RISE: How to Apply

Note: All tuition rates and fees on the Summer Term website are pending approval.


We invite you to apply to the Research in Science & Engineering Program (RISE) if you are entering your senior year of high school in fall 2021 and are a US citizen or permanent resident. Admission decisions take into consideration your high school grades, rigor of courses taken, standardized test scores (optional for summer 2021), essays, and two recommendations.

Application instructions

  1. Complete the online application. The following items are required to complete an online application. Please use the below information to prepare your application ahead of time if necessary, as applications cannot be saved and finished later.
    • Essays: When using the online application, you will be required to submit three essays on the following topics:
      1) Why you selected your subject of interest (300 words)
      2) Your academic achievements (250 words)
      3) Why you want to attend the RISE program (200 words)
    • Internship applicants only: You must list three faculty members you are interested in working with this summer and explain how their research interests align with yours. Please consult the Internship page to learn more about the exciting research happening at BU and to find professors whose interests match your own. Note: we cannot guarantee that students accepted into the RISE Internship track will be placed in one of the laboratories listed on their application.
      • Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of BU research laboratories, we are working closely and carefully to identify remote Internship opportunities that will be challenging, exciting, and successful for RISE students. In order to do so, we may scale back the number of student lab placements to maximize the student experience in light of the current global health situation.
    • Two recommendations: You will also be required to enter the email addresses for two people who will submit a recommendation on your behalf. One recommendation should be from a science or math teacher, and the other recommendation should be from a counselor, advisor, or teacher who knows you well. Once you submit your online application, instructions for submitting a recommendation will be emailed automatically to your recommenders.
    • Application fee: A $50 nonrefundable application fee, paid by credit card, is required at the time of submission of the online application form.

    RISE Online Application

  2. Upload supplemental materials (you will receive an upload link via email).
    • High school transcript: Your full high school transcript must include your fall 2020 grades (in a quarter system, this includes first and second quarter grades). The most competitive applicants will have a cumulative, unweighted GPA in the A– to A range.
    • Standardized test scores: Due to the closing of testing centers, we have adopted for this year only a standardized test-optional policy for summer 2021 applicants. Should you choose to submit a SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PreACT as part of your application, please upload an unofficial copy of the score along with your other supplemental materials (a screenshot is fine). We will not receive them if you send them through the testing agency. In order to be accepted, your full name must be visible on the score report.
  3. Fax or mail financial documents (financial aid applicants only).
    • Financial aid documents: If applying for financial aid, relevant supplemental materials must be faxed or sent by post (fax preferred). Do not email or upload these materials. For more information, please visit our Tuition, Aid, & Payment page.

Applications are only reviewed after all of the materials listed above are received.

Note: Email is the primary form of communication during the admissions process. Please be aware that parents are copied on all correspondence from our office. Therefore, you should ensure that both parent and student email addresses are entered correctly on the application, and inform our office immediately if there is a change in either email address.

Email: rise@bu.edu
Fax: 617-358-0646

Mailing Address:
Boston University Summer Term
Research in Science & Engineering Program
755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 105
Boston, MA 02215

Application deadline

The deadline to submit a RISE application and supplemental materials is February 14, 2021. Recommendations are due by February 21, 2021, and applicants are responsible for ensuring that their recommenders submit by the deadline. For further information on the RISE admissions process, see the RISE Admissions Timeline page.

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