Meet our Colleges
College Horizons partners with 40+ colleges and universities who send admissions officers interested in recruiting competitive applicants to their schools. Students at our program have many amazing opportunities to learn about each institution during our programs. Feel free to read the profiles of our partner colleges, visit their websites, and contact their offices for more information – they are looking for you!
Why These Schools?
At College Horizons, we know that paying for a college education can be a barrier for Native students, particularly for those with the greatest need. College Horizons wants to recognize colleges/universities who are committed to meeting the financial need of students and supporting Native students on campus.
CH has identified and invited select colleges to partner with who are working successfully with Native students through a combination of programming – financial aid, academics, retention/student support, etc. – to partner with us. As a result, some colleges may not be able to meet the need of every student who applies; however, nearly all of the colleges partnering with CH will continue to meet the full demonstrated need of each student who applies.
Does CH Provide College Scholarships?
No, College Horizons is unable to offer scholarships and we do not require our partner colleges to provide scholarships to our students. Students who attend our programs must apply for financial aid as a normal part of the college application process. This has been the case since our organization’s founding in 1998.
Does CH Guarantee Admission?
No, College Horizons plays no part in the admission decisions or outcomes for partner schools or any other institutions. This has been the case since our organization’s founding in 1998.
2021-22 Partner Colleges and Universities
PREVIOUS PARTNER COLLEGES: Albertson College of Idaho, Arizona State University, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Caroll College, Case Western Reserve Univeristy, Colby College, Colgate University, College of Santa Fe, Colorado State Univeristy, Connecticut College, Creighton University, Drexel University, Earlham College, Elon University, Fort Lewis College, George Williams College of Aurora, Grinnell College, Guilford College, Hamilton College, Hamline University, Hanover College, Kalamazoo College, Kenyon College, Lehigh University, Marlbord College, Middlebury College, Naropa University, New York University, Northern Arizona University, Northern Michigan University, Northland College, Occidental College, Pitzer College, Portland State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, Skidmore College, Smith College, South Dakota State University, St. Edward’s College, St. John’s College at Santa Fe, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University, Union College, United States Air Force Academy, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Puget Sound, University of Southern California, Univeristy of Virginia, University of Washington Seattle, Ursinus College, Washington College, Wellesey College, Westmont College, Whitman College, Whittier College.
Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of 35,000 people in the western part of the state, Amherst College’s 1,000-acre campus is adjacent to downtown Amherst. Our college sits within the homeland of the Nonotuck people and also in the Kwinitekw valley, a crossroads of multiple Native nations. The indigenous nations in the region that continue to have an ongoing presence here include the Nipmuc, Wampanoag, Massachusett, and Narragansett to the east; the Mohegan, Pequot, and Schaghticoke to the south; the Mohican and Haudenosaunee (Confederacy) to the west; and the Wabanaki (or Abenaki) to the north. Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has earned a reputation as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling 1,850 talented, energetic, and diverse young scholars. Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from nearly every state and from more than 50 countries, and more than 45% of Amherst’s students identify as students of color. Amherst has an active Native and Indigenous Students Association on campus, a Five-College Certificate program in Native American Studies headed by one of our Native faculty persons, and the College’s Frost Library is home to the Pablo Eisenberg Collection of Native American Literature. Amherst also has an Early Opportunity for Native Students (EONS) program as part of the Access to Amherst (A2A) program for prospective students to learn more about the Amherst experience.
Amherst is one of the few completely need-blind colleges; students are admitted without regard to financial need, and each admitted student is guaranteed financial aid equal to 100% of demonstrated financial need, with no required student loan component. Reflecting an institutional commitment to access, Amherst’s student body is among the most economically diverse of its peer colleges and universities. With its student-faculty ratio of 7-to-1, and its open curriculum (there are no area or distribution requirements), Amherst allows each student — with the help of faculty advisers — to chart an individual path through the more than 800 courses offered at the college and the more than 5,000 courses available through Amherst’s membership in the Five College Consortium.
Financial Aid: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/visit
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/visit
How to Apply: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/covid-19-considerations
Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times. Bates was founded in 1855 by people who believed strongly in freedom, civil rights, and the importance of a higher education for all who could benefit from it.
Bates has always admitted students without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin. Great efforts were made in designing the institution to ensure that no qualified student would be turned away because he or she could not afford the cost of a Bates education. Although they met with considerable criticism from other colleges, the founders held fast to their commitment to admit both men and women: Bates was New England’s first coeducational college and one of the first coeducational colleges in the United States. Bates has always stood firmly for the ideals of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom. Celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition. We value the diversity of persons and perspective and engage in the transformative power of our differences. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind our Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education.
Financial Aid: https://www.bates.edu/admission/student-financial-services/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.bates.edu/admission/virtual%20tour/
How to Apply: https://www.bates.edu/admission/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.bates.edu/admission/explore-bates/equity-inclusion/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.bates.edu/academic-year-2021-22/
Bowdoin College is a liberal arts and sciences college of 1,800 students from nearly all 50 states and 34 countries. Bowdoin is in Brunswick, Maine, which is in the traditional territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy. We recognize and honor the current Tribes who comprise the Wabanaki Confederacy—the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac peoples—who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We respect the traditional values of these Tribes and acknowledge their inherent sovereignty in this territory.
Study at Bowdoin leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in one of over 55 departmental and interdisciplinary majors. With an average class size of 16, students work closely with faculty beginning in their first year. Bowdoin was founded and endowed in service of the common good, a cherished core value that guides how, and what, we choose to study, who we attract and admit, and how we treat each other. Forty percent of the incoming class identify as students of color and seventeen percent of the incoming class are the first in their family to attend college. Our Native American Student Association (NASA) creates and maintains a supportive environment for Native American students at Bowdoin and collaborates with the four tribes in the state of Maine.
While Bowdoin’s application process is highly selective, submission of test scores is optional. Admissions is need-blind, and we meet full demonstrated need of all admitted students with grants—not loans. Bowdoin’s application fee is waived for first-generation-to-college students and/or any student applying for financial aid. The admissions office hosts over 100 students during fly-in programs held every fall.
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious disruptions to students’ school years. Our focus is on adapting our process and evaluations to your circumstances during this crisis and will evaluate transcripts and applications accordingly.
Financial Aid: https://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/costs-and-aid/index.html
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/visit/index.html
How to Apply: https://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/visit/explore-bowdoin/index.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.bowdoin.edu/covid-19/index.html
Brown University was founded in 1764 and is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, which is the ancestral homeland of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Brown is a private, Ivy League institution recognized for its global reach, vibrant community, expansive research opportunities and unique curriculum. The Open Curriculum gives students both choice and freedom in developing their undergraduate course of study by featuring interdisciplinary seminars, more than 80 concentrations (or “majors”), and over 2,000 courses (including cross-registration at the Rhode Island School of Design). Additionally, our innovative Open Curriculum has no curricular requirements outside of the writing and concentration requirements. Brown’s commitment to access and equity resulted in the implementation of our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which included the promise to double the faculty of color, increase resources for historically underrepresented groups on campus, and to host College Horizons for the first time in Brown’s history. Brown also launched the Native and Indigenous Studies Initiative to promote the scholarship of faculty and students that “explores, and increases the understanding of, the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples (especially in the Western Hemisphere) through historical and contemporary lenses.” This past year, we welcomed our inaugural Tribal Community Member in Residence, Dr. Karen Craddock (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah). The Native Americans at Brown (NAB) student group also organizes an ongoing Native American Heritage Series and the annual Spring Thaw Powwow, which is attended by over 1,000 people from throughout New England. The Brown Promise Financial Aid program meets 100% of demonstrated need and all students receiving financial aid do not have student loans in their financial aid packages.
Financial Aid: https://admission.brown.edu/tuition-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admission.brown.edu/visit/campus-tours-0
How to Apply: https://admission.brown.edu/first-year
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.brown.edu/academics/native-american-and-indigenous-studies/native-american-and-indigenous-studies
COVID-19 Updates: https://healthy.brown.edu/
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Caltech is an intimately sized campus in Pasadena, CA. We acknowledge and offer our respect to past and present Gabrielino-Tongva people and their ancestral lands, including the LA Basin upon which Caltech sits today.
In your future, do you see yourself tackling the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology? If so, consider joining us at Caltech. With world-class scholars as your faculty members and our incredible research facilities, you can prepare to take your place as a leader in the scientific community. Our resources for undergraduate research are second to none, as 90% of student research proposals are accepted. Caltech is also the only college to operate and manage a NASA site: the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (which is responsible for nearly all unmanned space exploration). With less than 1,000 undergraduate students, Caltech immerses you in a collaborative community of unusually curious and talented peers. We have a unique culture that combines a passion for innovation, intense intellectual discovery, and a healthy amount of fun. On our campus, you can be yourself and connect with people as friends and colleagues. Students coming from backgrounds and communities that are historically underrepresented in the STEM fields find support through various programming out of the Caltech Center for Inclusion & Diversity (CCID), from academic advising and guidance to graduate mentoring and community lunches. One such opportunity is the Freshman Summer Research Institute (FSRI), a summer program for incoming first-year students designed to enhance their transition from high school to a research-based education and to assist them in developing the learning strategies that lead to success at Caltech. Participants conduct research with mentors, write research papers, and give professional research talks.
Caltech has enacted a two-year moratorium on both the requirement and consideration of SAT and ACT test scores as part of the undergraduate admissions process. This change, made in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on access to these exams for students across the country and globe, will be in effect for all first-year students applying to Caltech for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022.
Financial Aid: https://www.admissions.caltech.edu/afford
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.admissions.caltech.edu/visit
Native/Diversity Programming: https://diversity.caltech.edu/
Carleton stands on the homelands of the Wahpekute and Mdewakanton bands of the Dakota Nation in what is currently called Northfield, Minnesota just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We honor with gratitude the people who’ve stewarded the land through the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing and honest storytelling about this place.
Carleton is one of the nation’s top liberal arts and sciences colleges, known for its bright students and intellectual faculty committed to teaching. Carleton has several qualities that make it distinctive: 1. We use a trimester system—this means fast-paced learning during three 10-week terms taking 3 classes at a time. The trimester system allows for lots of flexibility in your scheduling, and lots of academic exploration. 2.Over 70% of our students participate in at least one off-campus studies program. Any financial aid that you receive at Carleton will follow you around the world, making study abroad affordable for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. 3. We meet full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students for all four years. About 55% of students receive financial aid and the average aid package is over $55,000 and the average grant is over $45,000. 4. Our campus community represents a diverse cross-section of the world. Carleton’s 2,000+ students are drawn from every state and over 40 countries. Nearly 40% of our students identify as either people of color or international students, and every major religion is represented on our campus. Offices like OIL (Office of Intercultural Life), TRIO (serving 1st-generation college students, low-income students, and students with a documented disability), and the GSC (Gender and Sexuality Center) work to celebrate the different identities students bring to campus.
Students choose Carleton because of our size, exclusive focus on undergraduate education, and the strong sense of community on campus.
Financial Aid: https://www.carleton.edu/admissions/apply/afford/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.admissions.carleton.edu/portal/visit
How to Apply: https://www.carleton.edu/admissions/apply/steps/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.carleton.edu/admissions/visit/toc/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.carleton.edu/covid/
Colorado College (CC) is located within the unceded territory of the Ute People and recognizes the complex histories of labor and living on this land. Colorado College honors the Ancestors of various peoples, tribes, nations, and families whose struggle for justice on this land inspires our daily work.
The Indigenous community at CC includes students, staff, and faculty with engagement beyond campus and throughout Colorado Springs and the Southwest. Native American Student Union is one of the most active clubs on campus having hosted their annual Pow Wow since 1991. CC’s Elder In Residence and the Revitalizing Nations Living & Learning Community support native students and bring awareness of indigenous identities to campus. Our Indigenous Speaker Series and Visiting Writer Series brings elders, historians, scholars and respected voices from tribal communities from across North America. Southwest Studies, Indigenous Studies and Race Ethnicity Migration Studies are academic concentrations with strong emphasis on native culture, land, history and research.
Since 1874, students at Colorado College have attended class in the shadow of Pike’s Peak (known to the Ute as Tava). Located approximately 70 miles south of Denver in Colorado Springs, CC is known for the “Block Plan”, a unique academic schedule allowing students to focus on just one class every 3 ½ weeks rather than balancing several courses throughout one semester. Students dive deep into subjects, with each block covering the same amount of material as a course on the semester system. The benefits? You can study immigration policy on the borderlands, find Jupiter during evening labs in Barnes Observatory, or traverse the natural wonders of the Southwest as a field archaeologist. After each block comes the “block break”, a 4 ½ day hiatus from classes. Students take full advantage of both the college’s campus activities and the surrounding Rocky Mountains, returning to their next class refreshed and excited.
