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College Readiness Program


The College Readiness Program consists of three components: a summer residential session at UNM, weekly Saturday classes and  meetings with a personal Educational Mentor Tutor on the UNM campus, which take place throughout the participants’ junior year of high school.

  • Summer Session

    College Readiness Participants will stay overnight on campus for 2 days/1 night and experience the academic and social life the university offers. The summer session consists of a tour of the university and introductions to the University departments and programs, presentations, leadership skills activities, and team building exercises.

  • Junior Year ACT Prep & College Readiness Classes

    Participants are required to attend class on Specified Saturdays for two hours on the UNM campus throughout their junior year where continuous information and help is offered with the goal of successfully matriculating every participant in a post-secondary education institution. The seminars include ACT prep time and cover topics such as the college application process, financial aid options and application processes, career exploration, college exploration, how to write a resume, cover letter, and personal statement. Participation in the program does not guarantee being a recipient of any scholarships.

  • Junior Year Meetings With Educational Mentor Tutors

    Students meet with their Educational Mentor/Tutor (EMT) who provides one-on-one help with scholarship searches and processes, financial aid and any other help the student might need. Students meet with their EMT once a month on the UNM Campus.

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  • Be a current Sophomore in a high school who will be a junior during the 2018-2019 school year at the time of application.
  • Be considered low income by the standards of the US Department of Education or first-generation or be in an underserved population
  • Students must be nominated by their high school academic counselor/school official during the spring semester of the student’s sophomore year.
  • At the time of nomination student must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • Must participate in the College Readiness Summer Residential Program. 
  • Must follow through with the requirements discussed in the mandatory parent/student meeting.

Application Timeline

  • Applications are available in January
  • Applications are due March 30, 2018
  • Selections are made in late April
  • Parent/Student meeting for participants in May
  • Summer Program in June
  • ACT & College Prep Class - Schedule will be given to students at the time of acceptance. 

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You can also download the PDF version of the application by clicking HERE