Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I apply?

A: As soon as possible, but no later than May 8. Nearly three times as many girls apply as we can accept, so it is best to apply early. You can download the application from this website.

Q: How much does it cost to apply?

A: There's no cost to apply to LITE. If accepted, you'll be asked to pay a $1500 registration fee. You'll also be financially responsible for transportation to and from Flint, Michigan, spending money, and incidentals.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Yes, we offer scholarships. Please contact Deborah Stewart, Director, at, for more information.

Q: Do I have to do anything after I am accepted?

A: Yes. We'll send you a confirmation packet and ask that you return all materials by Monday, June 15. Your space is reserved once we receive the materials and your registration fee.

Q: Who attends LITE?

A: High school girls from all over the United States attend LITE. Many of the participants come from Michigan and the Midwest, but participants have come from 25 different states; as far away as California, Oregon, and Washington on the West Coast, New York and Massachusetts on the East Coast, Georgia in the Southeast, and Texas in the Southwest.

Q: Can I, or my parents, speak to someone who has already attended LITE?

A: Absolutely! We have a list of former LITE participants who will be happy to speak with you. Send us an email at and we'll put you in touch with a former participant.

Q: Where will I live while attending LITE?

A: You'll live in Thompson Hall, our student residence. We've set aside a special area for LITE Program participants and their mentors. Also, you'll eat in our cafeteria with Kettering undergraduates, faculty, and staff.

Q: Can I commute to LITE if I live nearby?

A: No. LITE is a residential program designed to give you a taste of college life, including living away from home.

Q: Can I go home on the weekend if I live nearby?

A: No. You must remain on campus throughout the LITE Program. Permission to leave campus, other than for our own scheduled excursions, will be granted only under the most extraordinary, and verifiable circumstances.

Q: Can my friends and relatives visit me during the LITE Program?

A: Sorry, no visitors are allowed. We will invite your parents and siblings to the LITE Banquet on the last night of the program.

Q: What is there to do for fun during LITE?

A: We've planned several social excursions for the program, but you'll also have plenty of time to hang out on campus and work out in our state-of-the-art Recreation Center. Facilities there include an indoor pool and spa, fitness room with cardiovascular and strength machines, basketball, tennis, racquet ball, and squash courts, indoor and outdoor tracks, playing fields, and a putting green.

Q: Do LITE classes and labs require homework?

A: Generally, you will not have any work to do outside of class, except for making a poster presentation in one particular class.