Frequently Asked questions
I'm from out of town and would need housing in Philadelphia. Does the YWCC provide housing in dorms or home stays?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide any housing this year. Students who are accepted from other parts of the country will need to organize their own housing and travel. There is a hotel on campus, the Conwell Inn, and airbnb is worth checking out as well. Even if you are not sure about your housing situation, you are still welcome to apply (since there is no application fee) and figure it out after you receive your application result.
Will there be any performances of student works? If so, will my parents/friends be able to attend?
Yes! Students will be assigned to write a miniature (1–2 minutes) for either string quartet or voice and piano. The performance will take place in Rock Hall on the last day of the camp, and will be open to the public. The performance will also be professionally recorded!
I've never really composed before, but am interested in learning and I can sing or play an instrument. Can I still apply?
Yes, you should still apply. Please submit any files, recordings, or videos that will support your musical learning and experience. Make sure to include your interest in composition in your essay. If you have questions about this part of the application, please get in touch using our Contact page.
Do I need to be able to read music to attend the camp?
Yes, you need to have experience reading music. Not being able to read music will prevent you from being able to fully participate in classes.
I'm outside of the age ranges for the camp, but I really want to apply. Can I send in an application anyway?
We have chosen to serve the specific population of girls ages 14–19 in order to help girls transition into adulthood and think about college and career choices. If you are slightly outside of the age range of 14–19 but believe that you should still be accepted, please include your reasons in your essay or in the additional notes section of the application.
Is there an application fee?
No, there is no fee to apply.
When will I receive my admissions decision?
Students will receive notification of their admissions decision via email by April 15th, 2018.
I was wait-listed this year - when will I hear if I am accepted?
If you are on the wait list, you may be notified of a change of status to accepted up until the first day of camp.
Is the Temple main campus safe?
Yes, the Temple main campus is very safe. We have our own police department (Temple Police) and there are security guards at the entrances to every building. Please visit http://safety.temple.edu/ for more information.
I want to take the train to campus, but I've never taken it before and am afraid I'll get lost. What should I do?
The Temple train station (10th and Norris) is 2 blocks away from Presser Hall. If you or your parents have a car, we would recommend driving down to campus for the first day of camp. That way, you will have time to check out the campus and learn where the train station is. We will also have Boyer student workers walking students to and from the train station and Presser Hall for the first few mornings of the camp. Signage directing towards the main campus is also quite clear from the train platform.
How is parking on campus?
Parking during the summer is generally good. There is plenty of street parking on the surrounding streets, and none of the spots are timed. If you prefer to park in a lot, the Diamond Street Lot is the closest to Presser, and it costs $15 per day. For a full list of the parking lots on the Temple campus, visit the campus operations website here.
I'm interested in volunteering at the camp - what should I do?
You can send us your information on the Contact page and we will be in touch if we are in need of any volunteers!