• Applications for the Class of 2025
    are now CLOSED!
    All submissions are currently being reviewed.
    **Finalists will be notified of an interview**
  • General Information
    EMERGE currently operates at all HISD high schools and recruits 10th grade students each year. Competitive applicants are economically-disadvantaged and generally the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university. They must have a strong academic profile that includes getting good grades in rigorous courses.

    Information Sessions will be delivered at every HISD high school campus by EMERGE staff.
    Application Components
    Phase 1: Application (February 15th - May 15th)
    • Student & Family Background
    • Extracurricular Involvement
    • Short Response Questions
    • Personal Essays
    Phase 2: Finalist Interviews (TBD)*

    There will be an Orientation for new students and their families. 

    *Note: Not every student who applies will move on to the second phase (finalist interviews). Thousands of highly-qualified students apply for a limited number of spots with EMERGE-HISD.

    Evaluation Criteria
    EMERGE evaluates prospective applicants holistically. There are no minimum test scores or GPA. We look for students with:
    • A strong academic profile who seek challenging courses.
    • Drive, perseverance, curiosity, humility, and gratitude.
    • Extracurricular involvement and leadership potential.
    • Limited financial means.
    • A first-generation college background. This means that the student will be among the first generation in their family to attend and graduate from college.


    *dates may shift

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