First-generation college students disproportionately enroll at less selective colleges, despite experiencing higher graduation rates at more selective colleges. First-generation students are less likely to graduate from open admissions schools than their non-first generation peers.
Once enrolled in college, lower-income, first-generation students perform as well as their more affluent peers – and by “undermatching” may limit their academic and professional prospects. Students who attend top performing institutions eventually earn approximately 25% more than those who attend less selective colleges.
CollegePoint aims to help high-achieving, lower-income, first-generation students apply to, enroll in, and graduate from top-tier colleges and universities by providing critical virtual, one-on-one support and guidance. CollegePoint expands opportunity by:
- Virtually Advising Students: CollegePoint has already advised 63,000 high-achieving, lower-income students across the country. CollegePoint advisors help students navigate the college admissions and financial aid process and apply to and attend leading colleges and universities
- Producing Research: The initiative produces research on the impact of this intervention to effect change in higher education policies and practices and to share successful strategies with school systems, counselors, other nonprofit organizations and education leaders across the country
STUDENT VOICE: ‘I worry that the coronavirus is going to erase access to opportunity for low-income students and students of color’
By Pamela Melgar
'We're on the edge of the precipice': How the pandemic could shatter college dreams
By Bianca Quilantan
Virtual Advisers Help Out With College Admissions
By Elissa Nadworny
63,000 students advised by CollegePoint since 2014
Rachel Maguire, a CollegePoint Advisor, and Logan Balfantz, a Recent CollegePoint Alum Who Is Now a Freshman at the University of Notre Dame Share How the Program Helped His College Application Process.
Top photo: Michelle Katmauswa, a student at Duke University and CollegePoint initiative participant, studies on campus.