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About Graduate Horizons

OUR ORGANIZATION


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. Our organization offers three summer programs: 

  • College Horizons is an annually occurring college admission workshop for Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Native American sophomores and juniors in high school. College Horizons is held each summer at different college campus partners.  
  • Scholars Program is a three-week summer program designed to empower Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian College Horizons alumni in their transition from high school to college. The Scholars Program is hosted by Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with support from the Mellon Foundation. 
  • 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). 

To learn more about our organization, please visit www.collegehorizons.org.



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 graduate/professional degree programs. Admission officers, professors and deans mentor and advise participants on the admissions process, professional/career development, and the various fields of study, research, and graduate programs available. Participants of the program complete statements of purpose; resumes/cvʼs; applications; receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) by the Princeton Review Foundation; and learn about the financial aid process and graduate scholarship/fellowship opportunities. They also 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).


Previous Host Institutions:

The Graduate Horizons program is only offered every two years.  We are proud to recognize 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 over the years– 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.

MISSION:

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


GH 2.0 COMING SOON:

We did not host our regularly scheduled 2018 Graduate Horizons program. Instead, our organization is taking this time to carry out a thoughtful re-envisioning of the program. After 10 successful workshops which have collectively served approximately 500 participants, we are inspired and excited to make some adjustments that will allow us to better serve our students during the pre-graduate stage of their educational journey. 

A GH Advisory Committee comprised of a cross-sector mix of partner institutions, faculty, alumni and pre-graduate educators will work with the Executive Director to evaluate the program, dive into our internal data, and make recommendations for a Graduate Horizons 2.0. 

If you would like information regarding Graduate Horizons, please register for our newsletter at www.graduatehorizons.org/apply.