Grad Prep Academy

Preparing Black Male Undergraduates for Doctoral Study in the Field of Education  

From 2008 to 2017, the Grad Prep Academy invited applications from talented Black male college students who were in their junior year. The academy’s goal was to prepare the students for graduate study and research-related careers in the field of education.

This project included a four-day visit to the University of Pennsylvania during which the selected scholars learned about applying to and succeeding in graduate school; met Penn GSE faculty and heard about their research projects; interacted with Penn GSE’s Black male graduate students and alumni; and toured Philadelphia. The Academy paid for participants to take a four-week Kaplan course to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam and paired participants with a current Black male Ph.D. student in education who offered mentoring throughout the graduate school application process, feedback on essays and other application materials, and advice on where to apply. 

More than 60 undergraduate men of color have participated in the Grad Prep Academy. They went on to pursue doctorate degrees at Penn GSE, Harvard, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern, and Duke.

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