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.

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

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

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.

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.

OrchestraNext: students will work with music technology and collaborate directly with members of OrchestraNext to get hands-on experience in a music recording camp.

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 Sample Schedule

(Monday- Friday)


 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.