Frequently Asked Questions
A: If a student was nominated by their counselor or principal for the previous year’s Baldwin Academy, but they could not attend, they must qualify for nomination again and be nominated by their school counselor or principal.
Q: When can I apply? How do I apply?
A: Students need to first be nominated by a school Counselor or Principal. For detailed information on the application process, including due dates, click here.
Q: Do I have to take the ACT/SAT/PSAT/PLAN? Can I test in February? Can I use last year’s test scores?
A: No. STAPH no longer requires standardized test scores as part of the application process. You may elect to submit test scores in support of your application, but these scores are not required. In most instances, the PLAN or PSAT is probably already being administered at your school. If you took the ACT or another test in the previous year, you may submit those scores. A photocopy of the scores is fine. If you attended JBA in 2016 you do not need to send new scores. Be sure to make sure that you take tests early enough that scores will be available when we are reviewing applications in the spring.
Q: Can I apply late?
A: Because the application process is competitive, we advise students not to plan on submitting late applications. However, should you wish to apply late you may apply up until February 17, 2017 and be placed on a waiting list. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Only 50 students will be admitted to STAPH this year.
Q: When will I find out when I’ve been admitted?
Q: When will I receive more information in the mail so I know what to bring with me?
A: After the deadline for your first payment has passed, we will mail out an informational brochure called the “Welcome Guide” to you and your parents. This brochure will contain information about travel to Kirksville, check-in, some of the services that STAPH and the University will provide, and a list of items your student should and should not bring. This information will be the most up-to-date information on the Academy and will likely be more current than some details you have previously viewed on this website. – SO READ CAREFULLY!
Q: What time should I arrive for check-in?
A: Students attending STAPH will check in at the residence hall on Sunday, June 18 at any time after Noon but before 2:00 pm.
Q: Do I need to purchase books?
A: There are no textbooks for purchase with the STAPH program. You will be loaned a training book for CPR training, but this must be returned in good condition at the end of the Academy.
Q: Can I get college credit for my course?
A: No. We do not currently offer college credit for the STAPH program because of its short duration.
Q: Will I have access to a computer for word-processing or email? Should my child bring a personal computer to STAPH?
A: Because of the short duration of the STAPH program, computer access is limited. Student wishing to access e-mail or do work on campus who own a computer will probably want to bring one along. There are also limited computer workstations available in the residence hall. Computer labs needed for class work will be provided on campus as well.
Q: My child requires a special diet. Are special meal plans available?
A: The dining services on campus offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and their menus are varied enough to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other diets. If your student requires other special dietary needs or has food allergies, please contact us before you arrive so that we can plan for this.
Q: How are rooms assigned? May I make a specific roommate request?
A: Rooms are assigned randomly, with an eye toward matching students of similar grade and age. Because we believe students best learn what it’s like to be at college by socializing with new people, we do not accept roommate requests for this program.
Q: Are religious services available?
A: Given that check-in and check-out both occur on Sundays, individuals of faiths whose services take place on Sunday will likely find attendance at religious services challenging. To the extent we can provide convenient assistance to attend observances, however, we will endeavor to do so. Adherents to faiths whose services normally take place on other days of the week (such as Islamic or Jewish services on Friday or Saturday) will likely find it difficult to find a formal location to worship in the Kirksville community. Nonetheless, we support the desires of all people of faith to make appropriate observances. Please let us know of your specific needs and we will do the best we can to work with you to accommodate them!
Q: What are the arrangements for students who need to take medication or see a doctor while on campus?
A: We have an established relationship with a Kirksville physician who has served our programs well for many years. When students need daytime care, we arrange to have a member of our staff take students to this physician. In the unlikely event that urgent care is needed after hours, students are treated at the local Northeast Regional Medical Center emergency room. Students who take routine medications will have their medications stored and logged by our staff and a designated staff member will be responsible for making sure students take their medications in a timely fashion.
Q: I see that there is a research presentation on Saturday, but then check-out isn’t until Sunday? Do I need to attend the presentation? How does this work?
A: Our goal with the closing research presentation/poster session is provide students with the experience of doing an informal poster session before critical listeners. Faculty, staff, and Truman students will attend these presentations to ask students questions about their research – much as students might encounter at a school science fair. We recognize that parents may wish to attend this session, and we also recognize that attending this session would likely require an overnight stay and added financial burden when checking-out your child on Sunday. Rest assured that the poster session is intended to be informal. Your attendance is welcome, but not required. Further, if you prefer to check-out your son or daughter immediately after the poster session, you are welcome to do so. Students who remain will participate in an all-night party concluding just before check-out on Sunday morning. Our office is also more than eager to offer advice to families, wishing to come Saturday, who are looking for overnight accommodations, restaurant recommendations, or activity suggestions.
Q: How will students traveling by plane get to campus? Who will meet them at the airport?
A: Special travel options are available for students wishing to travel by plane. See detailed information here.
Q: My son/daughter is old enough to drive. Can they drive themselves to STAPH?
A: While participating students may be old enough to drive their own vehicles to and from the Academy, STAPH will not allow students to use them while participating in the program. Students are STRONGLY discouraged from driving themselves to the Academy. Those that do will be required to register their car with our office prior to arrival, surrender their keys, and park their car in a lot on a distant side of campus. For safety reasons, under no circumstances will a student driving themselves to the Academy be permitted to drive during the program. Students doing so during the program are subject to dismissal.
Q: What are the terms of payment? What credit cards do you accept? Who should I make my check payable to?
A: Information on methods and terms of payment can be obtained here.