College Possible

Rating: 4.97 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 540 Fairview Avenue North Suite 304 St. Paul MN 55104 USA

Mission: College Possible, formerly known as Admission Possible, is a nationally-growing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
Results: Since our founding in 2000, students have increased their ACT test score by an average of 22%; 98 percent of our students have earned admission to college; 92 percent have gone on to enroll; and College Possible students are graduating at five times the rate of their peers. College Possible’s results are top in the field. Two external evaluations conducted in 2005 and 2009 further proved these excellent results. According to a 2011 Harvard study, College Possible more than doubles the chances a low-income student will enroll in a four-year institution. Additionally, the foremost associations in the college admission field recognized College Possible with their 2009 awards of excellence. To read these evaluations and rewards: www.collegepossible.org/Results and www.collegepossible.org/AwardsandRecognition
Target demographics: helping low-income students at College Possible partner high schools get into and succeed in college.
Geographic areas served: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR
Programs: College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Our services include: (1) academic support through ACT and SAT test preparation; (2) college application assistance; (3) financial aid consulting; (4) guidance in the college transition; and, (5) support toward college degree completion.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a current donor, past board member, and long time supporter of Admission Possible. I have been consistently impressed with AP's ability to drive up the number of students they serve while also driving down their cost to serve. They hire amazingly talented young people who do an amazing job helping low income kids get into (and stay in) college. AP has constantly focused on delivering measurable, verifiable, unambiguous results, something few non-profits are able to do. In my mind Jim McCorkell is one of those rare leaders who has personal passion, great management skill, and the salesmanship to get people to support him and the rest of the Admission Possible team. I could not recommend them highly enough.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the classroom, watching the work they do. I've also been to several of their graduations which are incredibly powerful events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their reach into more communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support Admission Possible because I truly believe the organization changes lives of young people. By providing the supports necessary to access college and then to be successful IN college, Admission Possible provides services to thousands of low income students each year. Recent independent evaluations have shown that Admission Possible more than doubles the likelihood of their students getting into college and more than triples the likelihood of these students completing college. Their model is highly efficient, utilizing passionate young people through AmeriCorps, trainging them well, and consistently getting amazing results.

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I served on the Board of Directors of Admission Possible for 8 years. Through that time, I have seen the organization grow many times over and succeed in accomplishing their mission year in and year out.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would grow Admission Possible as fast as I could so the model could be used to help as many students as possible. The more college graduates we have in this country, the more everyone will succeed, our economy will grow, we will see reductions in the need for social services, and the quality of life for all of us will improve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Admission Possible provides comprehensive college preparation to roughly 8700 low-income high school students in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. My husband and I have been contributors to this effort since its inception in 2000. This program has grown substantially, starting with just 35 students in Minneapolis, and has an impressive track record of achieving a 98% college acceptance rate among its graduates - 80% are currently working toward a degree or have already graduated. Our country needs an educated workforce and Admission Possible is helping make this happen.

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I have received several thoughtful notes from Admission Possible students thanking me for my support and telling me how Admission Possible has changed their lives - for the better - by giving them an opportunity to attend college.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the program to include more states and students!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor to Admission Possibe since it opened its doors a decade ago. As someone involved in post-secondary education at both public and private colleges for over 20 years, I have been consistently impressed both by the Admission Possible mission statement and with its ability to serve and open the doors to college education for so many deserving students. The work this nonprofit provides is very pragmatic and specific, helping students work on the most pressing hurdles interferring with college admission. This nonprofit truly changes the lives of the students and their families, creating both opportunity and hope that they can work hard and achieve the American dream.

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I haven't personally experienced the benefits of this organization except through receipt of the summary statistics of how many students have been admitted to college who otherwise would have never achieved this goal. I moved out of the Minneapolis area 5 years ago; if I ever return, volunteering at Admission Possible, utilizing my experience and skills as a psychologist serving college students, will be my first priority.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would be cautious about how rapidly or broadly the organization expands so that the quality of what they do is not compromised. Part of the organization's success is rooted in the dynamic personality and clear-headed idealism of founder Jim McCorkell; he cannot be everywhere, so making sure quality control and implemetation of ideals continues as they expand will be critical.

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