Please join us at our upcoming STARS College Network events! We offer a wide variety of virtual sessions and local programs for students and parents, covering everything from starting the college search process to planning financially for a college education.

Virtual Event

University of Iowa: The Rural Student Perspective

March 5th 2024, 6:00 pm CST

Join current University of Iowa students for a virtual panel as they discuss what life is like as a rural or small-town student on the University of Iowa campus.

Host:  The University of Iowa

Virtual Event

STARS Virtual Panel: The College Search Process

March 5th 2024, 7:00 pm CST

Every month, STARS College Network member schools host Zoom webinars featuring a variety of perspectives on the academic programs, philosophies, and traditions that make our colleges great places to live and learn. Join the STARS College Network this month to learn more about getting started with your college search process. We'll discuss resources and brainstorming ideas to help you find the school that is the best fit for you!

Host:  University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, University of Maryland, College Park, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Virtual Event

STARS Virtual Panel: Support Systems & Self-Care in College

March 19th 2024, 7:00 pm CST

Every month, STARS College Network member schools host Zoom webinars featuring a variety of perspectives on the academic programs, philosophies, and traditions that make our colleges great places to live and learn. Join staff and faculty from Brown University, University of Iowa, University of Southern California, and Washington University in St. Louis to learn more about the wide variety of support systems available to students during their time on our campuses, as well as some strategies for making your transition from high school to college as seamless as possible. 

Host:  Brown University, The University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Southern California

Virtual Event

STARS Virtual Panel: Introduction to Holistic Review

April 2nd 2024, 7:00 pm CST

Every month, STARS College Network member schools host Zoom webinars featuring a variety of perspectives on the academic programs, philosophies, and traditions that make our colleges great places to live and learn. Join representatives from Case Western Reserve University, Colby College, MIT, and The Ohio State University this month to learn more about how college applications are evaluated in a holistic review process and discover the exceptional opportunities all our schools have to offer!

Host:  Colby College, Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Virtual Event

University of Iowa: The Rural Student Perspective

April 9th 2024, 6:00 pm CST

Join current University of Iowa students for a virtual panel as they discuss what life is like as a rural or small-town student on the University of Iowa campus.

Host:  The University of Iowa

Virtual Event

STARS Virtual Panel: Rural and Small-Town College Students

April 16th 2024, 7:00 pm CST

Every month, STARS College Network member schools host Zoom webinars featuring a variety of perspectives on the academic programs, philosophies, and traditions that make our colleges great places to live and learn. Join current college students from Brown University, University of Iowa, The Ohio State University, and Washington University in St. Louis to learn more about college life and the transition from a rural or small-town high school to a large university.

Host:  Washington University in St. Louis, The Ohio State University, The University of Iowa, Brown University

On-Campus Event

WashU Rural Scholars Academy

March 1st 2024, 12:00 am CST

The WashU Rural Scholars Academy is a free one-week summer program for high school sophomores from rural and small-town high schools. Through a combination of lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities, students will learn about developing interpersonal, leadership, and academic skills. The program will also explore the process for highly-selective university admissions with the guidance of WashU admissions officers. Students will be exposed to the kinds of academic and professional development opportunities available in an urban center through group activities, including social activities, that showcase the city of St. Louis. The all-expenses-paid program will be hosted on WashU’s campus from July 14 - 20, 2024. All food, housing, and activities will be provided free of charge. Program participants must reside in on-campus housing for the duration of the program.

In order to be considered, students must apply by March 1, 2024.

Host:  Washington University in St. Louis

On-Campus Event

Vanderbilt Summer Academy

March 1st 2024, 12:00 am CST

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) provides the perfect balance of an intensive academic environment combined with a community-driven residential experience. 

At VSA you will join peers from around the world and stretch your intellectual boundaries through a wide range of course options. Courses vary each session and are taught by Vanderbilt faculty, Ph.D. students, and content experts.

As a part of Vanderbilt’s commitment to rural and small-town students, select STARS scholarships will be awarded to rising junior or senior students who live or attend school in a rural and small-town area in the United States, and present some level of financial need. The scholarship covers full tuition and travel costs for a student to attend a 1 week or 2 week VSA session offered in summer 2024.

While applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis, students are encouraged to apply soon, as courses fill quickly.

Host:  Vanderbilt University

On-Campus Event

Polaris STARS

March 1st 2024, 8:00 am CST

Polaris STARS is a college prep program designed to help students as they begin their college search. This one-day program will include tours, workshops, spotlight classes, and much more!

While Polaris STARS is being hosted on Colby's campus, the program is meant for any high school student in Maine, regardless of their interest in Colby.

Please note: this program is only open to students from Maine or attending a Maine high school.

Host:  Colby College

On-Campus Event

Emerging Rural Leaders I at UChicago

March 5th 2024, 12:00 am CST

Emerging Rural Leaders I is a one week summer enrichment program for current high school freshmen. From July 28 - August 2, selected students will stay in residence at the University of Chicago, discuss what it means to be a leader in their communities, engage with UChicago professors and students, and participate in fun group activities around the city of Chicago. All expenses, including travel, are covered by a generous scholarship from Trott Family Philanthropies.

In order to be considered, students must complete a UChicago Summer Session application and receive a nomination from a teacher or counselor by March 5, 2024. More details about the program and application requirements can be found on the UChicago Summer Session website.

Host:  The University of Chicago

On-Campus Event

Emerging Rural Leaders II at UChicago

March 5th 2024, 12:00 am CST

Top juniors from rural and small-town high schools are invited to apply for an opportunity to participate in Emerging Rural Leaders II, a week-long summer enrichment program from July 21 - 26, 2024. Selected students will spend their mornings in small, discussion-based classes led by top UChicago faculty; afternoons will be spent exploring the city of Chicago, meeting new friends from around the world, and participating in Admissions Academy programming to help them navigate the college application process. All expenses, including travel, are covered by a generous scholarship from Trott Family Philanthropies.

In order to be considered, students must complete a UChicago Summer Session application by March 5, 2024. More details about the program and application requirements can be found on the UChicago Summer Session website.

Host:  The University of Chicago