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Southern Methodist University College Access Program

  • Bridgette Miles
  • Associate Director
  • 214-768-3920

Program Description

Southern Methodist University College Access Programs is an institution of higher learning with a long tradition of assisting families and find the right college and career path. Our department encompasses three Federal grant programs; Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, and Educational Talent Search. Our staff and faculty are dedicated to helping low-income and/or first-generation college students succeed in today's global market. We adapt our curriculum and seminars to meet the needs of our diverse students, taking into account the many ways in which students learn.

We envision young leaders of high moral character obtaining a degree from an institution of higher education and becoming a successful leader in society. Our mission is to ensure that each student is provided with a quality opportunity in education and develop the character and leadership skills that will prepare each student to succeed in high school and college.

Our Target Schools Are: Lancaster HS, Kimball HS, Pinkston HS, Spruce HS, North Dallas HS, Duncanville HS, W.T. White HS, Hillcrest HS, Skyline HS, Carter HS, Roosevelt HS, Lakeview Centennial HS, and Lincoln HS

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 340
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Abilene Christian University
  • American University
  • Baylor University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dillard University
  • Grambling State University
  • Langston University
  • New York University
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stephen F Austin State University
  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • Texas A & M University-Commerce
  • Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Houston
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Missouri-St Louis
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of North Texas
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
  • University of Southern California
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 98%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 98%