High School Students Get A Head Start On College

Written by admin on November 24th, 2010

High school students applying to college today are more prepared than ever before, making the already stressful process even more competitive. One of the best ways to prepare for college is to get a taste of college life and academics. Many prominent colleges and universities from the East to West Coast including Northwestern, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown, Tufts, and Columbia offer college preparation summer programs designed for rising high school seniors who want new academic challenges and the experience of real college life. College bound students will live and learn on campus prior to deciding where to apply or attend.

These unique programs are an opportunity for students to explore different subjects or get a head start on the major of their dreams. They will gain access to the very best instructors and study alongside not only other high school seniors from across the nation and around the world, but with current undergraduate students.

*Prepare for the college admissions process

*Learn at the university level

*Discover ways to balance time and study effectively

*Experience living in the diverse community of a college dorm

*Students gain maturity, motivation and confidence

For six weeks or so a student will take one or two college-level courses for academic credit, which could be transferred to the college they attend at a later time. Many of the schools also offer SAT prep workshops designed to help students boost SAT scores, admissions essay writing classes, tutoring and study skills seminars.

The programs are costly though and the application process is competitive. If dorm life and dining-hall food does not seem appealing, there are online learning opportunities to consider. Students can study for the SAT and other standardized exams in their own home, at their own pace, from many online practice tests, reviews, study guides and work with affordable tutors.

-Lara Cohn, Examville Blog Contributor

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