Welcome to the College Prep Program at APL
Our 2015 Summer Program Application is CLOSED! Applications were due on April 8th. Students may still submit late applications (available here)
These will be considered on a space available basis; applications received after decisions are made will be automatically rejected, so we encourage you to submit as soon as possible!
2015 will be our 7th 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 practice for the SAT test, learn how to pay for college, develop a school list, fill out applications, and have lots of fun. 100% of our program graduates are on track to earn their 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 6th (postmark).
College Prep partners with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory STEM Program Office and Maryland MESA. Our program is completely volunteer-powered and is offered as a resource for our community! We are excited to meet you and help you achieve your dreams!
ALL current high school students (members of 2016, 2017, or 2018 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.
Classes will be held every Saturday from 8:45am-5pm, beginning June 6th and ending August 8th, 2015 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. All CPP classes, including the award ceremony, are mandatory. Missed class material cannot be made up, and missing classes may result in program dismissal.
Applications are due April 6th!!
Free to apply. Please DO NOT include a check with the application. $50 per student to register IF admitted (100% of the fee supports our students). Admitted students showing documentation of free or reduced lunch eligibility will automatically be granted a full scholarship. If you cannot afford the program due to other special circumstances, please contact us.
Questions? Need more information or an application? Visit our website: collegeprepprogram.org
The College Prep Program at APL was recently recognized as the 2014 Howard County Non-Profit Volunteer Organization of the Year! Thank you to everyone who makes CPP possible.
2014 Class Video
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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125 students have participated in this program
Based on a longitudinal survey of our CPP program graduates: (96% response rate!)
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!