What We Do
We empower students by educating them about the benefits of a college degree.
We connect students to valuable resources and programs that promote and inspire growth.
We support our University's and community's intiative to become a more inclusive and prospering environment.
We are dedicated to helping students navigate the college-going process, including career and college exploration, applying to college, and the financial aid process. We offer various activites, workshops, and activities that will educate students about the benefits of higher education.
Paving the Road to College
Presentation times vary based on academic grade level | Approx. 15-45 minutes
Students will learn general information about college. Presentation also details information about post-secondary options, importance of earning a post-secondary degree, and the steps to and why it is important to start thinking about life after high school.
10th – 11th Grade | Approx. 30-45 minutes
Students will learn the importance and how to choose a college based on their academic, social, and financial needs.
*Please note, unless stated otherwise, the materials needed for each activity must be provided by the requesting organization/party.
Academic Level Activity Objective Time Needed Materials*
Choose Your Future! Students will illustrate future career aspirations and characteristics on miniature version of themselves. 30 min Crayons, Markers, Etc.
Flat Stanley Project The project consists of one session, broken into three parts. Students will discuss what is college, future career aspirations, write a response letter to a UH student, and create miniature flat versions of themselves to be “mailed” to the University of Houston. The project is based on the storybook of Flat Stanley, a boy who gets flattened by his bulletin board while he’s sleeping and uses his new dimensions to his advantage by going on many adventures. 90 min minimum Crayons, Markers, Etc. 4th – 6th Grade My Fantasy College Students will brainstorm and create their fantasy colleges. Activity focuses on college research and college fit. 45 min- 1 hr Paper or Poster Board, Crayons, Markers, Etc. Optional: Computer Lab 7th – 9th Grade Educating Myself Benefits the World! Students will research and learn how higher education and/or their future career will benefit themselves, their family, and society. 30 min Writing Utensil
Optional: Computer Lab
10 – 12th Grade (Mixed HS Audience) Kahoot
Web-based interactive game where students will be quizzed about their college knowledge. Game allows everyone to see responses, anonymously, and is a great way to have open discussions about higher education.
Computer, Projector, Screen. Students will need a mobile device, computer, and/or tablet to participate 5th – 12th Grade Bingo–Beginner
Students will use listening and short term memory skills to match terms and definitions. 30 min Materials provided by a UH representative
FIRST GEN COOGS
First-Generation (first-gen) college students are the first members of their immediate family to attend college in the United States. Many first-generation college students experience unique strengths and challenges in the pursuit of a college education. We're here to help guide future first-gen coogs with their journey to college. Check out our Planning for College pamphlet for advice on how to prepare for college from ninth grade to senior year.
Official SAT Practice
Having a high SAT score can increase chances of getting into college, qualify you for college honors programs, and open up more scholarship opportunities.
Prepare for the SAT by taking advantage of free offical SAT Practice with your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. Students will get personalized practice recommendations based on your results from the new SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™10, and PSAT™8/9. All you have to do is follow these steps:
Go to satpractice.org
Create an account on Khan Academy, or sign into your existing account.
Link Your Accounts
When prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts.
Send Your Scores
Log in to your College Board account, and hit Send to get a personalized practice plan.
Want to talk to someone from the Access and Outreach team about the University of Houston? Have a question about scheduling a presentation with your class? Reach out to the Access and Outreach team today!
Access and Outreach Specialist
Access and Outreach Specialist
The University of Houston offers various resources to its students to maximize their college experience. Check out a few helpful offices and organizations below:
University of Houston Resources
For additional resources and information, visit uh.edu/dsaes.