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Camp College

Camp College

The college admission process can be a real challenge. Public Education Foundation founded Camp College to ensure all students could access the vital resources and mentorship needed to apply for college. 

Rising juniors, rising seniors, and their families engage with our team and dozens of national partners including admissions officers, college and career counselors, and financial aid experts to ensure they are fully prepared to successfully navigate the complexities of the college application process. 


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There’s nothing quite like spending time on a college campus to jump start your plans for life after high school. For rising seniors, our Camp College initiative provides insight, guidance, support, and information for students and their families. Camp College starts with a planning retreat on the beautiful Sewanee: The University of the South campus in mid-June.  Admissions officers and college advisors from across the Southeast work with students in small groups and one-on-one to cover all aspects of the college application and financial aid processes. Please contact Janice Neal for more information. Camp College 2024 is June 20-22, 2024. Applications are open! APPLY TODAY.

Camp College For Rising Seniors

It’s never too early for high school students to consider their post-secondary success.  In 2021, PEF added an introductory component called Camp College for Rising Juniors. The 1-day planning retreat is hosted on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and serves as an opportunity for rising juniors to get ahead of the journey by learning from experts and each other about making a smooth transition from high school to college. Students work in small groups to discuss topics including mock admissions, financing college, best college fit, business expectations, and a campus tour. For additional information, please contact Janice Neal.

Camp College for Rising Juniors

Program Details

Students and volunteer Camp College faculty are housed in dormitories on the beautiful campus of Sewanee: The University of the South -- just 45 minutes from Chattanooga.  Transportation, rooms, meals, and materials are all paid by PEF, Sewanee, and other generous sponsors.

Sessions include scholarship essay writing, college searches, a mini-college fair, as well as opportunities to meet other students and preview campus life. Parents/guardians of accepted students will be invited to attend an orientation and financial aid workshop in late May - early June.

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