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    Upward Bound

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

  • 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.

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    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.

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.



  • 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!

  • Summer Camps Now Listed

    The Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP) is happy to announce that in 2021 it will offer both virtual and in-person summer programs. Participants do not need to be enrolled in ATYP, nor are there any eligibility requirements. The programs are designed for bright students in grades 6 - 9 who enjoy a challenging learning environment. There are several virtual and in-person opportunities focused on computers, theater, art, and science topics. Classes are ½ day, one-week programs, and most are $140. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to enroll early.

    Also available is the popular “Writing the College Admissions Essay” program for rising high school seniors, with both in-person and virtual options. This camp is for students looking to get a jump on their college applications and gather feedback from an experienced instructor. Participants use the prompts of the Common Application to develop essay ideas and focus on a unique piece that lets their true spirit shine through. This program is $150 per student.

    Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. For questions on the scholarships or for more detailed information on the summer programs or, please e-mail the ATYP office at atyp-info@wmich.edu or call (269) 387-3553. To register, visit wmich.edu/precollege/atyp/summer-programs and click on the “Register Now” button.

  • Summer camp update

    The university has made the decision that in-person summer camps may be held on campus this summer. To receive permission you must:  

      1. Register your summer camp through Office of Pre-College Programming’s website.  All programs must review and update, as necessary, their information annually through this website.  
      2. Submit a safety plan for your summer camp.  This plan will be reviewed and potentially approved by the WMU COVID-19 team.  In order to secure approval before summer begins please submit those plans as soon as possible.  You cannot operate your summer camp without this approval.  
      3. Follow all expectations as outlined previously in the Minors on Campus Policy including training, background checks, and filling out admission data cards.


    1. Faculty and staff working youth summer camps are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Instructions were sent which included a spreadsheet to all known summer programs. Contact the PreCollege Programming office for instructions.
    2. Summer camps may also be allowed in the Residence Halls and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  If your camp has housing needs, please contact Roshona Porter, Associate Director of Residence Life.
    3. Please note changes in camp plans may be required if requirements from the State of Michigan changes once a camp is approved, please be prepared to respond to changing conditions with COVID-19.

    For more information on in person summer camps or any of the processes outlined above, please contact the Office of PreCollege Programming at (269) 387-2773 or via email.  There is additional information on youth outreach including sample required forms for summer camps available on the website.  

  • COVID-19 outbreak information

    During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of Pre-College Programming remains available to serve you as all staff will continue to work remotely. Staff can be reached using the contact information previously provided, including their direct office phones and email. Additionally, contact information for specific pre-college programs and for the pre-college general office can be found below. 

    As you know, most of our services have transitioned from in-person to remote deliver, and staff continues to work diligently to provide services through a variety of methods. 

    The health and safety of students and their families is and will remain our highest priority during this global pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will keep you updated as we know more information. We look forward to this difficult time passing; however, in the interim virtual connections will be the primary source of communication.

    Please stay safe and let us know if there is anything our office can do to be of assistance.