5 Pre-Freshman Programs at HBCUs

by Aisha Bowen

During the month of August, millions of students across the U.S. are making final preparations to begin their college careers. Interestingly, many HBCUs offer programs for pre-freshman to get acclimated with class, financial aid and other key aspects of college/university life. Todays MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 HBCUs with dynamic pre-freshman programs for accepted students.

1) Morehouse College (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


Morehouse College currently offers a free six- week program for pre-freshman entitled, the “Pre-Freshman Bridge Summer Science Program.” The program is offered to students planning to major in chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, biology,  or mathematics. The program is meant to give students “an accelerated start in college, and aid their adjustment to the regiment of college life.” Learn more about the programs offered to high school and pre-freshmen students by Morehouse College here!

2) Howard University (HBCU)Washington, D.C.

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Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science (CEACS) currently offers a free 4-week pre-summer program for admitted freshman students who’ve been accepted into CEACS. Accepted students can “participate in classes, workshops, social activities and small group projects to aid in their making an easy transition to the university.” Learn more about the CEACS’s offerings for pre-freshman here!

3) North Carolina A&T State University (HBCU)Greensboro, NC


North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) currently offers a free pre-freshman program to for pre-freshman interested in pursuing medicine entitled, The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and East Carolina University – Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Scholar’s Program (EASP). Students interested must apply their senior year of high school. Of the 8 students selected each year, “up to two top EASP student scholars may be selected for guaranteed seats in the BSOM entering class, four years in advance” (source). Click here to learn more about this amazing opportunity for pre-freshman here!

4) Central State University (HBCU)Wilberforce, OH


Central State University’s Summer Early Start Program is a five week “intensive academic enrichment” (source) program for pre-freshmen student who plan to major in writing, reading, critical thinking, health and wellness, and mathematics. Students enrolled in the program wills stay on campus and have the opportunity to connect with fellow continuing students and staff. Learn more about Central’s Summer Early Start Program here!

5) Tuskegee University (HBCU)Tuskegee, AL

tuskegeeTuskegee University’s pre-freshmen program is entitled PREFICS, standing for Pre-Freshman in Computer Science. This 8 week program is designed for students interested in computer science to “earn up to 7 credit hours in college level mathematics and computer science.” The goal for students in these courses is to develop two foundational computer science skills–critical reasoning and problem solving. Learn more about Tuskegee PREFICS program’s great work here!

Know of other pre-freshman programs at HBCUs? Share in the comments below!

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