Georgetown University is committed, through its Jesuit and Catholic traditions and values, to helping prepare men and women for lives of service to others. Our engagement in the District, as well as other communities, nationally and internationally, is motivated by this commitment, and this commitment has called us to be a leader in the conversation around college access and success locally and nationally.
Locally, the University engages via the Institute for College Preparation program, the longevity and success of which make it our flagship educational outreach program. The University has been a regular participant, and often a leader, in collaborative efforts with others focused on the K-12 crisis. Presently, Georgetown:
For over two decades, the ICP has provided intensive, comprehensive, pre-college academic enrichment to middle and high school students enrolled in targeted D.C. public schools. Students begin the program in the 7th grade as a cohort, and continue through their high school graduation. During the program, students are exposed to rigorous course work via a carefully developed curriculum offered to students in Saturday Academy classes and Summer Institute on Georgetown University's campus. This academic enrichment curriculum is enhanced by academic tutoring and mentorship in coordination with the students' schools; a summer enrichment program that includes, in successive years, a study abroad experience and a residential college experience; college tours, assistance with test preparation and the college application process; facilitation of connections to other needed resources; and other academic and personal counseling for students and their families to inspire a college-going culture.
ICP encourages an underrepresented demographic group to pursue careers and studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The Institute provides participants with rigorous college level work through Saturday Academy and Summer Institute programming that prepares students to excel in coursework and be good role models for peers and younger students.