Congratulations on your acceptance to the 2018 Minority Introduction to Health Sciences summer program! Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Please review the information prior to the start of the program on July 8. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I was accepted into MITHS! What happens next?
  2. I was put on the waitlist. When will I know when a final decision has been made?
  3. Will I need to make my own transportation arrangements from the airport to Loma Linda University?
  4. Can I be picked up/dropped off at the LAX airport?
  5. What happens if my flight is delayed arriving to Ontario International Airport?
  6. Will a family member be able to drop off and pick me up on my first and last day of the program?
  7. Will I be able to visit family and friends on the weekend?
  8. Do I have to pay for room and board if I accept participation?
  9. Is there co-ed housing, and will there be chaperones?
  10. Will I have a curfew?
  11. Will I be able to contact my parents during the program?
  12. Can I leave the program right after Closing Banquet?

Answers

I was accepted into MITHS! What happens next?

You should have received an email from miths@llu.edu with instructions on next steps. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

I was put on the waitlist. When will I know when a final decision has been made?

The final date that waitlist applicants will be notified of their status is May 21, 2018.

Will I need to make my own transportation arrangements from the airport to the Loma Linda University campus?

MITHS will make transportation arrangements for airport pick-up/drop-offs on the first and last day of the program from Ontario International Airport only. Assigned staff members will meet you at the terminal and will be carrying a Loma Linda University MITHS sign as identification. Communication will be sent to you with the names and contact information of MITHS staff members. 

Can I be picked up/dropped off at the LAX airport?

No. Ontario International Airport will be the only airport through which transportation will be provided to and from the LLU Campus. MITHS does not make transportation arrangements for any other airport.

What happens if my flight is delayed arriving to Ontario International Airport?

You will be picked up from the airport even if the flight is delayed as long as you communicate the travel change to MITHS staff members.

Will a family member be able to drop-off and pick me up on my first and last day of the program?

Yes. You may be dropped off on the first day and picked-up on the last day of the program. The name of the person dropping you off and picking you up will need to be provided ahead of time to David Conkerite at miths@llu.edu

Will I be able to visit family and friends on the weekends?

No. MITHS understands the importance of family. However, due to MITHS’ liability policy, participants are not allowed to leave campus during the three-week program even with consent of the parent(s). No exceptions. The MITHS program is very intense and has a full schedule. We prefer family do not interrupt the MITHS participants with visits, however, if there is an emergency, arrangements can be made by contacting MITHS staff.

Do I have to pay for room and board if I accept participation?

No. The MITHS program covers all room, board, meals, and theme park tickets. The only out-of-pocket expense will be travel, personal hygiene items, laundry service expense, and/or money for souvenirs during the three-week program.

Is there co-ed housing, and will there be chaperones?

There is no co-ed housing. All participants will be assigned a program counselor during the three-week program.

Will I have a curfew?

Yes. All students will have a curfew. Students are still required to be in their dormitories by 9 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on weekends. Students will be accompanied by a program counselor/chaperone at all times.

Will I be able to contact my parents during the program?

Yes. You will be able to communicate with your parents during breaks and in the evenings/weekends. During class time, students will only be allowed to use their cellphones in the event of an emergency. Please be respectful of the program. A schedule will be provided by email to all participants and parents.

Parents: If a family emergency arises and your student is in class, please contact a MITHS staff member and they will pull your student aside.

Can I leave the program right after Closing Banquet?

No. You may not leave immediately following Closing Banquet. All students will be dismissed to the dormitories that evening and taken to their pre-arranged travel destination by MITHS staff members the following day.