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    Upward Bound Kalamazoo

    Prepare for higher education through instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.

  • Students watching a WMU admissions presentation

    Michigan GEAR UP

    Discover first-hand the potential of a college education and get exposure to the information, knowledge and skills you need to complete high school and prepare yourself adequately for college entry and success.

  • Students investigating how water moves through sand on a water/sand table


    The Academically Talented Youth Program is an advanced and accelerated educational opportunity for academically talented middle and high school students providing a challenging, fast-paced and above-grade-level curriculum.

  • Upward Bound students posing on a trip

    Upward Bound Van Buren

    Prepare for higher education through instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.

Creating pathways for future Broncos

The Office of Precollege Programming has centralized a few key and long-standing precollege programs comprising of the Academically Talented Youth Program—ATYP, Michigan's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs—MI GEAR UP and Upward Bound. The office provides comprehensive and inclusive youth outreach services throughout Southwest Michigan.

The office provides leadership and direction, especially in regard to minors on campus policies and procedures, for individuals, programs and units at Western Michigan University involved in outreach with precollege students while at the same time serving as a campus wide resource and area of support.

A key objective for the office is to leverage internal and external resources to maximize the engagement and enrollment of precollege students while modeling best practices in the field of college access.



  • Pre-College Youth on Campus Fall 2021

    Programs serving pre-college youth on campus are not required to check the vaccine status of participants; additionally, unvaccinated participants are not subjected to weekly testing because they are considered guests of the University. Pre-college youth are expected to comply with all other WMU COVID-19 policies, such as wearing masks on campus and maintaining proper social distancing. Each day pre-college youth are present on campus they must complete a health screening. A sample survey has been created for you to modify. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Pre-College Programming at (269) 387-2773.   

  • AdviseMI AmeriCorps advisers needed!

    The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in close partnership with Michigan colleges and universities, seeks to help more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education. Graduates (bachelor’s degree or higher) will serve as AdviseMI AmeriCorps advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly high schools that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates. Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, advisers will support low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. Advisers serve full time and focus on advising students through the complex steps toward college enrollment. Advisers will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes. 

     Apply  today to be an ambassador for college access!

  • Academically Talented Youth Program Accepting Applications for 2022-23

    The Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP) offers advanced and accelerated math and English classes for students beginning in seventh and eighth grade. ATYP offers participating students a way to learn challenging material at an accelerated pace, engage with other academically advanced students, develop a strong work ethic and grow valuable study skills. Learn more about the program at information meetings held in October and November both in-person and virtually. Check us out in the Kalamazoo Public Schools Excelsior newsletter.