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Causes: Education, Higher Education, Secondary & High Schools, Undergraduate Colleges

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.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first year with College Possible and it has already been an amazing experience. The staff are truly the most idealistic and supportive people I could have asked for to assist as I work with students at my schools. I know that I can come to them with anything, big or little, and they will do whatever was necessary to answer questions or solve problems. I am so lucky to work with an organization that achieves such amazing results and believes so strongly in their students and AmeriCorps members. I am excited to finish this year even though I know that it will be difficult at times because I know that I have the support from this organization to make a difference with my students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at College Possible. There are many reasons why I decided to return to serve with College Possible but the most important to me is that our work reaps great results. The experience I've been gaining working for this organization is very valuable and meaningful to me. I can only hope that many other people acknowledge how great this organization is and dedicate a year of their lives to keep achieving industry-leading results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

College Possible not only has a great mission but it also has a passionate and talented team. Being involved with this organization has been very satisfying. As a first generation student, I have been through some of the challenges that most low-income students face when trying to go to college. Looking back to my high school experience, it would have been so much more rewarding if I had the opportunity to be a College Possible student. The students that College Possible takes in are amazing people and have great potential as professionals. I'm glad that there are people so invested in the futures of children today. I highly recommend getting involved with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first year serving with College Possible as a College Coach and I absolutely love it! Everything they stand for and model themselves after is fantastic. They truly care about their students and want to do everything possible to assist capable low-income students in reaching and achieving their dreams and goals of obtaining a 4-year college degree.

I love being a part of this team and look forward to being involved with the organization in any way, shape, or form for many years to come! They are a great community organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of their students (and the Metro Area community!) by providing support and resources to students in high school and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving with College Possible for over a year, and I am impressed by the commitment to excellence that the organization expects from the every single person involved with the program. Not only does the organization have really well thought out and sincere intentions, but College Possible also demands actual results. College Possible's focus on efficacy means more students from low income backgrounds are going to college. That means more opportunities for generational cycles of poverty to be broken, communities to be strengthened by their college educated sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors, teammates. That is unique, and extremely needed in the United States.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is only my first service-year as an Americorps Member (2014) and thus my first with College Possible. Everything I love about this program comes from my students and coworkers. It's incredible how well my students and I know each other in the few weeks we've been together after school. It's comforting how open they are to sharing and letting us into their lives. The students in this program are a real inspiration. It's also amazing to find coworkers who share my passion for service. They're a whole new class of people for me that I connect with on a level that hadn't been matched before. I feel like a whole different person here. This organization has touched my life, opened my eyes, and will create unbelievable opprtunities that I'll never forget.

Matt71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization not only does so much for underrepresented communities, but the organization is so well-run. From their tried-and-true programming to their expansive development to their effervescent culture, they truly keep students in mind at ever step of the way. College Possible has shown me how great organizations are run.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've talked to many of the students that have been in the College Possible program and the excitement that comes over their face when talking about their relationship with their coach is inspiring. These students deeply trust and care about their mentors, and College Possible brought them together to achieve the students educational goals. I've seen student who didn't know what the ACT was do well on it all because of College Possible. Students who didn't have a future after high school are applying to and getting into the college of their dreams. The work College Possible does is empowering youth who really need to be empowered. These students are going to go far and make big changes in the world. I am honored and grateful to be a part of such a powerful nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even though I have only been serving at College Possible for just a month, it is I can say, my favorite position I have ever held. From the incredible work ethic of all who serve to the variety and spice that College Possible encourages on a daily basis, coming to College Possible in the morning is something I am truly excited about. The work that College Possible does is so meaningful and playing apart in the process is such an honor.

Trenice F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coming to College Possible has been the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Not only does it helps other people like high school and college students succeed in life but it is also helping me become someone that can make an opportunity happen. Being in a newly developed position, I can say that I am taking on the heavy responsibilities as an opening to my development as a young professional. I sincerely love the job that I have and I am grateful that my friend who is in college possible as a student told me about this program. GO COLLEGE POSSIBLE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As soon as I learned about College Possible and the work that they do, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this program. One of my big goals in life is to help more minority students get to college and College Possible is helping me achieve that goal. Seeing students at the high school I work at just reaffirmed that my role as a Junior Coach is important ant that I am making positive change in the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year serving as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible and I knew almost as soon as I started last that I would want to come back. I really believe in the work we do and the results show it's successful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

College Possible has the unique ability to be both idealistic and realistic at the same time. The leadership team is committed to real results without losing sight of what the organization really strives for - educational equity. I am so happy to be part of an organization that doesn't just get students into school but helps them develop the tool-kit they need to be successful in college. This is what nonprofits should be about.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With the short time I've been at college possible I've gotten to meet over forty amazing individuals. My cohort. Each one is bright and strong willed, and motivated. They have rough days but they persevere and know what College can do for their future. College Possible assists these students in getting to and through college, and also gives them the tools to realize their own potential and leadership skills. I'm so fortunate to get to be a part of it all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

College Possible doesn't just help lower income, first generations get to and through college, it fosters the well-being and development of young volunteers across the country. I am ever grateful for the training and support I have received from this nonprofit while working to support an inspirational group of high-school students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been serving with College Possible since the middle of August, but I have already learned so much about what it means to be an AmeriCorps member and a part of College Possible. I am still not really sure how my year is going to go, but I know I'll have a wonderful support system to get me there. I really had no idea what an office setting, "real adult" position was going to be like, but I certainly was not expecting it to be this engaging and impactful. I am excited for all the experiences to come while serving with College Possible Portland.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

College Possible gives SO much support to their volunteers and really makes them feel important and valued. This makes our work so much easier to do because we know that what we are doing is making a difference and that we have people behind us cheering us on. I have been in non-profits before and this has been the best experience. I truly feel like a valued member of the organization who will "get things done" for America.

Tonya10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

College Possible makes positive change in students lives by helping them achieve their dream - and their families dream of going to college and earning a degree. Working with College Possible is a great opportunity to help others achieve their potential. I hope it continues to grow and expand and help more and more low-income students reach their full potential.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had lots of experience in non-profits between internships and volunteering, but I have never worked with an organization that is SO organized and therefore effective. In my position here I've not only received training that has exceeded expectations, but also felt that I've really helped make a difference. Keep up the great work, College Possible!

Board Member

Rating: 5

When you hear from the high school students who are involved in College Possible, listening to their hopes and dreams for the future and their willingness to work hard to achieve those goals, you can only marvel at their determination. College Possible provides a pathway that becomes a journey to success for students who otherwise might remain stuck in a marginalized environment. Bravo College Possible. The success rate of College Possible is a stunning achievement, in and of itself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! They truly understand that going to college is extremely beneficial in our society and they also recognize that getting to college is not always a clear easy path. College Possible uses resources, great people, and a lot of energy and time to help low income students with high hopes and drive have the resources to understand the process of getting to college, successfully apply (98% of the students are accepted into college!), and also succeed in college. They make sure each student gets the attention they deserve. Additionally, they care about the neighborhood and encourage philanthropy through their organization wide volunteer events.

Jamie47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. They do the good work and help students prepare to succeed in later life. Their rate of graduation is impressive for such a newly formed organization. We need more places like this to show students of every race and socioeconomic level that college is a possibility for those who want to work for it. I have deep respect for every mentor at College Possible for the effort and time they give to these kids.