SMASH Academy

SMASH Academy, our flagship program, is a three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at a leading universities throughout the country.  During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming.

They are coached by instructors of color that represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also find their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be.

2019 SMASH Academy App Opens Nov. 1, 2018

9th grade students, parents & teachers —
mark your calendars!

If you’re not eligible to apply to SMASH, click below to find out about alternate programs.

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University Partners

Our university partners are an integral part of the SMASH Academy program. The first SMASH Academy was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Since then, it has expanded across the Bay Area to Stanford University and UC Davis; into Southern California at UCLA; and across the country to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2018, SMASH sites will launch at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan.


Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements listed below in order to be considered for SMASH (no exceptions).
  1. Grade Level: Be in the 9th grade at the time of application.
  2. Math Skills: Have strong mathematics skills appropriate for your grade level, as determined by your state standardized math test scores.
  3. Attend a public high school or private high school via scholarship.
  4. Location: Reside in the United States within 50 miles* of a SMASH site as determined by your zip code — check here to see if you are eligible. (*Applicants applying to SMASH Davis must reside within 75 miles.)
  5. Applicants to SMASH Morehouse must identify as male.

Target Applicants

The criteria below describes who we aim to serve, however, applicants do not need to fulfill any or all of the criteria to apply to SMASH.
From groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: African American, Chicano/Latinx, Native American, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian (i.e. Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese) or mixed race/multiracial groups with at least one parent from the above ethnicities.
First-generation college students: This means that neither one of your parents received a bachelor’s or 4-year degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in the United States. If you have a sibling in college you are still first generation. If your parents took some courses, but did not complete a degree you are still considered first generation; and
From a low-income family: (e.g. qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch program).

2018 Academy Dates

SMASH Berkeley: June 16 – July 21, 2018
SMASH UC Davis: June 23 – July 28, 2018
SMASH Morehouse: June 9 – July 14, 2018
SMASH Stanford: June 30 – August 4, 2018
SMASH UCLA: June 23 – July 28, 2018
SMASH Wayne State: July 7 – August 11, 2018
SMASH Wharton: June 30 – August 4, 2018


The 2018 SMASH Academy application is now closed.
If you have missed the deadline or are not eligible to apply to SMASH, find out about alternate programs to consider here.

Work for SMASH

The Programs Team at SMASH is seeking passionate educators, facilitators, mentors and high-energy professionals to join our instructional and residential teams at SMASH Academy. Check out our available positions here.