Financial Aid: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/admission/financialaid/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/#virtualtour
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/indigenous-community/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/coronavirus/
Columbia University is located in New York City, specifically the island of Manhattan, which means island of many hills in the language of the Lenni Lenape people. We recognize that Manhattan is part of the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape and Wappinger people who are still active members of our community throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Columbia University includes Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science which serve 6,000 undergraduate students from all 50 states, over 100 countries and more than 40 Tribal Nations. One of the world’s premier liberal arts colleges, Columbia College is home to a vibrant community of undergraduates, an endless array of engaging ideas and a sweeping sense of possibility. Through an undergraduate course of study that features an engineering foundation with a liberal arts core, Columbia Engineering students leverage the extensive resources of a major research university in order to become leaders and innovators. Columbia Engineers are prepared to confront complex issues with groundbreaking solutions to the grand challenges of our time. For over 100 years, the Core Curriculum has been the defining element of a Columbia education. It is a communal learning experience of small discussion-based seminars that cultivate community-wide discourse and deliberate contemplation around classic works, contemporary issues and humanity’s most enduring questions. Our students come together from every background and every corner of the world to engage and explore, to seek new adventures and perspectives, to build connections, and to pursue a better world. These passions fuel more than 500 student clubs and organizations. What matters most to us is your ability to thrive at Columbia, not your ability to pay for it. Our goal is to make Columbia an affordable option for any student. We cover 100% of the financial need for all first-year and transfer applicants for all four years, without the use of loans.
Financial Aid: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/affordability
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/visit/virtual
How to Apply: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/apply
COVID-19 Updates: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/test-optional-2021-2022
Cornell University is located in the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga Nation), one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. Cornell University is an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study” and it remains one of the most academically and socially diverse universities in the world. A member of the Ivy League, Cornell offers over 80 majors and 4,000 courses, and the opportunity to lead and get involved with hundreds of student-run organizations. A vibrant living and learning community, Cornell welcomes people with a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds from all 50 states and nations around the world. Currently there are over 400 Indigenous undergraduate students and graduate/professional students at Cornell from across the U.S., Canada, and around the globe. They are supported academically, socially, and culturally through resources and activities made available through the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) and AIISP’s Akwe:kon, the nation’s first residential program house specifically designed to celebrate the rich heritage of North American Indigneous peoples. Interested students are encouraged to visit for a day to see the university’s spectacular campus, or to consider a longer visit arranged by the University Admissions Office and by Cornell’s various colleges. For more information about visiting the campus, contact AIISP at (607) 255- 5991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell University has suspended the SAT/ACT requirement for 2022 applicants.
Financial Aid: https://finaid.cornell.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.cornell.edu/visit/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://cals.cornell.edu/american-indian-indigenous-studies
COVID-19 Updates: https://covid.cornell.edu/visitors/
Founded in 1769, “for the education and instruction of youth of the Indian tribes in this land… and any others,” Dartmouth College recommitted to its original mission in 1970 and has since been one of the leading private institutions in the country for Indigenous youth. Located on historic, unceded Abenaki Territory in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is the smallest of the Ivy League schools with approximately 4,200 undergraduates. Consistently ranked among the top five schools in the country for the quality of undergraduate teaching, students who come to Dartmouth have access to small class sizes, a broad and deep liberal arts curriculum, a flexible academic calendar and a high level of collaboration and advising with our world-class faculty. There are over 50 majors available – including a full Native/Indigenous Studies Department – and close to half of Dartmouth students will create their own major or minor. Dartmouth is also ranked one of the top ten schools in the country for study abroad opportunities, with over 60 standing programs to choose from. At Dartmouth, outreach to Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and, increasingly, international Indigenous youth, their communities and their families is an institutional priority. Dartmouth also guarantees to meet 100% of demonstrated need for all students who apply for financial aid.
Financial Aid: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/afford/apply-financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/visit/campus-tours
How to Apply: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/apply/apply-dartmouth
Native/Diversity Programming: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/visit/visitation-programs/indigenous-fly-program
COVID-19 Updates: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/visit/visit-dartmouth
Dickinson College occupies and is founded on land once inhabited by the Susquehannock, an Iroquoian-speaking people, in what is now Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The first College chartered in the United States of America, Dickinson is a nationally recognized liberal arts institution since its establishment in 1783. Employing a useful approach to a liberal arts curriculum, Dickinson offers 42 departmental and interdisciplinary majors in addition to independent research and internship opportunities. Dickinson students develop intellectual independence and a passion for learning by engaging in innovative programs ranging from neuroscience to security studies. Dickinson’s decidedly global curriculum includes 13 languages and a variety of globally focused courses. Dickinson offers one of the world’s most respected study abroad programs; more than half of Dickinson students study abroad in more than 40 programs in 25 countries on six continents. The college is also recognized as a leader among educational institutions committed to environmental sustainability. The Center for Sustainability Education integrates sustainability into Dickinson’s academics, facilities, operations and campus culture. Additionally, the college enrolls about 2,300 students from across the country and around the world. With a serious commitment to diversity, nearly one third of Dickinson’s student population includes students of color and international students. Working in collaboration with the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, the Dickinson community supports programming to facilitate intercultural dialogues on campus. Students participate in over 130 student organizations, including varsity athletics at the Division III level as well as club and intramural sports. Dedicated to accessibility and affordability, Dickinson aims to meet applicants’ full need. With its commitment to the individual, students choose Dickinson because of its small size, distinctive approach to global education, dedication to sustainability, useful liberal arts curriculum, and strong sense of community. Email us at: email@example.com or call 800-644-1773.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/1381/virtual_visits
How to Apply: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/279/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/255/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/1505/fall_2021_semester_information
Duke University is located on the ancestral lands of the Shakori, Eno and Sissipahaw tribes. Today there are eight tribal nations in North Carolina including the Eastern Band Cherokee, Coharie, Lumbee, Haliwa-Saponi, Sappony, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation and the Waccamaw Siouan. Duke is a relatively young university. Founded in 1924, Duke is synonymous with a rigorous academic program, an emphasis on individual education, and a vibrant school spirit. Students enjoy a dynamic combination of tradition and innovation, opportunities to participate in state-of-the-art research, robust extracurricular activities, and a diverse student body.
Located in the heart of the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Duke draws students from all over the United States and 85 foreign countries, representing a range of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The 6,900 undergraduates can choose from 53 majors in the arts and sciences and engineering, 52 minors, and 27 interdisciplinary certificate programs, or arts and sciences students can work with a faculty member to design their own curriculum. Duke’s financial aid program meets full financial need for all admitted students who apply for aid, regardless of citizenship or residency.
Duke has an active Native American Student Alliance organization, a Native American Sorority Chapter and each April provides a fly-in program for eligible admitted Native students during Duke “Blue Devil Days”.
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.duke.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.duke.edu/visit/
How to Apply: https://admissions.duke.edu/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://dukegroups.com/nasa/
COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/
Emory was founded in 1836 on the historic lands of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, 15 years after the First Treaty of Indian Springs (1821) dispossessed the Muscogee of land including both Emory campus locations. We also acknowledge that Emory University’s founders were slaveholders, and the Oxford campus was originally constructed by enslaved people. To these peoples and their descendants, we acknowledge the grave injustices inflicted on them, and we recognize the indelible mark of their labor on the creation of the university. It is a liberal arts and research university located in Atlanta, Georgia. Students can choose from 80+ majors, including dance, economics, history, business, nursing, and quantitative sciences, or create an academic plan unique to your career goals Nearly half of our students choose to double major. All first-year students enroll in the First-Year at Emory Program, offering students unique academic programming taught in small classes of 19 or fewer students, as well as social events, helping students acclimate to campus. Classes are taught by leading faculty in their fields, and advisors are faculty familiar with your program. Beyond the classroom, internships, study abroad, and research opportunities abound as well! With over 450 student clubs, sports teams, and performing arts groups – and our unusual and fun traditions – Emory is a great place for students who want to organize, lead, and be a part of it all. Oxford Olympics is an annual tournament during Orientation week where the residence halls compete for the championship. Atlanta is the business, healthcare, and cultural capital of the Southeast, where you can take advantage of over 2,000 internship opportunities. Study breaks are for soaking in the art scene and diverse dining options, or retreating into nature by kayaking or hiking local nature trails.
Financial Aid: https://apply.emory.edu/financial-aid/index.html
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://apply.emory.edu/discover/visitengagement.html
How to Apply: https://apply.emory.edu/apply/first-year/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/nae/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.emory.edu/forward/covid-19/dashboard/index.html
FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE
Franklin and Marshall is a leading national liberal arts college established in 1787 with a gift of 200 British pounds from Benjamin Franklin. We are located in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania – a dynamic city with a thriving arts scene. The College enrolls 2,324 students. The average class size is 19 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Our students receive more than $500,000 in research grants every year. At Franklin and Marshall, we emphasize the life of the mind and provide opportunities for learning while doing. All students are lifelong members of a College House, five distinct hubs of academic, extracurricular and social engagement in a residential setting. Guided by faculty dons and administrative prefects, students govern their houses, develop leadership skills, and create their own social and intellectual programs. Students may join one or more of the College’s 115 clubs and organizations, ranging from anime to Ultimate Frisbee. More than three-quarters of students participate in community service, and about one-third belongs to one of 12 Greek organizations. Our scholar-athletes compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The College fields 27 athletic teams—13 for men and 14 for women. Students may study abroad in any of 200 locations around the world. Each year, one-third of our students goes abroad or enrolls in a travel course. On campus, 87 percent of students have studied at least one of the 11 foreign languages we offer. Our students learn by doing. They embrace the opportunity to work side by side or in small groups with faculty members on research projects that have real-world applications. And when given the choice of being a scholar, an athlete, an artist, a leader or a volunteer, they are most apt to choose “all of the above.” This is who we are.
Financial Aid: https://www.fandm.edu/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.fandm.edu/visit/admission-visit
How to Apply: https://www.fandm.edu/admission/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.fandm.edu/diversity-and-inclusion
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.fandm.edu/pandemicoperations
Hamilton College was originally founded in 1793 by the Rev. Samuel Kirkland as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, a school where the children of the native Oneida Indians and those of the white settlers streaming into the region following the Revolutionary War could be educated together. Kirkland presented his plan to George Washington who “expressed approbation” and to Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton who lent his name and consented to be a trustee. At his request, Oneida Chief Skenandoa is buried alongside his friend Kirkland in the College cemetery. Today, Hamilton is one of the nation’s most highly regarded liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 45 countries. Consistent with its reputation as a “college of opportunity,” Hamilton is need-blind in its admission decisions and promises to meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students for all four years. Hamilton offers a personal approach to educating its students highlighted by an open curriculum (no core courses or distribution requirements), individualized advising with a professor, 56 areas of study, classes that average 14 students each, and a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The Hamilton community welcomes and embraces students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Twenty-nine percent of the student body consists of students of color or international students, and 15 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college. There are more than 200 community service, cultural, musical, athletic, political, social, recreational and religious groups on campus. At Hamilton, the quality of personal interaction that takes place in our classrooms, laboratories, studios and performance halls extends to our residences, dining halls, sporting venues, and to the casual conversations that take place whenever two or more people encounter one another.
Hanover College is a liberal arts college that promotes lifelong inquiry, transformative learning, and meaningful service. With an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students from 28 states and 26 different countries, our community is close-knit and diverse. Our students stay engaged in our campus community by being involved in 60+ clubs and organizations including student government, cultural diversity clubs, and greek life. Our 650 acres of campus is mostly wooded, and lined with hiking trails that lead students to several naturally occurring waterfalls. Small classes (average class size is 17) and easy access to faculty (13-1 student to faculty ratio) highlight the personalized education that each student receives. More than 96% of faculty have terminal degrees and we have NO teaching assistants or graduate assistants instructing Hanover’s classes. Hanover College is the oldest liberal arts college in Indiana, founded in 1827. Hanover’s most popular majors are Biology, Communication, Psychology, Economics, and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Furthermore, students may strengthen their major with a pre-professional track, such as pre-law, The Business Scholars Program, Design, or the Health and Biomedical Sciences Program (HBSP). Within the curriculum, there is a focus on experiential learning that include but are not limited to Access to a human cadaver lab for students in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Program, a robust study abroad program, and a high rate of students taking advantage of internships (100% of Business Scholars have paid and project-based internships.). Hanover students consistently find success with 99% of our students finding employment or enrollment in continuing education within 7 months of graduation.
