Sammer Marzouk
College: Harvard University
High School: University of Chicago Laboratory High Schools, United States
Pioneer Research Paper: The impact of Emotions, Ambiguity, and Apathy on Decision Making in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Proposal to Facilitate Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

“Pioneer is the only online research program in the world to confer undergraduate coursework credits to students who complete the program.”


It is the rigorous academic system that qualifies Pioneer to grant college credit through collaboration with Oberlin College.

2018-2019 Admission Statistics

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Online Information Session

Learn more about our program and how to apply at our weekly online information sessions

Pioneer is known as selective and is respected by top universities.

From the former Associate Director of Admissions - University of Pennsylvania & Wharton

Here you can listen directly to a former veteran admissions officer of Penn & Wharton about his insight of Pioneer Scholars when he read their applications to Penn.

Important Dates

Pioneer accepts applications for both the Spring-through-Summer and Summer-only terms starting in August of the previous year. Please click the below links to learn about the ultimate deadline for each term.

It is important to be aware that Pioneer balances the limited availability of positions in each discipline and the volume of the applications received. Submitting applications earlier can improve one’s chances of getting selected into the program.

Click here to register for an information session to learn more about Pioneer.

How To Apply

1Info Session

Attend an info session online or at school.

2Application Submission

Submit your application online. The application consists of the following sections:
– Basic Info
– Interest Areas
– Short Essays
– Long Essay

3Initial Screening

Admitted Pioneer students will go through three rounds of reviews to reach a final admission decision. Initial screening kicks off the process. Applications are screened to determine which applicants will move on to the interview round. Application components considered include:

– Transcript
– Standardized Test Scores (if available)
– Short Essays
– Long Essay

4Required Interview

After the initial screening, you may be invited to a required interview, consisting of:
– Video conference
– Timed writing

5Application Under Review

Your entire application will be reviewed holistically:
– School counselor / teacher feedback
– Official transcript
– Application materials
– Interview

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. The admission cycle is typically 6-8 weeks long. We appreciate your patience.

Decision Outcomes

Pioneer Admissions Principle

Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring that applicants have authentic field interest and a correct priority. As a result, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities.

Pioneer Admission System

High Caliber: The standard of the transcript scores

  • Applicants are recommended by counselors as top in their classes

Real Interviewee: Pioneer applicants must bring their school ID to their interview

Real School Grades: School counselor feedback and verification

  • All applicants need to submit school feedback
  • All school counselors outside of Pioneer academic network are verified by Pioneer’s admission staff

True Writing Ability: Proctored essay writing application component

  • Applicants’ SAT and TOEFL scores are cross-checked.

Authentic Interests: Professor-blind policy when applying to Pioneer

  • Pioneer does NOT release the professor’s information to applicants before they are admitted to ensure applicants’ authentic interests in studies

Need-based Scholarship

As part of its social mission, Pioneer Academics dedicates funds every year to need-based scholarships for students to participate in the Pioneer Research Program. These funds are very limited and their use is restricted to cases in which the need of the student’s family can be reliably accredited. Students are eligible for these scholarships in countries where need can be assessed or if they are part of a non-profit organization or an educational institution that can assess need.

Application Deadline
Spring-Summer TermJanuary 5
Summer Only TermApril 26