College Prep

Pre-College Workshops

Creative thinking. Problem solving. Hands-on experience.

Jumpstart your college experience with a SMU Pre-College workshop to explore new interests, dive into topics that you’re passionate about, and use leading-edge tools in programs led by expert educators.

Develop essential skills to achieve academic and professional success. Offered during the summer, on weekends, and during school breaks, you can choose from workshops in topics like business and entrepreneurship, marketing, writing, design and more.

Join other creative, innovative and enterprising students like yourself and see the difference it will make, now and in the future. You’ll make new friends and challenge yourself in new ways.


Fall Pre-College Webinar Series

Free webinars for middle and high school students

Our free webinars will provide engaging content, relevant strategies, and encourage you to explore new interests. Webinars will be offered on Saturdays from September 2020 to May 2021 (excluding December). Instructors will cover interesting topics like what colleges look for in an applicant, personal finance essentials for college-bound students, creative writing and more. Webinars will be followed by a question and answer session where you are invited to ask individual questions. Join your peers and jumpstart your college experience!


Explore Emerging IT College Majors

November 7, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Jamita Machen

Explore the top emerging IT college majors--Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Blockchain--to help you plan your college career and beyond. The widening gap between available high growth industry jobs and skilled US workers provides an opportunity to set yourself up as an in-demand job candidate with a major in an emerging IT area. In addition to the top IT college majors, we will discuss certifications that could be pursued concurrently with your degree.


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Portfolios: Not Just for Art School

November 14, 2 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Karen Damwijk

A portfolio reflects your skills, abilities and achievements and is a collection of your work, whether that be fashion, photography, writing, sketching, music, animation, design, film, painting, marketing, web design, advertising and so on. In this webinar, you will discover the importance of creating a portfolio for college admission and/or future prospective employers. We will look at portfolio examples using Adobe Behance, a free online platform for building a custom portfolio, getting inspired by others, and learning new skills.


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