Pre-University Summit


A strategic program designed to help you ace your freshman year

Get a head start on your university education

Few incoming freshman understand the disadvantages they face before they set foot on a college campus. International students often face additional hurdles at universities in the U.S. Without a tailored strategy, many freshman flounder and flop.

The Pre-University Summit is an evidence-based program for exceptional rising freshman. Through a mix of engaging workshops, peer-networking, and year-long mentorship, participants will acquire the tools and skills needed to excel in college.



Participate in an evidence-based curriculum, which teaches you everything you need to excel, before you even arrive on campus.


Hear from a panel of students and recent graduates who will share their proven strategies to successfully navigate your freshman year.


Access year-long and tailored mentorship, which will help you navigate pivotal decisions and complex choices during your first year.


The Pre-University Summit Program is a one-year academic enrichment program that helps rising college freshman successfully navigate their transition to college in the U.S.


Selection to the Pre-University Summit Program is highly selective.

Selections are based on a record of academic excellence, willingness to take on a challenge, and demonstrated intellectual curiosity. Eligibility includes:

  • Must be available from 9:00-5:00 on July 2, 2022.
  • Be a graduating high school senior with admission into a university in the U.S.
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA, or equivalent.

Registration submissions are reviewed at various points throughout the submission cycle. Students will receive an email notification once decisions are available.


  • Improve grades through Office Hours to ensure that your professors are invested in your success.
  • Learn how to navigate financial aid, secure grants, and win fellowships to graduate with minimal debt.
  • Get a head start on your career by understanding the job market timeline and securing an internship.
  • Maximize your network while building authentic lifelong relationships.

application deadline

Registration should be submitted electronically through the online system by July 1, 2022.

key dates

July 1, 2022
Workshop Registration Due

July 2, 2022
Workshop in Lagos

October 1, 2022
Fall Cohort Convening (Virtual)

March 4, 2023
Spring Cohort Convening (Virtual)


Location: Venia Place, The Providence St, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria

9:00 – 10:00Introductions and Goal Setting
10:00 – 12:00Session I: Keys to Success in U.S. Universities
12:00 – 1:00 Catered Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Session II: Unlocking Doors and Expanding Opportunities
3:00 – 3:30Afternoon Tea
3:30 – 5:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A

Research has shown that “the advantages of elite institutions are so overwhelming that they create what is for them (but not for the rest of higher education or the larger society) a kind of ‘virtuous circle’ in which advantage begets advantage.” (David Karen, 2002)

As an instructor at an elite university, I’ve seen firsthand how many international students struggle to adapt and excel in this new and rigorous environment. That is why I created the Pre-University Summit. This program will teach the critical skills and behaviors that many advantaged American students already have.

Register here for the Pre-University Summit


Karen Amaka Okigbo is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Pubic Policy. Her award-winning research is on the areas of immigration, race, ethnicity, and education. She has taught more than 14 courses at both public and private universities.  

She holds a doctorate in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, a masters in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, a masters in Sociology from North Dakota State University, and a bachelors in Politics from Princeton University.



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The Pre-University Summit