessions (200 students per session) to provide abundant opportunities to socialize with a diverse group of peers from across the U.S. and around the world;
- Small class sizes (each limited to 16 students) to ensure individual attention so each student feels welcomed to learn;
- Unique and experiential classroom activities so students remain engaged and motivated;
- The option of living away from home, as students are able to experience life in college dorms with peers while under staff supervision.
Expand Your Mind Tuition
See below to make deposit and final payments
$725 per session for Commuter
$1,825 per session for Residential
Commuter tuition 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 on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.
Residential tuition 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.
To apply to Expand Your Mind, students must submit an application, transcript, teacher recommendation and an essay. Students who attended ExplorSchool or EYM last summer only need to submit an application and updated transcript.
Participants in the program attend one course per session, and the application is reviewed for the particular course to which the student is applying. MITY seeks applicants who demonstrate both academic talent and a passion for learning. All the requested materials are considered. Students who will be entering grades 8 – 12 in the fall of 2020 are considered for admission.
• Teacher recommendation form – Send this link to the teacher to complete and submit to MITY – NEW STUDENTS
• 200 word essay about yourself and why you would like to take the class you selected – NEW STUDENTS
• Current grades/report card – ALL STUDENTS
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.
Expand Your Mind Tuition Payments
Methods of Payment
1. Check payable to MITY. Please write the student’s name on the memo line. Send the check to our address below.
2. Pay by credit card using the PayPal link located below the cancellation policy. You do not need to have a PayPal account. Select the correct amount by using the drop down menu. Please enter your child’s name in the space provided.
3. If wiring money from a foreign bank, please contact us at 651-696-6591.
Cancellation Policy: All applications must include a deposit of $300 ($500 for residential) or a completed financial aid application. One hundred dollars of the deposit is non-refundable. After March 31, the full deposit of $300 ($500 for residential) is non-refundable. The balance is due by May 15. After June 1, there is no refund of tuition.
There is limited financial aid available for students applying to one of MITY’s summer programs. There are two ways to apply for financial aid:
For students who qualify for free or reduced lunch you are eligible to apply for the Summer Academic Enrichment Grant offered by the MN Department of Higher Ed. You will need to complete the Summer Academic Enrichment Grant Form. You will also need to include a copy of the free/reduced lunch qualifying letter you received from your child’s school in the fall.
If you do not qualify for free or reduced lunch you can apply for financial aid through the MITY giving program. Complete the financial aid form and return to the MITY office along with the first page of your 2018 federal tax statement.
Please note that financial aid is limited and is awarded in early April.
Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth Code of Conduct
At MITY we want all students to feel safe and enjoy a positive learning and social environment. To ensure this experience, MITY students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of good citizenship, honesty, and integrity in their academic work and in their personal conduct. MITY’s Code of Conduct outlines expectations and rules for all students in the MITY community. Please read the following statements. You will be asked to sign the Health Form stating that you agree to follow this Code during your stay.
- MITY students are expected to show courtesy and respect for their fellow students, for MITY staff members and for Macalester College’s (or St. Paul Academy and Summit School) personnel. MITY students are expected to follow the instructions of the MITY staff and school personnel.
- MITY students shall not take part in or facilitate discrimination of any kind, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, handicap, or intelligence.
- MITY students are expected to show respect for and take reasonable care of the property, including their residences, dining areas, classrooms, and other facilities, equipment and furnishings.
- MITY students are expected to respect the belongings of others. They shall not borrow, use, or disturb items belonging to other students, MITY staff or school staff without clear prior permission.
- MITY students shall not use, possess, or distribute alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, at any time during the session. This includes any off campus activities. Students who violate this rule will be sent home immediately. Parents should notify the MITY office if it is necessary for a student to carry with them any medication.
- MITY students shall not commit acts of violence on persons or property, nor shall they threaten to commit any act of violence either verbally, in writing or electronically.
- MITY students shall not engage in any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes sexual conduct, or conduct with sexual overtones, which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or social environment.
- MITY students are expected to know and to follow all rules presented by the staff during the program for all activities both on and off campus.
- MITY staff reserves the right to determine if disciplinary action is necessary for not obeying the rules outlined above.
EYM Resident students, please read the additional expectations.
- MITY students are expected to attend all classes, meals and planned evening events and to be on time for them. If you are ill, contact your dorm supervisor or the MITY office.
- MITY students are to be in the dormitory by 9:45 pm, in their rooms by 10:30 pm, and lights out and cell phones turned off at 11:00 pm. Exceptions will be made when students are attending an evening event. Dorm supervisors will do room checks each night. Remember: breakfast is at 7:30 am and classes begin at 8:30 am.
- Dormitory rooms are double occupancy. When other residential students are in the room visiting, the room doors should remain open, so the room can function more as a living room than a bedroom. Only residential students and supervisors are allowed in the residence hall.
- Remember, residential students are expected to stay on campus during their two weeks at MITY. Visits to family and friends should occur before or after the session.
- A “zone map” will be given to students at the Sunday evening orientation meeting. It shows the area around Macalester where students may walk after signing out with a dorm supervisor. Students are not to leave this zone. Remember that all behavior stated in the Code of Conduct apply whether on or off campus during the session.
- Roommates are assigned based on the roommate preference form filled out by MITY students. Changes to these assignments will rarely be made, and will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- On the last day check out for residential students is between 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Dorm supervisors will check the rooms and sign out students during this time. Students are expected to remain on campus for all activities the last day.