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Mission Statement

Pre-college programs at the University of Delaware are designed to promote a college-going culture through academic excellence, leadership development and an ethos guided by inclusion, integrity and innovation. 

Why Choose A Pre-College Program?

We want students to go to college. And we are dedicated not only to making sure that all students who participate in our programs are academically ready to meet the challenges of college, but that they are prepared to excel and lead the university to new heights. Our innovative and inclusive programs are designed not just for student success but for student excellence. That’s our goal.

 

Pre-college programing at the University of Delaware touches on nearly every subject area, giving students in middle school and high school the opportunity to develop their passions and intellectual curiosity while gaining new skills and meeting new friends from all backgrounds. Our excellent faculty and staff have developed specialized classes and programs to ensure that students are prepared to take on the college experience with confidence, every step of the way: from application to graduation.


 

Pre-College Programs

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Program Descriptions & Audience

College of Health Sciences Pipeline Program

With a focus on Delawareans and underrepresented students, the CHS Pipeline Program exposes elementary to high school students to the breadth of health sciences career choices and aids in preparation for the academic rigor of higher education.

College of Health Sciences Pipeline Program

Delaware 4-H Program

If you think that 4-H is just for rural kids, you’ll be surprised to find out that you’re wrong. Delaware 4-H has something for each of the over 35,000 young people who participate in 4-H each year throughout the State of Delaware.  4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization with nearly six million young people across the U.S. involved in experiences that develop critical life skills. 

4-H grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow.  It is the place where learning is fun, whether it takes place in your school, at camp, in your community or at the University of Delaware. There are plenty of exciting adventures that you can have in your community, state, country and all over the world.

Dare to be a 4-H’er! Contact us at the following County Extension Offices:  Newark (302-831-8965); Kent (302-730-4000) or Sussex (302-856-7303).

Delaware 4-H Program

Reading Skills Programs

Our exceptional Speed Reading & Study Skills Program increases reading speed and comprehension, teaches valuable study skills, and inspires students to read more. The program features effective materials, a wonderful novel, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else. The program prepares students to meet the academic challenges of high school with confidence. Your son or daughter will have an enjoyable experience and make great progress!

Reading Skills Programs

College of Health Sciences Pipeline Program

With a focus on Delawareans and underrepresented students, the CHS Pipeline Program exposes elementary to high school students to the breadth of health sciences career choices and aids in preparation for the academic rigor of higher education.

College of Health Sciences Pipeline Program

Delaware 4-H Program

If you think that 4-H is just for rural kids, you’ll be surprised to find out that you’re wrong. Delaware 4-H has something for each of the over 35,000 young people who participate in 4-H each year throughout the State of Delaware.  4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization with nearly six million young people across the U.S. involved in experiences that develop critical life skills. 

4-H grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow.  It is the place where learning is fun, whether it takes place in your school, at camp, in your community or at the University of Delaware. There are plenty of exciting adventures that you can have in your community, state, country and all over the world.

Dare to be a 4-H’er! Contact us at the following County Extension Offices:  Newark (302-831-8965); Kent (302-730-4000) or Sussex (302-856-7303).

Delaware 4-H Program

Dual Enrollment & Continuing Education

PCS administers the dual enrollment courses, providing course scheduling, registration, and student services assistance for these Continuing Education students and assists the Colleges/Departments and partner high schools. High School students may also take courses on campus through Continuing Ed. Meet with an ACCESS Center advisor to do this.

Dual Enrollment & Continuing Education

Reading Skills Programs (Grades 9-11)

Our exceptional Speed Reading & Study Skills Program increases reading speed and comprehension, teaches valuable study skills, and inspires students to read more. The program features effective materials, a wonderful novel, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else. The program prepares students to meet the academic challenges of high school with confidence. Your son or daughter will have an enjoyable experience and make great progress!

Reading Skills Programs

Summer Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) (Grades 10-12)

Summer CLSC provides rising Juniors and Seniors with disabilities the opportunity to test out college life while living on the University of Delaware campus for one week during the summer.  Throughout the program students engage in a series of individualized job shadowing experiences, course sit-ins, and workshops.  Following the week on campus, Summer CLSC staff collaborate with the student and his/her family and school support team to create and implement a post-secondary career/education plan.

