LCCA Summer Program

The Louisiana Center for College Access (LCCA) Summer Program helps demystify the college search process and provides an immersive college experience. Louisiana rising juniors and seniors spend two weeks living on a college campus, taking classes, and learning the ins and outs of the college application process. In addition, you will visit a variety of colleges and universities from community colleges, public universities, private universities, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

LCCA students take a moment to read through college admissions materials.

Uncover your college path and embrace your potential.

During the two-week program, you will learn from the experts about finding the right college fit, acing the essay and standardized tests, as well as how to navigate financial aid. The program is designed to support Louisiana students who are first in their families to attend college or who may not have access to college readiness resources. Thanks to a generous gift from Alec Cecil and Diane Zultkowsky, every student admitted to the LCCA Summer Program will be awarded a scholarship covering most or all the cost of attendance.

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Commitment Fee of $50 Due

How to Apply

Applicants should be rising juniors and seniors attending high school in Louisiana who either qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school and/or will be a first-generation college student. Students participating in the LCCA Summer Program will take a Tulane Pre-College enrichment course during the first week and then engage in exclusive college readiness programming during the second week. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure a seat in your preferred enrichment course.

A completed application consists of:

  • A copy of your full high school transcript (official or unofficial)
  • An essay explaining your interest in your selected enrichment courses
  • An essay explaining why you are a good fit for LCCA's Summer College Access Program
  • Optional: self-reported test scores
  • Optional: a letter of recommendation from a mentor


If you need assistance completing your application or have questions, email for more information.

LCCA students tour a college campus.

Summer 2024 Information

In 2024, the LCCA Summer Program will run Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 22. You will take a pre-college enrichment course June 10-14 and then engage in college visits and access programming June 17-21. As a residential pre-college student, you will experience our college workshops weekday mornings and participate in our robust extracurricular activities on weeknights and the weekend. You can start your application for the LCCA Summer Program below!

LCCA Summer Program FAQs

The program is designed to support rising junior and senior Louisiana high school students who are the first in their families to attend college or who may not have access to college-readiness resources. It will provide students with a glimpse into residential college life and will provide key information and resources to assist with the college search and application process.

Following breakfast in the dining hall, students attend a college workshop at 9:00 a.m. During the first week, students attend class from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour-long lunch break. Courses often include field excursions and guest speakers related to the academic content of the course. During the second week, students will participate in a variety of workshops in the morning and tour different college campuses after lunch. Activities will be offered in the evenings and students will have free time to take advantage of campus amenities.

The program is for two weeks from June 9-22, 2024.

No, transportation costs are not included.

Our enrichment courses are not credit courses. Students will explore different subjects without the pressure of exams and grades. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Participants will visit community colleges, public and private universities, and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.

The program is funded through a gift from Alec Cecil and Diane Zultkowsky.

LCCA Summer Application FAQs

Our goal is to enroll approximately 25 students.

We are looking for rising junior and senior Louisiana high school students who have a strong desire to attend college, but who may not have access to the resources and information needed to navigate the college admission process. Students who are first in their family to attend college, part of groups that are historically underrepresented, or those without the financial resources needed to attend college are ideal candidates for the program

here is no standardized test score requirement; however, students are expected to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to be considered for the program. We are seeking students who have demonstrated the academic ability to succeed in a two or four-year college program.

All coursework reflected on your 2022-23 academic year transcript.

The LCCA Summer Residential Program is specifically for Louisiana high school students. Students from outside of the state are encouraged to explore Tulane Pre-College Programs.

The cost for the two-week program is $4,495; however, all admitted students are provided with scholarships covering most of the cost.

Yes. Thanks to generous donors, each student admitted to the program receives a scholarship covering 75% to 100% of the program’s cost.

Scholarships are awarded based on the student’s application and demonstrated financial need.

" I saw a new side of New Orleans that I'd never been to. At first it was scary and I was not open to the idea of socializing outside of my usual space, but everyone I met was so friendly and cared about me and my story. My two weeks at Tulane showed me what I want in a college. "

— Trae’jon T., 2023

Students in the New Orleans Sculpture Garden