Apply & FAQs


Thank you for your interest in the WPS College Transition Program (CTP)!
The CTP 2021 application is now open.

For priority consideration,
we recommend you please apply by MARCH 1st.

NOTE: We will still accept applications past the recommended submission date!

Student Profile: Who should apply?

We hope to increase the cohort size this summer and are looking for students who are:

  • Low-income, first-generation college-going students who will be attending a four-year college or university in the fall of 2021.
  • Ideal candidates are hard-working and will be fully dedicated to the program.
  • Student grades should be As and Bs.  
  • Students must be able to commute to campus in Newton at 9 am each morning. Lunch and MBTA passes will be provided.
  • Fellows from our pilot cohort currently attend Tufts, Boston University, Northeastern, UMass Boston/Amherst/Dartmouth, Framingham State, Simmons, Suffolk, Wesleyan, Allegheny, and Mt. Holyoke.
  • Students who don’t fit this profile, but are very interested in the program, can still apply.  We will consider Interest and commitment as priorities in admissions.

“It has always been difficult throughout elementary and high school years navigating myself in my academic and social life. Both of my parents were born in Haiti and were not able to have a college experience.”


Preparing Your Application

  1. Please use the short answer questions to give us a sense of who you are–let your personality shine through!
  2. Even though the short answer questions are short (just a paragraph, ~ 200 words), they are the most important part of the application to us!  
    • Give us details to show why you are motivated to succeed in college.
    • Be specific about how you think CTP can help.
    • Tell us a story to demonstrate your experience in building community and show us how you are a team player.
  3. Make sure to proofread your sentences!

Interview Tips & What to Expect

  • We’re excited to get to know you! We’ll get a chance to talk about things like your interests, being a team player, and what drew you to the program. 
  • Relax and be yourself! You know the answers to every question because it’s all about you.
  • Except when it’s about the program – think of a question or two, as we want to share more about CTP too.
  • Sign up soon, so you get a time slot that works for you.
  • Interviews will run 20-minutes long but plan on 30 minutes just in case.
  • You’ll meet with two of our friendly and awesome staff or faculty members!
  • Just like a regular face-to-face interview or meeting:
    • Dress in something that makes you feel confident and prepared (a nice t-shirt, button-down, sweater, casual is fine)
    • Check that your tech works – audio and video
    • Try to find a quiet space where you can be sitting in a chair and at a desk or table
    • If your background might be distracting or messy, try a virtual background
    • Log on at least a few minutes early and wait


Who would this program best serve? 

Our program is designed to support high school graduates who are first in their family to attend a four-year college. In particular, we are looking for young people who are excited to take advantage of these growth opportunities and might not have access to other supports.

How will students be selected? 

Students will be selected for interviews based on their applications. The application includes questions about your motivation to go to college, your interest in the program, your desire to build a supportive community (during the program), as well as your academic preparation. 

We hope to create a diverse cohort of students willing to take risks, challenge themselves and each other, and foster a supportive and collaborative environment. 

What does the application include?

The application has three written answer questions (recommended about a paragraph in length) and asks you to provide a writing sample (your college essay) and teacher recommendation.

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted into the program? 

WPS will invite finalists to interview in starting in early March and make final decisions by mid-April.

Will I be eligible for the $2,000 scholarship if I have to miss days due to a conflict or illness? 

Students should commit to full participation in the program. If you miss days or do not complete the assignments, you may not be eligible for the full stipend/scholarship. Students should inform WPS as soon as possible if they are unable to participate for any reason. We will address any related issues on a case by case basis.

How will COVID-19 impact the program? 

We hope to run the program on our Newton campus. Similar to many schools and organizations, WPS will be following federal and local guidance on safe and responsible programming. We are prepared to follow any restrictions that limit in-person activities. Last year, we shifted and ran our program remotely. We will do that again–if necessary.

If the program is all or partially online, will I have to provide my own device? 

Students accepted into the program will receive a Chromebook to use during the summer.

How long is the program? 

The program is 6 weeks long. Each day, students will be on campus from 9-4:30 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

How will I get to the campus in Newton?

The campus is near the Green Line (Newton Center stop). We will provide all students with a T-pass.

What is a typical schedule?

The program will run from 9-4:30 each day. We will begin with a community meeting each morning and end the day with reflection. Each day will have structured and unstructured time.

  • You will take STEM, Humanities, and College Transition courses 
  • You will participate in two workshop series–Financial Literacy and Becoming Self Regulated (time management, study skills, etc.) 
  • There will be a guest speaker series for career exploration
What if I have any technical difficulties or additional questions about the application?

Please contact, and someone will get back to you within two business days.

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