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7TH GEN.® Summer Program

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2024 Summer Program Information

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Program Requirements


All students enroll in ED 101 Strategies for University Living  and AIS 291 Experiential Internship and select two additional courses from the following options:

  • ENG214 (English Literature)
  • ENGL 101 (Composition I)
  • PSYC 101 (General Psychology)
  • SPCM 101 (Fundamentals of Speech)

These credits will transfer to their selected university after the completion of the program.


Each student will enjoy a private suite in the 7TH GEN.® Summer Program’s residential suites.

Work Experience

All students participate in a 22 hour a week paid work experience at the Crazy Horse Memorial®. Options include:

  • The Welcome Center
  • Ticket Office
  • Restaurant & Snack Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Tour Guide

Students are given the opportunity to select their preferences for positions through the application process.

Tuition, Fees, Room and Board

Total Cost to Student: $800 for Food/Lodging + $50 Room Deposit = $850
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation® fully funds student tuition, books, and the majority of student food and lodging expenses. Students have the option to deduct their share of the food/lodging costs ($800) from their bi-weekly paychecks and they will also have the opportunity to earn back 50% of their food/lodging expense ($400) at the end of their summer through a specialized incentive program.


Applicants must:

  • Be 17-21 years of age and have earned a high school diploma or GED at the start of the program
  • Possess maturity to participate in a university program with an intense academic and residential experience

Must fulfill at least one of the three following categories:

  • Received a 2.6 GPA or higher (Provisional acceptance for those with lower than a 2.6)
  • Composite ACT 21 or Composite SAT 990 (Provisional acceptance for those with lower than 21 or 990)
  • Rank in the top 50% of their class

Application Requirements

  • Completed application and questionnaire form
  • High school transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (if using as an acceptance requirement)
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school counselor or core area teacher
  • Proof of membership in federally recognized tribe (Preference is extended to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, however, the university is open to all qualified students
  • Telephone interview scheduled by the 7TH GEN.® Summer Program (Contingent on receipt of all required materials and may not be requested for all candidates)

Important Deadlines

February 1st – Priority Deadline (Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until class is filled. Enrollment is limited.)

April 3rd - Regular Deadline

About the 7TH GEN.® Summer Program

7TH GEN.® Magazine

The 7TH GEN.® Summer Program is a partnership between The Indian University of North America® of Crazy Horse Memorial and Black Hills State University. Students accepted to the program receive full tuition and books, and the majority of their food and lodging costs are paid.  Enrolled students earn 12 transferrable college credits, experience a paid work-life experience, receive an opportunity to earn back half of their $800.00 food and lodging share, and gain access to numerous scholarship opportunities.

7TH GEN.® Summer Program participants have the opportunity to:

  • Complete first full semester of college over the summer semester.
  • Composite ACT 21 or Composite SAT 1070 (Provisional acceptance for those with lower than 21 or 1070)
  • Study, live and work at the beautiful Indian University in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • Participate in numerous educational and cultural activities.
  • Receive full funding for summer tuition, books and instructional supplies, and the majority of food and lodging costs from Crazy Horse Memorial®.
  • Compete for additional scholarships.
  • Learn habits of success needed for college and for life.
  • Participate in a paid, credit-bearing internship (students also have opportunity to continue working after completion of the program in order to earn extra funds for the fall semester.)
  • Study with fellow students from across the United States.
  • Be a part of a global and engaging college experience, meet people from around the world.
  • Opportunity to earn back 50 percent of student food and lodging costs at the end of the summer through a special incentive program.

In the last eleven years, nearly 400 students from over 40 Native Nations and 20 states have successfully completed the 7TH GEN.® summer program of The Indian University of North America ® and continued their college studies at universities and colleges throughout the United States. Native students who start college at The Indian University of North America® are provided an unconventional level of student support from University student success coaches, regardless of where students pursue their degrees. Each year, University leaders complete a college persistence/college completion research report involving summer program participants. In a recent survey that attained a 81% response rate, alumni now in the workforce include teachers, counselors, social workers, nurses, and business professionals. Individual alumni have also reported that they found work as an assistant museum curator, a police officer, a bank examiner, and a dental hygienist. The list of occupations for our graduates is limitless. Typically, many college graduates return to the reservation to share their talents, or they are employed with a Native-led organization.