College Horizons and Graduate Horizons
To increase the higher education of Native American students by providing pre-college (College Horizons) and pre-graduate (Graduate Horizons) programs, as well as a follow-up retention program, to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school and college students/graduates.
College Horizons is the only national non-profit dedicated to college-access and pre-graduate programs servicing Native American students and that uniquely partners with 50 Colleges/Universities, expert college counselors and American Indian educators. College Horizons alumni have been successful in graduating from college – of the 2,000 high school students served to date, 99% are admitted to a 4 year institution, 95% matriculate to college, and 85% have graduated from college!
College Horizons is a pre-college program for high school sophomores and juniors. Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a week-long intensive “boot-camp” on the college admission process. The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid.
Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application a preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies for the ACT/SAT; receive financial aid/scholarship information.
Graduate Horizons is a four day program for college students/graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate/professional school. University professors and admission officers mentor students to consider career paths and related graduate studies; complete personal statements, resumes, applications, receive test taking strategies on the GRE/LSAT/MCAT/GMAT, and financial aid.
Carmen D. Lopez, EdM, Navajo Nation