How to Apply for Early Entrance Program (EEP)

Are you an exceptionally gifted student wishing to get accepted to college early? If so, you might want to consider applying for Early Entrance Program (EEP), a special program offered by California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and the University of Washington, Seattle campus to gifted individuals of middle school and high school ages from all over the United States.[1] This article will show you how to apply for the EEP.

Steps

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    Take the American College Test (ACT). The ACT is a standardized multiple-choice test in the United States to test competency of high school level students in four areas: mathematics, English, reading, and science. Since February 2005, the ACT also includes an optional writing test. It is extremely important to excel on this test, as this test is used to screen applicants for acceptance into the EEP. To qualify for the EEP, you must score 23 or above on the mathematics section, and 24 or above on the English section.
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    Instead of the ACT, you may take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and you must score at least 500 on the Verbal section and 550 on the mathematics section.
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    Once you have obtained the minimum scores on the ACT or SAT needed for consideration for the EEP, schedule an interview with the EEP director. Go to their official website[2]. For example, the current EEP director listed on the website is Richard Maddox. You may contact him by writing to: Richard Maddox, Program Director, Early Entrance Program, Cal State L.A., call him at (323)343-2287, or email him at eepstaff@cslanet.calstatela.edu.
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    At the completion of this interview session, you may be invited to complete a summer term of classes as part of the mutual assessment period. Be sure to show enthusiasm in attending and perform at your best.
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    Attend their orientation session, which is an informational interview held in May to allow applicants to meet with EEP students, parents, staff, and alumni.
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    Submit an application packet as requested, by their given deadline.
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    Enroll in their school as a Provisional EEP student, by taking two approved courses in the summer. You must pass all tests and do well on all assignments and receive satisfactory evaluation at the end.
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    Wait for the (hopefully favorable) decision about your application. The EEP faculty admission committee will meet to go over all application materials and may invite applicants for a formal interview.
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    Go to the formal interview, if offered. Make sure you perform well on this interview to convince them you are their ideal candidate.
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    Wait for their final decision. The Admission Committee will make decisions by the sixth week of summer and mail notices to all applicants. The possibilities are 1) Immediate invited to join the EEP; 2) Invitation to re-apply; 3) Rejection.
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    If invited to join the EEP, meet with program staff in small group to discuss life as a full-time EEP student. Again, try to impress them at this meeting; they can still change their decisions at this point. Once final grades from your work as a provisional EEP student are posted, a final review will take place and you will be given a final decision.
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    If you are given a final decision of acceptance, you must decide whether to accept the offer or decline it. If you are invited to re-apply, you should also decide whether you would like to take that approach.

Tips

  • Do your own research to see whether the EEP is right for you, or whether you would prefer a traditional high school experience instead.
  • Put in a complete application packet to showcase the best of your work. You must provide substantial evidence to show that you are a gift student ideal for the EEP.
  • For your preliminary interview with the EEP Director, as well as for the formal interview (if applicable), make sure you put up your best performance, be ready to tell him why you would be an ideal candidate for their program, backing with evidence of your academic accomplishments, skills, motivations, and public service. Also make sure to have a good list of questions to ask him to demonstrate your interest.
  • Study hard for the ACT (or the SAT). Get all the prep books you can and devote significant amount of time for your study. Do lots of practice tests under test conditions.
  • In the future, more colleges and universities may offer EEP to gifted students of middle school and high school ages. The steps outlined above are general guidelines that can be modified to apply to EEP offered by other schools.

Warnings

  • For all the interviews, make sure you have a good list of questions. Having no questions is the surest way to show disinterest and to guarantee a rejection.
  • If you get rejected, don't be discouraged. Realize that out of 100 gifted students who apply each year, only about 25-40 get accepted.[3] They just have not realized your full potentials yet.

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