College Readiness
Scholars Institute

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: The 2020 College Readiness Scholars Institute will be offered virtually from August 2-14, 2020. As the program model changes, we will update this website as soon as those changes are finalized over the coming weeks. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

The College Readiness Scholars Institute offers an immersive college experience for low-income and first-generation high school students in Delaware.



In the College Readiness Scholars Institute (CRSI) students don't just learn, they work to become scholars. When high school students complete our summer programming—at no cost to the student—they are transformed by our rigorous academic environment, newly committed to a journey of personal and professional growth, and encouraged to become leaders in the community and the wider world. Through close working relationships with UD faculty, staff and undergraduate students, CRSI students are not just preparing for college, they are committing themselves to a lifelong educational journey.

Program Information

Students enrolled in the College Readiness Scholars Institute will enroll in the August 2020 program at no cost. The program is designed to continue throughout a students' high school career, beginning with a required summer session and followed by sessions throughout the academic school year.

During the summer, students will:

  • Take part in a variety of engaging and interactive activities
  • Participate in academic seminars with engaging and passionate UD faculty and staff
  • Participate in a pre-college readiness workshop led by experienced college admissions professionals, where students gain insight into the college application process, including what it takes to create a competitive college essay
  • Utilize resources from UD’s Career Services to prepare for your future career
  • Engage with leaders and undergraduate students across campus to learn from their stories of personal growth, resiliency, leadership and success
  • Take part in a variety of cultural experiences that allow students to build community and understand the purpose of living in a diverse world

Throughout the school year, students will:

  • Participate in monthly sessions at their high schools and on UD's campus, led by UD faculty, staff and undergraduate students; these sessions will continue to support students in their academic, personal and professional growth, ensuring students are college and career ready
  • Receive invites to attend special events on UD's campus


There are no costs for students to participate in this program.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Apply today!

How to Apply

Returning CRSI students 

     >> Fill out the online application for returning students by May 1, 2020

Prospective CRSI students

To apply, rising high school freshman-seniors will need to: 

     >> Submit the online application and essay

     >> Submit your most recent school transcript (You can do this yourself or have a school counselor submit it on your behalf)

    >> Have a teacher, mentor or school counselor submit a recommendation


Admission to the College Readiness Scholars Institute is competitive and selective. Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Be a rising high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior (by summer of 2020)—programming differs for 9th/10th grade students and 11th/12th grade students

  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA

  • Must meet one of the following qualifications:

    • first-generation college student (i.e. first in your immediate family to attend college)

    • low-income (i.e. qualify for free or reduced lunch)

  • Evidence that demonstrates academic potential, good judgment and maturity, and the ability to succeed in a highly structured environment

  • Students must attend an orientation session prior to the start of the program

For rising 11th and 12th grade students

May 1, 2020: Priority deadline to submit applications.

May 15, 2020:  Priority deadline to submit all enrollment forms.

August 2, 2020: Program convocation at 12 p.m. 

August 3, 2020: Virtual seminars and workshops begin. 

August 14, 2020: Families are invited to a virtual closing ceremony on August 14nd at 5:15 p.m.



For rising 9th and 10th grade students

May 1, 2020: Priority deadline to submit applications.

May 15, 2020:  Priority deadline to submit all enrollment forms.

August 6, 2020: Program convocation for 9th and 10th grade students at 2 p.m. 

August 9, 2020: Virtual closing ceremony on August 9th at 5:15 p.m.


CRSI Program Contacts

Address: 210 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716-7202

Phone: (302) 831-8123