Academic Year Session Information


The ASPIRE academic year session runs from September to May.

  • Students must begin the program no later than October 1.
  • Seniors must commit to spending a minimum of 5 hours per week on campus. For juniors, this hourly requirement can be more flexible on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must submit an abstract before the session concludes and are highly encouraged to complete presentations.
  • Students are highly encouraged to receive credit or formal recognition from their school for participation in the program.

Students applying to the academic year session are strongly encouraged to review their extracurricular schedule and determine whether they have the appropriate time available to participate in the ASPIRE program. Students should remember to consider travel times to and from APL. Our expectation is that the ASPIRE program be the priority.

Session Timeline

April 15

Application period opens.

June 8 at 11:59pm

Application period ends.

June 8–September 1

Mentors review applications, interview students, and extend an invitation to the program.

June 22

All recommendation forms due.

September 1–30

Orientations are held for accepted students. Matching and placements continue through September.

September 15–October 1

ASPIRE students start program.

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