Welcome to the College Prep Program at APL
Our 2017 Summer Program Application is closed. Unfortunately no further applications can be processed at this time!
This years' core program runs from May - August. If you have questions, please contact us at: email@example.com. 2017 will be our 9th program session! Previous class videos and pictures can be found on our media page.
The College Prep Program at APL (CPP) will help you prepare for success in college. You will learn how to pay for college, develop a school list, fill out applications, practice for the SAT test, learn study skills, and have lots of fun. Nearly all of our program graduates are on track to earning college degrees!
We will discuss different Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, and you will hear about the paths that engineers and scientists took to become successful from mentors and guest speakers. We will also visit area colleges! Please fill out the application and return it no later than April 7th (postmark).
College Prep is a partnership between the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory STEM Program Office and the Preparation Meets Opportunity Foundation. Our program is completely volunteer-powered! We are excited to meet you and help you achieve your dreams. Nearly all of our program graduates are on track to earning a 4-year degree!
ALL current high school sophomores and juniors (members of 2018 and 2019 graduating class) are eligible and invited to submit an application to be part of the College Prep Program. We especially encourage applications from students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, students from low-income backgrounds, students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, students interested in STEM careers, and/or students in need of mentoring or advice about the college application process.
We are often asked for tips on how to be a successful applicant. Although our review process is holistic, we look primarily at the following areas: evidence of academic achievement and potential (not necessarily straight-As!), dedication and passion for future dreams, a willingness to work hard and make the most of this opportunity, and demonstrated need. We’re especially looking for students who need help taking their next steps in applying for and succeeding in a top 4-year college. But there are no fixed requirements, and students are invited to define “need” as it applies to their situation.
Classes will be held every Saturday from 8:45am-5:30pm, beginning May 13th and ending August 12, 2017 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. All CPP classes, including the award ceremony, are mandatory.
The College Prep Program at APL was recognized as the 2014 Howard County Non-Profit Volunteer Organization of the Year! Thank you to everyone who makes CPP possible.
The College Prep Program (CPP) has provided individualized advice, assisted with college applications, given students tools to succeed in college, and put program alumni on paths to achieve big dreams. CPP has been successful in mentoring and advising 100 students to date. CPP meets on Saturdays during the summer for 15 classes, totaling of about 100+ student contact hours. Students make a commitment to the program of an additional two hours of homework each night.
The program has several major components: selecting a college, applying to college, financial aid, planning for success, professionalism, and test preparation. Motivational guest speakers, fun team projects, and campus tours are also important aspects of the summer. This program is unique in that it leverages an all-volunteer staff to help students who have demonstrated strong academic potential and a commitment to success, but who have knowledge or opportunity gaps in reaching their potential. The program has a strong mentoring component that focuses not only on the mechanics of completing applications and navigating the SAT exam, but also goal setting, exploring careers, and succeeding once enrolled in college. Program participants are introduced to and encouraged to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.
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154 students have participated in this program
Metrics from our last longitudinal survey of our CPP program graduates: (96% response rate!) - new survey underway
91% are pursuing or planning to pursue a STEM degree
87% plan to pursue a graduate or doctoral degree
100% of CPP students are on-track to complete a bachelor's degree
Current college students have earned a median GPA of 3.3
100% agree that CPP helped them prepare for their college applications
In 2013, 90+ volunteers donated 4500+ hours to help the summer students and program alumni
All the work put into it will pay off later!
This is the best decision I ever made.
Attending College Prep has been one of the greatest opportunities ever presented to me.
It will propel you into the college application process, and will help you find the best fit for you.
I wasn’t planning to attend college at all until I went to this program.
College Prep was featured on the JHU/APL homepage. Read about us here!