Summer Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC)

The Diamond Challenge

The Diamond Challenge is a global entrepreneurship competition for high school students around the world with $100,000 in awards.

The Diamond Challenge

The Perry Initiative

At The Perry Initiative, we are committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. We advance our mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

The Perry Initiative

TIDE (Taking an Interest in Delaware's Estuary) Camp (Grades 10-12)

The Summer TIDE Program is a 13-day instructional camp for high school students. This summer program focuses on the atmospheric, oceanic, and biogeochemical processes at work in the Delaware Bay. Camp academic activities include classroom instruction, discussions, lectures and visits to modern oceanographic/atmospheric laboratories, as well as field excursions to the Delaware Bay for sampling and exploration. Students will spend time at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment's campuses in Newark and Lewes, Delaware.

TIDE

Upward Bound Classic 

Upward Bound Classic provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits.  Upward Bound serves high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education.  The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.  All Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language.

Upward Bound Classic

Upward Bound Math/Science Program

Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) is a federally funded TRIO program under the U.S. Department of Education. UBMS provides assistance and guidance to high school students interested in obtaining a degree in the fields of math or science. In order to be eligible, students must be eligible for the program by qualifying as the first in their family to obtain a four-year Bachelors degree, or by meeting our income cap. There are two major components of the UBMS program: a summer residential program and academic-year programming. For six weeks in the summer, students take intensive classes in math, science, English, foreign language and technology, and attend study sessions with tutors. During the academic year, UBMS offers monthly workshops on careers, financial aid, study skills, and SAT preparation. Students also attend college tours and cultural trips.

Upward Bound Math/Science Program

College of Health Sciences Pipeline Program

With a focus on Delawareans and underrepresented students, the CHS Pipeline Program exposes elementary to high school students to the breadth of health sciences career choices and aids in preparation for the academic rigor of higher education.

College of Health Sciences Pipeline Program

Delaware 4-H Program

If you think that 4-H is just for rural kids, you’ll be surprised to find out that you’re wrong. Delaware 4-H has something for each of the over 35,000 young people who participate in 4-H each year throughout the State of Delaware.  4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization with nearly six million young people across the U.S. involved in experiences that develop critical life skills. 

4-H grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow.  It is the place where learning is fun, whether it takes place in your school, at camp, in your community or at the University of Delaware. There are plenty of exciting adventures that you can have in your community, state, country and all over the world.

Dare to be a 4-H’er! Contact us at the following County Extension Offices:  Newark (302-831-8965); Kent (302-730-4000) or Sussex (302-856-7303).

Delaware 4-H Program

Dual Enrollment & Continuing Education

PCS administers the dual enrollment courses, providing course scheduling, registration, and student services assistance for these Continuing Education students and assists the Colleges/Departments and partner high schools. High School students may also take courses on campus through Continuing Ed. Meet with an ACCESS Center advisor to do this.

Dual Enrollment & Continuing Education

EDGE Summer College Program

A 5-week residential summer school program for academically motivated high school sophomores and juniors.

Edge 

Exploration Day 2018

Come spend the day with us!  Students who spend time with us exploring our programs and discussing possible careers in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and have a better understanding of where they want to be in the future.Your time on campus will include: meals, interacting with current students and faculty, and hands-on laboratory and field activities. You will have the option to choose between the following areas of study: Animal Science, Food Science, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology/Plant and Soil Science

 

Who can apply to Exploration Day?

1) Students in their junior or senior year of high school.

2) Students with academic promise as demonstrated by strong grades.

3) Students in college-preparatory studies.

4) Students who have shown aptitude in science are preferred.

Apply now. Deadline: October 1, 2018

Exploration Day 2018

FAME/UD Summer Residential Program

The FAME/UD Summer Residential Program has as its focus science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Mathematics and science are the primary focus of this four-week program. The online application materials highlight program goals, curriculum, and participant selection criteria. Admission to this very ambitious and challenging program, is highly competitive. Please note: the ability to offer the FAME/UD Summer Residential Program each year is contingent upon receiving funding from all sponsors.

