*Please be advised that themes and curriculum are subject to minor changes or updates from summer to summer.

A day in the life of an Odyssey Scholar

New Students


Update! Applications have CLOSED! (Citing the February 20th deadline). Odyssey will add COMPLETED applications ONLY to our waiting-lists. Rising Seniors, however, may continue to apply until further notice. Odyssey can only accept complete applications, so please read the instructions below. Wait-listed applicants may be notified anytime between now and the first week of Odyssey (week of June 5th)

New Students are required to submit their 2016-2017 recent report card, ONE short essay (topics below), as well as ONE New Student Recommendation Form in addition to their application. Applications cannot be saved and continued. Please be prepared to complete your application in one sitting.

We highly recommend reading the following list BEFORE filling out the New Student Application online:

Please note Odyssey's application deadlines have passed for both returning and new applicants. Odyssey's Rising Senior class is still looking for quality applications, and will be accepted on a rolling basis until all new spaces are filled. Odyssey will continue to add COMPLETE applications ONLY to our running waiting lists for every other class. Do not contact Odyssey's office about waiting lists numbers, rankings, or statuses. Odyssey will notify a wait-listed applicant only in the event a space has become available. Odyssey does not "rank" applicants on the waiting lists. To submit a successful application, please read the following list:
  1. Write your essay and have it ready to copy & paste into your application. 2017 Essay topics are available above. Applicants need to write only ONE essay over a topic from the above choices as their RISING grade level. (i.e. current 6th graders complete their essay and application as a RISING 7th grader (R7th)).
  2. Have your New Student Recommendation Form submitted by your desired community leader or teacher by the deadline.
  3. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and preferred that you save your report card as a DIGITAL file on your computer so it can be uploaded easily into the online application.
  4. Have your Student ID Number ready (this is not your card) . These are located on your progress/report cards and on the student-parent online portal. ALL students have a Student ID number, this is not a photo identification card. If you are unable to locate the student ID number on the progress/report cards, please contact your school for further instruction.
  5. Fill out the New Student Application, ensuring spelling and grammar mistakes are minimal. Please do not use ALL CAPS or all lowercase while completing the application. Capitalize proper nouns, addresses, etc. Provide a valid email to receive your confirmation email.
  6. Email inquiries to Carissa Engelbert at: carissaengelbert@odysseyatlanta.org. Emails are preferred. We are always willing to help dedicated applicants complete a thorough and expressive application.

Prospective Middle & High School (R6th Grade through R12th Grade) 

Applications for Odyssey 2017 are closed except for Rising 10th and Rising 12th grades. Please email Carissa Engelbert (carissaengelbert@odysseyatlanta.org) with any questions regarding the application process. 



Thank you for your interest in Odyssey. Odyssey’s application season begins November 16th, 2016 and will close February 8th, 2017. Second Round applicants may submit up until February 20th. All Odyssey applications are now digital! Fill out your application with the click of a button.
-Online applications for new students will become available mid-November 2017 and are due by mid-February 2018. Prospective applicants are invited to contact our office as early as September 2017 to request being added to Odyssey's Prospective Scholar Email list.


NEW STUDENTS: Getting Started

Students will need to fill out the New Student Application if 1) it is their first time applying for Odyssey; or 2) they did not successfully complete a previous Odyssey summer program; or 3) have applied before but did not receive an acceptance letter. New student acceptance will be determined by the student’s ability to properly and authentically represent themselves in their application, submit their most recent report card, submit a student recommendation form, and complete an essay or other visual project (depending on grade level).
New Student Applications do NOT have to be submitted with an application fee. The nonrefundable application fee of $35 will be requested only when the applicant’s space in the program is confirmed. The submission of the acceptance fee then guarantees the student’s space in the summer program. A space cannot be confirmed without payment. A late $15 fee will only accrue only if the acceptance fee is not submitted within the first month of acceptance into the program.
*Please note, we are no longer able to accept applications by fax.  Paper applications will be made available by emailed or mailed requests only.

What you should know:

New Students will fill any remaining spaces in their RISING grade level that has not already been claimed by a returning applicant. New students: be aware that competition is strong, and has continued to grow dramatically within the past several years. In some cases, applicants may find they are competing with more than 40 other applicants to fill less than 10 available spaces. Over 600 prospective students will apply for Odyssey’s program annually. Be sure your application is complete, with all supporting documents submitted by the deadline for favorable consideration. Each student must be accepted on their own merit. Odyssey does not provide priority or preference to new students of Odyssey siblings.



Odyssey will notify FIRST ROUND applicants on or before March 15th, 2017 via email and mail. Confirmed applicants will be emailed a link to read over and agree to Odyssey's rules and submit their one-time $35.00 acceptance fee. THIS IS THE MOST CRUCIAL PART! Odyssey cannot add you to our roster, unless you accept your invitation. If you have decided you no longer want to attend, please show humility and notify Odyssey right away so another applicant may be given the same opportunity. (Let's practice the Golden Rule). Applicants that are wait-listed may be notified up until the first-week of Odyssey (week of June 5th) of their acceptance. All applicants, regardless of status, will be invited to reapply for next summer's program as soon as applications become available again in the fall. Please do not contact Odyssey asking for reasons toward the selection committee's decisions.
Odyssey typically recruits an additional 150+ students per year; another 300+ students will be held on our waiting list. In short, roughly 1 in 5 applicants will receive an acceptance letter. Competition is fierce, be sure your application is filled out properly, and accompanied by all the necessary supporting documents (most recent report card, student recommendation form, and essay/project). All applicants are encouraged to contact the office with any questions regarding proper application submission. We are here to help! You will not be penalized for contacting Odyssey staff. Application fees will not be collected until the applicant has been confirmed for participation. Application fees are nonrefundable, even if the applicant decides not to attend. Students chosen to participate in Odyssey 2017 will be notified by March 15th, 2017.
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