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Path to College: College Counseling

Program Name + Link Description Who is eligible Deadline to Apply/Register Cost Compensation
Ag-DISCOVERY A two-week residential camp for students designed to help high school students learn about careers in plant science. Students live on the college campus and learn about science from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, and plant pathologists. Participants gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students also participate in character and team-building activities. Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders March 31 Student Responsible for transportation to and from NCSU's Campus  
AsULead AsULead is a program for a diverse group of students who are emerging leaders in their schools and communities. Students who become part of our AsULead cohort will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day in-person summer session focusing on community-building opportunities, leadership development training, and overall college preparedness. AsULead also includes a virtual component over the students’ senior year to continue discussing the importance of college and give students access to resources they may not otherwise learn about.   May 1    
Bank of America Student Leaders As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social, and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business, and the nonprofit sector work together   January 17    
BioGen Summer Lab Program Biogen’s Community Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory program where middle and high school students engage in hands-on and virtual biotechnology experiments and interact with scientists and other biotech professionals. It offers free interactive science activities, rigorous summer programs, and teacher professional development that inspire the next generation of science leaders.        
Campbell University STEM Camp Biogen’s Community Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory program where middle and high school students engage in hands-on and virtual biotechnology experiments and interact with scientists and other biotech professionals. It offers free interactive science activities, rigorous summer programs, and teacher professional development that inspire the next generation of science leaders.        
Carolina Sports Journalism Camp     April 1 $600.00  
Duke's STAR Program The STAR Program provides a hands-on, high-quality research experience during the summer academic break. During the program, participants get the chance to work with a Duke faculty mentor on an original research project, submit their research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and learn about research methodology, writing, statistics, medical ethics, and career development. Students who are aged 18 and above can experience clinical medicine firsthand by shadowing a physician on hospital rounds. The program will take place June 20 to August 10, 2023. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Current 10th and 11th January 5   $2,600.00
Duke University Pre-College Programs Duke Pre-College Programs provide motivated current 6th-11th grade students with experiential learning and academic experiences in a university setting. Building on legacy programs such as Duke Youth Programs and the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke Pre-College Programs inspire and challenge the next generation of thinkers and leaders while offering them a glimpse into the opportunities for their future. Our diverse courses are tailored to the interests and questions top of mind for today’s students while delivering the Duke experience through interactions with Duke faculty, researchers, and guest speakers, who are experts in their fields.   June 9th $2,700.00  
Gardner Webb: The Honors Experience       $500.00  
Meredith Colleg Leadership Conference Meredith College is pleased to bring back our on-campus leadership conference on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 for high school juniors who are interested in developing and sharpening their leadership skills. The Meredith College Office of Student Leadership and Service, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, will host this free conference on Saturday, February 11, 2023.        
NC ACS Project SEED Do you like science? Are you interested in learning what scientists do in their laboratories? Get exposure to chemistry, prepare for college, and learn about science career paths in the ACS Project SEED program. Current 10th, 11th, and 12th graders      
NCAT Summer High School Transportation Institute The Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI) is an enriching educational opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Since its first STI program in 1993, N.C. A&T’s Transportation Institute has introduced hundreds of high school students to careers and academic pursuits in transportation. Many individuals have gone on to have successful careers with Fortune 500 companies and government entities. As the oldest National Summer Transportation Institute program in the nation, N.C. A&T is proud to have earned a reputation for offering an exceptional quality educational experience.        
NCAT Summer Youth Programs North Carolina A&T State University offers a variety of summer programs to inspire the next generations of Aggies. The camps allow young people to explore, learn new skills, prepare for the future – and have fun!        
NC State LIFT The Leadership Institute for Future Teachers (LIFT) is a five-day, invitational program for students of color, bilingual students, and all students interested in teaching who are rising high school seniors in North Carolina. Students will delve into the field of education through engaging in field-based school activities, interacting with leaders in education, and exploring career options in education and related fields.        
NCSSM Summer Ventures Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You will have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty and get hands-on experience at a university.   January 5    
NC Governor's School The North Carolina Governor's School is a four-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of the two campuses. Learning focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and it does not involve credit, tests, or grades. Students are selected to attend through a competitive process after being nominated by their public school unit or non-public school. Current 11th graders December 15    
NC State Pre-College Programs The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers three different pre-college programs for high school students that focus on three key components: exposure to the college academic environment, preparation for the college application and financial aid process, and establishment of a strong sense of community through peer engagement and near-peer mentorship. Our programs are geared toward first-generation and historically underrepresented students and have an emphasis on cultural programming during the on-campus component.        
QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program QuestBridge is a nonprofit organization that partners with 50 of the nation’s best colleges to connect outstanding students from low-income backgrounds with the educational opportunities they deserve. College Prep Scholars can receive special awards and opportunities to help them become stronger applicants for full scholarships to QuestBridge college partners through the National College Match. One of the many awards offered is an invitation to a QuestBridge National College Admissions Conference to learn from and interact with admissions representatives.        
Shelton Leadership Challenge The Shelton Challenge is a six-day residential leadership experience (June 18 - June 23, 2023) to help students expand their knowledge and skills of what it takes to be an effective leader. Hands-on activities focus on personal leadership assessment and interpersonal dynamics, the role of values and ethics in leadership, leadership traits and approaches, empowering others, civic and social responsibility, and goal setting. Students also have the opportunity to participate in team-building activities, low and high ropes courses, service projects, and fun night activities to help students get to know others participating in the program.     $500.00  