FAME

Governor's School of Excellence

The Delaware Governor’s School of Excellence is a one-week summer residential program that brings together academically and artistically talented Delaware high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Students live in residence halls on the Newark campus and attend either the academic program or the visual and performing arts program. Students are nominated to participate in Governor’s School through their schools in a competitive application process. 

Governor's School of Excellence

Reading Skills Programs (Grades 9-11)

Our exceptional Speed Reading & Study Skills Program increases reading speed and comprehension, teaches valuable study skills, and inspires students to read more. The program features effective materials, a wonderful novel, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else. The program prepares students to meet the academic challenges of high school with confidence. Your son or daughter will have an enjoyable experience and make great progress!

Reading Skills Programs

SAT & ACT Test Prep.

The UD Professional & Continuing Studies SAT and ACT course is an intensive test prep program that provides students with the tools they need to prepare for and ace the SAT and ACT exam. The condensed format is a convenient way for students to develop essential test-taking skills and tools. Students are provided with an in-depth review of the exam materials, insight into strategies for succeeding on standardized tests, and a comprehensive study plan.

SAT & ACT Test Prep. 

Speed Reading & Study Skills (Entering 12th Graders)

In just two weekends, the University of Delaware’s Speed Reading & Study Strategies course will make you a faster, smarter reader and more effective student. You will cut the time you spend on required reading in half, and the reading you do for pleasure will be faster and more enjoyable.

You will learn several speed reading techniques, as well as comprehension, concentration, and retention strategies. You will double your speed in materials ranging from novels to nonfiction. You will learn how to adapt your approach based upon the type of material you’re reading and your purpose as a reader. In addition, you will be able to prepare for tests efficiently without extensive rereading.

Speed Reading & Study Skills

Summer Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) (Grades 10-12)

Summer CLSC provides rising Juniors and Seniors with disabilities the opportunity to test out college life while living on the University of Delaware campus for one week during the summer.  Throughout the program students engage in a series of individualized job shadowing experiences, course sit-ins, and workshops.  Following the week on campus, Summer CLSC staff collaborate with the student and his/her family and school support team to create and implement a post-secondary career/education plan.

Summer Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC)

The Perry Initiative

At The Perry Initiative, we are committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. We advance our mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

The Perry Initiative

TIDE (Taking an Interest in Delaware's Estuary) Camp (Grades 10-12)

The Summer TIDE Program is a 13-day instructional camp for high school students. This summer program focuses on the atmospheric, oceanic, and biogeochemical processes at work in the Delaware Bay. Camp academic activities include classroom instruction, discussions, lectures and visits to modern oceanographic/atmospheric laboratories, as well as field excursions to the Delaware Bay for sampling and exploration. Students will spend time at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment's campuses in Newark and Lewes, Delaware.

TIDE

Upward Bound Classic 

Upward Bound Classic provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits.  Upward Bound serves high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education.  The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.  All Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language.

Upward Bound Classic

Teachers of Tomorrow Pipeline Program

The lack of teacher diversity is a serious problem across the country. To address this, UD has developed the Teachers of Tomorrow Pipeline Program to recruit promising teacher education candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. This program creates a pipeline to college for high school scholars interested in pursuing a career in teaching. Delawareans who are in 10th and 11th grades can apply for the yearlong program that introduces them to the field of education and provides them with the skills necessary to succeed in college. Teachers of Tomorrow kicks off with a two-week summer institute on our Newark campus followed by special visitation days to learn more about teacher education. There is also the opportunity for tutoring and mentoring by current UD students, assistance with the college application process, and an option to take UD courses and earn college credit.

Teachers of Tomorrow Pipeline Program

Upward Bound Math/Science Program (Grade 11)

Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) is a federally funded TRIO program under the U.S. Department of Education. UBMS provides assistance and guidance to high school students interested in obtaining a degree in the fields of math or science. In order to be eligible, students must be eligible for the program by qualifying as the first in their family to obtain a four-year Bachelors degree, or by meeting our income cap. There are two major components of the UBMS program: a summer residential program and academic-year programming. For six weeks in the summer, students take intensive classes in math, science, English, foreign language and technology, and attend study sessions with tutors. During the academic year, UBMS offers monthly workshops on careers, financial aid, study skills, and SAT preparation. Students also attend college tours and cultural trips.

Upward Bound Math/Science Program