The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program places a strong emphasis on college and career programming. Throughout the 2-year program student participate in workshops, field trips, and career exploration events as well as receiving college advising and application assistance.
At the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program, we understand that the college application process begins long before a student’s senior year in high school. College access knowledge and mindsets are instilled throughout Scholars’ time in our program.
During our Summer Session, we present College 101 to both rising juniors and seniors, an introduction to everything about applying to college and making the most out of the college experience. Our Scholars College Fair, a collaboration with the Chicago Scholars Foundation and the University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program, brings colleges and universities from around the country to share with our Scholars about opportunities at their institutions. The 2015 fair was a full-day conference event for the first time, as we enhance the event with workshops, panels, and speakers to coach Scholars through various aspects of the college process. Over 125 schools and organizations registered to attend!
Other elements of our college preparation programming include:
- College Research
- Exploring Major
- Application Essay Workshop
- Mock Application Review
- College Admissions Representative Visits
- Essay Workshops and Reviews
- Mock Interviewing
- Financial Aid Workshops
Chicago Scholars Onsite Admission Forum
Chicago Scholars, one of our partner community based organizations, invites GLP Scholars to interview in the fall of their senior year with admissions representatives from colleges and universities around the country. Global Leaders have the opportunity to apply to select colleges and universities through this forum. Many will receive on-the-spot offers of admission and merit-based scholarships. In previous years, our Scholars have earned as many as 150 acceptances (and over $2,000,000 in scholarship offers) at this event! Before November of their senior year, our Scholars know they’re going to college. Learn more about this event.
In addition to getting to know the Illinois Tech campus well, we take Scholars on at least one Midwest college visit during each summer program. These visits are day trips, but to locations two hours or further from Chicago. We also provide visit opportunities to other colleges and universities throughout the academic year.
Locations we have visited:
- Knox College
- Monmouth College
- Notre Dame University
- Purdue University
- University of Wisconsin – Madison