University building pathway to college for K-12 students

The University of Iowa is now collaborating with K-12 schools in a new program to help gifted students in rural areas to take STEM classes and pursue careers in those fields. The program not only benefits the schools and students but also improves the connection for them to the University of Iowa.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a variety of outreach programs through STEM schools, including a week-long program for economically disadvantaged middle school students in which it hopes to inspire “students to be interested in the STEM fields through fun and educational activities, challenges, and projects.” Another program works with middle and high school girls interested in math, and one offers high school students a year-long opportunity to do math research projects with support from mentors who are usually graduate students. A Research Science Institute also offers a free summer science and engineering program where participants do thorough research projects.


When high school students don’t have a college nearby, they are less likely to attend, researchers have discovered. A survey by Inside Higher Education found more than half of admissions officials intend to recruit more often from rural schools. Swarthmore College has developed a Small Towns at Swarthmore program and a New York Times article recently highlighted a number of colleges hoping to enroll more students from the country side.


In certain cases, universities work to improve college readiness. According to the Jobs for the Future program, they found that high schools and colleges can collaborate through dual enrollment, transition courses, college success courses and better communication.





Can you apply for universities without a TOEFL score?

In the highly competitive universities application in the United States, TOEFL score has become one of the most direct reflection of Chinese students’ English proficiency, so the TOEFL score is now a must when it comes to applying for an American college. TOEFL test is a requirement for most university application requirement list, and it has become a watershed for US study applications. Lots of students are rejected by their dream school because they can’t get the ideal scores or they just simply didn’t have time to take the test. Some people might ask the question that which schools do not require TOEFL score? Are there any group of people who are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam? In short, many parents and students are desperate to know that whether there are ways to not take the TOEFL and still be able to study in the US?


The short answer is. Yes!


First of all, we have to figure out which group of people do not need the TOEFL scores at all:

  1. The SAT reads applicants with excellent individual results. Many universities offer convenience for TOEFL applications for SAT high score students. In this case, although the TOEFL test is not required, it is not easy to get a high score on the SAT. For most Chinese students, it still doesn’t work.
  2. High school that qualified in the United States or other English-speaking countries. If you are completing high school studies overseas, you should carefully check the school’s regulations. It is very likely that you don’t have to take a TOEFL test.
  3. Students who cooperate in certain school. It is also known as “3+1” and “2+2” projects. In this case, many applicants can also exempt from the TOEFL requirements.


If you don’t qualify any of those situations mentioned above, don’t worry! There’s still a chance.

Many universities in the US, including prestigious schools, offer some easing policies for international students who are temporarily out of compliance or who are unable to provide TOEFL scores in a timely manner. There are programs such as double admission, conditional admission, bridge courses, etc. The names are different, but the form is similar. In this case, after the student is admitted, he or she must complete the language course within the time specified by the school and pass the test. After that, formal university study can begin. Many students have misunderstandings about this. We have to remind you that the language course mentioned here is not a language school, but an English class offered by the university you applied for. In other words, you are already a student at the school, but you have to take a few more classes than those regular admitted students.