Tar Heel Boys State          
Tar Heel Girls State          
UNC Project Lift     March 15    
Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program Summer program that helps students explore a variety of career pathways and majors in 19 institutes. Selected students will enjoy access to world-class faculty, resources, industry professionals, and a one-of-a-kind view from inside a career field. Applications open in November        
Wingate Summer Experience       $115.00  
Model UN Week In an adapted Model UN simulation, students take on the role of UN ambassadors and learn the fundamentals of diplomatic debate. Students think critically, act collaboratively, and together develop solutions to today's most pressing global challenges. The Center is partnering with UNC-Chapel Hill's own Model United Nations club and Duke Corporate Education to facilitate this week. Summer 2023 week is July 17th-21st from 9 am-4 pm each day in Durham, NC.     $575.00  
HOBY Youth Leadership HOBY Leadership Seminar is a 3-day leadership program for approximately 140 rising high school juniors held each June in Raleigh. HOBY Ambassadors have an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills, learn about their leadership styles, and form an appreciation for community service. 10th-grade students      
Telluride Association Summer Seminar The Telluride Association Summer Seminar (TASS) is a free, six-week summer educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors. TASS prepares and inspires promising young students to lead and serve through transformative educational experiences rooted in critical thinking and democratic community. Telluride Association covers all program costs for every student, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees. Students can self-apply or be nominated by school counselors, teachers, community members, mentors, family members, and Telluride Associates. 10th and 11th      
Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media The Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media invites rising high school seniors with a career interest in journalism to apply for the summer workshop, to be held virtually from UNC-Chapel Hill July 5-7. The 12 students accepted to the fully-funded program will learn from classroom study, real-world reporting and professional mentors. Application deadline is March 15.        
Design Camp A multi-discipline pre-college design program organized by the NC State Design Lab for high school and middle school students. Held each summer, Design Camp informs students about the study of design and raises awareness of the impact of design on all aspects of our everyday lives. The design thinking skills and creative experience gained can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future.        
Guilford College RISE A program that provides a unique curriculum that integrates experiential learning with community-building. In summer 2023, Rise will focus on “Exploring Topics in International Affairs and Entrepreneurship.”        
INSPIRE (INtroducing STEM Pathways through Inquiry and Research Experiences) A one-week residential summer program for rising 11th grade African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students from across the state of North Carolina. Within the program, students participate in research or problem-solving experiences that are facilitated by mentors. Outside of working with mentors, students also participate in enrichment activities to cultivate leadership skills and competencies.   March 10 Free
Program Name/ Link University/ Host of Program Description Who is eligible Deadline to Apply/Register Cost Compensation
Georgetown University SCIP Georgetown University The Georgetown University Summer College Immersion Program (SCIP) is a three-week college prep program for rising high school seniors from the Cristo Rey Network, the KIPP Foundation school systems, as well as other select schools, networks, and community-based organizations. Designed for high-achieving students with aspirations to apply to the most selective colleges and universities, our program provides an introduction to college life and a transformational learning experience. 11th graders at CRN or KIPP March 1    
College Prep Scholars Program Questbridge   11th graders in top 5-10%, family income <$65K TBD    
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America LEDA   11th grader, 3.5+ GPA, Family income <$90K      
National Hispanic Institute NHI   9th-11th graders until full, typically Feb-March    
Carleton College Sumer Liberal Arts Institute Carleton College   10th and 11th graders Round 1: 2/5/24, Round 2 3/11/24    
Pre-College Program: College of Arts and Sciences Emory University   10th and 11th graders Varies: May 17-Jun 14    
Envision Worldstrides   3.0 GPA, Mentor Recommendation      
Immersion University of Chicago   at least 14 years old not yet available    
Leadership Seminars University of Notre Dame   Juniors, top 10%, at least 16 by August, 2024 1/22/2024    
Summer Scholars University of Notre Dame   10th and 11th graders, strong academic standing 2/20/2024    
Management and technology Summer Institute University of Pennsylvania   10th and 11th graders 3/31/2024    
High School Summer Institutes Washington University in St. Louis   Must have completed 2-3 yrs of HS OPENS 1/22/24    
Yale Young Global Scholars Program Yale University   10th or 11th graders 1/10/24    
Princeton Summer Journalism Program Princeton University   11th grade, 3.5 GPA, Family income <$60K, priority for first gen 2/15/24
Program Name/ Link University Description/ Interest Who is eligible Deadline to Apply/Register Cost
Chicago Summer Business Institute Chicago Business Institute Business Rising 10th and 11th 31-Mar FREE
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program MIT Engineering Rising 12th 1-Feb FREE
Pre-College BRIDGE Program Wheaton College College Prep Rising 11th 1-Mar FREE
Black Issues Forum Colorado State University Pre-College Rising 11th 31-Mar FREE
Penn State Summer College Opportunity in Education Penn State University Pre-College- Education Rising 11th 2-Dec Free
University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars University of Chicago Pre-College Rising 10th and 11th 10-Feb FREE
Georgetown University Summer College Immersion Program Georgetown University Pre-college program Rising 12th 1-Mar FREE
Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars University of Chicago Pre-College Rising 12th 1-Mar FREE
Carleton College Liberal Arts Experience Carleton University Pre-College Rising 11th 27-Mar FREE
Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education & Media University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Journalism/ Writing Rising 12th 15-Apr Free
Summer Legal Institute Various locations Business-Law Rising 10th, 11th and 12th 15-Apr FREE
Indiana University Kelley Junior Executive Indiana University Business Rising 12th 1-May Free
Drexel University Summer Institute Drexel University Pre-College Rising 11th and 12th 30-May FREE
Cronkite Institute Innovation Camp Arizona State University Journalism Rising 9th, 10th 11th, 12th 8-Apr FREE
Princeton Univ. Summer Journalism Program. Princeton University Journalism Rising 12th 27-Feb FREE (Income requirements)
Summer Engineering Seminar Santa Clara University Engineering/ Science/ STEM Rising 11th and 12th 18-Mar FREE (Participants must cover their transportation to and from campus, Room & Board is included!)
Caminos Al Futuro George Washington University Pre-College Rising 12th 1-Mar FREE (transportation to and from Washington DC, room and board, materials, and program-related activities are covered)
Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar University of Michigan/ Cornell University Pre-College- AFAM Rising 11th and 12th Not offered in 2021 FREE (travel cost)
Build your own future Google STEM Rising 12th 21-Mar FREE, students receive $10,000 scholarship
Multi-Ethnic Engineers Program University of Dayton STEM Rising 11th and 12th 12-May More information unavailable

