It’s not just about getting into the best school — it’s about figuring out the best schools for you. The EXPLO 360 at Yale Pathways to College program is designed to help you do just that — with admissions representatives, essay writing experts, Princeton Review teachers, and college placement advisers all within walking distance of your dorm. (Not to mention, the experience of living and learning for three weeks on one of the premier university campuses in the world.)
"Search for a number of schools that will meet your needs. Other people are not going to go through the admissions process for you — or [go to] school for you — so your decision has to be based on your needs, not theirs."
Logan Powell, Dean of Admission at Brown University, during EXPLO Seminar
"EXPLO was one of the best experiences of my school career. I came back from my first summer at Explo a much more mature, independent, social and open-minded person. I keep reuniting with fellow EXPLOrers in other programs I attend and extracurriculars I do."
Zoe K., EXPLO Alum, Harvard College student
"I loved EXPLO. The classes I took played a major role in determining my college choices as well as my major choices. I am so glad I was able to participate in the experience!"
Tara P., EXPLO Alum, University of Southern California student
"The best thing about EXPLO is that it helped me to find out what I really want for my future, what I want to study."
Maria R., Explo Alum, Savannah College of Art and Design student
Logan Powell, Dean of Admission at Brown University, sets the record straight during a daylong seminar that gives you insider access into the college admissions process:
In this seminar, we’ll demystify what happens behind the closed door of an admissions panel — answering your questions and providing you with sample student applications that you will learn to evaluate from an admissions perspective.
Logan Powell is Dean of Admission at Brown University. Previously, he served as Director of Undergraduate Admission at Princeton University, Senior Associate Dean of Admission at Bowdoin, and spent five years as a member of Harvard’s admissions staff. Powell is a graduate of Bowdoin, and earned his M.Ed. at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
The College Admissions Seminar is available as a special option on the second Wednesday of each session for an additional cost of $110.
The Changing Landscape of American College Admissions (with a special focus on international applicants)
Join expert college educational consultant Don McMillan to learn about the changing landscape of American college/university admissions. Gaining admission to competitive U.S. universities and colleges works differently than admission to competitive universities in other countries. Come learn what’s different with the goal of identifying the right fit for you.
Don is the CEO of the leading educational consultancy, McMillan Education. His team currently works with students in 60 countries. He is regularly quoted as an expert on education in major publications such as The Boston Globe and The New York Times, and is a sought-after speaker at national conferences.
Don is a Vice President and serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), as well as committees for the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
In addition to learning what it’s like to live on a premier university campus, EXPLO at Yale offers day-long trips to nearby colleges and universities on the second Wednesday of each session. Explore nearby universities and get a sense for campus life in the northeast. Options include:
The College Trip is available as a special option on the second Wednesday of each session for an additional cost of $65.
You want your standardized test scores to show your potential as a student — and nothing is more frustrating than an SAT score that doesn’t reflect the kind of student you know you are. That’s why it’s important to practice and to familiarize yourself with the tests beforehand. Princeton Review courses demystify the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, breaking them down section by section and providing insight into how the test is designed… so you’ll feel confident when it’s finally time to sharpen those No. 2 pencils.
Princeton Review courses are available as a special option in place of afternoon workshops for an additional cost of $575.Princeton Review
Gather materials and talk to admissions reps from a variety of colleges and universities at our fair. Schools from all across the country attend, giving you a chance to explore a range of opportunities, and to speak directly with representatives from big state schools, top tier universities, small liberal arts colleges, and schools that specialize in the arts and in engineering.
Experience what college life is like firsthand at EXPLO 360 at Yale. Live in the dorms, balance your classes and extracurriculars, make friends from around the world, and take on increased independence and responsibility. Your teachers and RAs are a great resource as well. They are college and graduate students from universities all across the country and the world, and are able to share with you a number of insights into the nuances of their schools.
Customized by age and interest, EXPLO champions rigor with playfulness because we believe deep learning doesn’t mean boring and doesn’t require formality. In fact, we know that when children and teens are at ease and having fun, they are more willing to take intellectual and creative risks that lead to greater learning and accomplishment. We believe giving kids opportunities to develop their creativity, a sense of camaraderie, and intellectual daring gives them a head start – not only on achievement but on something more – lifelong happiness.
As we like to say: EXPLO is what school would be if school was always awesome.