Application Deadline has been extended by 1 week. Submit all application materials by February 17th! 

We recommend starting our application process by February 1st as it takes time to complete all steps.
Decisions for 2023 will be emailed to applicants in mid-March.

How To Apply To Odyssey

This page lists everything first-time students will do to get accepted into Odyssey this summer…

Check School Times

Can you attend starting in June at these times?

Students must adhere to the attendance policy or risk their status in the program. Scholars cannot miss more than 3 days and are expected to complete the entire program.

Odyssey Grades 1-8
June 5 to July 14, 2023 | Monday-Friday

Odyssey Grades 9-11
June 5 to July 7, 2023 | Monday-Friday

Odyssey Rising Seniors (R12th)
June 5 to July 1, 2023 | Monday-Friday

*Seniors will experience an overnight 3-day out-of-state college tour trip during the final week of the program.

School Report Card

Have Your Latest Report Card Handy

As part of the application process, every scholar must have a report card on file from the current academic year. It is preferred to have an uploaded file of the official report card. However, if you are unable to save a file, we also accept screenshots of the student-parent portal, progress reports, or clear cell phone images of the report.

If these options are not doable, we’ll email a special link to your SmartPhone that allows you use your phone’s camera to take a photo of your latest school report card and send it to us.

Please upload your transcript to-date. Why? Odyssey Seniors work on their college apps during the summer program. Uploading your transcript now will ensure Odyssey can print as many copies as you’ll require for completing applications over the summer. Be proactive, if we don’t have your transcript on file and you’re selected, you will be responsible for providing your own copies of your transcript during the program dates.


Student ID Number

Get Your School’s Student ID #

The public school your child attends assigns a student ID number to each student (this is not a photo ID card). Applicants are required to enter their unique Student ID Number while completing an application. The most common place to find your child’s Student ID Number is on the child’s progress/report cards and is also visible on the school’s student-parent online portal. Many students also use their Student ID Numbers as their Lunch ID Numbers.

If you are having difficulty locating a student ID number, please contact your school. Home schooled or private school applicants may contact Odyssey’s main office (404-367-5150) to receive a generic number to apply.

New Student Recommendation Form

Know the email address for your community leader or school teacher

Every new student must enter on the Odyssey application the name and email address of your community leader or school teacher who will write a recommendation. Odyssey will email your leader/teacher our recommendation form to complete.

Odyssey is most impressed with recommendations submitted by community leaders that know the applicant well. These include, but are not limited to: teachers, Girl/Boy Scout leaders, tutors/mentors, youth leaders, school staff, etc.

Submit Application Forms

Application Forms

All first-time applicants must complete three steps…

1) Complete the initial online student information form.

You will need to know your school’s student ID # that appears on your report card, or some schools also use the ID as their lunch identification number.

You will give the name of one parent/guardian who will be Odyssey’s primary contact person.

2) The parent/guardian will receive an email to complete a form.

3) The student will receive an email to complete a final form so we learn why the student should be selected to attend Odyssey.

This form requires the student to upload a copy of the student’s most recent report card, answer some questions, and write about:

  • Why do you want to be selected to participate in Odyssey?
  • What do you hope to gain or improve during your time at Odyssey?
  • What does community mean to you and how would you make changes in your community to improve it?

We recommend you prepare these answers now in advance so you can quickly complete the online application.

This form also requires you to provide the name of the school teacher or community leader who will email us a recommendation for you.


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Introduction Video

All first-time students also submit a brief 2-3 minute introduction video. This is designed to give each applicant the opportunity to personalize their application and stand out in their own unique ways. The introduction video plays an important role in the placement process. It is essential that you put effort and care into creating a video that presents the best first impression of you. It demonstrates your communication style, presentation savvy, and provides Odyssey an opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level.

Click to Read Odyssey Introduction Video Instructions and Tips.

Ready to Apply Online

You’re Ready to Apply Online

Fill out the New Student Application online, ensuring spelling and grammar mistakes are minimal.

Please do not use ALL CAPS or all lowercase while completing the form. Capitalize proper nouns, addresses, etc.

Provide a valid email to receive your confirmation email.

Email inquiries to Carissa Engelbert at: Emails are preferred over phone calls. We are always willing to help dedicated applicants complete a thorough and expressive application.


Applications can be submitted from July 30, 2022 until February 10, 2023.

The application process consists of many steps described above which can take several weeks to complete, so you should begin applying weeks before the deadline date.

Time Until Applications Begin








Applications are accepted from November 15th, 2017 until February 16th, 2018. Recommendations will be accepted up to ten (10) days past the deadline. All decisions will be emailed and mailed on or before March 15th, 2018. Please ensure you provide reliable contact information when completing your application.