College Institute Opportunities

Virginia Tech Black College Institute 2018

Virginia Tech invites talented, high achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a 5-day academic summer enrichment program at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg.

Black College Institute will take place June 23 - 28, 2018


Application deadline is April 6, 2018

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 Duke Summer Session

At Duke Summer College, we believe that intellectual curiosity is a virtue that should be pursued relentlessly.  It is for this reason that each summer we provide high school students with the opportunity to engage more deeply with a subject than ever before.  Whether you are interested in analyzing anything from Twitter to Kierkegaard or delving into quantum mechanics, we have a course for you.  See the list below to see just a few of the available Duke classes we are offering this summer:
  • Hard Truth of Evolution
  • Big Questions in Physics
  • Language and the Media
  • Existentialism
  • Adolescence
Applications close on April 16, so apply online today and take a powerful step towards pursuing your intellectual passion.

VALHEN Virginia Tech

The Hispanic College Institute provides clear and practical college application and financial aid information and offers students the opportunity to engage with successful Hispanic leaders and role models who will help inform them about career and educational opportunities.


Apply online at by  April 15, 2018.

Swarthmore College

We are requesting nominations for our Discover Swarthmore (DS) program. Discover Swarthmore provides an all-expenses-paid visit to one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. The program provides students with a taste of the college experience, including the opportunity to meet other prospective students, learn from faculty members, eat in our dining hall, and spend a few nights in our residence halls with student hosts.

This fall we are hosting Discover Swarthmore programs on September 13-15, 2018 and November 1-3, 2018. Please note that November 3 is an SAT testing date.

Nomination and Selection Criteria

Discover Swarthmore is open to all rising high school seniors, but the selection committee prioritizes applications from students with the following characteristics:

  • Traditionally underrepresented groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Native and Indigenous American, and Asian-American)
  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Low-income students (Pell-eligible, free/reduced lunch, etc.), and students who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus
  • Rural and small town students
  • Undocumented and DACA-eligible students

Additionally, we invite applications from any rising senior (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students attending school in the United States) who is interested in attending, regardless of demographic or economic background. Swarthmore supports diversity of all forms including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, ideological, sexual/gender identity, geographic, and religious diversity.

To nominate students who might be a good match for this opportunity, please submit our nomination form. We accept nominations from high school counselors, mentors, Community Based Organization advisors, teachers, and any person who works with a high-achieving student. Nominations are due by June 25, 2018.

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