College Readiness
Scholars Institute

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

College Readiness Scholars Institute at the University of 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 in the College Readiness Scholars Institute will come to campus this summer at no cost. The program is designed to continue throughout a student’s 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 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 Center 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 friendships and understand the value of living in a diverse community

Throughout the school year, students will:

Participate in sessions 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.


Application Deadline

Applications and enrollment for summer 2022 are now closed.


How to Apply

Applications and enrollment for summer 2022 are now closed.



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



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 2022)—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 (first in your immediate family to attend college)
  • low income (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

The summer 2022 application is available until May 1, 2022.

For rising 11th and 12th grade students

June 19 or 20, 2022: Move-in begins at 4 p.m.

July 1, 2022: Closing ceremony at 5:15 p.m.


For rising 9th and 10th grade students

June 26, 2022: Move-in begins at 4:00 p.m.

July 1, 2022: Closing ceremony at 5:15 p.m.

The 2022 College Readiness Scholars Institute will be offered in-person on UD’s Newark campus. We will be adhering to the most up-to-date university guidelines and policies. Please note that these policies are subject to change with public health guidance.


Are CRSI students required to be vaccinated?

While CRSI students are not required to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage them to be fully vaccinated.


Are CRSI students required to wear masks?

Current policy requires students to wear masks in classroom settings, on UD-sponsored transportation and in all healthcare and clinical areas. However, masks are not required in non-classroom spaces such as research labs, offices and athletic event/student experience spaces.


Are CRSI students required to be tested?

CRSI students are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of coming to campus (lab-based PCR/NAAT/Antigen tests and home antigen tests are permitted). While test results do not need to be submitted to the program, students and families are required to sign a COVID compliance form to pledge that they complied with this requirement. Students who have symptoms of illness or test positive for COVID-19 should stay home and not attend the program.


What happens if a CRSI student becomes very ill and tests positive?

Any students who show severe signs of illness and/or test positive for COVID-19 will be required to leave the program if in attendance. Program staff will coordinate with families about pick-up arrangements. Students who cannot complete the program due to health reasons will still be eligible to participate in activities and other opportunities with CRSI throughout the year.


What are other policies that CRSI students need to adhere to?

CRSI students and families will need to complete and submit a COVID compliance form by the time that they arrive on campus. This form will be available on the My Blue Hen Home portal for enrolled CRSI students. Current policy also requires students to complete a Daily Health Screening Form.

CRSI Program Contacts

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

Phone: (302) 831-8123