Welcome to LIFT ACademy

Cost for all applicants: $349

University of Maryland's Lift Academy gives student every edge that they need to perform exceptionally for the SAT exam.

The 5-week course includes:

  1. 12 hours of instruction on test-taking strategies
  2. Two full-length practice tests
  3. Individualized attention to address student strengths and weaknesses

Class dates for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • January 26th - February 23rd (Limited seats left!)

  • March 16th - April 13th

  • April 27th - May 25th

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To learn more about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests please visit the College Board website.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For best consideration, please submit registration form at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Pre-College Programs reserves the right to cancel any session if the minimum number of registered students is not met. In the case of cancellation, refunds will be granted.

Lift Academy  provides students tours of campuses, meetings with admissions representatives, and opportunities for on-the-spot college acceptance. College tours offer students visits to elite universities, competitive liberal arts colleges, and prestigious HBCUs.

LIFT summer programs cover different topics during two-week long sessions. Each week students complete real-world application projects utilizing skills they learned during their sessions. The students also have smaller assignments and team challenges related to the week’s topic, which allow them to think critically and can be used in the completion of their projects.

The courses offered for the summer are below:

1. Ace That Test!

July 2-13 and July 16-27, 2018
Join LIFT in ensuring that your student is prepared for the standardized test that will be part of their college admissions process. Students will take a pre-test and post-test and will learn practical testing skills. Sign up for the session of your choice to prepare for the SAT or PSAT. Each session is a two-week class with more than 20 hours of instruction. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$650 per session.

2. College Planning Workshop

July 2-13 and July 16-17, 2018
Join LIFT for our college planning workshop in which students will take a career interest inventory, prepare college list spreadsheets, learn to create resumes that stand out, practice the art of interviewing with mock interviews and prepare to request letters of recommendation. This is a two-week course with 35 hours of instruction. This course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$650 per session

3.Career Exploration Series

July 2-13 and July 16-27, 2018
With college becoming more and more expensive, it pays to know what you want to do before you get there. Get hands-on experience in engineering and computer science.

So, You Want to Be an Engineer?
(Introduction to Engineering)

Engineering is hard, but it is so cool! Join LIFT for a two-week enrichment course where students will learn about the various types of engineers and complete hands-on projects in their field of interest. Classes run July 2-13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$650 per session

Introduction to Computer Science
Students will become familiar with the basic principles of computer science and will understand what a computer scientist does in industry and society using labs and hands-on calculations. Classes run July 16-27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$650 per session

4. College Application Essay Writing Essentials

July 2-13, 2018
Writing is a skill that takes a lot of practice and LIFT can help! In LIFT's two-week writing enrichment class, students will learn writing techniques to help them prepare personal statements and essays for the college application process. Classes run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$650 per session

5. Summer Institute for Bridge Students

July 8-27, 2018
The Summer Institute for Bridge Students (SIBS) is a three-week residential program designed to give recent high school graduates an opportunity to experience college as a matriculating student. Students will learn about academic planning for college, how to identify and utilize resources on campus and will experience living in a dorm with a roommate all while earning four college credits. For best consideration, students applying should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Additionally, students must have been admitted to at least one college/university for the fall of 2018 and demonstrate involvement in school activities and/or the community.
$3,500 per session

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Who qualifies for the Lift Academy?

Any rising 7th -12th grader is eligible for Lift Acad,ey.

Do you have to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to apply?

The parent/child does not have to be affiliated with the University in any way to participate in Lift Academy.

Are children of University of Maryland staff and faculty eligible for tuition remission?

No, tuition remission cannot be applied towards the cost of any Lift Academy activities.

Will this program help my child gain admissions to the University of Maryland?

Participation in any Lift Academy activities does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland.

What happens if a program is cancelled?

If enrollment minimums are not met, LIFT reserves the right to cancel any program up to one week before it is scheduled to begin. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, parents and students will be notified promptly and all application, program, and room and board expenses already paid will be refunded.

Summer Program

Does my child have to stay on campus?

No. A student can be a commuter student for any of our summer programs.

Who will be supervising my child?

Lift Academy staff, and instructors

What if my child is absent or needs to leave campus?

Students who have a prior knowledge of an upcoming absence, should inform the Program Coordinator of the absence(s). It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments.

What happens if a student becomes ill?

All students must complete an emergency contact form that includes health insurance policy numbers. If a student should become ill or injured, he/she will be taken to the Health Center located on campus or to the nearest hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. A parent/guardian must make immediate arrangements to ensure quality care for a student. Although this form will facilitate a student's admittance to a health center, it does not permit the University of Maryland to assume responsibility for healthcare needs. A student can visit the Health Center any time during the hours of operation. Families will be billed for any services or treatment received. If a student misses class due to illness, he/she can request written proof from the Health Center to give to an instructor.


What classes are available during the summer?

Curriculum for our Summer Institutes can be found on the adjacent "Summer Program" tab of this page.

Can my child earn academic credit?

Academic credit is not offered. This is one of the ways LIFT is able to keep costs well below other academic summer programs.