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Ah, the college application process — something many prospective students dread and end up putting off until the conclusions of their high school careers.
But Steppingstone Scholars, the nonprofit established in 1999 to provide academic enrichment programs for minority and low-income students, believes first-generation and low-income students have particular difficulties navigating both the college search and admission processes.
That’s why Steppingstone, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Admissions, recently launched an online course called “How to Apply to College.”
The free, public course, offered through the Coursera platform, is the first collaboration between Penn and Steppingstone, according to a press release. While the course is specifically aimed toward the students looking to apply for college, it’s also designed to help families and counselors by providing information on topics such as how to afford and succeed in college.
It hopes to accomplish all this by linking students to video and web resources, in collaboration with organizations such as the Common Application and Raise.me, an online platform that provides a way for high school students to raise money for college starting early based on their achievements.
“The authenticity of this course will really hit home because we are sharing the stories of first-generation students, including several Steppingstone Scholars [program participants] who are applying to or already in college, as well as four students from Penn who have traversed the process,” said Dr. Sean Vereen, president of Steppingstone, in a statement.
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Vereen and Eric Furda, dean of admissions at Penn, will be teaching the online course, which recommends a commitment of two to three hours a week from students.
Check out the syllabus and any other information about the course here.-30-
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