Health and Biomedical Sciences Program: www.prehealth.hanover.edu
The Harvard College Admissions Office acknowledges that the land on which the University sits is the traditional territory of the Massachusett people and is a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among nations. Harvard’s early mission included the Harvard Indian College, opened in 1655. This work is now taken up by the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an undergraduate student body of 6,600 students. These students hail from all 50 states, over 100 different countries and represent many different socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Students can choose from over 3,700 courses each year. Among these are several opportunities to take classes and conduct research in various fields with indigenous-focused content. Students can concentrate, or major, in 50 different areas of study spanning the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering sciences, as well as several interdisciplinary majors. In addition, extracurricular activities play a large role on campus with over 450 different student-run groups, including several Native organizations. The way in which the Harvard community comes together to advance its mission has been shaped by the past year. Due to the efforts and insights of the Harvard community, the college is prepared for the path forward, and returning to campus in the fall.
Harvard is committed to offering comprehensive financial aid to all students with demonstrated financial need. Students choosing to apply by the Early Action deadline must apply by November 1, and students choosing to apply by the Regular Action deadline must apply by January 1. Students will be able to apply for admission without ACT or SAT test results for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office if you have questions about factors affecting your application.
Financial Aid: https://college.harvard.edu/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/explore-harvard/virtual-tour
How to Apply: https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://hunap.harvard.edu/
COVID-19 Updates: https://college.harvard.edu/about/campus/campus-updates
Haverford College, located just outside Philadelphia, PA, occupies and was founded upon the ancestral land of the Lenni Lenape people whose presence and resilience in Pennsylvania continues to this day. Haverford is a place where students are trusted, have the opportunity to shape their own path, and have a profound impact on the overall community experience. Haverford students conduct research with faculty who are internationally recognized thought-leaders. Students supplement their classroom experience with experiential learning opportunities supported and funded through our three Academic Centers. All Haverford students will conduct their own graduate-level research as part of their senior thesis. Students are trusted to manage the $500,000 student activities budget, serve on college-wide hiring committees, and run more than 145 clubs and organizations. Of course, the clearest example of the trust placed in students can be found in Haverford’s student-run Honor Code. The Honor Code at Haverford, among other benefits, allows our students the freedom to self-schedule unproctored exams and access labs 24 hours a day.
The close proximity to other colleges and universities has fostered an active consortium. Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges together comprise the Tri-College Consortium. Students can register for classes across the three schools, and any social event within the Tri-Co is open to and offered at no cost to the entire Tri-Co community. The University of Pennsylvania partners with Haverford on accelerated Master’s Degree programs in engineering, bioethics, and city planning.
Financial Aid: https://www.haverford.edu/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admission.haverford.edu/portal/virtual_events
How to Apply: https://www.haverford.edu/admission/applying
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.haverford.edu/admission/access-diversity-inclusion
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.haverford.edu/be-safe
INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON
We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region and recognize that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the myaamiaki (Miami), Lënape (Delaware), Bodwéwadmik (Potawatomi), and saawanwa (Shawnee) people as past, present, and future caretakers of this land. From world-class academics to one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation, we have it all. At Indiana University Bloomington we encourage your ambitions. We empower you every way we can. We give you abundant opportunities to learn, get experience, and grow–so you’re ready for your career and your life. Located in Bloomington, the most Instagrammed place in Indiana, students have the opportunity to enjoy international cuisine, see great shows, explore miles of trails, and find even more people and activities. Our 33,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students come from all 50 states and 140+ countries and represent a wide variety of cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. With 12 schools and 200+ undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, our programs are designed to be combined, so that your education matches your ambitions. Our students are actively recruited by 1,300+ employers through 25+ career fairs, 700+ career workshops, and 10,000+ on-campus interviews. With one of the world’s largest alumni networks, our 690,000+ IU graduates are eager to help other Hoosiers through mentorship and connections to various opportunities both as a student and throughout your career.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.indiana.edu/visit/visit-options/virtual-visits.html
How to Apply: https://admissions.indiana.edu/apply/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://diversity.iu.edu/cultural-involvement/index.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.iu.edu/covid/index.html
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Johns Hopkins University is a place where ambitious, talented, and creative students thrive. Students in all majors learn through exploration and discovery—both inside and outside the classroom at JHU, which was founded as the first American research institution. With no core curriculum, Hopkins offers students the freedom to pursue classes they’re interested in, not just required to take. Students are able—and encouraged—to build the academic path that is right for them, with guidance from staff and advisers. Double majoring and minoring or taking classes across disciplines are common practices, with 60 percent of students pursuing a double major or major/minor. Hopkins has a close-knit feel (on average, there are fewer than 20 students in 74% of classes and a 7:1 student-faculty ratio) and the resources of a large research university, so students have the opportunity to learn from esteemed faculty and participate in experiences usually reserved for grad students or professionals. In fact, 97% of students have at least one career-related experience as undergraduates through research, internships, or other pre-professional opportunities. Studying abroad is also a common option, with 500 students studying abroad and engaging in research each year in more than forty countries. Outside of the classroom, students are active and engaged on a lively campus, and are involved in activities from cultural and performing arts groups to advocacy and service organizations, including ISH, the Indigenous Students at Hopkins student organization. Baltimore, Maryland is an extension of campus—a bustling city with a small town feel that is a gateway to internships and jobs, and an entertainment hot spot. The admissions committee approaches applications from a holistic perspective, evaluating the ‘whole student.’ In addition to looking at a student’s academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, we seek to admit students who are excited about learning and living at Johns Hopkins. We look for students who will bring something to the campus community while taking advantage of all Hopkins has to offer, by collaborating with their peers and faculty mentors to pursue groundbreaking discoveries. JHU is need-blind, meets 100% of demonstrated need, and offers no-loan financial aid packages. Students who are primed to thrive on a campus where diversity of thought drives our academic culture shouldn’t be limited by their family’s ability to pay. With the potential to graduate debt-free, equipped with an education that opens doors, our students have the freedom to boldly explore ways to apply their knowledge and talents. Johns Hopkins is adopting a 1-year test-optional policy for the Class of 2026 (students applying for entry in the fall of 2022).
Financial Aid: https://finaid.jhu.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://apply.jhu.edu/visit-hopkins/
How to Apply: https://apply.jhu.edu/application-process/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://studentaffairs.jhu.edu/oma/
COVID-19 Updates: https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/information-for-undergraduate-students/
Kenyon College is a liberal arts college located on a hilltop in central Ohio where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community. Of our 1,000 acre campus, 380 are dedicated to the Brown Family Environmental Center. Cutting through the heart of campus is Middle Path, a gathering place for students and faculty. While most notably known for its literary tradition and the internationally recognized literary journal The Kenyon Review, the flexible curriculum offers science research projects, proficiency in 8 languages, and connections across disciplines. Our 1700 students hail from more than 41 countries and all 50 states, roughly 18% are students of color, and nearly 70% receive either need-based financial aid or merit scholarships. Our state of the art athletic center is the home of 22 varsity teams, including the national men’s swimming champions for 31 consecutive years. 40% of the food served in the Harry Potter-esque dining hall was farmed locally, while the Rural Life Center teaches students about agricultural sustainability. In the words of one of our professors, Kenyon is a small place to think big thoughts.
Lawrence University’s Appleton and Door County, Wisconsin campuses are located on the ancestral homelands of the Menominee Nation. We acknowledge the indigenous communities who have stewarded this land throughout the generations and pay respect to their elder’s past and present. Lawrence University is a nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences and conservatory of music dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. Our 1,500 students come to Lawrence from nearly every state, about 10 Native nations and more than 50 countries, making Lawrence one of the nation’s most internationally diverse colleges. Lawrence offers extraordinary, individualized learning experiences including one-on-one courses, research, and internship opportunities. Located right next to downtown Appleton, students have abundant opportunities for community engagement and social life. Bjorklunden, Lawrence’s 425-acre retreat center on the Lake Michigan shoreline, offers students and professors a beautiful retreat and learning center for use each weekend of the academic year. Academic rigor in a nurturing, collegial atmosphere characterizes the Lawrence experience, especially as a residential learning community where all Lawrence students live in campus housing throughout their college careers. Our Diversity and Intercultural Center, Ethnic Studies department and our Native Student organization (LUNA), provide safe spaces and opportunities for students to connect and collaborate with other students on campus and also other Native American communities and students at nearby colleges and universities.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/visit
How to Apply: https://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.lawrence.edu/students/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://blogs.lawrence.edu/covid-19/
Lehigh University is a private research institution located 90 minutes or less from Philadelphia and New York City in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania’s third largest metropolitan area. There are roughly 5200 undergraduate students and over 100 majors and programs, which lends itself to unique disciplines that blend different fields, outlets for creativity and innovation, student-driven research, small class sizes, and professors who mentor students. Through the Lehigh/U.N. Partnership, more than 1,500 Lehigh students, faculty, and staff participate in exclusive meetings and conferences each year. The international internship program places many students who otherwise would not be able to have an experience abroad. Further, Lehigh’s extensive academic and social support includes LUSSI, a four-year program that provides college readiness classes, programming, advising, and funding for other special opportunities. The dynamic student body is involved in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities and traditions. Consistent placement of 96% or more of the class in career related opportunities within 6 months of graduation means the vast majority of Lehigh grads are pursuing their dreams immediately. Lehigh has a need-blind admission policy, meets 100% of demonstrated need for those who complete the financial aid process on time, and caps student loans.
Linfield University and McMinnville, Oregon, are located on what is the traditional territory of the “Yam Hill” band of the Kalapuya. After the 1855 Kalapuya Treaty, the Kalapuya people were forcibly removed and are now members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Linfield University is an independent, comprehensive institution, nationally recognized for its strong teaching faculty, outstanding academic programs, and nationally ranked athletic teams. Linfield’s challenging and exciting academic programs feature a broad liberal arts core and an atmosphere in which there is genuine concern for individuals. Around here, you will get to know your professors and they will get to know you (11:1 student to faculty ratio) and you will be challenged to find your true passion.
Linfield University includes a residential campus in McMinnville, Oregon; the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in northeast Portland, Oregon; and an Online and Continuing Education Program.
Financial Aid: https://www.linfield.edu/financial-aid/index.html
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.linfield.edu/admission/visit/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.linfield.edu/life-at-linfield/inclusion/index.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.linfield.edu/coronavirus-update/index.html
We humbly and respectfully honor the fact that Macalester is on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota People (particularly the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands) who were forcibly exiled from the land because of aggressive and persistent settler colonialism. We honor the Dakota people as well as the land itself.
At Macalester College, students experience the best of both worlds—the inspiring academic program of a liberal arts and sciences education, combined with the energy and opportunities of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Academics are ranked among the top 20 in the U.S., with small classes, individual attention, and collaboration serving as the pillars of the student experience. Students work side by side with professors—in the classroom, in the lab, on stage, on study away, or in more than 60 courses offered each year that partner with Twin Cities’ organizations and businesses. From first-year to capstone courses, intellectual exploration is the foundation of a Macalester education.
Macalester draws students from every corner of the globe. With nearly 2,100 students coming from 98 countries and all 50 states, students find richer discussions and a deeper understanding of the world through experiences in and outside the classroom. Contributing to lasting friendships and a sense of community, there are over 100 student organizations where students enjoy shared interests, express their identity, and expand their talents.
Internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society are the values which shape Macalester’s campus culture, empowering students to create positive change and make a difference in the world. The United Nations flag has flown on campus since 1950 and student-led social movements have been happening since the 1960s, symbols of Macalester’s commitment to a curriculum and way of life made stronger through diversity.
Financial Aid: https://www.macalester.edu/admissions/financial-aid/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.macalester.edu/portal/virtual_info_tour
How to Apply: https://www.macalester.edu/admissions/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.macalester.edu/admissions/diversity-and-inclusion/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.macalester.edu/covid-19/
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which we acknowledge as the territory of the Wampanoag Nation. Rollercoasters, pirates, elaborate practical jokes (or “hacks”), the largest neuroscience center in the world, the biggest Division III athletic program in the country, and an enduring commitment to social impact can all be found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology! Combining excellence in science and engineering with a world-class education in the humanities and arts, an MIT education provides the tools for solving the challenges of our generation and beyond. The MIT community loves to speak in numbers. Students say things like, “I have 6.001 in 10-250 at 2:30, then my Course 9 UROP in Building 46.” MIT has a diverse, engaged, creative, and intense student body, with an 8:1 student-faculty ratio. Students are active in athletics, undergraduate organizations (MIT has over 500, including the Laboratory for Chocolate Science), and residential communities (MIT has 10 dorms, 2 of which allow cats). There are many resources and people who can help students on their journey. Academic deans, professors, upperclassmen mentors, faculty advisors and house leaders, and graduate resident tutors are all here to help students navigate the MIT experience and find a home here. The MIT Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a student-run group that promotes Native culture and community on campus and STEM-related education to various tribal communities. At MIT, learning is about more than what is taught in the classroom – it’s about living here, choosing your own opportunities, and discovering who you are.
