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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions that students frequently have about the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy. Click on the question to see the answer.

The application opens on February 1. You should apply as soon as possible because students will be considered on a rolling basis. Students who apply early will receive priority consideration.

The 2021 TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy program will be held 100% online.

Students who apply before April 9 will be notified by the end of April. Students who apply after April 9 will be notified by the second week of May.

Yes, you must attend an information session for your application to be considered complete. Information sessions are an opportunity for you and your parents/guardians to get additional information about the program, ask questions, and meet with previous Summer Scholars Academy program students.

No, there is no fee to apply to the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy.

You will cover ALL of the content for Calculus 1 (MATH1431). If you pass the exam at the end of the summer, you will earn credit for MATH 1431. If you do not pass the end-of-summer exam, you will be well prepared for taking the MATH 1431 course in the fall. You will also receive a preview of Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1331) up to the first exam and receive College Success (CORE 1101) content.

Unfortunately, you cannot use AP Calculus to be admitted into your first-choice major in NSM or Engineering for Fall 2021.

No, the only way you can be admitted into your first-choice major in NSM or Engineering for Fall 2021 is to successfully complete the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy program.

No, the only way you can be admitted into your first-choice major is if you successfully complete the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy program. If you have taken Calculus 1 as a dual credit course, you may still take it again during the TC Energy Summer Scholars Academy. We strongly believe that taking Calculus 1 at the University of Houston will better prepare you for Calculus 2.

Taking Calculus during the summer is challenging, but we have embedded special support initiatives, such as math facilitators, peer mentors, workshops, and tutoring into the program to help you succeed.

The program is 100% online and runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Each day will consist of 2 hours of lecture, plus an hour for small-group review sessions, a 45-minute lunch, workshops, supplemental activities and/or homework assistance. Students are expected to actively participate in all lectures, workshops and activities.

Yes, these special support initiatives are required to help increase your chances for success and provide good study habits for the rest of your college career.

We encourage students not to miss any days because the program is accelerated. Missing 1 day during the summer is equivalent to missing 1 week during the regular academic semester. Once a student misses more than 2 consecutive days or 3 total days, they may be asked to withdraw from the program.

If you do not pass the credit by exam test at the end of the summer, you will retake the math placement exam. Based on your score, you will be enrolled in Precalculus or Calculus 1.

The program is accepting 50 students.

The program covers the cost of tuition and fees.