Welcome to the College Prep Program at APL!
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.
Our 2015 Summer Program Application will be open in March 2015.
The 2014 summer was our 6th program session. This year's class video can be seen on our media page or below.
The program is free, except for a $50 registration fee, 100% of which is used to support our students. This fee is automatically waived for students from low-income backgrounds. Our program is volunteer powered, and is offered as a resource for our community.
Questions? Please use the website contact form or email us directly at
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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100 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!