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2024 CH Student Application

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the College Horizons summer college admission workshop for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school students in the 10th and 11th grades. 

In-Person Summer Programs: We can't wait to meet you on the hosting campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame! Since the 2024 programs will be held in-person, please reserve the following dates on your calendars as no late arrivals or early departures are allowed:

2024 Program Host Sites & Dates:

University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA
June 22-28, 2024

University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
July 13-19, 2024

January 24, 2024 at 11:59pm MST

Remote Orientation & Opening Session: Leading up to the program, remote orientation, teaching sessions and meetings (via Zoom) will be held and are required. In addition, students will schedule individual meetings with list maker, essay specialist, and meet faculty in their small groups so that you can make the most of your time together in-person at CH.

Application: This form is for new student applicants only (no alumni will be allowed to reapply). Please complete all sections and double-check your information is correct. This application helps paint a full picture of your academic, family, and community life in order to evaluate how College Horizons may be able to support you in the college and financial aid process. 

Save Application with Email: A reminder that once you  start the application, you may save and return to it at any time. Use your email address and create a password. You will be emailed a confirmation that you application has been saved. Use the link in the email to return to the application.

Questions? Contact apply@collegehorizons.org.



Includes Short Answer Questions, Personal Reflection Essay, ACT/SAT Results (if any), and Unofficial Transcript Upload.

Students are responsible for giving their Teachers the link to this form.

3. Counselor Form & Official Transcript Upload
Students are responsible for giving their Counselors the link to this form.

4. Parent/Guardian Form
To be completed by applicant's Parent/Legal Guardian.

5. Tribal Enrollment & Hawaiian Documentation Upload

To eligible for our program, each student must:
  • Be an enrolled citizen of a federally recognized or state recognized American Indian tribe*, Alaska Native group**, or Native Hawaiian***.
  • Be a current sophomore (class of 2026) or junior (class of 2025) in high school.
  • Have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (in core academic courses, not electives).
  • Be a U.S. citizen and currently reside in the United States.
  • Submit a completed application by the deadline.
*Indian tribes are sovereign and set their own rules regarding tribal enrollment and membership. To find out what requirements a specific tribe has, contact the tribe's main office or tribal enrollment office.
**Includes a member of a federally recognized Alaska Native Tribe, an original Alaska Native Corporation settlement Act (ANCSA) enrollee, or a person issued stock from an ANCSA Regional Corporation. 

***Documentation from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be accepted. 

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Applicant Type: New or Reapplying

Applicant/Student Contact Information
Student Information: Please make sure the information in this section is STUDENT information (not parent/guardian information).

Be sure to let us know if any of your information changes after submitting this application by sending an email to apply@collegehorizons.org.

Preferred names are any name that you wish us to consistently use in place of your legal first name during and after the program. We will do our best to use this name on all correspondence sent to you and your home, except where legally required.

Please enter a STUDENT email above, not a parent/guardian email.

"Sex" refers to a person’s biological status and is typically assigned at birth, usually on the basis of external anatomy. Sex is typically categorized as Male or Female. Your legal sex will be listed on documents such as a birth certificate or driver's license. CH only uses this information for airline booking and travel purposes.

"Gender" is often defined as a social construct of norms, behaviors and roles that varies between societies and over time. Gender can be categorized as Male, Female, Trans Male, Trans Female, Gender non-conforming, non-binary, etc. If you would like to specify, you may do so in this section.

Mailing Address
Please provide a MAILING address where you currently receive U.S. Postal Service mail. P.O. Boxes are acceptable in this section. College Horizons will share your mailing address with college partners and you may receive college brochures from them after the program. 

Please provide a PHYSICAL shipping address where you can receive UPS and FedEx packages. This is typically a street address - UPS and FedEx will NOT ship to a P.O. Box.

Connections to College Horizons

Tribal Enrollment and Community

Student Demographic Information

High School Information

Parent/Guardian 1 Information
Please ensure all information is accurate and correct. Parent/Guardian contact information will be used in airline booking process. 

Parent/Guardian 2 Information

Primary Parent/Guardian Contact for Airline Ticket Booking

Family Information

Sibling Information


The 2024 College Horizons programs will be in-person, but we will integrate remote programming (Zoom meetings for orientation and introductory lessons) prior to the in-person programs. For in-person programs, students will need to bring a laptop or tablet and a cell phone. Many students have been issued school-based devices and internet hotspots. Consider what technology you will have access to in June and July, especially if you have to return school based devices. We need to have a clear understanding of your access to technology.