Financial Aid: https://sfs.mit.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://mitadmissions.org/online-info-sessions/
How to Apply: https://mitadmissions.org/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://mitadmissions.org/pages/wise/
COVID-19 Updates: https://now.mit.edu/
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE
Mount Holyoke College was founded in 1837, on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the Nonotuck and Pocumtuc peoples. Their land is a part of the greater Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley. We owe a debt to the enduring peoples of this land and actively collaborate with colleagues across Admission, the Division of Student Life, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and our incredible student leaders to ensure that Indigenous students are supported on campus. College Horizons alums have consistently held us to this. On campus, Indigenous students have full access to the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center, which is named after a College Horizons and Mount Holyoke alumna. Our Indigenous Student Cultural Association (ISCA) was founded by another College Horizons alumna and Mount Holyoke alumna, class of 2021.
As a gender-inclusive women’s college, we are a private, residential, research liberal arts college with a tight-knit community of 2,200 undergraduates who are intellectually curious and socially conscious. Mount Holyoke’s academically rigorous curriculum is complemented by close faculty mentorship, rich experiential learning opportunities, strong career preparation and alumnae/x engagement. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the United States, Mount Holyoke is known for preparing its students for leadership and cultural awareness on a global scale.
At Mount Holyoke, we want our students to be connected to the world around them. Through a partnership with Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Five College Consortium serves approximately 38,000 coed students and allows students to cross-register for more than 6,000 courses and hundreds of organizations. Through the Consortium, students can pursue the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Certificate, and in addition to Mount Holyoke’s ISCA, actively engage with the Native student associations at the other Five College institutions.
Financial Aid: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/admission/tuition_finaid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/admission/virtual-visits
How to Apply: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/admission/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/diversity-and-inclusion
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/coronavirus
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
New York University is one of the foremost private urban research universities in the United States. It was founded in 1831 by Albert Gallatin, America’s fourth Secretary of the Treasury and a man known for radical ideas and innovation. At a time when higher education was reserved for elite men, NYU was one of the first universities to offer academic opportunities to everyone – to immigrants and later to women. Today, students enter NYU through one of three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai and are also able to study abroad at sites in Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Spain, and the United States, making this institution the premier Global Network University. In addition to the wide array of student resources, the Native American Club at NYU provides students with the opportunity to meet and engage with other Native American students, and the Native People’s Forum aims to engage the NYU community and others through events related to indigenous and Native American society.
At Northeastern University, we believe in the transformative power of learning by doing and want to integrate your time in the classroom with hands-on experiences in the real world. When you join our Husky Pack, you become a lifelong member of a game-changing global network, and our signature co-op program gives you the opportunity to graduate with up to 18 months of full-time professional work experience, positioning you for great success after you graduate. Our Northeastern Promise means that we commit to providing you with a financial aid package that meets your full demonstrated financial need, and that everyone who applies will automatically be reviewed for all available scholarship opportunities. Northeastern offers 220+ majors and 130+ combined majors across seven undergraduate colleges, and academic flexibility is even embedded into our core curriculum. Our 73-acre residential campus, which stands on the territory of The Wampanoag, Massachusett, and Nipmuc peoples, is a short walk from the heart of downtown Boston, and is home to six quads, a rotating public art series, 40 laboratories and research centers, 20 dining options, 70 athletic teams, 40 residence halls, an underground tunnel system to keep you warm during the winter, over 400 student organizations, and ten different cultural and resource centers committed to fostering intercultural dialogue and a deep sense of belonging. In the same way that each student at Northeastern is supported by a team of advisors, peer mentors, and professors, all prospective students also have a designated admissions counselor who is excited to help them, and their families navigate the college application process. In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, for high school seniors applying for the Fall 2021 semester, our application review process will be test-optional, meaning that students are not required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application.
Financial Aid: https://studentfinance.northeastern.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/northeastern
Native/Diversity Programming: https://admissions.northeastern.edu/student-life/diversity-at-northeastern/
The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. Founded in 1851 in Evanston, IL, Northwestern University is located on a lakeside campus just 3 miles north of Chicago, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. In 2014, the Native American Inclusion Initiative was founded with the mission to create spaces where Native American and Indigenous people are heard, their identities are honored, and they can be successful members of Northwestern as well as good tribal and community citizens. Most notably, the initiative has facilitated the creation of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), the Native American Leadership Council, a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the hiring of staff to promote the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students.
With a population of 8,000 undergraduates, Northwestern puts a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching: our student to faculty ratio is 6:1, and nearly 80% of courses enroll under 20 students. We also put a strong emphasis on affordability and accessibility, meeting 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need with loan-free renewable scholarships. Thanks in large part to this commitment to college access, our students come from all socioeconomic circumstances, call 75+ countries home, and bring remarkably diverse backgrounds and ideas to campus.
Northwestern’s six undergraduate schools offer 150+ programs of study in arts and sciences, engineering, communication, journalism, education and social policy, and music. Our quarter system enables interdisciplinary exploration and multiple academic concentrations. Over 500 undergraduate organizations, athletics, $3.5 million in undergraduate research funding, 150+ study abroad opportunities, cutting-edge innovation centers, and internships across industries complement classroom opportunities to foster scholarly development, professional experience, leadership, and personal growth.
Financial Aid: https://admissions.northwestern.edu/tuition-aid/index.html
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youtube.com/c/NorthwesternAdmissions
How to Apply: https://admissions.northwestern.edu/apply/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.northwestern.edu/native-american-and-indigenous-peoples/index.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.northwestern.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
Oberlin College is located on the Native Homelands of the Erie and Potawatomi people which is now known as Oberlin, Ohio. Although we mark the founding of Oberlin in 1833, this region’s history goes much further than that. The only way we can celebrate Oberlin’s values is to first acknowledge the Indigenous peoples whose stories and role in our land’s history have long been ignored. While this single gesture is not enough, we use this as a step towards bringing visibility and increasing engagement with all of the histories and communities that have led us to the Oberlin community we cherish today.
Oberlin is a liberal arts college of intense energy and creativity, built on a foundation of academic, artistic, and musical excellence. Oberlin is not only the first college in the US to admit students regardless of gender and race in 1837 we are also the only institution in the United States where a top-ranked liberal arts college and a world-renowned conservatory of music share a seamless student culture and campus. Oberlin also boasts an art museum that is known as one of the best in the country. Oberlin has been recognized as one of the ‘greenest’ institutions in the USA and continues to challenge itself to find better and more efficient ways to be environmentally responsible. Oberlin provides a world-class education to its 2900 students, the majority of whom continue on to prestigious fellowships, law schools, medical schools and PhD programs.
Our students choose from a variety of housing styles: traditional residence halls, identity-based, language-based, theme houses and co-op houses in which students manage the house and share meal prep. Oberlin has over 40 identity-based student groups as well as over 150 events put on every year notably: Drag Ball, Indigenous Women’s Speaker Series, Black History Month Fashion Show and Obies for Undocumented Inclusion. Finally, the best way to decorate your room is to participate in Oberlin’s one-of-a-kind art rental program. Artwork by the masters – Monet, Picasso, and Warhol among them – are loaned to students for FREE! With its longstanding commitments to access, diversity, and inclusion, Oberlin is the ideal laboratory in which to study and design the world we want.
Financial Aid: https://www.oberlin.edu/financial-aid/basics
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mF74Mnw4Lw
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.oberlin.edu/admissions-and-aid/visit-and-connect/visit-programs/mvp
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.oberlin.edu/admissions-and-aid/visit-and-connect/in-person
Occidental College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the United States, with students of color accounting for nearly 40% of our total population of 2,102. Our location in Eagle Rock, a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood, provides our students the opportunity to study on a beautiful residential campus that is just minutes from downtown L.A. Students choose Oxy because they want to do independent research; because they want to get to know their faculty members and not be just a face in the crowd (our student:faculty ratio is 10:1); because they want to be leaders in their communities; and because they want to pursue academic excellence (most students go on for graduate study) in an environment when their cultural values and perspectives are not merely tolerated, but where they are celebrated. Occidental is Division III in athletics with long traditions of winning teams in men’s and women’s sports, and great school spirit as students feel a strong connection with the community. Oxy: Excellence, Equity, Community, Service.
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary’s River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (https://www.grandronde.org) and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians (https://ctsi.nsn.us).
Oregon State University, Oregon’s largest public university, is home to more than 33,000 students and 200 different academic programs including engineering, forestry, health sciences, business, liberal arts, natural resources, and more. Students stay busy during the year by participating in research, student clubs, study abroad, and internships. During the school year, students can also be found playing on intramural and club teams or filling the stands to cheer on the Beavers as they compete in NCAA Division I athletic events. Go Beavs!
At OSU, there are multiple support resources available to students to help them be successful academically, socially, and mentally. Students can take advantage of programs such as TRiO, Educational Opportunities Program, LSAMP, Counseling and Psychological Services, tutoring services, and academic help centers while they earn their OSU degree.
Oregon State is also the proud home of seven Cultural Resource Centers, including the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws (NAL). Whether students are attending a Native American Student Association meeting, practicing for the annual luau with Hui O Hawai’i, attending the Salmon Bake or making fry bread with friends, the NAL provides space, support, and community for our students. The NAL also connects with the munk-skukum Indigenous Living Learning Community to create a supportive space centering the experience and history of Indigenous students at OSU while they are living on-campus.
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.oregonstate.edu/virtual-events
Native/Diversity Programming: https://dce.oregonstate.edu/inahaws
COVID-19 Updates: https://covid.oregonstate.edu/
Pepperdine is a small, Christian liberal arts university located in Malibu, CA, just 30 miles from Los Angeles. Pepperdine is located on Chumash land, and the university owes an immense debt to the Chumash people who have taken care of this land. Pepperdine is home to eight academic divisions and 45 majors. Inside and outside of the classroom, Pepperdine’s mission is to develop students to live lives of service, purpose, and leadership. We are a Christian community rooted in our faith heritage of the Church of Christ while welcoming students of any religious background to engage in these crucial conversations around faith on our campus. In alignment with our Christian heritage, the Pepperdine community supports justice and the treatment of every individual with respect and compassion. Pepperdine’s administration and faculty are deeply committed to all aspects of diversity and believe that diversity not only enriches our educational experience but that it is critical to it. One way this commitment is lived out is through our Intercultural Affairs Office (ICA), which strives to connect, engage, and inspire students through educational programs and experiences. Throughout the year, ICA facilitates off-campus trips to several destinations and several on-campus programs for students to attend, such as the Heritage month series. In light of 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak and the ongoing fight for justice in our country, Pepperdine has reflected and reevaluated the systemic issues within the nation and the framework of our university. The university president, Jim Gash, is committed to leading the charge to build a diverse, informed, loving, and unified community that becomes a light of cultural unity to the world. Current action items include hiring a Chief Diversity Office, establishing a Presidential Action Advisory Team, and focusing on collaboration and trust throughout the entire Pepperdine community.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/visit/campustours/video/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/student-life/campus/intercultural-affairs/
COVID-19 Updates: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/admission/coronavirus.htm
Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif., about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. We offer a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. One of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world. There are approximately 1,477 students who come from 61 nations and 49 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. With a student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, our students work closely with their professors in the classroom, in the lab and in the field. And our location—within an hour of Los Angeles and the mountains, desert and beaches—provides countless opportunities for field study, research and internships. Almost all students live in one of 14 residence halls on our 140-acre campus. As the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven colleges and graduate schools, we offer both the advantages of a small liberal arts college and the resources of a large university. Pomona College admits domestic applicants regardless of their ability to pay and then meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Fifty-five percent of students receive financial aid.
Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges were settled upon the ancestral lands of Indigenous nations, including the Gabrieliño, Serrano and Tongva peoples. These tribes continue to call this land home, despite attempts of erasure from colonizers, both past and present. Today, we work to honor both their presence and legacy through Pomona’s Draper Center for Community Engagement, The Humanities Studio and the Benton Museum of Art, Scripps’ Native American & Indigenous Studies minor, Harvey Mudd’s coursework with Professor Alfred Flores, and Pitzer’s Native Initiatives. We will continue to support these partnerships and amplify Gabrieliño, Serrano and Tongva voices as we look towards the future.
Financial Aid: https://www.pomona.edu/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.pomona.edu/admissions/connect/virtual-connections
How to Apply: https://www.pomona.edu/admissions/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.pomona.edu/admissions/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.pomona.edu/covid-19
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship that blends the strengths of a major research institution with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. The land on which the University stands is part of the ancient homeland and traditional territory of the Lenape people. We pay respect to Lenape peoples, past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the nation. We work hard to create a campus community that is dynamic and inclusive. The University’s 5,300 undergraduate students hail from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. Princeton is committed to access and affordability, with one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country. We provide aid in the form of grants—not loans—to meet full demonstrated financial need, making it possible for students to graduate debt free. The University, located about half-way between New York City and Philadelphia, is a close-knit community; about 98 percent of students live on campus in residential colleges and dormitories for all four years. With a student to faculty ratio of 5:1, Princeton provides an academic environment focused on undergraduates, where students are encouraged and challenged to develop their scholarly interests and evolve as independent thinkers. Princeton resources such as the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity help support students through mentoring, educational opportunities and university-wide programming. Natives at Princeton is a student-led organization that provides a support network for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawai’ian and Indigenous students at the University. Students’ experiences inside and outside of the classroom simultaneously prepare them for meaningful lives and careers, broaden their outlook, and help shape their character.
