Format and Key Dates

Fun Photo - New YorkThe Sutton Trust will cover all programme costs, including residential events, accommodation and travel. 

Applicants will be expected to participate in all elements of the programme listed below.

2019 Programme key dates include: 

  • 14 – 17 April 2019 (UK): April introductory residential
  • 7 – 8 June 2019 (UK): ACT admissions test
  • TBC June 2019 (UK): June residential
  • Likely between 23 July – 6 August 2019 (dates TBC): One-week in the US based at a leading US university. Until we have confirmed the dates and campuses, students should be available for this entire period.

Programme Part 1: Explore

The first part of the programme focuses on discovering US higher education and learning about the admissions process.

April introductory residential (14-17 April 2019, UK)

This action-packed residential will allow you to hear from current students, alumni of American universities and experts in the admissions and test prep field. You will gain an in-depth look at the benefits of US higher education and the undergraduate admissions and financial aid process. We will also spend time preparing for the ACT test in June. Scholars will be expected to study on their own for the ACT test afterwards, in preparation for the June test.

ACT admissions exam  (7-8 June 2019, UK)

Students will take the ACT admissions exam at a testing centre nearby where they live.

June residential  (TBC June 2019, UK)

Students will spend time preparing to go on their US week and beginning to work on elements of the US admissions application, such as essays and the extracurricular list.

US week at a leading US university (Late July/Early August 2019, USA)

Each student will participate in a US week at a leading US university. This will be a fun and exciting week that will allow you to experience life on the host university campus, as well as visit area universities and take part in cultural activities. Students will have a chance to  meet current students, admissions staff and alumni from a wide variety of US universities. We will also have a university fair, where students will meet with US university representatives from all over the US.

The week is action packed and is also a lot of fun! But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the video and pictures from previous cohorts on the Sutton Trust US Programme.

Programme Part 2: Apply

If participants would like to apply to US universities during Year 13 they can apply to join the second part of the programme.

US admissions support (ongoing) 

After Part 1 of the programme, students can apply to continue to be supported in their US university applications by our advisers through online and over the phone communication. For interested and committed students, this support will continue throughout the autumn and winter as students work towards the November and January US application deadlines.