Pioneer scholars can list the Pioneer Research Program not as another activity but instead as a credit-bearing college course on college applications

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Pioneer scholars can list the Pioneer Research Program not as another activity but instead as a credit-bearing college course on college applications

A credit bearing college course

Because of Pioneer’s rigorous academic system, students who complete the Pioneer Research Program can list that they received two college course units from Pioneer’s academic partner, Oberlin College, on their applications through the Common Application, the University of California system, and the Coalition Application.  

The Common Application has a section that states, “If you have ever taken coursework at a college or university, please indicate the number of colleges.” Most high school students will leave this part blank, as most activities, even research experiences, do not confer college credit and therefore do not count in this section. However, students who have completed the Pioneer Research Program can list their Pioneer experience by choosing “Oberlin College” as the credit-granting institution in the college course section. Students can further describe their Pioneer Research Program experience and research paper in the activities section. 

On the University of California system application, students can enter “Oberlin College” in the “Academic History – Colleges Attended While in High School” section. Students can then use the “additional comments” section to describe the Pioneer Research Program, Pioneer’s selectivity, and their research paper topic.

The Coalition Application system asks, “Have you taken college courses or earned college credit?” and students who have completed the Pioneer Research Program can select “yes” and then list Oberlin College in the “College Information” section. Students can then further describe their experience in the Activity Resume section. 

Upon completing the program, the team of program coordinators at Pioneer Academic work with each student to provide resources and advice on the specifics of inputting the Pioneer Research Program into the form of application students are using. While most of our students attend US universities, each year our students also receive offers from top non-US universities, including the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. Pioneer therefore also provides guidance on how to discuss the Pioneer Research Program on applications to non-US universities.

Dear educator friend,

In the critical process of preparing students to transition to college, you are key. The
ramifications of your guidance are far-reaching.

The Pioneer Research Program believes that it, too, has a role to play in preparing students of special potential and passion for learning. This is a role we trust you will appreciate knowing about. Our mission is to offer a deep and otherwise unavailable opportunity to exceptionally motivated young scholars who want to learn and research at the college level and to explore their potential for innovation.

What makes Pioneer a unique deep-dive learning experience is not just the mentorship of distinguished professors. It is the rigorous quality controls developed conjointly by Pioneer and Oberlin College. Professors (must) adhere to rubrics for

1) setting learning goals;

2) syllabus development;

3) oversight, feedback and evaluation, and

4) grading standardization.

This rigorous academic system is supported by thorough admission process and a high-minded ethics code. The combination gives students an exceptional learning experience that is brought to fruition in a college-level research paper documenting their findings.

You can follow this link Pioneer’s concrete academic system to learn more about the academic system. Academic quality control and academic oversight assure Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests Pioneer’s academic ethical standards
Because of its high academic and ethical standards, the Pioneer program has earned the trust of college admissions departments and formed the basis for the ground-breaking collaboration with Oberlin College. Pioneer scholars get two college credits upon completing their Pioneer research.

Click to learn about Pioneer and Oberlin College's groundbreaking academic collaboration.

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. Students who have genuine academic interests and are highly motivated are a good fit with Pioneer’s values. Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring that applicants have authentic field interest and correct priorities. Consequently, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. Professor-blind admission policy
On this page is the critical information needed to meet your needs.

If you have additional questions, feel free to let us know how we can help you by emailing or calling 855-572-8863.


Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director