SAIL will offer virtual programs July 27 – July 31, 2020!

SAIL will offer virtual programs July 27 – July 31, 2020!


In response to COVID-19, and in alignment with our health department, the University of Oregon Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) summer programs have transformed from our on campus sessions, to virtual experiences that combine both college academics, and social engagement activities.  As part of the SAIL Pre-College program, students will immerse themselves in interactive and engaging college-like experiences, designed to prepare them for college.  Students will register for a Flight Path, a group of interdisciplinary academic classes, to enhance the student exploration of varied fields of study, offered in college settings. The Flight Paths are designed to simulate the experience of a first year student attending the University of Oregon, and include both required, and elective options.  

SAIL students will learn from, and engage with college professors, college students, and collaborate with peers, while they explore what college life has to offer. Awards presented to students who complete our virtual summer program.

As a SAIL pre-college student, you will receive free sessions preparing you for the college application process, as well as connect you to campus resources and services.

SAIL Flight Paths are geared to assist students in exploring their interests in relation to college classes, and possible career opportunities. Flight Path list includes:

Global Connections: students will learn the diversity of human societies through the lenses of language, expression, and history.

NOW CLOSED/FULL – Healthy Communities: students will learn from world-class UO faculty in the areas of biology, physiology and psychology.

NOW CLOSED/FULL – Psychology Track: students will participate and collaborate in areas such as: clinical, cognitive neuroscience, developmental, and social-personality.

NOW CLOSED/FULL – Industry, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation: students will develop creative strategies by interpreting data and communicating evaluations to broad audiences in areas such as business and marketing.

NOW CLOSED/FULL – Media, Arts, and Expression: students will learn from writers, artists, media-makers, performers, and scholars about human experience and ingenuity through language, literature, visual, and spoken storytelling.

Public Policy, Society, and Identity: students will study how societies evolve and function within the context of a changing world from UO faculty in the areas of Economics, Education, and Sociology.

Scientific Discovery and Sustainability: students will work with researchers to learn about the world through the sciences, environmental design technologies, and mathematics.

NOW CLOSED/FULL – OrchestraNext: OrchestraNext is a unique collaboration between SAIL and Orchestra Next, a training orchestra in residence with the Eugene Ballet. OrchestraNext is open to any high school orchestral musician in Oregon. Participants will receive classes on balanced practice, recording techniques, and a masterclass on their instrument. In addition, students will have the opportunity to join in on a collaborative recording project with members of Orchestra Next. 

What are SAIL Programs? 

SAIL programs are FREE one-week summer programs hosted on the University of Oregon campus, where high school students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty members through fun social and interactive activities. Traditionally SAIL offers Day and Residential Program options but due to COVID-19 we are taking summer 2020 virtual. Come join us!


SAIL serves Oregon students who meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  • Come from a low-income family (for example, qualify for Free and Reduced lunch program) 
  • Be the first in your family to attend college 
  • Come from an underrepresented minority background 
  • Unaccompanied youth (in state custody, foster care, homeless or not living with family) 
  • Returning student 
  • Sibling of a returning student

OrchestraNext serves students who are Oregon residents regardless of the criteria listed above.

Virtual SAIL Summer 2020 Schedule


Families, guests, and community members:

Click HERE to register for open SAIL sessions!

Descriptions of program sessions listed below: $ AWARDS given to students who participant in the most SAIL sessions – Friday at graduation! 

Rise & Shine with UO PE & Recreation  (Students and Parents/Guardians/Caregivers welcome!)
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Each day our UO professional staff from our Physical Education and Recreation department will offer you FREE classes showcasing what courses they offer college students, healthy living ideas, and career opportunities in these fields. 

Drop-In Lunch Sessions with SAIL College Staff
Monday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm 
SAIL Participants only!
These sessions will be FUN, low-key, hang outs with SAIL college staff—they’re a great place to ask questions you don’t want to ask in large group setting or learn more about what it’s like to be a college student, straight from the source! 

Bonus Sessions
Monday – Friday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SAIL Participants only!
Learn more about different fields of study, careers, and research opportunities, hosted by UO faculty, grad students, and staff.

Ask the Experts: Drop-In College Readiness  (Students and Parents/Guardians/Caregivers welcome!) 
Monday – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm daily
UO professional staff will be on hand to answer any additional questions about the college process. 

Cultural Programs — Don’t miss these! (Students, Parents/Guardians/Caregivers, and Guests welcome!) 
Monday – Thursday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
An incredible guest list of faculty and community members will lead engaging sessions on world events, cultures, and opportunities.   

  • MondaySAIL Kick-Off with Keynote Speaker Orestes Gutierrez
    Bilingual event–Live Spanish translation provided!
    Welcome to the SAIL program, meet our staff, and learn from our keynote speaker, Doctor Orestes Gutierrez.  Doctor Gutierrez is a local doctor, originally from Cuba, who will share his story of challenges and successes on his journey to higher education and beyond. 
  • TuesdayCooking Demos and Language Lessons from UO’s Chef Mullins & UO Faculty
    Behind the scenes tour of UO commercial kitchen and cooking demonstrations utilizing common household ingredients. Recipes for foods from Oregon, Germany, England, and Italy. Don’t miss out on the UO version of the British Baking Show!
  • WednesdayInternational Student Panel 
    Students from around the world will share their country, culture, and traditions.
  • Wednesday Evening – 6:00 – 7:00 pm – “Finding Your Voice”
    Eric Richardson of Lane County NAACP will share opportunities and events for students to get involved and make a difference in their community.
  • ThursdayGet Involved and Build Your Resume!
    Meet Community Agencies and learn how you can make a difference!

SAIL Graduation and Awards Ceremony: Friday, July 31, 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Awards announced!
Special Guest University of Oregon President Michael Schill