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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions that students frequently have about the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy. Click on the question to see the answer.

First, students must attend an information session. Once students attend an information session, they will receive an email with the application link.

After attending an information session, students will have until April 11 to apply.

The 2024 TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy program will be held in person.

Notifications about application status will be send by May 3.

Yes, you must attend an information session for your application to be considered complete. Information sessions are an opportunity for you and your parents/guardians to get additional information about the program, ask questions, and meet with previous Summer Scholars Academy students.

No, there is not a fee to apply or participate in SSA.

The program will cover ALL the content for Calculus 1. If you pass the final exam, at the end of the summer, you will earn Calculus credit. If you do not pass the end-of-summer exam, you will be well prepared for taking Calculus in the fall. You will also receive a preview of Fundamentals of Chemistry and receive College Success (CORE 1101) content.

No, the only way you can be admitted into your first-choice major in NSM or Engineering for Fall 2023 is to successfully complete the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy program.

Taking Calculus during the summer is very challenging, but we have embedded special support initiatives, such as math facilitators, peer mentors, workshops, and tutoring into the program to help you succeed.

Below is the tentative schedule.

9:00–11:00 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Small-Group Review Sessions
12:00–1:00 pm
1:00–2:00 pm
2:00–3:00 pm
SEP Math Workshop
3:00–4:00 pm
Summer Scholars Talks (Wednesdays Only)
3:00–5:00 pm

Successful students typically spend 3–4 hours each day, outside of class time, doing homework, quizzes and preparing for class.

Yes, these special support initiatives are required to help increase your chances for success and provide good study habits for the rest of your college career.

We encourage students not to miss any days because the program is accelerated. Missing 1 day during the summer is equivalent to missing 1 week during the regular academic semester. Once a student misses more than 2 consecutive days or 3 total days, they may be asked to withdraw from the program.

Yes, students can stay on campus. For more information about housing, go to

We have had a limited amount of housing scholarships available to students. To be considered for a housing scholarship, students must:

  1. Attend an information session.
  2. Complete the Summer Scholars Academy application and select “Yes” for the question “Would you like to be considered for a housing scholarship?” under the Housing Scholarship section.
  3. Attend a virtual interview on March 23 or April 13. Students who complete the application and attend an information will receive a link to select an interview slot on April 13. Interviews will be between 9 am and 1 pm on March 23 and April 13.

Yes, you can work during the program, but you may not work Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Please keep in mind there will be a lot of homework associated with Calculus and Chemistry. Past Summer Scholars Academy students spent 3-4 hours each night preparing outside of class.

If you do not pass the credit by exam test at the end of the summer, you will retake the math placement exam. Based on your score, you will be enrolled in Precalculus or Calculus 1 for the fall.

The program accepts approximately 55 students.

The program covers the cost of tuition and fees, but does not include parking, meals or transportation.