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The 2024 STAR Summer Program application is OPEN. Please email with any questions.


  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program.
  • Currently in 11th grade
  • There is no minimum grade point average (GPA) or ACT/SAT score.
  • Louisiana residents will be given priority selection for the STAR Program.

Program Information and Requirements

  • Louisiana residents will be given priority selection for the STAR Program.
  • Applicants must have at least one reliable form of transportation already in place.
  • Accepted students and at least 1 parent/guardian are required to be present during Acceptance Day and Meet & Greet. Students are required to attend the Culmination Ceremony, and parent attendance is encouraged.
  • Accepted students are allowed only two days of absence throughout the program.
  • Accepted students will be required to submit an up-to-date immunization record, & complete a tuberculosis questionnaire.

This program is scheduled to take place at Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121. Under extreme circumstances, the STAR Administration Team is ready to pivot the summer program to virtual as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email  

Application Submission Instructions

The three constituents of the STAR Application include:

(1) Student Application

  • General Student Information
    Please be prepared to provide the following: general demographic information, current school details, parent/guardian information, future college and career plans
  • Short Answer
    Applicant will be asked to respond to the following prompts:
    • In 150 words or less, tell the STAR Acceptance Committee something that makes you unique. Below is your opportunity to share beyond what is already highlighted in your STAR Application. For example, your answer can highlight a special hobby, interest, talent, or passion.
    • Why would you like to participate in the STAR Program, and how will your participation in STAR move you towards your future goals?
    • Essay (300-350 words)
    • Resume (to be attached)

(2) Copy of School Transcripts

This can be uploaded by the student. Please be sure the transcript includes cumulative GPA and final grade for all classes taken 9th grade - current.

(3) 2 Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must have two recommenders. Each recommender must fill out an online recommendation form and attach a recommendation letter. Recommenders cannot be related to the applicant. Complete the “Recommender Request” through the online application.  You will need to provide his/her name and email. This will generate an email with a link for your recommender. 

School Teachers and Counselors

To schedule a member of the STAR Administration to come to your school and discuss the STAR Program with your students, please contact the Education Outreach office at 504-842-5123 or

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