The STARS (Small Town and Rural Student) College Network is a consortium of sixteen of the nation’s most prominent universities and colleges who are dedicated to working together to help students from small-town and rural America enroll in, succeed at, and graduate from the undergraduate program of their choice.
STARS offers a variety of in-person and virtual resources to students.
Each month, we host webinars focused on sharing information about the college search process, application process, and more. Virtual events are open to all students, and registration can be found here.
The STARS College Network also gives students access to more online resources such as tutoring through Schoolhouse.world and Khan Academy, scholarship opportunities through Rise, and an online community on Discord.
Finally, partner institutions may host in-person programs throughout the year, which are open to students coming from small-town or rural backgrounds.
Throughout the year, STARS partners host in-person events such as fly-in or drive-in programs. In-person programs often have eligibility or application requirements which will be made available once applications are posted on the Events page. All expenses, including travel, are fully covered for in-person programming.
There is no formal application process to join STARS. If you would like to join the mailing list, you can do so here. All students are welcome to join STARS, regardless of their grade level!
If you would like to indicate your involvement in the STARS College Network on your college applications, you can include this information in a few different places. If you have joined any virtual events or programs, you can list STARS as a Community Based Organization (CBO), or an extracurricular activity. If you were selected for an in-person program, you can STARS as a CBO and/or list the program you were selected for as an extracurricular, or an honor or award.
Our virtual resources, like math curriculum through Schoolhouse and webinars with partner schools , are available to any student anywhere. On-campus programs and in-person workshops are reserved for students from rural and small-town high schools across the US.
If you are interested in receiving updates about upcoming events, both online and in-person, please feel free to join the mailing list and we will keep you updated!