Time Zones

College Horizons students span several time zones from Hawaii to the East Coast. Although the 2024 programs will be in-person, some remote programming may take place prior to the program.

College Engagement

Standardized Testing Information

CH Program Site Placement
Our goal at College Horizons is to provide program participants with an opportunity to experience life on a residential college campus– including in the dorms, classrooms, and dining halls. College Horizons staff will place you at either the Penn or Notre Dame campus. When placing students at a program, we take into consideration many factors, including distance, cost of travel, and school year end dates. We craft each cohort of students with diversity in mind (i.e., gender, tribal nation, high school, grade level). If there is a significant difference in airfares costs, students who have qualified for travel assistance will be assigned to the site where the cost is least expensive. 

Although College Horizons staff will assign your final site placement, we ask that you still select a preference and indicate if there is a summer conflict such as school still being in session (for those on year-round calendars or with semesters lasting until late), ceremonial obligations, summer school or other academics programs. We are not able to accommodate family vacation conflicts. Late arrivals or early departures from a CH program is not allowed.

Airport Information
Please indicate below which major or regional airports are situated nearest your place of residence. Be aware that you may need to drive 2-3 hours to fly from a major airport.
Name of Airport (City, State) Miles from Home
Airport 1
Airport 2
Airport 3
Financial Assistance for Travel
This summer, CH is not charging a tuition fee (previously $450). However, families are responsible for the cost of round-trip airfare. 

College Horizons offers financial assistance for travel based on family financial need. To be considered for airfare financial assistance, parents/guardians complete the Parent Financial Summary Form (this form is required for all CH applicants) AND submit recent tax returns (2022). Students will book their airline tickets with the CH designated travel agent.

Teacher Recommender Information
We ask that applicants have one teacher from a core academic class from this current 2023-24 academic year (i.e. Math, English, Science, History, or Indigenous/Foreign Language) fill out our 2024 Teacher Recommendation Form. We do not accept letters from elective course teachers, please select a core academic teacher.

Please indicate the name and contact information for the teacher who will be submitting a form on your behalf.

Students, it
 is your responsibility to give your teacher the link to the 2024 Teacher Recommendation Form. We only use the contact information below for verification purposes.

Counselor Information
In lieu of a traditional Counselor Recommendation Letter, we ask that applicants have their counselor fill out our 2024 Counselor Form. Please indicate the name and contact information for the counselor who will be submitting a form on your behalf. 

Students, it
 is your responsibility to give your counselor the link the 2024 Counselor Form. We only use the contact information below for verification purposes.

NOTE: We ask Counselors to upload a copy of your current transcript to verify your enrollment, grade and courses taken.

Counselor Information - Student Experience
We would also like you (the student applicant) to answer a few questions about your school counseling experience. The answers to these questions will not be shared with your Counselor. They help us have a better understanding of your situation.

Short Answer Questions

Be brief, honest, and thoughtful in your responses to the following short-answer questions. We review each response to better understand what makes you unique. Each question has a 250 word limit.

Personal Essay

As Indigenous Peoples we come from a tradition of storytellers. As individuals we are dynamic, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and have multiple and intersectional identities that make us unique and shape who we are and how we see ourselves. This personal essay is an opportunity for the College Horizons staff to get to know you and your future aspirations. Who are you as a friend, relative, athlete, performer, worker, neighbor, etc.? How do you see yourself as an Indigenous person and student?

You may address ANY of the following in your personal essay, but be sure to tell us how you are connected to or involved with your Native/Indigenous heritage, culture, and community, homelands/villages, or Nations and how a college education might benefit you, your family, your community, and future generations.
  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
  • What are you passionate about? What makes you happy?
  • What hardships have you overcome and what did you learn about yourself?
  • What accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • Who are you as a friend, relative, athlete, performer, worker, neighbor?
  • What are you like in your school, in your home, in your community?
  • How do you see yourself as an Indigenous person, student, etc.?
  • What experiences or people have made a big impression on you and what did you learn from them?
  • What is an event that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family?
  • Anything you feel will help us get to know you better.
Do not repeat your responses from your short answer questions; this is an opportunity to tell us a new story about yourself.

YOU ARE NOT FINISHED! When you hit submit, you will be able to review your answers and you will be prompted for an "e-signature." Once you provide your e-signature, please check your email and click on the email confirmation link to verify (make sure to check your junk mail).