Financial Aid: https://admission.princeton.edu/cost-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admission.princeton.edu/visit-us
How to Apply: https://admission.princeton.edu/how-apply
Native/Diversity Programming: http://fieldscenter.princeton.edu/
COVID-19 Updates: https://admission.princeton.edu/how-apply/covid-19-update
Founded in 1908 in southeast Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship. Reed students pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree in 40 majors and programs. The curriculum includes a yearlong humanities course, broad distribution requirements, and a senior thesis. A 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small conference-style classes allow faculty members to truly mentor students and engage with them in individual discussions. Reed also offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies. Reed College acknowledges and honors the people of the Cowlitz, Clackamas and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, of whose land we exist on. We honor this land itself and those who remain stewards of this land throughout the generations.
Financial Aid: https://www.reed.edu/apply/costs.html
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.reed.edu/apply/visit/index.html
How to Apply: https://www.reed.edu/apply/guide-to-applying/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.reed.edu/institutional_diversity/programs.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.reed.edu/coronavirus/
Rice acknowledges that the land we sit upon has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst a number of Indigenous peoples, specifically the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa and Wichita nations. Additionally, Texas is home to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, the Lipan Apache Tribe, and the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. Rice University honors and respects these Indigenous peoples and their descendants connected to this territory.
Rice is located on a 300-acre campus near downtown Houston, Texas, the most culturally and ethnically diverse city in the U.S., where over 145 languages are spoken. We offer over 50 majors and 27 minors among our seven undergraduate schools of study – Architecture, Business, Engineering, Music, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. With 4,000 undergraduate students, Rice offers the opportunities associated with a top research university with the accessibility of a liberal arts college. Rice students make their home in one of the university’s eleven residential colleges, each with its own student government, traditions, and faculty support system. Currently, The Princeton Review ranks Rice No. 1 for “Best Quality of Life” and for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction”.
Our signature financial aid program, The Rice Investment, grants families whose total income and assets fall between $0-$65,000 full tuition, fees, and room and board; $65,001 – $130,000 – full tuition; or half tuition for total income and assets between $130,001 and $200,000. We also meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for families that do not fall within the listed income ranges.
Experiential learning opportunities are plentiful – Rice students and faculty engage extensively with NASA and have access to our own Rice University Campus Observatory featuring a computerized 16″ Meade telescope and other telescopes for use primarily in undergraduate courses. The largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center, is adjacent to our campus.
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.rice.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admission.rice.edu/visit/virtual-events
Native/Diversity Programming: https://admission.rice.edu/life-rice/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/
Smith College, with approximately 2500 undergraduate students from all 50 states and over 60 countries, educates women of promise for lives of distinction. Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, developing leaders for society’s challenges. Smith is distinguished by a diverse student body, a culturally vibrant surrounding area in beautiful western Massachusetts and participation in the Five College Consortium which includes the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke Colleges. Free transportation among the colleges allows students to take classes and attend social, athletic and cultural events at any Consortium institution. Smith’s rigorous academic program is demanding yet flexible, with courses in more than 50 areas of study; government, biology, art and psychology are among the most popular majors. A host of unique study abroad programs, the first engineering program offered at a women’s college and a growing roster of “concentrations,” which allows students to organize unique combinations of intellectual and practical experiences, are signature offerings of the college. Most classes have fewer than 19 students and the student/faculty ratio is 9:1. Student organizations allow you to explore and share your cultural heritage as well as your academic and social interests. Smith sets aside time during the academic year to celebrate diversity, explore cultural heritage and experiences, and challenge the community to think critically about cultural pluralism. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to shaping an inclusive learning community, where differences are valued and shared.
Web: Smith College
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher-education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had an average enrollment of 12,589 students from all 50 states and 81 countries. Students can choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 33 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.
ST. EDWARD'S UNIVERSITY
St. Edward’s University is a nationally ranked university located in Austin, Texas. We are an international community with a Catholic heritage and 4,600 students from all faiths, all nations and all walks of life. Our identity is shaped by our location in Austin, and strengthened by our 24 partner universities all over the world. We provide an inspiring, academically challenging environment with small classes that emphasize global perspective and prepare students to make a difference in their world. Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the university’s liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning and multicultural understanding. We are an award-winning educational institution, recognized by our peers and by places like U.S. News and World Report for what we offer our students — and what they accomplish with what they learn here. We have more than 70 undergraduate and graduate majors, 130 student organizations and 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams. We are proud partners with College Horizons and the Davis New Mexico Scholarship.
ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
St. Lawrence University occupies the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee Nations. The United States granted continued claim by the Iroquois Confederacy (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora) on this territory through a diplomatic relationship with the Iroquois Confederacy, beginning with the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794. Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution of higher learning in New York State. St. Lawrence is an independent, nondenominational residential college of the arts and sciences. We are located in the village of Canton and tucked between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Canadian border, just 30 minutes south of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. The mission of St. Lawrence University is to provide an inspiring and demanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts to students selected for their seriousness of purpose and intellectual promise. St. Lawrence offers 69 majors and 41 minors. Our average class size is 17 students and we boast an 11:1 student-teacher ratio with 2,392 undergraduate students and 215 professors. Our students come from more than 50 different countries and represent over 40 states and territories across the U.S.! St. Lawrence is ranked #3 Best Alumni Network by the Princeton Review due to mentoring, job shadowing, workshops, networking opportunities, and internships. Our Celebration of Diversity is an annual multicultural fly-in program for accepted students and recipients of our Presidential Diversity Scholarship, which is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership within diversity. The Office of the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion upholds and promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion at St. Lawrence University.
We have been test-optional for years and will take into consideration the fact that students had their education interrupted due to the pandemic.
Financial Aid: https://www.stlawu.edu/admissions/financial-aid-scholarships
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://tour.stlawu.edu/
How to Apply: https://www.stlawu.edu/applying-st-lawrence
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.stlawu.edu/offices/diversity-and-inclusion
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.stlawu.edu/offices/always-forward-returning-st-lawrence
Stanford University sits on the ancestral and unceded land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was – and continues to be – of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples.
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford is a place of learning, discovery, and innovation. Opened in 1891, Stanford’s academic philosophy focuses on freedom, exploration, and interdisciplinary learning with 69 programs of study offered to undergraduates. With a student/faculty ratio of 5:1 and nearly 70% of courses having 19 or fewer students, students build strong collaborative relationships with their professors. Our students come from all over the world and all 50 U.S. states and more than 97% of Stanford undergraduates live on campus. “The Farm,” as our campus is affectionately known, is highly residential and encourages students to invest themselves fully where they live, learn, work and play. Nearly 50% of undergraduates study away during their time at Stanford, taking advantage of our more than 12 study-abroad programs in locations such as Cape Town, Kyoto, and Madrid. Stanford students are encouraged to engage in research as early as freshman year and can do so across all disciplines on campus.
Stanford offers many unique opportunities and resources for indigenous students and over 400 indigenous-identifying students representing over 50 Native nations and island communities call Stanford home. Beyond the program in Native American Studies and unique course offerings in indigenous languages, Native students are supported on campus by the Native American Cultural Center, the Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Native themed dorm, and over 30 indigenous student organizations. Together these programs and spaces champion indigenous excellence on campus, foster leadership development and promote wellness for the Native community.
Financial Aid: https://admission.stanford.edu/afford/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admission.stanford.edu/engage/
How to Apply: https://admission.stanford.edu/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://nacc.stanford.edu/
COVID-19 Updates: https://healthalerts.stanford.edu/covid-19/
Susquehanna University was founded in 1858 on the Indigenous lands of the
Susquehannock people. With a student population of approximately 2300 students, we are able to provide our students a solid background in the arts and sciences, as well as professional experiences. Susquehanna offers 60 majors and minors with an average class size of 19 students allowing strong advising relationships and learning opportunities with faculty. The university is recognized nationally for its commitment to off-campus studies through the Global Opportunities (GO) program. All students complete a cross-cultural experience for at least two weeks in the U.S. or abroad. Students make friends, learn leadership skills and have fun through 150 student-run clubs and organizations. Susquehanna University Natives and Allies (SUNA) was established in 2018 led by a group of College Horizon alumni. The group works on the campus to cultivate an awareness of cultural, spiritual, racial diversity and of Indigenous activism on campus. In 2020, an official, physical, land acknowledgement space was established to remember and thank the Susquehannock people who grew and cultivated the land Susquehanna University resides on.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admission.susqu.edu/portal/virtual-visit
How to Apply: https://www.susqu.edu/admission-and-aid/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.susqu.edu/inclusive-excellence/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.susqu.edu/coronavirus-update/
Swarthmore College is a residential college of liberal arts, sciences, and engineering located 11 miles Southwest of Philadelphia, PA on the unceded land of the Lenni-Lanape (Lenape) people. We believe in the power of place, knowing that students will thrive in our gorgeous arboretum setting while also
appreciating the easy access to a major city, with a train station set right at the edge of campus.
We embrace the knowledge that living in a community of people with diverse backgrounds challenges our
assumptions and helps us become who we want to be as learners and leaders. A pass/fail grading system
during the first semester encourages academic exploration and allows students to transition into life at Swarthmore. Our cash-free campus policy and Textbook Affordability Program, which gives each student $700 each year to purchase textbooks at the campus store, give students the opportunity to participate in anything the college offers without financial barriers.
Swatties are supported with some of the most robust need-based financial aid in the country. Our aid packages meet 100% of demonstrated need and do not include any loans. For the Class of 2024, roughly 46% of domestic students identify as students of color and roughly 27% of students are the first in their families to attend college.
Native American and Indigenous students can find support in Swarthmore Indigenous Students Association (SISA) housed in the Intercultural Center (IC). The IC promotes systemic change toward a multicultural perspective across the institution and fosters community-building and collaboration among diverse groups.
Swarthmore’s fly-in program, Discover Swarthmore, takes place during the fall and is open to high school
seniors. Students are invited to apply during the summer before senior year. (Note: this program may be virtual due to COVID-19. More information will be released soon.)
Financial Aid: https://www.swarthmore.edu/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/visit-admissions
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/discover-swarthmore-fly-program
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.swarthmore.edu/covid-19-information
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
The University of Chicago is universally recognized for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. The strength of our intellectual traditions—intense critical analysis, lively debate, and creative solutions to complex problems—rests on the scholars who continue to engage them. Our College graduates have made discoveries in every field of academic study; they are ambitious thinkers who are unafraid to take on the most pressing questions of our time. Their accomplishments have helped establish the University’s legacy as one of the world’s finest academic institutions. The University of Chicago has been home to over 85 Nobel Prize-winners, 30 Macarthur “genius” fellows, and 20 Pulitzer Prize-winners. With over 140 research centers and institutes, numerous cultural opportunities, and three of the nation’s top professional schools in law, business, and medicine—all within blocks of one another on our campus—UChicago is known for the unparalleled resources it provides its undergraduate students. UChicago maintains a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, ensuring that every classroom experience exemplifies our commitment to a student’s ability to interact closely with our faculty. Our Core curriculum provides students with a common vocabulary and a well-balanced academic experience while allowing the flexibility to explore their own particular interests in small discussion-style seminars. Students also enjoy a successful Division III sports program, small but active Greek life, forty student theatrical productions a year, a rich music scene, celebrations of culture and community—and the extraordinary opportunities in politics, music, theater, commerce, architecture, and neighborhood life in the city of Chicago.
Trinity College occupies land in the river valley just west of the Kwinitekw, or Connecticut River, within Wangunk homelands that have sustained countless generations of Wangunk people.
Founded in 1823, Trinity College is a highly selective small liberal arts college that balances the traditions of liberal arts with a focus on innovation and independence. Our 2,100 undergraduates have the opportunity to choose from 41 majors and 28 minors. Among Trinity’s distinctive programs are its human rights program, an ABET-accredited engineering major, and the world’s first Center for Urban and Global Studies. Beginning this year, our curriculum has been updated to include a wellness requirement to promote personal well-being, in addition to co-curricular or academic credit requirements focused on experiential learning. Our Center for Hartford Engagement and Research strengthens educational partnerships between Hartford’s diverse communities and students, staff, and faculty at Trinity College, including programs such as Community Learning, Trinfo.Cafe, and the Liberal Arts Action Lab.
