The Pre-Collegiate Program, designed for grades 9-12, provides ACE twice per week*, academic advising, monthly educational workshops*, college visits, family support, ACT preparation*, and assistance with college applications, financial aid, and scholarships. Students will also have the opportunity to apply for a 3-week summer academic program.
*All activities are currently being held in person. All events and activities held on the Beloit College campus are mask-optional.
Academic Year Program
During the academic year, Pre-Collegiate students can take advantage of ACE, monthly workshops, college visits, ACT Preparation, senior college application workshops, and financial aid workshops.
ACE is held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Beloit Memorial High School. Help Yourself staff will be available to assist you in all subject areas.
All students are more than welcome to attend any or all ACE sessions. The following are minimum attendance requirements:
3.0 G.P.A. and above: check-in at least once per week
2.0-2.99 G.P.A.: at least one hour of ACE per week
0.0-1.99 G.P.A.: at least two hours of ACE per week
All freshman and new program participants must complete at least 2 hours of ACE weekly for the entire first quarter of participation, regardless of their GPA.
If you are participating in athletic study tables or receiving out-of-class help from a teacher, this time can count toward your ACE requirement. You will need to stop into check-in with staff to have your arrangement approved.
If a student is struggling in a particular subject, Help Yourself families may request a tutor. In addition to helping students with their homework, tutors will be able to help with writing, critical analysis, time management, study skills, and organization. Tutors can help guide younger students through the transition from middle school to high school. Students who are taking AP or accelerated classes will also be able to find the help that they need. Tutoring has something to offer for every student, regardless of their abilities.
Each month, you will attend a workshop relating to such topics as study skills, stress management, financial aid for college, etc. Many of these workshops are led by Beloit College faculty.
Pre-Collegiate program participants will have the opportunity to take part in multiple field trips each semester to visit regional colleges and universities. Through these field trips, students will gain insight into the college application and decision process and will begin to discover what they like in a college.
Through these visits, students will uncover what to consider when choosing a college. Participants will learn important information about the college search process, including the differences between private and public colleges and universities, as well as the financial aid process, and tuition costs. Students will also learn about important parts of the college experience such as extra-curricular activities, course selection, and dining options. We hope that by attending these college visits, students will be better prepared to decide where they want to attend college.
The Help Yourself Program offers senior workshops designed specifically for our senior students. These workshops are generally offered twice a week from mid-September through late December, and take place on the Beloit College campus.
Senior workshops are designed to help students with many different aspects of the college application process. Students will be able to receive assistance in selecting which colleges they should apply to, completing college applications, writing personal statements, etc. Senior workshops are mandatory for all 12th-grade participants.
The Pre-Collegiate Summer Program is designed to offer students an intensive experience that exposes them to college life and what is required of them; gives them a jump start for the coming academic year; and explores careers requiring college degrees.
The summer program is available to Pre-Collegiate students entering the 9th-12th grades. Students may select to apply for either a two- or three-week track during our themed weeks.
Summer Program applications are accepted beginning April 1, 2023, and are due by Friday, April 28, 2023. If you are new to Help Yourself, you can request an application by clicking “APPLY” on the left side of this page. Summer applications for newcomers will be due by May 26, 2023!
The 2023 Pre-Collegiate summer program will tentatively take place on the following dates: