Pre-College Leadership Program

What is PCLP?

The Pre-College Leadership Program (PCLP) is a one-week summer experience co-sponsored by Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.

PCLP is designed to give Native American youth in grades 8-12 the opportunity to experience college life and explore the many exciting educational opportunities available at Michigan State University as well as the many career opportunities available in the agricultural, food sciences, natural resources and related fields.The program is open to those with a strong interest and involvement in Native American culture and community

Who can participate in PCLP?

PCLP is designed primarily for Native American youth entering grades 8-12 and those with a strong interest and involvement in Native American culture and community. The program is open to 30 participants annually.

As a PCLP participant, what will I do?

Daily activities include academic, social and cultural presentations. The mornings consist of SAT test preparation and afternoons consist of tours and presentations by different MSU colleges.

Evening activities include social time, cultural presentations, and traditional arts such as black ash basket making, pottery and porcupine quill work. Activities are facilitated by current Native American undergraduate students, faculty, staff, as well as elders and artisans from across the state.

You will live in University residence halls and enjoy the campus dining halls for meals.

PCLP strives to encourage healthy relationships between students and role models within the community.

How much does it cost?

Students participate in PCLP free of charge. The program is supported by CANR, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and a number of other public and private agencies and corporations. However, participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the MSU campus.

How do I apply for PCLP?

To apply for PCLP, you should submit the following completed items:

  1. PCLP student application
  2. Essay question
  3. An official transcript (including classes in progress)

Applications are available for downloading, via email or phone. If requesting an application by email please place in the subject heading of your email “Requesting PCLP Application” and include your name and address in the body of the email Stephanie Chau at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If requesting an application by phone, please call 517-353-1822 and inform the CANR representative that you would like to request an PCLP application.

Download an application here.

There is no deadline for the application process. The program is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so participants are encouraged to get applications in EARLY.  

Please send all materials to:

Ms. Stephanie Chau
446 West Circle Drive, 121
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824