The Residential Experience
What can I expect from the program?
Draper University is a school for innovators. We are helping people do the great things they are capable of. Expect to be inspired. To do things you didn’t think were possible. To be fearless. To build a network of friends, mentors and colleagues that you will take with you on your path. Every student will create a company, with mentoring and coaching from experts, and have the opportunity to pitch for funding from Silicon Valley VCs.
What does a typical day look like?
The program will be rigorous and designed to promote creativity, innovation, leadership and teamwork. Each week will consist of speakers who are all-stars in their fields, workshops and team activities, field trips, mentoring and time to work on your startup. There will be a lot of surprises along the way. Class is 7 days a week and we strongly recommend students are available for the entire program. (example of one day at Draper University)
Do I have to live on campus?
Yes. This is a full-time, immersive experience. Residency is a critical element.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation to and from the school on move-in and move-out day is not provided. Transportation for all off-campus activities will be provided. Students cannot bring cars to campus and you will not need one. There is no overnight parking available. There is excellent public transportation near the school (CalTrain, Bart). The school has bikes that students can use to get around downtown.
Who is eligible for the program?
The Residential Program is ideally suited for 18-28 year olds; however, if you are slightly out of this age range, you can still apply and let us know why we should make an exception.
Domestic and international students are all welcome to apply we want a diverse class! You can be taking a gap year, enrolled in college, graduated from college, enrolled in a graduate degree program, or working. We don’t look for specific industries or backgrounds. You don’t need to have started a business, or had startup experience. We DO hope that you have a business idea that you want to turn into reality!
Do you look at SAT scores or grades?
No. While we are highly selective, the application is all we require. We believe that grades and standardized testing are not relevant or indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit or one’s ability to create change and innovate. While you may have a bachelor’s degree and even a post-graduate degree, we don’t ask for your transcripts.
Do applicants have to interview?
Some applicants may be invited for an interview, but we cannot offer interviews to everyone who applies.
I’m an international student. Will you help me get a visa?
For those who are accepted, we will send a personalized formal invitation letter so you may include it with your visa application at the consulate where you apply for a visa. Most international students apply for a business visitor visa. The program does not qualify you for a student visa. We do not offer courses that allow you to receive a SEVIS number.
What if I cannot pay the whole tuition? Are scholarships offered?
We offer some named scholarships that students can apply for in their applications. Make sure to include why you think you are a strong candidate for the scholarship for which you are applying. Limited financial aid is offered to applicants who demonstrate need and display entrepreneurial excellence. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive a link to the financial aid application. Tuition must be paid in full prior to start of the program.
We expect entrepreneurs to be entrepreneurial and creative in funding their training and startups! Some students have successfully crowdfunded their tuition needs on Indiegogo.
Is food included in tuition?
One meal per day (usually lunch) is included in tuition. Other meals are on your own. Downtown San Mateo has a dazzling array of affordable, diverse food options. Some dinners will be provided for receptions.
Can I get academic credits for attending Draper University?
Colleges and universities vary in their academic credit policy, so please check with your school about Independent/Self-Directed Study credits, a quarter abroad, or Internship credits.
Our Applications are read on a rolling basis. Once your application is received, you may be invited you to do a 15 minute Skype interview with someone on our team. If selected to Draper University you will receive an admissions decision within 3 – 4 weeks.