INVESTING NOW, created in 1988, is a University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, college preparatory program created to stimulate, support, and recognize the high academic performance of pre-college students from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and careers. The purpose of the program is to ensure that participants are well prepared for matriculation at the University of Pittsburgh and other competitive schools. Programming includes advising, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, summer enrichment programs and parental involvement. Diversity programs include a pre-college component - INVESTING NOW and a college component the Pitt EXCEL Program. These two initiatives provide a continuous pipeline for students from groups traditionally underrepresented to prepare for, enter and graduate from the University of Pittsburgh as STEM majors.
Number of Students Served:
University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
The primary goals are to: 1) create a pipeline for well-prepared students to enter college and pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors; 2) encourage and support students’ enrollment and achievement in advanced mathematics and science courses; 3) ensure that the participants make informed college choices; 4) support and encourage parents in their role as advocates for their children; and 5) coordinate partnerships between the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and local and regional schools.
STEM Preparation for underrepresented students
High School (9-12):
Hispanic/Latino (including Spain):
Black or African American:
White (Including Middle Eastern):