Trinity is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment that provides resources to help students thrive and develop their agency. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is comprised of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women and Gender Resource Action Center. DEI collaborates with partners across campus to ensure that all members of the Trinity College community feel included and have the resources and support they need to thrive. Here, you can join any of our more than 140 student clubs and organizations. Our campus is alive with music festivals, movies, concerts, lectures, parties, student government meetings, mock trials, art shows, and cultural events. The surrounding community is active and engaged, too – step onto the city streets for farmers’ markets, shopping, concerts, theater shows, food, music, and the oldest public art museum in the country.
Financial Aid: https://www.trincoll.edu/admissions/finaid/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.trincoll.edu/admissions/visit-trinity/information-sessions/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.trincoll.edu/admissions/get-to-know-us/access-outreach-team/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.trincoll.edu/reopening/
Tufts University is a student-centered, medium-sized research university with undergraduate campuses in Medford and Boston, Massachusetts. The University was founded in 1852 and is situated on unceded Wampanoag land. Tufts provides a unique blend of research university and liberal arts college –adding a personal touch and focus on undergraduate education to top-ranked research programs across the disciplines. Our 5,400 undergraduates work with faculty in classes that are, on average, 23 students as they pursue one or more of the 70+majors in our School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Tufts is committed to preparing students for a lifetime of engagement in civic and democratic life, and we are home to the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a national leader in civic education. Tufts students are collaborative, curious, intellectual, and down-to-earth. They live together on residential campuses that offer over 300 student organizations while enjoying easy access to the city of Boston. Approximately 30 percent of our undergraduates identify as US students of color, and more than 40 percent receive need-based financial aid. Tufts proudly meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Each fall Tufts observes Indigenous People’s Day, an annual student-led celebration of Indigenous resistance and culture in which local Native groups share dance, music, prayer, and food with our students and faculty. Tufts’ Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora offers courses in Native American and Indigenous studies and hosts various events and workshops focused on decolonization and Native histories.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/tufts
How to Apply: https://admissions.tufts.edu/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1092302180975143/
COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
We take a moment to recognize that Berkeley sits on the territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold University of California, Berkeley more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.
From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, the University of California, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world. Today, Berkeley is home to more than 30,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students studying in more than 300 academic disciplines in 14 schools and colleges. Berkeley has been at the forefront of research throughout its history. Here students can work side-by-side with Nobel Laureates, Fields medal winners, Fulbright Scholars and MacArthur fellows. Whether you’re a biologist or a poet, an entrepreneur or a dancer, here you’ll find a world of opportunities to help you grow and transform.
Known for its natural beauty, temperate climate and cultural diversity, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than 7 million people who hail from around the world. Students hail from every state in the nation and more than 100 countries worldwide. Bay Area residents enjoy easy access to outdoor recreation, the arts, Silicon Valley startups, Napa Valley wineries, and much more.
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.berkeley.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://visit.berkeley.edu/virtual-engagements/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://cejce.berkeley.edu/nasd
COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.berkeley.edu/
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
At the University of California, Irvine, we believe in the infinitely curious. Our students are the tinkerers, the dreamers, and the courageous of thought. They are inspiring, motivated, and care about the world around them. And they aren’t afraid to fail, because they dare to go where others won’t. If this sounds a lot like you, then you need to be here making a difference too. You’ll fit in just by being you. No other college or university nurtures fearless, independent thought like UCI does. We take you beyond the classroom to see possibility where others see impossibility. One of the top ten public universities in the United States, UCI offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs and the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned faculty to produce groundbreaking work. In fact, by the time you are a senior, 91 percent of your graduating class will have participated in faculty-mentored research. And we’re located in sunny southern California, five miles from pristine Pacific Ocean beaches. Students enjoy a perfect Mediterranean climate and have easy access to surfing and sailing, hundreds of miles of bike and hiking trails, desert camping, mountain resorts for snowboarding and skiing, and famous attractions such as Disneyland and Hollywood. To learn more, or for questions about the admissions process, contact Julie Marovish, admissions counselor for the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-3581.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
The University of Denver, located in the Rocky Mountain region, acknowledges that it sits on Cheyenne and Arapahoe land. Our 130-acre campus rests in a semi-urban setting 15 minutes from downtown Denver and is renowned for its beauty, state-of-the-art facilities and classic architecture. Denver is recognized as one of the largest growing Native American populations in the country with at least 200 tribal nations inhabiting the city. DU’s vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good is distinguished by a diverse array of programs that offer consistent access to faculty and personalized education in small classes. 5,700 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students from all 50 states and over 80 countries are brought together in an environment that prizes not only adventurous learning partnerships between students and faculty, but research and internship opportunities for students in all disciplines. While we want our students to thoroughly experience everything Denver and the surrounding area has to offer, seeking out global perspectives is a hallmark of a DU experience – through our Cherrington Global Scholars program (recently ranked the #8 study abroad program in the country), DU offers study abroad options on six continents at no additional cost, with over 75% of students participating. 91% of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school six months after graduation. Outside the classroom, DU students enjoy over 100 clubs and active organizations, such as the Native Student Alliance. NSA annually hosts the DU New Beginnings PowWow, Native campus tours, student socials and other programming led by the Native American Liaison & Program Manager. Students also enjoy supporting the 18 NCAA Division I teams including our top- ranked lacrosse, hockey, soccer and gymnastics programs. We annually provide over $136 million in scholarship and financial aid assistance to our students including our Native American Community Scholarship and Native American Community Tuition Scholarship. Both opportunities are available through an application process for admitted undergraduate students who are active in the Native community. In addition, we also offer the Native American Community Transfer Scholarship, which is available through an application process for any incoming undergraduate transfer students. Please contact the DU Financial Aid Office at email@example.com for more information and to apply!
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNnrsWbF8X4
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.du.edu/equity/indigenous-initiatives
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.du.edu/coronavirus
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The University of Michigan is located on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe people. In 1817, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadami Nations made the largest single gift to the early University, when they ceded land through the Treaty at the Foot of the Rapids so that their children could be educated. U-M (situated in vibrant Ann Arbor) has been a global model of a diverse, comprehensive academic institution committed to furthering the public good. 19 schools and colleges offer 263 degree programs, featuring tremendous academic breadth and opportunity for discovery. Our thriving innovation ecosystem cultivates the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of students across campus. Students study the liberal arts and the sciences in a spirited, cross-disciplinary environment that encourages inquiry in the classroom and in undergraduate research, with a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and 1,400 students participating in undergraduate research partnerships with faculty. Global learning is achieved through more than 90 study-abroad programs on 6 continents; more than 40 global languages taught on campus; and various global intercultural experiences for students. 10+ Michigan Learning Communities allow undergraduates with similar interests or goals to live and study together, making a large campus small. Upon graduation, students have access to more than 630,000 living alumni around the globe to make personal and professional connections with.
The University of Michigan is taking steps to return to full on-campus operations, with the intention to re-open to the public in the Fall, adhering to evolving public-health-informed measures from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most classes taught in person, residence halls open at nearly 80 percent capacity, athletics events with fans in the stands and the campus community abuzz with activity. If the health and safety guidelines exceed these expectations, we will adjust by further increasing in-person activities and relaxing public health measures.
Financial Aid: https://admissions.umich.edu/costs-aid/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.umich.edu/explore-visit/virtual-resources
How to Apply: https://admissions.umich.edu/apply/first-year-applicants
Native/Diversity Programming: https://admissions.umich.edu/costs-aid/michigan-residents/michigan-indian-tuition-waiver
COVID-19 Updates: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
We acknowledge our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik/ Pokagon Potawatomi, who have been using this land for education for thousands of years, and continue to do so. The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842. We are a private, Catholic university located in South Bend, Indiana, welcoming students from all 50 states and over 100 countries. We are a mid-sized, undergraduate-focused university with 8,500 undergraduates and roughly 3,500 graduate students. Notre Dame has a strong sense of tradition, community, school spirit, and faith. With 33 residence halls that serve as the center of student social life, and over 450+ clubs and organizations, there are many places to find community at Notre Dame. We welcome students from all religious, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds at Notre Dame.The first-year experience focuses on finding your passions, before you officially declare your major(s) with the help of your first-year advisor. You’ll find support in your residence hall from your rector, resident assistants, and upperclassmen, and whether you need support navigating your classwork, your mental health, or connecting with your identity, Notre Dame provides resources like the Multicultural Student Programs and Services Office, the Office of Student Enrichment, and Native American Initiatives. You can view a more complete list of these resources here and if you have any questions, you can always reach out to your regional admissions counselor.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://enrollment.nd.edu/portal/campus-visit
How to Apply: https://admissions.nd.edu/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://nai.nd.edu/
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a master’s-level university with a spirited community of over 8,200 students. With a wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings, fantastic Pembroke faculty, and a diverse community of cultures, ideas and organizations at their fingertips, UNCP students are poised to excel in life.
Each student is an individual at UNCP. Our students get a chance to make names for themselves — to stand out in a warm and welcoming community that wants them to succeed — and experience a rare combination of opportunities, cultures and ideas that can’t be found anywhere else.
Located in the southeastern North Carolina town of Pembroke, UNCP has a rich American Indian history and is one of the safest campuses in the University of North Carolina System. With small class sizes, a low student-faculty ratio and one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, UNCP is a growing university that empowers students to go on to live vibrant, fulfilling lives.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/uncp/130666?tourid=tour1_10_27_17_32730&pl=v&m_prompt=1
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.uncp.edu/academics/american-indian-heritage-center
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.uncp.edu/about/update-coronavirus-covid-19
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
The University of Oklahoma, located in Norman, Oklahoma, occupies land which was the traditional home of the Caddo Nation and Wichita & Affiliated Tribes. We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Osage nations. Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma because of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people.
On a campus of 22,000 undergraduates, students enjoy all the advantages of being at a flagship, public research institution while also being part of a group that is small enough to foster a deep connection to the OU family. At OU, we care about students’ success both during and following their time in Norman. Named a “Best Value College” by The Princeton Review, attending OU is a great investment in your future. Our 18:1 faculty-to-staff ratio helps students forge relationships with their professors, and students are surrounded by opportunities to gain valuable, real-world experiences that make their OU degree worth the investment. Students benefit from a strong alumni network and resources like Career Services, which is available to both current students and OU graduates.
With more than 170 majors, many of which are ranked among the best in the nation, students can embrace academic growth, seizing experiential learning opportunities or engaging in undergraduate research. OU is a pacesetter for public higher education, achieving the 2018 Carnegie Institution’s Very High Research Activity classification.
OU’s campus features a vibrant student life. Students can use their free time to find their fit in one of more than 550 student organizations or cheer on OU’s athletics teams, including the winningest program in the modern era of college football. With students attending OU from all across the nation and 125 countries and with study abroad opportunities in over 200 cities around the world, students have a chance to learn from peers from all walks of life.
Financial Aid: https://www.ou.edu/admissions/affordability/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.ou.edu/admissions/visit/virtual-tour
How to Apply: https://www.ou.edu/admissions/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.ou.edu/diversity https://www.ou.edu/admissions/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.ou.edu/together/norman-phase-iv
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. The University of Oregon (UO) is a place that invites peace, harmony, and cultural exchange. Founded in 1876, the UO is the state’s flagship public university, offering more than 300 academic programs including a Native American Studies minor. Opportunities, academic resources, and cultural support for native students are abundant at the UO, including an active Native American Student Union, Hui ‘O Hawai’i Club, Pacific Islanders Club, the Northwest Indian Language Institute, the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential Community. But, at the center of the UO’s American Indian community is the Many Nations Longhouse—a campus gem, where students come together, and community gatherings happen to support academic success while upholding the numerous American Indian cultures and beliefs. And, with more than 275 clubs and organizations, students at the UO are bound to find almost any group to fill their interests. The UO is a Tier One research university and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, whose 62 members in the US and Canada are “recognized as outstanding by reason of the excellence of their research and education programs.” The UO’s Early Action application deadline is November 1 and the regular deadline is January 15. Awards like the Diversity Excellence Scholarship are available to native students. The UO also offers in-state tuition to members of the tribes and bands that have a historic relationship to the land that became Oregon, regardless of their current state of residence—a savings of more than $20,000 per year! To get a better sense of the UO’s native community, our academic excellence, and to see the UO’s beautiful 295-acre arboretum campus, schedule a visit. And don’t forget to attend the UO’s annual Mother’s Day Pow wow or Lūʻau in the spring!
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.uoregon.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-16f33lpmFg
How to Apply: https://admissions.uoregon.edu/freshmen
Native/Diversity Programming: https://admissions.uoregon.edu/freshmen/nativeamerican
COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia occupies the traditional homelands of the Lenni-Lenape. The University of Pennsylvania acknowledges and expresses gratitude to the indigenous people of this land, past and present, for the opportunity to live and learn on Lenapehoking, land of the Lenape.
