How do I apply to VSCS?

Complete instructions to apply to VSCS are located on the Application Instructions page found at

By what time is my application due?

11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

Do I need to be a high school sophomore to participate in VSCS?

Yes, all applicants must be current high school sophomores at the time of application.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen in order to apply?

You need to be a U.S. resident or citizen to participate in the online course. You MUST be a U.S. citizen to attend a Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Do I have to be a Virginia resident in order to apply?

Yes, all applicants must be residents of Virginia.

Why do I need to provide my guidance counselor's information?

You need to provide your guidance counselor's name and email address so that we may contact him or her to verify that you are a high school sophomore and have met the minimum GPA requirement for the program.

What should counselors fill in for my GPA if it is weighted and higher than 4.0?

The guidance counselors will fill in 4.0 in the GPA field. This information is provided to verify that you have a 2.7 GPA or higher.

When will I know if I have been chosen to participate in the online learning course for VSCS?

Typically students will be notified within 1 week of application deadline.

Why does it take so long to know if I'm accepted after I apply to the program?

None of the applications can be processed until after the application deadline passes. Then the applications must be reviewed to determine if each applicant meets the requirements to participate. There are just a few people on the application review committee; therefore, the process takes time. We notify you via email as soon as we review all the applications to determine eligibility and make our selections. Please note: You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program via an online acceptance survey, as well as forms which will be made available once your acceptance into the program is offered.

When will I know if I've been officially accepted into the program?

We will send official notification via email approximately one week after the application window has closed.

What if my school system does not rank students?

If your school system does not rank students, please ask them to write a ranking of "1 out of 1" for your rank. It will be clear that this is not a real rank and we will not take rank into consideration for entry into our programs.

What are the science pre-requisites for this course?

There are no pre-requisite courses required. We are assuming you have taken math and science in your middle and high school coursework that will prepare you adequately for this experience.

Is there a cost associated with the VSCS online course or the VSCS Academy?

No. We receive funding that provides the entire VSCS experience to you free of cost! VSCS provides your housing and food at the Academy. If you are selected for the Summer Academy, then you are responsible for your transportation to and from Wallops Flight Facility.