MICUA MEMBERS TAKE ACTION during each aspect of the application and admissions process to provide students from all backgrounds the opportunity to attend and succeed at an inclusive institution of higher education.
Capitol Technology University was a founding member of First Generation College Bound, whose mission is to empower youth from low to moderate income families to achieve social and economic success by providing guidance, encouragement, and support in obtaining a college degree. Capitol also maintains active ties with College Bound Foundation, which works in Baltimore City to encourage and enable students to pursue postsecondary education. Each year, Capitol holds a STEM career expo for high school juniors. The University provides bus transportation to provide these high school students with the opportunity to experience hands-on STEM experiments and learn about the opportunities and successes they may achieve in the STEM fields. The University also offers a summer program free of charge for its most at-risk students, the Capitol Institute for Student Success (CISS). CISS provides developmental coursework in math and English for at-risk entering first-year students.
Goucher College offers the Goucher Video Application (GVA) as an option in the admissions process. Goucher was the first college in the nation to create an application option requesting student-submitted videos as the decisive factor for admission. The GVA represents an innovative step to demystify and de-stress the admissions process and create a more transparent application for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The GVA did, in fact, attract a more diverse population. Nearly 52 percent of students who applied through this method self-identified as minority.
The Undergraduate Admissions Office at Johns Hopkins University partners with at least 30 community-based organizations (CBO) around the country that help underrepresented student populations go to college through a combination of recruitment activities, campus visits for CBO administrators, and college counseling. There are several oncampus programs geared towards attracting diverse students to Johns Hopkins. HOME, or Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience, focuses on underrepresented prospective students by exposing them to the breadth of culturallyspecific resources on campus. Similar programming for underrepresented admitted students occurs during Discovery Days and SOHOP (Spring Open House Overnight Program). A First Generation fly-in program brings a student and one parent/guardian to campus for a similar exposure to academic and co-curricular life at Johns Hopkins.
Washington College values diversity and has placed a targeted emphasis on enrolling culturally diverse students. The institution recruits across the globe, enrolling students from 35+ states and 40+ nations, including a substantial number of students from China and India. The College admissions team holistically reviews admission applications, offering test optional admission and seeking to enroll wellrounded students. In addition, 32 George’s Brigade scholars are thriving at Washington College. George’s Brigade seeks to work with high-performing students whose families would otherwise not have the resources to pay for a private liberal arts education. Brigade scholars have their full need met, including room and board, as well as comprehensive support programs designed to help them succeed from initial enrollment through graduation.