College Connect is a FREE academic enrichment program for Chicago high school students. Designed for current high school juniors and sophomores, the program introduces students to college-level coursework, while also providing college readiness workshops, career exploration opportunities, and diverse cultural experiences. 

The dates for our summer program this year are July 8 through August 9, classes are 4 days a week, Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm. All course materials are provided, including books and field trips, plus students will receive a CTA Ventra card for the duration of the program for their commute to DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.

As you talk to your students about the College Connect program, here are some guidelines:

  • This program was designed for first generation college students, teens from low income backgrounds, and students of color;
  • Students who have strong interest in going to college and want to learn more about the admission process, financial aid, life on campus, etc.;
  • Students who will benefit from early college exposure to get motivated to raise their academic profile to be college-ready;
  • Students who are interested in DePaul and want to explore the university in more depth;
  • We are looking for students with 2.5 GPA or higher and good attendance. Students with lower GPAs will be considered if they write strong essays and submit a supportive recommendation letter.

College Connect application is now open until March 31, 2019. The following documents are required to complete the application:

  • Online application,
  • Personal statement,
  • Recommendation letter from a high school counselor or teacher,
  • Current high school transcript (PDF is acceptable).

The College Connect courses we are offering in the summer of 2019 are listed on our program website. Each admitted student will choose one course and take it for 5 weeks of intensive academic immersion.

More details about the 2019 College Connect program, course descriptions, and application requirements are available on our website:

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