U.S. Particle Accelerator School

General Program Information and Cost:
June 13-24, 2016 USPAS Session in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Courses, meals, sleeping rooms, the Computer Lab and Study Room will all be held at the Fort Collins Marriott in Fort Collins, Colorado. Classes ending on Friday, June 17 or Friday, June 24 will finish at 12:00 (noon). When booking return air tickets students should allow time for their class to end at noon plus transportation time to the airport before selecting their flight time home.

Registration Fee

The Registration Fee is $1,400.00 if your Application Form is received before April 1, 2016; after April1 the fee increases to $1,500.00. This fee is not prorated for students attending a one week class.

If you are AUDITING your course

If you are auditing your course(s), you will not enroll at Colorado State University and will not earn a grade. You are not required to complete homework assignments nor take any exams. Please sign and date the USPAS Audit Form emailed to you and return it to the USPAS Office by May 3, 2016.

If you are taking your course for CSU CREDIT

If you are taking your course(s) for credit, you will enroll at Colorado State University through the USPAS and will fully participate in class. Students enrolled for credit are expected to complete homework, take all exams and participate fully in class. If you successfully pass your class you will earn 3 credit hours from Colorado State University. Please complete a Colorado State University Credit Registration Form (emailed to you in your acceptance packet) and return it to the USPAS Office by May 3, 2016.

Academic Status at CSU

Students must make final confirmation of their choice to take their course for credit or audit on or before Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Official transcripts will be maintained by Colorado State University. Students receiving financial support from the USPAS must enroll for university credit. Foreign nationals receiving financial support from the USPAS may not enroll for credit, but they must participate fully in all aspects of their session.

International participants

This USPAS program is open to participation by both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. The program is an intense learning experience sponsored by Colorado State University from June 13-24, 2016 only. Because this program is not a course of full-time study, an F visa (student visa) is not appropriate. We believe a B visa (visitor/business visa) or Visa Waiver is appropriate. International participants not currently residing in the U.S. may attend the program and may request financial sponsorship, but they may not earn credit from Colorado State University. International participants receiving financial support from the USPAS must participate fully in all aspects of their session and will receive a letter confirming their attendance and rating their performance. Failure to turn in assignments or take exams could jeopardize financial support awarded by the USPAS. Please return the International Student Registration Form (emailed by the USPAS) by May 3, 2016.


By reserving your hotel room via the link we will provide to you, you may take advantage of the special reduced hotel room rate and extras (free internet access in your sleeping room and free parking) that we negotiated for our participants at the Fort Collins Marriott in Fort Collins, Colorado. A single room is available for $109.00 plus tax (currently 10.40%) per night and a double room (shared by 2 people) is available for $54.50 plus tax (currently 10.40%) per person per night.

Rooms may be reserved at our rate 3 days before and after the program dates, based on hotel availability.

Please confirm your departure date when you check-in to the hotel as they may charge an Early Departure Fee (equal to one night of housing) if you change your departure date after check-in.

Hotel rooms include a hair dryer, iron & ironing board, alarm clock, coffee/tea and coffee-maker. Also available is an indoor/outdoor connected swimming pool, whirlpool and a fitness room. There is an ATM machine at the hotel. Hotel check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m. The hotel has a coin-operated laundry available on-site.

Wireless Internet access is free in the sleeping rooms for participants who book their hotel room through the USPAS. As is true with any hotel, this hotel may impose access and service charges in addition to time charges for phone calls (even for credit card or 800-number calls) so it is wise to confirm applicable charges from your sleeping room before using the telephone in your room.

All USPAS participants should make their hotel room reservation by completing the Housing Reservation web form emailed to you. All reservations require a one-night deposit to hold your room. No charge will be made to your credit card unless you fail to cancel your reservation as directed on the form, i.e., 72 hrs. in advance of your scheduled arrival. If your deposit is made by check, it will be credited to your stay or it will be refunded if cancellation is made before the deadline. We do not recommend using a debit card for your one-night deposit or to pay for your hotel room. The hotel will "hold" an amount of money on your debit card and it could take your bank several days to release that hold. You would not have access to those funds during the "hold" period.

Even if your accommodations are being paid for by the USPAS, you must guarantee your arrival by credit card or by a check in US dollars (the one-night deposit). Please remember that this is only a guarantee (a deposit). After your arrival, the room charges for housing scholarship students will be paid directly by the USPAS and your deposit (if made by check) will be returned to you. If your guarantee is made by credit card and you arrive as scheduled, no room charges will be put on your card. It is important that you tell us if your travel plans do not match what is on the web form; note that some date changes may make you responsible for payment, e.g., if you arrive earlier than or stay later than School dates. Also, if you are scheduled to have a roommate and one does not appear, notify the USPAS Office the following morning so that your room can be reassigned if necessary. Otherwise you may be responsible for room charges. Supported students are also advised that the hotel will require a credit card or a cash deposit upon arrival to guarantee payment of any personal charges to your room which are not included in USPAS financial support; these charges would include telephone calls, room service, restaurant charges, in-room movies, etc. We do not recommend that you use a debit card for this type of payment guarantee.

Please note if you are receiving financial support from the USPAS to cover your sleeping room: the USPAS will only pay for your room during the dates of the program. If you arrive earlier or stay later than those dates, you are responsible for paying the extra cost.


Breakfasts and dinners are included in the USPAS Registration Fee. Dinners will be provided from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. beginning Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 23 (including the weekend, i.e. 12 dinners). Breakfasts will be provided from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. beginning Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 24 (including the weekend, i.e. 12 breakfasts). Meal tickets for accompanying persons must be purchased separately from the USPAS Office. Participants are free to make their own lunch plans.

USPAS Registration and Course Check-In

Registration will be held on Sunday June 12, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Marriott in Fort Collins, Colorado (350 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins CO 80525) with dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The USPAS Director will give a talk at 7:00 p.m. If you do not register with the USPAS on Sunday night, you must register on Monday morning,June 13th. If you arrive after registration hours Sunday night, please check the hotel information boards to locate the breakfast room. If you are scheduled to arrive for classes the second week only (June 20 - 24), information will be provided so that you know when and where meals will be served, what your classroom assignment is, and to remind you to check-in with the USPAS staff Monday morning of the second week. The USPAS Office will be open weekdays beginning Monday, June 13 during normal business hours.

Airport and Ground Transportation

The closest major airport is Denver International Airport (DEN) which is approx 55 miles from the hotel. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. We recommend using Green Ride Colorado Shuttle or SuperShuttle (each about $50.00 one way). There is bus service for about the same price. A taxi is approx $120.00 one way.

Study Room

USPAS Study is scheduled at the hotel every evening from 7:00 p.m. to midnight (including the weekend).

Computer Lab and Internet Access

The USPAS will provide a Computer Lab with wireless Internet access for classroom, homework and email purposes. Participants are free to use the PCs in the Computer Lab when the room is not scheduled for class. The Computer Lab is open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight (including the weekend).