Frequently Asked Questions

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You can sign up for a course up to one week prior to the first day of the course. We recommend you do sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a seat in the course.

Merit-based scholarships have an application deadline! Please visit our Financial Support & Scholarships page.

Need-based scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis; that is, first-come first-served.

Multi-course scholarships are automatically awarded to students taking more than one course in the same summer.

All undergraduate students who can demonstrate need (e.g., via FAFSA or CSS documentation) are eligible for need-based scholarships from SML.

Need-based scholarships are not available for high school students at this time.

Please visit our Financial Support & Scholarships page.

Undergraduate students may be eligible to receive summer financial aid if enrolled for 6 or more credits. The aid is in the form of student loans. There are other special situations that may make you eligible for summer scholarships. Please contact your SML Academic Coordinator. Students who do not attend Cornell University or the University of New Hampshire must check with their home institutions regarding eligibility.

If you have submitted your request for financial support as per instructions on the Financial Support & Scholarships page and have not heard back from our admissions team, please email again, or call (603) 862-5346. 

Yes! Enrolled undergraduate students may work on Appledore Island before or after their SML course (not during). Must be 18 or older. SML alums who are not enrolled for the upcoming season can be added to a waiting list for open Student Staff spots. For more information, jump to our Student Staff page.

Visit our Getting to Shoals page for travel instructions!

Unfortunately there is NO parking at the SML dock (located at 315 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH) when you arrive on the first day of your course. SML recommends a free, long-term parking lot called the Portsmouth Transportation Center, a 5-10 min drive from the SML dock. SML does not provide shuttling services to/from this long-term parking lot. It is the responsibility of the student to get to the SML dock for check-in prior to departure.

For more information about getting to SML on Appledore Island, visit our Getting to Shoals page for travel instructions!

Yes! Appledore Island is six miles offshore, but within range of cell towers for most cell phone service providers. There are areas of the island where service can be 'spotty' but we are not aware of standard service providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.) that won't work on the island for calling and/or texting. That being said, we encourage students to disconnect from their mobile devices during SML courses in order to fully immerse themselves in the field station experience.

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) several years ago, SML upgraded to a high-speed, wireless network that provides excellent WIFI coverage to all of SML's buildings on the island. Reliable internet access across the island facilitiates better access to articles/references for coursework and research projects, file downloading, streaming video, video-conferencing, the Appledore Webcam, etc.

Watch this video to learn more about SML's internet upgrades thanks to the University of New Hampshire's IT Department.

Yes! Mail delivery occurs at least once a week. Mail must be delivered to Appledore Island on one of our research vessels, so please be patient. (There is no such thing as "overnight shipping" or "next-day shipping" to Appledore Island.) If you are expecting an urgent package, please contact the Appledore Island staff so we may be on the look-out!

Appledore Island mailing addresses (May - September only)

For all USPS mail (letters & packages):
c/o Shoals Marine Laboratory
P.O. Box 88 Portsmouth, NH 03802

For all FedEx and UPS mail (packages):
Shoals Marine Laboratory
c/o Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex
29 Wentworth Rd
New Castle, NH 03854

Call SML's Appledore Island Office: (603) 964-9011

Faculty members may or may not have final grades ready to share with students by the last day of an SML course. Official grades for SML courses are typically posted via the registrar's office within 3-4 weeks after a course ends. To find out your SML grade(s):

Course deposits, room & board, and fees are nonrefundable. Your tuition refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the course that you withdraw.

Refund schedule (days since program start date):

  • Days 1–3: 100% tuition refund
  • Days 4–5: 50% tuition refund
  • Day 6 or later: 0% refund

To withdraw from an SML course:

  • Cornell and High School students must notify the SCE Registrar's Office and SML ( in writing.
    If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download and complete the petition form and submit it to B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. The form will be reviewed by committee, and you will be notified if your appeal is approved.
  • UNH and Other Undergraduate students must email the UNH Registrar’s Office ( and SML ( Include your UNH ID and your course number. UNH students should use their official Wildcat email when contacting the Registrar's Office.
    If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download and complete the petition form.

Have a question?

E-mail for help or contact an SML Academic Coordinator:

Cornell Students

E-mail Dr. Eugene Won

UNH Students

E-mail Dr. Gregg Moore

Other College & High School Students

E-mail Dr. Liz Craig