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The application for Workshop U 2024-2025 is now open!

Want to talk to someone before you apply?

Schedule a casual 15-min phone call with WU staff to hear more about the program and ask any questions. We can also optionally connect you to a student alum for their perspective on the program.

Want to learn more at a virtual open-house?

Click the link to register for a virtual open-house. During this 15 minute info session, we will cover the program basics and answer any questions you have. 

Application Process Details


We only have 30 spots in our ’24-’25 Workshop U Cohort. The earlier you apply, the higher your chances of grabbing one of these select spots. Apply by June 15th, and we guarantee full review of your application and an answer by July 1st.


100% FREE. All students who are accepted receive full scholarships.

What does the process look like?

Step 1. Complete the online application. The application consists of 5 short-answer writing prompts (under 200 words apiece).


Step 2. A staff member will reach out to you to schedule a 30-min Zoom or phone interview. We’ll ask you a couple of questions that help us learn more about where you’re at and what you are seeking from the program. And, we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions for us so you can understand if WU is the right fit. 


Step 3. For those who apply by May 15th, you will hear back from us by June 5th at the latest.


​Do you meet these eligibility guidelines?

  • I am currently between the ages of 18-24

  • I have a high school diploma or GED

  • From September 2024 through May 2025 I can commit to being in-person at the Community College of Philadelphia campus (4750 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm

If you don't meet the guidelines, but feel strongly you want to be a part of the program anyway: email with a few sentences about your situation and we’ll get back to you shortly!


  • 9-month program (September to May)

  • Part-time (Tuesdays + Thursdays from 9am - 2pm)

  • Up to 30 students form a cohort

  • Classes are held at CCP campus in West Philly

  • Students will earn up to 15 (transferable) college credits upon completion of the program.

Workshop U is for you, if you...

Are wanting to find a direction in life, and a community to figure it out with.

Have a creative vision of where you’re going but are running up against barriers that get in the way.

Are curious about college but wanting to test out what that looks like – without the financial risk. 

Know you need to further your learning but don't see how traditional college will get you there.

​Feel like traditional college or job training is too limiting and want to find other options.

Are looking for structure, routine, and support.

… just ‘plain stuck’! We all get stuck sometimes. If that’s where you are, WU may be for you.

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