Penn is a place that’s known for firsts. For greats. For sparking revolutionary ideas. For Ivy League tradition and Philly spirit. And for nurturing innovative thinkers who see that the way things are isn’t the way things have to be. With interdisciplinary in our DNA, and Penn’s founder, Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of reinvention inherent in all we do, we are persistent in our quest for knowledge. You’ll be in one of our four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, Penn Engineering, School of Nursing, and the Wharton School. But you’ll never be limited to just one thing. Penn admits and fosters a community vibrant with a breadth of experience across cultural and gender identity, academic interest, religious belief, extracurricular interest, and more. The Admitted Class of 2024, 54% of students identified as students of color, 14% international, 14% are first generation to college, and over 25 identified as Native American or Native Hawaiian. The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) serves as a home base for Natives at Penn, a student-run organization representing Native American, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and Alaska Native students at Penn. GIC also houses the First-Generation Low-Income Program (FGLI), which supports the needs of those who are first in their families to attend college and/or from low-income households.
Penn practices need-blind admissions for citizens and permanent residents of the US, Canada and Mexico. Penn meets 100% of demonstrated need for admitted students through grant-based aid. Our admissions process has always relied on what we call “whole person review:” the practice of considering each student’s individual context and environment as we learn through their applications about their lived experiences, their achievements, and the academic and personal contributions they have made in their respective communities. In response to COVID-19, Penn will not require first-year and transfer applicants to submit the SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests for the 2021-22 application cycle. Applicants who do not submit testing will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process.
Financial Aid: https://srfs.upenn.edu/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.upenn.edu/virtual-tour
Native/Diversity Programming: https://sites.google.com/view/natives-at-penn/home
UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
The University of Portland is a small, private, Catholic, liberal arts, teaching university located in Portland, Oregon. UP is in North Portland, only 15 minutes from downtown, 5 minutes from the St. Johns neighborhood, and 15 minutes from Forest Park. Our campus size is about 4,000 students with a 24-average student class size and 11:1 student to faculty ratio. We are the only Catholic institution in the state of Oregon; however, religion on campus is always an invitation, never an expectation. About 45% of students self-identify as Catholic on campus providing multiple opportunities for all faith backgrounds on campus to explore faith and spirituality.
The UP is a Liberal Arts, teaching university which consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Business, School of Engineering, and School of Education. We apply and demonstrate a Holistic learning approach that encourages the full formation of the individual and their world views. There are 13 core class requirements, which ensure a strong academic foundation. Students begin taking classes that pertain to their major their freshman year, and the core classes are distributed amongst four years.
To acknowledge the Native land in which our campus was founded and in partnership with the NAYA Family Center, the University of Portland has created the following land acknowledgement: We acknowledge the land on which we sit and which we occupy at the University of Portland. “The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River creating communities and summer encampments to harvest and use the plentiful natural resources of the area” (Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable, 2018). We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land.
Financial Aid: https://www.up.edu/finaid/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.up.edu/admissions/visit/index.html
How to Apply: https://www.up.edu/admissions/apply/freshman.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.up.edu/inclusion/dip/index.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.up.edu/pilotsprevent/
UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
The University of Redlands was founded in 1907 on the lands of the Yuhaviatam (Serrano) and Cahuilla. We pledge to continue honoring the original and continued land caretakers by working with their
descendants and acknowledging their lands at every event and activity.
The University of Redlands has been dedicated to educating hearts and minds. We are passionate about giving students the framework to shape the rest of their lives. In an environment of academic rigor and personal responsibility, we offer a transformative education where students can blend what they learn in the classroom with life skills that will affect positive change in the world. As a small, private, liberal arts university, you can love what you find here, or find what you love and create it. That’s the Redlands tradition. Be who you are and become what you want to be. Here at Redlands, we are a community of communities. Our Native Student Programs (NSP) addresses higher education retention and access issues as they affect Native American college students, youth, and their families in Southern California and beyond. NSP seeks to create and sustain a visible and vibrant Native American culture at the University of Redlands through events and services that include volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, cultural programming and more. At Redlands, Native American students will find an Endowed Chair of Native American Studies within the Department of Race and Ethnic Studies. Native American specific courses include: Southern California Indian Relations with the Land, Native American Religions and Worldviews, Native American Women, Native American Environmental Issues. The NSP also works to: Advocate for Native students; Mentor and advises students; Organize events for local Native community on campus; Advise Native American Student Union; Assist Native freshmen and transfer applicants in college admissions and financial aid process; Directly coordinate with the Office of Admissions on outreach efforts; Provide workshops on college readiness, admissions, financial aid, etc; Organize campus tours and tribal community visits; Offer community service opportunities to work with tribal communities. We are Redlands, where curiosity finds inspiration; where creativity and innovation open doors and change lives; and where diversity enriches us all. Here at Redlands, your dreams become aspirations and your aspirations become achievements.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.redlands.edu/admissions-and-aid/first-year/visits-and-tours/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/college-of-arts-and-sciences/native-american-student-programs/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.redlands.edu/urready/#qn
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
The University of Rochester is one of the country’s leading private research universities, located on the ancestral and tribal homelands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, specifically Onödowáʼga (Seneca) Nation. Rochester operates on a personal scale, creating exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close work with faculty. The unique Rochester Curriculum invites students to learn what they love, allowing for both focus and flexibility. Its College of Arts and Sciences and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, and Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The University consistently ranks among the top in federally financed science, engineering, and medical research. Rochester has a global community of nearly 5,500 students, where 90% of undergraduates live on campus all four years. With more than 300 student organizations ranging from cultural and political to religious and athletic experiences, students find communities of friends and mentors who share their interests and passions. The expectation is that each student will live up to Rochester’s motto, “Meliora” (ever better), recognizing that they are future leaders in industry, education, and culture. Rochester is committed to meeting the full demonstrated-need of all students with additional merit scholarship opportunities available. Navigating through world-renowned facilities and resources, a day in the life of two Rochester students—or any two days in the life of a single student—is never the same.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.rochester.edu/visit/virtual-visit
How to Apply: https://admissions.rochester.edu/applying/how-to-apply
Native/Diversity Programming: http://www.rochester.edu/college/bic/ https://www.rochester.edu/college/kearnscenter/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.rochester.edu/coronavirus-update/
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
At the University of San Francisco, students get the best of Jesuit education with a San Francisco twist. Founded in 1855 as the city’s first college, USF is today a vibrant learning community — ranked #5 nationwide for undergraduate student diversity by U.S. News and World Report — in the center of a metropolis known worldwide for innovation and opportunity. USF offers 44 majors and 46 minors in the arts and sciences, business, and nursing and health professions. Students participate in more than 100 clubs and cheer for the USF Dons in NCAA Division 1 across nine men’s and women’s sports. True to Jesuit tradition, a USF education is rigorous by nature and personalized by design. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 22, each course is an intimate learning community in which students learn by doing, not just by listening. Students work with award-winning professors who challenge them to think critically, communicate clearly, collaborate effectively, and solve complex problems — the traits that employers want the most. USF also expects students to turn their learning into positive action, with a strong commitment to social justice and to changing the world for the better. This unique combination of rigor and compassion attracts students who want to succeed in their careers and in their communities. They come to USF to connect with the people, organizations, and employers who are inventing tomorrow. They come to USF because USF graduates have salaries in the top 3% of all college graduates in the country (source: federal government College Scorecard). And, of course, they come to USF to live, learn, and grow in the heart of San Francisco, with its natural beauty, 27 distinct neighborhoods, major sporting events, and cultural attractions such as the American Indian Film Festival, plus a full spectrum of research, internship, and employment opportunities.
If you are impacted by closed testing centers (e.g., for the SAT or ACT), please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we are a test optional university. You don’t need test scores to apply to USF, although you will need them when you enroll for class placement. Some schools have moved to a pass/fail or credit/no credit system for courses this spring. There will be no impact on your admission to USF if you receive a pass or credit grade instead of a letter grade for classes taken in spring 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach us at email@example.com or (415) 422-6563.
Financial Aid: https://www.usfca.edu/admission/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/usfca/140444?pl=v&m_prompt=1
How to Apply: https://www.usfca.edu/admission/undergraduate/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.usfca.edu/about-usf/who-we-are/our-values/commitment-to-diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.usfca.edu/admission/undergraduate/covid-19
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Salt Lake is the U’s “college city,” pairing sophisticated urban offerings with outdoor adventure. From Broadway shows and the Sundance Film Festival to the Utah Jazz NBA games, world‐class skiing and five national parks, Utah offers a variety of activities for students to enjoy. Students also have access to low‐cost outdoor equipment rentals and group outings to help them explore the surrounding Wasatch Mountains.
However, students don’t have to leave campus to experience outstanding music, theater, and dance performances. Talented students and faculty create and perform hundreds of concerts, exhibitions, screenings, and shows each year, and the student government has hosted concerts featuring B.O.B. and Migos. Recent speakers have included U.S. President Joe Biden and former president of Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York.
Salt Lake City is the top in the nation for diversity of jobs, according to Bloomberg, which means there are an abundance of companies providing U students with internship and employment opportunities. And, when students land that job downtown, their transportation is covered. U students have access to public transportation to, from, and around campus and the Salt Lake Valley for no additional cost.
The U offers an affordable investment in a high-quality and highvalue degree by having the lowest out-of-state cost of attendance in the Pac1-2, along with the opportunity to meet requirements for in-state tuition after just one year. As a leader in global research and innovation, the U provides students with exciting ways to discover and nurture their interests. From Lassonde Studios, an on-campus incubator and entrepreneurial center, and an international campus in Incheon, South Korea, to the Student Success Advocates and the hundreds of undergraduate research opportunities, the possibilities are only limited by the imagination.
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.utah.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.utah.edu/visit/
How to Apply: https://admissions.utah.edu/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://diversity.utah.edu/
COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.utah.edu/
Ursinus College is a prestigious national liberal arts college educating undergraduate students since 1869. Located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, our beautiful 170-acre campus is home to 97% of our 1,500 students, making Ursinus a truly residential experience of living and learning. At the heart of a Ursinus education is consequential learning resulting from personalized and rigorous education, reflected in our 11:1 student to faculty ratio. We believe that academic inquiry—reflecting on who we are and our place in the world—produces critical thinkers and principled leaders who go on to live lives of purpose and meaning. It’s why we are so fond of questions here, such as those that make up our core curriculum. With more than 60 degrees of study, our students often find themselves double majoring or minoring and are architects of their own educational experience. The student body is made up of is made up of 22% students of color, and our degree-seeking population representing 31 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and 20 countries (dual, international, and permanent residency.) When not in the classroom, our students are researchers, performers, and explorers; they participate in service and succeed on and off the field. In fact, 35% of our student body participates in Varsity athletics, as part of the competitive Division III Centennial Conference. The best way to decide if Ursinus is the right place for you is to visit our campus. We offer one-on-one tours, personalized information sessions, and interviews with our Admission staff year-round. Visit ursinus.edu/visit to learn more!
We collectively acknowledge that Vanderbilt University occupies the ancestral and traditional lands of the Yuchi, Shawnee, Cherokee & Chickasaw nations. In particular, the University resides on land ceded on November 8, 1795, in the Treaty of Hopewell. We recognize, support, and advocate for the Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those forcibly removed from their homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Vanderbilt University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.
Vanderbilt is a medium-sized, private, research university with a 340-acre campus located in the Midtown neighborhood of Nashville, TN. Within a comprehensive undergraduate experience, our students focus on academic programs that span the liberal arts, education, engineering, music, pre-professional studies, and interdisciplinary areas. Top majors include Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Health & Society (MHS), Secondary Education, and Human & Organizational Development (HOD). Over 95% of our 7,000 undergraduate students reside on campus all 4 years. Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students are able to engage in civic & professional engagement, global citizenship, creative expression, & research. More than 475 student organizations exist on campus, including the Indigenous Scholars Organization. First-generation college students are supported through FirstVU & the Quest Scholars Network, while our identity centers provide a home-away-from-home for many students. Experience Vanderbilt provides grants to ensure extracurricular opportunities are affordable to all students. Vanderbilt is in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) & our 16 varsity teams provide various outlets for students to show their school spirit. Admissions is selective & applications are reviewed holistically. Opportunity Vanderbilt makes 3 financial commitments to our students: we employ a need-blind admissions process, commit to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need, & we do not package loans in our financial aid awards. Merit scholarships are also available & require a separate application to be considered.
Financial Aid: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/financialaid/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/visit
How to Apply: https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/scsji/
Vassar College is a liberal arts and sciences college in Poughkeepsie, New York, halfway between Albany and New York City in the historic Hudson Valley. Vassar is defined by the strength of our students’ voices, our commitment to social justice, and our care for the environment. We gratefully gather on the land of the Wappingers Peoples, the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican, the Delaware Lenape Tribe, and the Delaware Nation.
