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College Pathways

There’s More Than One Path to College

It’s not just about getting into the best school — it’s about figuring out the best schools for you. The EXPLO 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 advisors 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.)

College Admissions Seminar

Logan Powell, Dean of Admission at Brown University, sets the record straight during a day-long seminar that gives you insider access into the college admissions process:

  • Find out which guidebooks are the most reliable
  • Estimate your chances of admission
  • Learn how to build your list of schools
  • Understand the anatomy of a typical college application

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 Wayfinding Day for an additional cost of $110.

Pre-College Fair Workshop

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).

College Trips

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 at the midpoint each session. Explore nearby universities and get a sense for campus life in the northeast. Options include:

  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Columbia University
  • Brown University
  • Princeton University

The College Trip is available as a special option at the midpoint of each session for an additional cost of $80.

Princeton Review

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 (lead by the staff of Princeton Review) demystify the SAT 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 $680.

Students are required to bring their own calculator in accordance with the rules and regulations provided by the Princeton Review. Students will not be allowed to use their cell phones during the practice exams.

Princeton Review

College Fair

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.

A Taste of College Life

Experience what college life is like firsthand at EXPLO 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.