Through close mentoring and a targeted curriculum, the residential summer program helps students develop critical analytical, writing, and problem-solving skills.  At the end of each summer session, students complete an evaluative survey on their perceptions of program benefits and changes in attitudes toward attending a four-year college.

Survey results suggest that more than 90 percent of program participants see improvements in solving word problems, writing skills and critical thinking skills.  PAYS participants report increased classroom participation, which suggests increased confidence in formulating and expressing ideas, an important skill for college admissions and success.  Prior to their PAYS experience, many PAYS scholars describe a lack of awareness of the Claremont Colleges specifically and of private liberal arts education generally.  As a result of their PAYS experience, over 70 percent of participants have reported an interest in attending a private liberal arts college.  PAYS students also report feeling far better informed about college access, college choices, and sources of financial aid available to them.

All PAYS participants have been accepted to four year competitive institutions.  All students have been admitted to selective four year colleges and universities, and based on their career interests and other factors choose what path to take. True to its mission, PAYS is committed to supporting the entire class in achieving a baccalaureate degree.

Colleges and Universities where PAYS have enrolled: 

  1. Amherst College
  2. Azusa Pacific University
  3. Bates College
  4. Boston College
  5. Brown University
  6. Cal Poly Pomona
  7. Claremont McKenna College
  8. Clark Atlanta University
  9. Connecticut College
  10. CSU Dominguez Hills
  11. CSU Fullerton
  12. CSU Long Beach
  13. CSU Los Angeles
  14. CSU San Bernardino
  15. Dartmouth College
  16. Franklin and Marshall College
  17. Franklin Pierce College
  18. Georgetown University
  19. Grinnell College
  20. Harvard University
  21. Harvey Mudd College
  22. Haverford College
  23. Holy Names College
  24. Kalamazoo College
  25. Lewis & Clark College
  26. Loyola Marymount University
  27. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  28. McDaniel College
  29. Morehouse College
  30. Mt. St. Mary's College
  31. New York University
  32. Occidental College
  33. Pitzer College
  34. Pomona College
  35. Princeton University
  36. Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  37. San Francisco State University
  38. Santa Clara University
  39. Scripps College
  40. Skidmore College
  41. Spelman College
  42. Stanford University
  43. Swarthmore College
  44. University of Redlands
  45. UC Berkeley
  46. UC Davis
  47. UC Irvine
  48. UC Los Angeles
  49. UC Merced
  50. UC Santa Cruz
  51. UC Santa Barbara
  52. UC San Diego
  53. UC Riverside
  54. University of La Verne
  55. University of Miami
  56. University of Southern California
  57. Vassar College
  58. Wellesley College
  59. Whittier College
  60. Williams College
  61. Yale University