COMPASS FAQs for Students and Parents

Who is eligible to apply to COMPASS?

Rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen who are in good academic standing and have no school suspensions are invited to apply.

When are the programs offered and how much do they cost?

All COMPASS programs are offered June 16-21, 2019. This inclusive immersion experience costs $695. Those who register by April 15 receive a $100 early-bird discount. Families who are registering siblings for COMPASS are eligible for a $50 discount on camp registration costs if multiple siblings attend the camp.

Can home-schooled students attend COMPASS?

Yes, home-schooled students are encouraged to participate in COMPASS.

When is the registration deadline?

We accept registrations on a rolling basis until space is filled in each program. It is best to apply early since programs can fill up quickly, and the early-bird discount ends on April 15, 2019.

Can I register for more than one program?

Because the programs run concurrently, students have to select a single academic program track.

Is there a dress code?

Dress is casual, but please dress appropriately for the activities scheduled for your institute. A packing list will be shared once a student registers for a program.

Is transportation to field trips included in registration fee?

Transportation to and from all off-site field trips is included in the program cost.

Will I receive college credit for this program?

The COMPASS Summer Experience program is designed to enrich the student’s understanding of a particular career path or field of study. All programs are non-credit.

I have additional questions, who do I contact?

Please contact Program Director Erin Chapman via email at or via phone at 828.669.8012 ext. 3821.