What you need to know about college prep programs

Nov 20, 2023 | College Prep, Latest News

Are you a high school student wondering what you need to do to start preparing for college? It’s smart to start thinking about this early—college is a major life change! Developing confidence and independence, practicing time management skills and establishing good habits are all part of why college prep programs exist, in addition to the academic side, of course! 

What are college prep programs? 

College prep programs are geared towards helping high school students prepare for graduation, get accepted to college and be ready to succeed once they get there. Many of them provide college-credit and help students practice college-readiness skills like self-directed learning, increased responsibility, and time management. 

Why should you participate in college prep programs? 

For students, college prep programs can give you knowledge of college life. You’ll get to know the people who work and teach at the college and interact with other students. You will also have the opportunity to explore a major interest or career interest before declaring it. It’s a low-risk way to experience a school before officially enrolling, and can help you decide which school is the best fit. 

College prep programs can also give you an edge in the competitive process of applying to schools. Colleges like to see students participate in extracurricular activities, and they’re going to take note of a student having the initiative to go to a summer or after-school college prep program. Many programs also offer college credit and help in preparing for ACT, SAT and AP tests. 

What college prep programs are available?

Blueprint4’s free and easy search platform helps high school students, parents, teachers and advisors find enriching and engaging summer college prep programs that fit their needs. You can search for college prep programs by interest, such as academics, arts, leadership, STEM, test prep, or sports. While Blueprint4 has a focus on the St. Louis region, you’ll even find programs from across the nation. Blueprint4 currently has programs listed for arts, education, philosophy, pre-med, and more!

Visit our site, utilize the college prep search category, and begin your search for the perfect program today! And keep checking back as more programs will be announced and updated throughout the late fall and winter.