Frequently Asked Questions – Online Camp

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Explore Engineering (E2) is open to current *sophomore and junior students in high school. (*during the 2019/2020 school year).

What equipment or technology do participants need?

  • Internet access with a recommended speed of 1.5 Mbps (up/down). Check your speed
    • If you do not meet the speed requirements, that's okay! You may experience lag or buffering during the videos
  • Device with a webcam and microphone (like a laptop, smartphone, or tablet) highly encouraged
  • A valid email address (a family account is okay!)
  • A quiet area where to tune in to live programming

Does this program accept homeschooled students?

Yes, we accepted homeschooled students into the program as long as they meet the criteria (current sophomore or junior in 2019/2020 academic year) and their application is fully completed.

Is this program open to international students?

Yes, Explore Engineering is open to international students as long as they meet the criteria (current sophomore or junior in 2019/2020 academic year) and their application is fully completed.

All times listed in the online program are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

  • Statement of Interest (online)
  • Conduct Agreement (online)
  • Internet Privacy Agreement (online)

How competitive is the application process?

For the in-person camp, Explore Engineering receives an average of 300 applications each year. Enrollment is restricted to 125 students in each session.

This year is the first time we are offering an online camp! Therefore, we have no data for how competitive applications will be this year

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no fee to apply for Explore Engineering.

Is Explore Engineering an actual UConn program, or, a third party program offered on the UConn campus?

Yes, Explore Engineering is an UConn School of Engineering sponsored program.

Who teaches this program?

This program is taught by different departments in the school of engineering. When students are attending departmental activities during the day, they will be participating in both lecture and hands on experiment based activities run by the department’s professors and/or graduate assistants. Throughout the day students will also learn from constant interactions with their counselor, who is a current UConn engineering undergraduate.

When should we expect to hear about any decisions regarding admission to the program?

Decisions regarding admission will NOT be made until the application process is closed. You will received notification of your status within 3-5 weeks after the application deadline.

How are applicants notified?

Applicants are notified via email to main email address (which was submitted on your application). Please add our email address ( to your contact list to ensure that you receive emails from us. Also, please check your junk mail folder prior to contacting our office if you haven’t received any notification from us after the application deadline.


What is the cost of attending the program?

The program fee is $895. This covers the cost of materials and shipping goodies and activities to you for the program.

We are offering 102 hours of available online programming, which translates to ~$8.75/hour!

Are there any financial aid available to help with the cost of the program?

Financial assistance is available to families with need. To receive aid, parents or guardians must provide proof of financial need. We only accept IRS Tax Returns for 2019 as proof of financial need.

To apply for financial aid, applicants should check off that they wish to be considered for financial aid on the application form and then email the documents to Make sure any confidential information is redacted on the documents sent.

What is the payment policy?

Payment needs to be made within a 2 weeks of receiving your acceptance notice. Payment can be made in the form of a Check, or Money Order (made out to UConn), or Credit Card via our website.

*Please do not submit payment until you have received an acceptance notification.

What is the Refund Policy?

No refund or reduction in program fees will be made for a student who arrives to the program late, leaves the program early, or is dismissed from the program due to violation of the program guidelines.

Late withdrawal due to injury or illness will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and will require a note from a physician – if a refund is granted, it may not be processed until programs are over.

What is a typical day?

Check out our program details page for more information!

*All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Required Attendance:

  • Live Class in the Mornings
  • Module Re-Group on Day 2
  • YESS Program

Flexible Attendance:

  • Choose your adventure time (students will have mandatory assignments to complete during these blocks)
  • Fun Activities


Are there activities in the evenings?

Yes, but they are optional!

In the evenings students participate in Counselor-planned events (such as daily reflections, virtual scavenger hunt, virtual games, virtual talent show, etc.)

My student/participant has special learning needs such as ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc. Can they participate?

Please let us know! We are happy to accommodate each and every student! Our staff is trained on the learning disorders and how to accommodate them in a virtual classroom. If families or students have suggestions or specific needs, please let us know!!

My student receives accommodates such as extra time on assignments in school. Is this possible during camp?

Absolutely! Please let us know what your needs are and we are happy to work with you.

Email us!


What is the mailing address?

Velda Alfred-Abney, Program Assistant
University of Connecticut, School of Engineering
EDOC, EII – Room 320
191 Auditorium Road Unit 3187
Storrs, CT 06269-3187