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Program Details

Summer

Summer Math College

The six-week Summer Math College begins in June and ends in July.   The Summer Math College meets from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays.  Students augment their math skills through participation in a math learning community with students of similar interests.

Cost:  Free for all PROMISE Scholars.
Location:  Roosevelt University, Chicago or NIU's Naperville Campus. 

Saturday Math College

This eight-week Saturday initiative begins in June and ends in July.  The Saturday Math College meets from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Saturdays.  Students enhance their math skill sets through participation in a math learning community cohort of freshmen who study, socialize and problem-solve together.

Cost:  Free for all PROMISE Scholars.
Location:  Roosevelt University, Chicago or NIU's Naperville Campus. 


Fall Semester

Clustered Course Registration

PROMISE students register for classes in cluster groups for science, engineering, mathematics and orientation courses for their first year.  Course clustering allows PROMISE Scholars to participate in a learning community with similar students throughout their freshmen year.

College Advising and Academic Study Tables

All scholars meet with a faculty advisor who provides guidance and advise on academic major choices.  In addition, science, math and engineering study groups meet in the student residence hall for scholars when needed during the academic year. 

STEM Career and Graduate School Fair

Each academic year students attend a STEM Career and Graduate School Fair.  Students will network with career and graduate school professionals, learn about graduate study, and discover what career opportunities are available for STEM majors.

Grants and Scholarship Support

Each semester students meet with a financial aid professional who assists students in identifying monetary support for college.  A thorough search for grants and scholarships available on and off campus will be explored.


Spring Semester

STEM Career Course

PROMISE scholars enroll in a STEM Career Course for credit.  The course provides information about careers and opportunities in STEM majors.  The courses are taught by corporate executives and NIU faculty.  Students develop and prepare professional resumes designed to secure internships and research opportunities.    

Financial benefits include:

  • Scholarship support for pre-college activities
  • Stipend support for research activities
  • A Bachelor’s degree qualifying graduates for competitive salaries