“This program has certainly enabled my daughter to start the next phase of her education early instead of wasting time treading water in her high school.”
–Parent of 17 year old early entrant
Letting your child leave home early to attend college can be a challenging experience. Once your students enter the University, they can always return home to visit, but there’s no doubt that going to college changes your relationships, whether they go after their sophomore or senior year.
Parents are included in the information day, interview, and welcome lunch. Parents are encouraged to contact the Belin-Blank Center at any time with questions or concerns. To learn about what your child should do to prepare to apply for early entrance, please see the student section of our website.
How can you assist your child in preparing to apply for early entrance?
Preparation for college should begin early. This College Prep Guide offers helpful tips about academic preparation and the college selection process.
Each year, Iowa offers a variety of camps, courses, and other programs for students in elementary through high school. Program areas range from music, sports, science, and math to entrepreneurship, forensics, and wildlife. For many students, youth camps are a fun and educational introduction to campus life.
The Belin-Blank Center runs a number of excellent summer residential programs as well. These programs are both academically and socially stimulating experiences which are great introductions to the staff at the B-BC and The University of Iowa’s campus. Check out our summer programs.
We asked early entrance parents their advice to future parents. Here’s what they have to say:
“We are quite relaxed having our son in the program. If he were a regular UI freshman, he would be without the excellent supervision and guidance that the Belin-Blank staff is providing him. ”
“Do it! What they ‘lose’ as a senior is far outweighed by what they gain in getting real challenges and opportunities.”
“Listen to your son or daughter…They know best.”
“The staff are supportive and act as advocates for the students. They (students) are better off than if they entered as regular freshmen.”
“This has given (our son) the opportunity to save an entire year that would have otherwise been largely wasted.”
“Our son needed to be in a university setting-he was ready academically and emotionally to be out of high school. This is a great program…do it!”
“The program works! She has adapted to the different teaching styles of her teachers and the different learning that goes on compared to high school. She is very happy.”
“Our daughter was home last weekend. As I drove her back to campus she said, ‘I’m so glad that I’m not in high school anymore.’ Enough said!”