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About Graduate Horizons


Who We Are:

College Horizons, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation.  Two programs are offered in the summer:  College Horizons services current 10th-11th grade high school students and Graduate Horizons services college students and college graduates.  For more information on College Horizons, the high school program, please visit:

Hosting Institutions:

The GH program is only offered every two years.  We are proud to recognize the our hosting partners:

    • 2016 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 
    • 2014 - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • 2012 - Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    • 2010 - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
    • 2009 - University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    • 2008 - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • 2007 - Yale University, New Haven, CT
    • 2006 - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    • 2005 - University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
    • 2004 - Washington University St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Key Achievements:

Over 600 students have participated in Graduate Horizons and 2,200 high school students have attended the College Horizons program. In the high school program 99% are admitted to a four year institution; 95% matriculate to a four-year institution of which a third matriculate to very selective institutions (those that accept 50% or fewer); and 85% of alumni graduate college within five years! In the GH program, approximately 50 tribal nations are represented from over 25 states; 50% of participants are first-generation; 60% are current college students; 75% are female; 50% live on/near their reservation/homelands; 40% are professionals whose work directly serves Native peoples; and 70% of participants receive tuition/airfare aid from GH.

Native American Recruitment/Outreach Opportunity for Graduate Degree & Professional School Programs:

Graduate Horizons is designed to align with the multicultural-diversity outreach initiatives of a college/university’s Office of Admissions. We understand that Indian Country is vast - comprised of 310 geographical reservations and 40 Indian Statistical Areas (29 located in Oklahoma), 200 Alaska Native villages, over 563 federally recognized and 200 state recognized tribal nations, and the  islands of Native Hawaiian homelands. We also know that Native American and Native Hawaiian students continue to be the most underrepresented minority population on college campuses. Graduate Horizons brings to campus a competitive and talented pool of 100 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian college students and college graduates.  Students have the opportunity to study and reside on-site, take a campus tour and informational session, and use the facilities and resources of the university to gain first-hand experience of what the school has to offer.


The mission of College Horizons is to encourage and facilitate the education of Native American young people.

What is Graduate Horizons?

Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school).  Graduate Horizons partners with 45 university graduate/professional degree programs where admission officers, professors and deans mentor and advise students on the admissions process, professional/career development, and the various fields of study, research, and graduate programs available.  Participants of the program complete graduate ready personal statements/statements of purpose; resumes/cvʼs; applications; receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) by the Princeton Review Foundation; understand the financial aid process for graduate school and learn about graduate scholarship/fellowship opportunities; and they attend seminars on the various aspects of the admissions process (selecting faculty/professional recommenders, determining the right fit/match in a degree program, role of direct/relevant work experience, etc).