Summer Academic Challenge (SAC) is an integral component of the University of Puget Sound's commitment to diversity and our institution’s diversity strategic goal to increase the recruitment of individuals from underrepresented minoritized groups, improve structural diversity, and promote their retention and success.
This tuition-free summer math and science enrichment program enhances the programs provided during the academic year and prepares students for the next academic year. Programs are available for students in grades seven through twelve.
Students study material centered on a theme that changes from year to year. Themes from past years have included flight, salmon survival, sustainability, and communication. Students study specific mathematical and scientific topics that support the theme and relate those topics to larger questions. They attend classes, build models, execute computer programs, conduct laboratory experiments, and participate in field trips.
Teachers are drawn from both the community and the university. Current university students serve as mentors and teaching assistants to the middle and high school students participating in the program.
College Scholarship Opportunity
Puget Sound will provide a package that meets the full financial need of Summer Academic Challenge students who wish to attend the college, if they meet the following criteria: 1) Successfully complete Summer Academic Challenge; 2) Graduate from high school; 3) Apply to, are admitted, and enroll at Puget Sound.
Who should apply?
Priority is given to student applicants from underrepresented minoritized groups, first generation college students, and/or from underrepresented socio-economic status as determined by FFRL.
This year the SAC application is available online! Students should fill out an application with a Parent or Guardian. You should also have contact information for your recommender, as they will be emailed to fill out a form on your behalf online.
Frequently Asked Questions Q&A.pdf