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STEPS to Success: College Entry Preparation

STEPS to Success (Strategies & Techniques for Enhancing Performance & Skills) introduces important skills, techniques and strategies to maximize success in getting ready for college and career, including test preparation, selecting college and career paths, and preparing college application. Our programs, designed for secondary students, provide guidance and direction in the complex process of college and career selection and preparation.

COVID-19 Response: We’ve suspended our summer test preparation and college preparation courses. We’re working to develop remote learning opportunities to be available for the Fall 2020 semester. Review individual plans by selecting tabs below.Please direct questions to our senior program manager at


Register online for these and other College and Career Preparation classes.

PSAT, SAT & ACT Test Preparation

COVID-19 Response: We’re preparing online versions of our PSAT and SAT Prep sessions for fall 2020 to open for registration in August or September.

Highly experienced educators offer intense practice and review of questions commonly found on the tests. Classes are held on the University of Richmond campus. Not all classes are offered each term.

  • ACT Prep Workshops — Intensive practice and review of subject-specific test areas
  • PSAT/NMSQT Prep Class — Prepare for the PSAT and improve chances of National Merit Scholarship eligibility
  • SAT Summer Workshop — Four-day intensive workshop covering strategies along with Math and English skills
  • SAT Weekend Workshops — Two-day Math and English session
  • SAT Math Focus Sessions — Intensive practice and review of math areas
  • SAT English Focus Sessions — Intensive practice and review of critical reading and writing areas
  • SAT Essay Sessions — Practice in writing, editing and refining SAT essay prompts
College & Career Paths

Work with a college and career advisor to help determine the right post-secondary pathway for high school students. Not all classes are offered each term.

  • Choosing a Career Path — Session utilizes results from the Strong Interest Inventory to help identify occupation(s) and college major(s)
  • Choosing a College — Session on how to identify colleges that align with career and other important interests
The College Edge

COVID-19 Response: We’re unable to hold College Edge classes on campus for the remainder of 2020. For information about available College Edge opportunities, contact Julie Bruner with College Edge directly at

This program for rising high school seniors helps college-bound students develop a plan to prepare their college applications. Since many students struggle to begin collecting the components that make up the application packet, we’ll get them started with their college applications and essays. Students will prepare an activity list, which can be turned into a résumé if they wish, for their application packet. In addition, they will organize all of their materials and information in an individualized reference binder. This program is designed for students who are motivated to work.

Contact Us

Mary C. Raymond, Sr. Manager
Lifelong Learning & Youth
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138