On teacher planning days during the academic year, 9th - 11th graders visit area colleges and universities. During spring break, 11th graders are taken on a tour of colleges and universities in Florida and Georgia, including Florida State University, Florida A & M University, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, Georgia Technical Institute, Georgia State University, Spellman, Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, University of Georgia and Emory. At all universities, students tour the facilities, interact with students, gain exposure to biomedical programs, and become familiar with application and financial aid procedures.
During the summer following 11th grade, students participate in a four-day college immersion experience focusing on biomedical programs at the University of Florida. Since the Museum's Upward Bound project uses a commuter format, off-site residential experiences provide students with valuable exposure to the university academic, research and social environment. Students visit University of Florida's Health Science Center, where they receive a hands-on, interactive tour of the hospital/medical school facilities including the hyperbaric chamber, the neonatal unit, the clinical labs, the anatomy lab, the physical therapy facilities, the dental facility and the veterinary medicine facility. Activities at each location include working with physiologically responsive models, using medical equipment to conduct experiments, and computer modeling.