Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Mission Statement

We empower our students through building community and a consistent support network that facilitates mentorship, advocacy, and leadership opportunities. We provide a framework of skills for equitable access and success in post-secondary education to impact change for typically underrepresented participants, families, and communities.


Through participation in the Central College Pre-College programs student participants will develop qualities of character which include:

  • Respect for self and others
  • Belief in self (self-confidence)
  • Persistence
  • Enthusiastic learning
  • Responsible citizenship; participants are prepared to become contributing members of their family, community and world as consistent with Central College values of service and stewardship
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Self-advocacy

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that encourages students to graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education. Students meet with ETS coordinators in group and individual sessions throughout the school year. Monthly participant workshops focus on success in high school, career awareness, college selection and financial assistance.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound helps low-income and/or first-generation students from participating high schools develop the skills and motivation they need to successfully complete high school and enroll in and complete a program of post-secondary education. Participants receive direct instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science and foreign language during a 6-week summer residential program on Central College’s campus. Additional support is provided through monthly academic curriculum during school visits, tutoring, Saturday workshops, cultural events and campus visits.

Nothing Else Compares

Central College students naturally become multifaceted when it comes to enjoying all their interests during their time here. Quinn Deahl ’23, student body president for 2022-23, was able to tap into the different sides of her identity through her involvement at Central.

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