4 Questions to Help Students Choose a Pre-College Program
For many students, the process of finding and then applying to pre-college summer programs can feel just as important (and just as complex) as applying to college.
Below, we share some essential questions your students can ask to evaluate and decide on the right pre-college summer program for their needs.
What is your goal for attending a pre-college program?
Students should clearly understand why they want to attend a pre-college program. Understanding will help them identify programs that align with their goals and interests.
Maybe they hope to jump-start their academics, or maybe they want to spend time on a campus to see if the school's vibe works for them. No matter the reason, it helps to recognize it first.
What academic topic(s) do you want to learn about?
By identifying the academic topics they are most interested in learning about, they can narrow down their search to find programs or workshops in those subjects.
How far away would you be comfortable going for a program?
Some programs may be located close to home, while others may require the student to travel a significant distance. It is important for them to consider the logistics and costs of travel when evaluating programs.
How long of a program are you comfortable attending?
Programs can range in length from a few days to several weeks, so students will want to choose a program that fits their schedule and availability.
Students should also know that application and financial aid deadlines for pre-college programs vary a lot. So, staying organized and making a plan is critical for securing a spot in a free or well-funded program!
For even more information about applying to these programs, watch our Pre-College Summer Program webinar for more insights.
Tips for Helping Students Find Pre-College Programs
Understanding your student’s goals and limitations for attending a pre-college program improves your ability to guide them to an appropriate and affordable option for the summer.
Empower them to research programs before deciding where to apply and be sure they know the red flags to look out for in this process. The cost of attending (or applying to) a program should never outweigh the benefits – and students should never go into debt to participate in a program!
To help students in your college readiness program find the ideal summer program, consider creating a survey for tenth and eleventh-grade students and their families.