Summer Programs - Application Process and Policies

Sealed Letters Of Recommendation on the CBK form for new students must be submitted via POSTAL MAIL. Please note, summer logins from prior years are not valid for this application.

All information on summer pages in regard to fees and courses is reference material only from 2017 - 2018 updates will occur in January, and we expect to go live with the 2018 application on February 1, 2018


Summer Programs Applications are evaluated as they are received on a rolling basis. Apply early since classes fill very quickly. In order to make the initial registration process as equitable as possible, we will not accept hand-delivered or faxed applications for course choice equity by time stamp. Eligible students are assigned classes as fully completed applications with all payment deposits and recommendations are received. If a student's first choice class is full, he or she will be put on the waiting list, and then assigned to the second or third choice. Waitlisted students sometimes get into their first choices. It is important that students list only those courses in which they would accept enrollment. If all class choices listed on the application are full, a phone call will be placed to the applicant to discuss options. Again, APPLY EARLY!

SUMMER ACCOUNT ACCESS will be the same as your WATS user id/password. If you did not participate in WATS you will need to create a summer account upon applying. Application (including portfolio documents), payments (unless mailing a check), and acceptance forms will all be submitted through your summer account—letters of recommendation for new students must be sealed and mailed. Additional tuition payments, lab, and shuttle fees should be paid AT ACCEPTANCE, not application—paying lab fees early does not guarantee a spot in the course, and those fees will not be refunded. Acceptance forms must be completed no later than MAY 1st, 2017, or a $100 late fee for processing will be assessed.

WELCOME EMAILS will be sent as classes fill in late April and early May. Please do not call CBK to check on course assignment status. This email will include class assignment and critical opening day information, maps, and directions. Roommate assignments will go out by email approximately one week prior to your arrival.

Application Checklist - have in hand before you apply ONLINE

Please select your top three course choices before beginning the application process - see the 2017 Summer Programs Catalogue for full course descriptions

For RETURNING students:



  • Portfolio Admission Application and all supporting documents
  • Student essay ready to be uploaded as a pdf
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee MUST be paid online at application - required with ALL applications
  • 50% Tuition Deposit made payable to CNDC CBK or you may pay online (please note the surcharge) - waived if applying for Financial Aid
  • 2 CBK recommendation forms with signatures across the envelope seals MUST be MAILED SEPARATELY
  • Financial Aid/Merit Application and supporting documents if applying: DEADLINE APRIL 1st

    Portfolio Admission Process

    CBK offers alternate application by portfolio for students who do not have the necessary test scores through a Talent Search. All portions of the Portfolio Admission Application must be completed and all required materials submitted with the full Summer Programs Application, before portfolio admission candidates will be considered. Portfolio applications, once completed in full, will be included in the course selection process according to time/date stamp. In this way, the portfolio review process, which takes a bit longer than the score review process, will not affect admission to specific courses that may fill quickly. Early application is highly recommended. Students are encouraged to participate in the Western Academic Talent Search to achieve qualifying scores for future summers.


    • Current year most recent grade report/report card
    • Most recent standardized test scores (as would be eligible for WATS, such as PARCC, CogAT, MAP, ITBS, etc) or aptitude or intelligence test score report - we are looking for assessments that are nationally normed
    • Two samples of projects representative of achievement related to the course of interest (for example, essay, photos of a project, explanation of a model or presentation, research paper)

    Special Incentives

    CBK is offering an early-bird promotion; any application submitted complete Feb 24th or prior may waive the $50 application fee. This discount may only be applied upon the day the application is sent.

    Kids of Colorado School of Mines faculty or staff receive one additional $50 discount per family.

    Families sending multiple kids to CBK Summer for 2017 additionally receive one $50 discount per family upon application.

    Discounts may only be applied on the day the application is submitted. If you are paying online, please do not pay the application fee if you are taking one of these incentives, or subtract the discount against the first 50% tuition. Multiple incentives must be noted and will only then be applied against final tuition due. Once paid, application fees cannot be refunded or applied against tuition.