The largest group of students to date have just completed the Summer College Preview Program (SCPP) at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. The 62 high school juniors and seniors were steered through a four week program aimed at preparing them for the college admissions process.
The program, now in its 7th year, also offers an all-round experience of what life is like at an elite institution and exposes prospective students to college-level courses to strengthen their academic backgrounds.
Participants are taught university-level math and academic writing, ultimately preparing them for the SAT exam.Personal and professional developmental workshops give students an edge on their college applications, whilst English classes equip students for the admissions interview, application essay and personal statement.
Every Saturday, student-led fun activities took place, immersing students into Carnegie Mellon University traditions such as a trivia quizzes, football matches and various Carnegie Mellon carnival activities.
This year, CMU alumni from Pittsburgh took on the role of instructors in biological sciences and business administration and offered first-hand insight into life at the university.
Each participant selected a practical project aligned with one of Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s majors – biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, and computer science or information systems.
Students who enrolled in the business administration project worked together to develop a business plan and experienced the roles and responsibilities that real life business executives encounter.
Other students got a taste of computer science through working on the theory of design and programming.
This year, the information systems program showed students how fun and applicable the program is by working on Android smart phone applications.
The poster presentation style finale saw students presenting biological experiment results, business plans, android applications and fully programmed robots.
SCPP has proven it can guide students though the admissions process, with more than 40% percent of SCPP participants enrolling at Carnegie Mellon Qatar after completing the program.
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