At Vassar, we empower our students to forge their own academic path with more than 50 different majors and 65 minors. Our open curriculum provides the flexibility to combine many interests and explore new ideas, while our unique Intensive classes let students dig deeper into a topic in an individualized, mentored environment. Our students can gain real-world experience through our Community-Engaged Learning program and immerse themselves in hands-on research as part of the URSI and Ford Scholars summer programs.
Our 1,000-acre campus is a living entity, mirroring the natural growth and evolution of our academic pursuits. The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve promotes increased understanding and appreciation of the natural systems through field-based education and research, and provides numerous opportunities for students interested in sustainability, farming, and environmental education. As a campus, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and working toward a carbon-neutral future.
From our founding in 1861, Vassar has been committed to access, becoming the first college in the US to offer an education to women equal to the all-male Ivy League. Today, social justice is at the heart of our community, which includes students from a range of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, representing all 50 states and more than 60 countries. We seek to make a college education affordable and accessible through our generous financial aid program, which meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.
Financial Aid: https://www.vassar.edu/admissions/financial-aid
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.vassar.edu/admissions/visit-us
How to Apply: https://www.vassar.edu/admissions/apply
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.vassar.edu/admissions/apply/diversity
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.vassar.edu/together/dashboard
Villanova University was founded on what was Lenni-Lenape land, known as Lanapehoking, a Pennsylvania territory that included the land we occupy today. Descendants of the Lenni-Lenape continue to live in the region, as well as in the state of Oklahoma and other parts of the U.S. We mention this information as part of Villanova’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to teaching about the processes that shape our society, which includes educating students about the mistreatment of Native people here and elsewhere in the country throughout American history.
Villanova University was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. Villanova prepares students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. Villanova boasts four undergraduate colleges (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Villanova School of Business, College of Engineering and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing) and 80+ majors and minors. Our academic setting has an average of 23 students per class and 86% of our students participate in at least one research experience. Professors support all students in their academic journey and Villanova’s Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA) holistically supports underrepresented, first generation and Pell eligible students in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment.
Villanova’s 6,500 undergraduate students primarily live on-campus and are active community members through the school’s many community service opportunities, including the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world, and 260+ clubs and organizations. These organizations provide entertainment, community, support, identity affirmation, mentorship and resources to all students.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www1.villanova.edu/content/university/undergraduate-admission/visit/virtual-visit.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www1.villanova.edu/university/undergraduate-admission.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://www1.villanova.edu/university/return-to-campus.html
Washington College is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts college located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, near the Chesapeake Bay and just 90 minutes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Approximately 1,450 undergraduate students from 35 states and 40 nations attend WC. Campus groups like the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows and Model UN provide students with access to hands-on learning opportunities all over the world. Other student organizations are big on community service or the arts. Small school, big experience.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
Washington University in St. Louis is located on the ancestral and traditional homelands of the Missouria, Osage Nation, and the Illini Confederacy. At WashU, students benefit from the resources of a large research university with the individual attention, advising, and support of a small liberal arts college. Founded in 1853, WashU is known for its academic flexibility, groundbreaking research, robust student life, state-of-the-art facilities, top-notch living and dining experiences, and strong commitment to diversity. WashU undergrads — more than 7000 students who hail from all 50 states and over 40 countries around the globe — are passionate, curious, and compelled to solve the problems of the world. They are inherently motivated as individuals, but they are collaborators, teammates, and friends. Students learn from one another as they share varying perspectives, and the 7:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional advising program offer a strong support system. When students enroll at WashU, they set off on a truly unique academic path. The university’s unparalleled academic flexibility allows students to study within and across any of our five undergraduate divisions: architecture, art, arts and sciences, business, and engineering. With more than 90 areas of study and 1,500 courses, students are able to explore every subject area of interest. Outside the classroom, students find their place in more than 450 organizations and activities. Campus traditions bring students together as they showcase their own cultures and learn about others through events like Diwali, Carnaval, Black Anthology, Lunar New Year Festival, and an annual Pow Wow. Students take advantage of the research opportunities available throughout every division and at the School of Medicine, often beginning their first year. Admission to WashU is selective, and our students have challenged themselves in high school. Once undergraduate students are admitted, WashU commits to fully meeting 100 percent of their demonstrated financial need, eliminating roadblocks to an exceptional education and a successful future.
Financial Aid: https://financialaid.wustl.edu/
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4teUNOSn3cY&t=1s
How to Apply: https://admissions.wustl.edu/how-to-apply/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://diversity.wustl.edu/
COVID-19 Updates: https://covid19.wustl.edu/
On Wellesley’s scenic residential campus, just 12 miles west of Boston, students enjoy the best of both worlds: a strong sense of community in a breathtakingly beautiful setting with easy access to Boston—an academic, medical, cultural, and historic hub and one of the largest college cities in the world. Ranked among the top liberal arts and sciences colleges, Wellesley, with its student body of 2300, has a deep tradition of educating women who make a difference in the world. In addition to 1,000+ classes and 54 majors, Wellesley offers pre-medical and pre-law advisory programs and cross-registration with MIT and others. Multiculturalism is a way of life within the College’s welcoming community, which includes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Nearly half (49%) of our students identify as students of color. Due to its need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, generous financial aid, and low student-loan levels, Wellesley also considered one of the most socio-economically diverse colleges in the nation. Classes are discussion based, so students have the opportunity to learn not only from the professor, but also from each other. Outside of class, students frequently engage in the 150+ student organizations, including an array of cultural and faith-based clubs. With a rich history, an established reputation for academic excellence, and state-of-the-art resources, Wellesley provides its students with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful in today’s global environment. Wellesley offers a variety of learning support services, designed to help students reach their academic potential. Cultural advisors also work closely with both students and faculty. Individualized peer tutoring is available to all students at no extra cost. In addition, Wellesley Plus, a voluntary transition program for first year students, and the First Generation Network are designed to support and connect students that are the first in their families to attend college.
Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, located in Middletown, CT (about two hours each from Boston and New York City), with 2,900 undergraduates. Degrees are offered in 44 major fields of study through the university’s 39 departments, and students enjoy freedom and flexibility through the university’s open curriculum. Students at Wesleyan make their mark in the wider world through creativity, intellectual independence, risk taking, and drive to improve the world. Wesleyan has a long-standing commitment to diversity of the student body on campus. About a third of the undergraduates self-identify as students of color, while 12 to 15 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Wesleyan is committed to need-based financial aid and meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all students. There are more than 200 student organizations that represent a range of interests: community service, publications, theater and dance troupes, political organizations, and ethnic interest and support groups, just to name a few. Wesleyan University offers a selective transportation assistance program to visit campus for low-income and underrepresented students in the fall and spring each year.
Financial Aid: https://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/affording/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.wesleyan.edu/inclusion/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.wesleyan.edu/keep-wes-safe/dashboard.html
Whitman College is located on the traditional Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla homelands. We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present and extend our respect to all indigenous people today. We honor their stewardship of the land and ecosystem and commit to continuing that important work. As a small residential liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman is rooted in the traditional liberal arts values like critical thought and academic rigor. But at our foundation is also a belief in the value of community and power of relationships. Our graduates are scholars, but also explorers, advocates and scientists. They climb mountains, travel to far-off corners and give voice to others. They care about community and aim to become citizens of the world. Whitman students live and work on a residential campus that doubles as both an arboretum and an outdoor art museum. Located in a welcoming college town, it is a place that is home to an extraordinary diversity of talents, interests, activities and people. It’s easy to venture outside your comfort zone, extend yourself intellectually, collaborate with others and share new ideas and insights. You will find the teachers, friendships, resources, inspiration, time, and space you need to discover yourself and your ability to make a difference in the world. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Whitman College is responsible for championing issues of inclusion for the entire campus community in ways that promote a sense of belonging for all faculty, staff, and students. We believe that inclusion is a shared responsibility of all members within our community and that justice for all acts as the Northstar in these efforts. To accomplish the departmental mission of inclusivity, we approach our work from an intersectional, data-informed, and collaborative way. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively to innovate while remaining people centered. Programmatically we are invested in how the curricular and co-curricular experiences promote belonging, inclusion, and justice. From a practical perspective, we utilize the cultural competency continuum to support a training process that is approachable and accessible. Walla Walla is an award-winning downtown with boutique shops and gourmet restaurants; world-class outdoors experiences in our backyard; and a mild climate with ample sunshine. Walla Walla, Washington, has it all. Our close-knit, caring community provides the perfect environment in which to live and learn.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/virtual-tours
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.whitman.edu/newsroom/indigenous-politics-course
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.whitman.edu/covid-dashboard
Willamette University, located in Salem, Oregon, resides on the land of the Kalapuya, who today are represented by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, whose relationship with this land continues to this day. We offer gratitude for the land itself, for those who have stewarded it for generations, and for the opportunity to study, learn, work, and be in community on this land. We acknowledge that our university’s history, like many others, is fundamentally tied to the first colonial developments in the Willamette Valley. Finally, we respectfully acknowledge and honor past, present, and future Indigenous students of Willamette.
In the early 2000s, the Chemawa-Willamette Partnership was set in motion by an active class of Native Willamette students. They reestablished the annual pow wow, created a student organization, the Native American Enlightenment Association (NAEA) and reached out to nearby Native communities, including Chemawa Indian School, Grand Ronde and Siletz. At Chemawa, the student leaders established trust and built relationships by regularly tutoring and being involved with the school community.
We strive to foster an environment that welcomes, celebrates, and supports our diverse members and we welcome the challenges and conversations that come with this diversity. By committing to active engagement in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion, we benefit from the talent and experiences of all members of our rich community.
Our beautiful campus — located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and co-located with Tokyo International University of America — features a residential undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences and graduate programs in the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to collaborative research and a variety of programs provide an environment where teaching and learning flourish.
Financial Aid: https://willamette.edu/offices/finaid/index.html
Virtual Tour Info Session:https://apply.willamette.edu/portal/daily_virtual_visits/index.html
Native/Diversity Programming: https://willamette.edu/org/nisu/index.html
COVID-19 Updates: https://willamette.edu/offices/wellness/coronavirus/index.html
Williams College is located on Mohican land, and the Mohican people have been variously referred to as Mahikanak or Mahican. We acknowledge the people who came before us and owe an immense debt to the original inhabitants of this land and their descendants. Williams believes in undergraduates. Students, scientists, artists, and scholars come here from around the world and make Williams a cosmopolitan epicenter, a creative incubator, a global stage, and a launch pad for impact that reaches far beyond campus. Williams has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the nation, meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated need of every student, every year. It’s the breadth and depth of students’ experiences intellectual and experiential, theoretical and practical, local and global that position Williams graduates to thrive and lead in fields as diverse and evolving as they are themselves.
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://www.williams.edu/admission-aid/visit/
How to Apply: https://www.williams.edu/admission-aid/apply-overview/
Native/Diversity Programming: https://www.williams.edu/admission-aid/wow/
COVID-19 Updates: https://www.williams.edu/coronavirus/
Yale University acknowledges that Indigenous peoples and nations, including Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Niantic, and the Quinnipiac and other Algonquian speaking peoples, have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now the state of Connecticut. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land.
Founded in 1701, Yale is the third oldest university in the country. Yale is located in New Haven, CT, 70 miles from New York City and 120 miles from Boston. Through the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY), the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), and Blue Feather (a student-led drumming group), and a Yale chapter of AISES, students can participate in a diverse range of programs to meet their needs. The NACC is led by Director Matthew Makomenaw, Assistant Director Diana Onco-Ingyadet, a team of Peer Liaisons who coordinate NACC activities and the Native American Advisory Committee, which oversees academic and social opportunities for Native American students at Yale. Our 5,900 undergraduate students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries. Students can choose from over 2,000 courses and 80+ majors, and the student-faculty ratio of 6:1 makes small classes the norm. Yale’s unique system of 14 residential colleges creates a welcoming smaller community for undergraduates within the University. Yale has a need-blind admission policy and is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all four years with no loans.
The COVID-19 outbreak has changed how schools teach and students learn all around the world. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions recognizes that the pandemic has had lasting effects on school communities and on students’ academic records, standardized testing opportunities, extracurricular activities, and learning experiences outside of school.
We hope to reassure all future college applicants that your community’s response to the outbreak—and your personal circumstances associated with it—will not negatively affect your chances of admission to Yale.
Financial Aid: https://admissions.yale.edu/affordability-basics
Virtual Tour Info Session: https://admissions.yale.edu/virtual-tour
Native/Diversity Programming: https://nacc.yalecollege.yale.edu/
COVID-19 Updates: https://admissions.yale.edu/covid-19