College tours are an essential aspect of the PUPP experience. Day-trips to area public and private colleges and universities take place each summer. Every fall, PUPP juniors and seniors head out for a 4-5 day tour to visit colleges up and down the east coast. Over their three years, scholars will explore close to 30 of the nation’s top colleges and universities.
The entire PUPP experience is geared toward preparing scholars for success at selective colleges and beyond. College preparation work is woven into the fabric of all PUPP courses and activities. Specifically, there is a “College Prep Track” during the summer institute that helps scholars imagine and create their collegiate futures. For rising sophomores, their Personal Development course focuses on individual and group dynamics and building self-awareness, confidence and esteem. Rising juniors continue this work and participate in intensive test preparation for college entrance exams. PUPP seniors take College Admissions 101, a course that continues throughout the summer and senior year of high school. The course examines the history and roles of college and universities in the United States and scholars work to identify their own reasons for pursuing higher education and the criteria they would apply in selecting a college or university. This capstone course involves drafting college essays and application materials, workshops in interviewing and financial aid, and conversations with admissions officers and PUPP alumni in college to gain a broad perspective on their future college journey.
Below we have a series of photos of our scholars over the years learning about the college application process and preparing for their upcoming seniors year as well as touring a variety of college campuses including, Bryn Mawr, Muhlenberg College, Rutgers University – Camden and the University of Pennsylvania.