About SAIL

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is an innovative pre-college program that serves middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, which include lower income and/or first generation college students, with the aim of encouraging students to enroll and succeed in college through early exposure and exploration.

SAIL student produced video about  SAIL program! SAIL Summer Program Video

SAIL program offers free one-week summer programs on the University of Oregon campus, where students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty members through fun social and interactive activities. Each summer, returning students choose a new academic subject. SAIL programs include sessions on the college admissions process, scholarship availability, and the financial aid process. During the school year, SAIL offers mentoring – administered by University of Oregon students – to eligible students who are navigating the college admissions process.  Watch a Mentor Video

Dates: July 27-31, 2020 – VIRTUAL programs!

SAIL programs will only offer virtual experiences this summer. We hope to host our traditional day and residential programs, on campus, in 2021.

Preference for the Residential Program is given to students traveling 20 miles, or farther, who are rising high school sophomores, juniors or seniors and meet application criteria.  Students will stay in our University of Oregon dormitories and enjoy evening activities both on campus, as well as experience an evening in Eugene. Parent, Gaurdian Information Handbook

What’s Great About SAIL:  SAIL Brochure 

  • All programs are FREE
  • There is an assortment of interactive programs
  • Amazing FREE food is provided during the program
  • Participating in SAIL looks great on resumes, college and scholarship applications
  • Connect with University Professors, college students, and new friends
  • Scholarship opportunities are available to SAIL participants

Want to learn more about who leads SAIL?      Meet our Staff and Faculty!

We believe that higher education is a right, not a privilege!