College Access Programs

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Our staff is committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment to help disadvantaged students overcome academic and financial barriers in higher education.

College Access Programs

College Access Programs

SMU College Access Programs have assisted low-income and first-generation students prepare for college since 1966 when SMU was awarded its first Upward Bound grant from the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Programs. SMU College Access Programs has grown over the years with Education Talent Search being added in 2011 and then Upward Bound Math Science and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program being added in 2012. The College Knowledge Program that serves Dallas ISD Title I schools was added in 2016.

For over 50 years, SMU College Access Programs have helped low-income, potential first generation college students, and underrepresented students prepare for college success. College Access TRIO Programs served 1,375 students in 2017-2018 through Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Talent Search, and McNair Scholars. The College Knowledge Program supported 1,699 students in 2017-218.

College Access Highlights

Our staff is committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment to help disadvantaged students overcome academic and financial barriers in higher education.

 

College Knowledge Program

Understanding Undergrad Field Trip - November 5th 2018

Thirty- five seniors from H. Grady Spruce HS were taken to the SMU campus to live the life of a college student for the day. Students were able to sit in a college class based on their major, learn about campus resources they can find on any college campus, and network with SMU students and faculty.

The SMU College Knowledge Program provides services in selected Dallas Independent School District high schools to assist students with the college transition process.

 

Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science

Saturday Academy - STEM Day

Over 120 Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science scholars participated in STEM Day. This was held at SMU's campus during a Saturday Academy in December 2018. An Executive Director from General Motors and a Electrical Engineer came and talk to students about the field and workplace. Students also conducted experiments such as extracting fat from potato chips, extracted DNA from strawberries, participated in a Physics Circus, and more.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, or families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree. Program participants must meet eligibility requirements and will be selected through an application and interview process.

 

McNair Scholars Program

20th Annual National Conference for McNair Scholars in Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program took four students to present their research at the 20th Annual National Conference for McNair Scholars in Undergraduate Research at the University of Maryland College Park. The Scholars worked throughout the 18-19 school year to develop their research projects under the guidance of an SMU faculty mentor. During this trip, Scholars were also able to visit graduate programs at American University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at Southern Methodist University combines faculty mentoring, undergraduate research, and academic support services to prepare and engage SMU students academically and encourage them to purse postgraduate studies.

 

Educational Talent Search

The Talent Search team has been visiting colleges all over North Texas!

We had over 100 students attend tours at the University of Texas at Arlington, Midwestern State University, University of North Texas, and Texas A&M Commerce. Students got the opportunity to hear admissions information, learn about financial aid and scholarships, tour campuses and dorms, eat at dining halls, and learn what being a college student is really like! Thank you to all the students (and parents) for participating in the tours! We look forward to visiting more campuses in the future!

Educational Talent Search provides academic, career and financial counseling to students as they graduate from high school, transition to college and pursue their degrees.