ALAMO - Attending an Ivy League school may seem intimidating and maybe even a miracle for students that get accepted. The PSJA Ivy League & University Summer Tour Program helps underclassmen explore these ‘miracle’ schools and provide access to them.

Throughout the summer, freshmen and sophomores can attend one of three student tours to gain a better knowledge of what an Ivy League school is like. Applications are now open and can be found on www.psjaisd.us/universitytours. One should not be discouraged to miss this opportunity because all expenses for the summer tours are covered for PSJA ISD students.

“This tour is unbelievably advantageous for students from our area because some students rarely get a chance to travel outside the valley or even state, for free," said financial aid advisor, Erica Ramos. "Students are able to see the caliber that these Ivy League schools are looking for. This trip prepares the families to grow a college-going culture and let students leave to college without fear.”

The first tour will take PSJA ISD students to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Brown University June 25-28, 2019. Students that attend this tour will fly to the Northeast and be exposed to the majors and degree programs that can be obtained through these universities.

“I went on this tour in 2017 and I highly recommend it because we were able to not only see the campuses, but also go on tours within the city. We went on a boat ride on the Charles River and shopping at a nice farmer’s market outside MIT, the college culture was definitely my favorite part,” senior Alexis Barrios said.

The second tour runs from July 7-11, 2019, taking students to George Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. This tour will have a larger focus on the biology and medical field, while exposing students to hands-on activities, living on-campus, and sightseeing.

Students with a larger focus on computer science or cybersecurity should attend the last tour of the summer, which takes place at the University of Maryland and also at Washington University. This student tour will take place July 23-26, 2019. Students can see the many different organizations that make these campuses stand out.

“I was interested in the schools so I applied in 2018 and I loved it. We visited Maryland’s athletic program where Michael Phelps swam and visited the White House and other Washington D.C. monuments," said Junior Gianna Salinas. "They gave us a lot of information about minority assistance at their campuses and I was able to meet nice people from across the valley through this tour.”

To attend these Ivy League and University Summer Tours, students must apply before the deadline of Sunday, April 16, 2019. This application is open to all current 9th and 10th grade students within PSJA ISD.