College Counseling:


At Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School, we are working to create a college-going and graduating culture.  Our ultimate goal is to have 100% of our students go to and graduate from college!  Through our career and college readiness curriculum, which starts in ninth grade, students can increase their understanding of the college process and build the skills necessary to persist to college graduation.


Cristo Rey RT understands that our students sometimes face enormous challenges unrelated to academics that nevertheless impede their classroom learning and growth. Our school counselors are here to respond to the personal and family needs of each of our students, help them overcome any obstacles, offer support and advice to students, meet with students, parents, and/or faculty and staff to resolve problems and may refer students and families to appropriate agencies for support.


We ask that our Students:


  • Make a conscious effort to come to school every day with a growth mindset
  • Get involved, and keep a record of their activities on their personal active
  • Attend at least one college campus and three college rep visits each year. 
  • Rep visits are shared with students via their Google Classroom
  • Continue to challenge themselves in the classroom, taking AP courses
  • Take 1 standardized test annually (PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, or SAT)
  • Participate in Summer Enrichment Programs

Services for our Students:

  • Individual & Group meetings to discuss career and college readiness
  • College visits each semester
  • Opportunity for CRRTHS students to meet with college representatives
  • Celebration of College Application Week 
  • Parent Meetings to discuss the college process

College Rep Visits:


College Reps Sign Up - CLICK HERE


CRRT hosts small group sessions for students during their lunch or intervention periods, where they will meet college representatives from across the country.  These sessions are intended to assist students in learning about what colleges offer and what college admissions representatives look for when they review incoming applications.

Email Ms. Matthews, [email protected] to set up an appointment.
To check out upcoming college visits, please click here.