College Explorers Program

The College Explorer Program is a co-ed residential at-risk prevention/ intervention program designed to prevent students from dropping out of high school, assist in their admission to college, and significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) provides highly concentrated developmental experiences during the summer. College and high school teachers are hired to teach subjects that include English, mathematics, general science, art, African-American studies, and computer sciences. Personal development activities are also provided through weekly seminars, workshops and motivational trips.

Does my child qualify?

Participants must be students in 7th through 11th grade who may have:

  • A depressed grade point average
  • A history of disciplinary problems or the propensity to display irregular behavior
  • An expressed interest in the program
  • Experienced any unique situation or obstacle that makes the student potentially at risk
  • A willingness to consider post-secondary education after high school

How do I begin?

Families must be Hillsborough County residents and must meet Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) income eligibility requirements of household income below 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL.) See guidelines. For more information or to start the application process, call (813) 272-5220 and press 2.