Frequent Questions

IMG_1125Q:    My student qualified for the Joseph Baldwin Academy/Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health last summer.  Does he/she qualify for automatic admission to the Zombie Scholars Academy?

A:    While we strongly encourage applicants from the Joseph Baldwin Academy and Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health, previous attendance at these academies does not result in automatic admission to this program.  However, students do not need to obtain a nomination from their school and may apply directly.

Q:    When can I apply?  How do I apply? 

A:    You can apply at any time the application links are active.  We will activate these links in November 2016 and deactivate them when the Academy is full.  The application deadline is January 30, 2017.  Applications may be accepted after this deadline on a space available basis.

Q:    What are the dates of this year’s Academy?

A:    June 18-25, 2017.

Q:    Do I have to take and standardized tests for admission?

A:    The Truman Institute’s other academies require standardized tests.  Zombie Scholars Academy does not.

Q:    Can I apply late?

Gun SafetyA:    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 after the published deadline provided there are open spots.  Applicants applying after the payment process has begun will be required to pay full tuition at that time.  We recommend anyone thinking of applying after February 1 call our office directly at 660-785-5406.

Q:    When will I find out when I’ve been admitted?

A:    We anticipate being able to notify students beginning February 20, 2017.  As we receive applications, these applications will be pooled for competitive comparison.

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 the Zombie Scholars Academy 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?

HvZRunningA:    Students attending Zombie Scholars Academy 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 will be a couple of short books that we will ask students to purchase.  These are available widely, in paperback, and even as audio books.

Q:    Can I get college credit for my course?

A:    ZSA does not offer credit for courses completed.  Students come to ZSA not to achieve a grade or even to earn credit.  Instead they come to be stretched academically, to grow socially, to get advanced knowledge for future careers, and to experience the joy of learning for learning’s sake.

Q:  Will I have access to a computer for word-processing or e-mail?  Should my child bring a personal computer to the Zombie Scholars Academy?

A:    Students will be actively engaged throughout the day and will rarely have the opportunity to engage in any computer-based work outside of that conducted in labs or structured group work.  And, besides, there’s really not much in the way of electricity during a zombie apocalypse.  If students can handle simple e-mail on their phone, we recommend leaving computers at home.  Appropriate facilities will be made available so that students working on writing projects have the ability. That said, there are no restrictions on students bringing laptops to campus provided that they understand they are responsible for their own safety and security. The same is true for other digital writing and reading tools such as tablets.

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?

WMD1A:    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 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:    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 ZSA?

WMD3A:    While participating students may be old enough to drive their own vehicles to and from the Academy, ZSA 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.

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