College Experience for Diverse Students (CEDS) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) are free, non-residential summer programs offered to academically talented students entering their senior year of high school.
College Experience for Diverse Students (CEDS)
College Experience for Diverse Students (CEDS, formerly called Minority College Experience) offers students of color, first-generation college-education seekers, and those who are economically disadvantaged the opportunity to explore their higher education and career options. CEDS is open to both male and female students about to enter their senior year of high school.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) encourages females of all backgrounds who are entering their senior year of high school to explore career paths they might not have considered in the sciences, engineering, environmental studies, information technology, and health care.
Earn Free College Credit And More
There is no cost to participate in CEDS or WISE. In both programs, students earn 3 or 4 Penn State credits by enrolling in a Penn State Behrend summer course and learning beside current Behrend students. In addition, CEDS and WISE students participate in special academic and career-focused field trips, workshops, and lectures led by Penn State Behrend faculty and professionals from local businesses and organizations.
CEDS and WISE students do not pay tuition. In addition, they receive any necessary textbooks, parking permits, or bus passes needed, and are given an allowance to pay for lunch when on campus. The only cost to the participants may be admission fees for some optional field trips.
Students who complete the CEDS or WISE summer course with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better will be assured admission to Penn State Behrend following high school graduation and completion of the Penn State application process.
Stay tuned for more information about the Summer 2021 program!
Need More Information?
Contact Melissa Grimm in the Office of Admissions at 814-898-6100 or email [email protected].