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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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The first time I herd about College Possible, I thought it was a great idea and a great mission. When I interviwed to be a coach at College Possible I found their work even more inspiring. Now that I work with College Possible I can say that their organization is more than just inspiring, it is organized, efficient and results driven. The people who serve for College Possible are the ones who make all this happen and they truly uphold the mission, culture, and success of the organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Students who go through the program not only receive skills to get them into college, they gain the soft skills to make them successful, well rounded and productive citizens. They receive mentorship from the coaches and participate in volunteer activities. I did manythings at Admission Possible, but possibly most significantly, I was a coach of the very first cohort, I am happy to say that, 10 years later, I still keep up with my students, who are now flourishing adults.

Admission Possible is an incredibly well run organization with a highly committed staff, strong and diversified fundraising, and impeccable financial oversight. Jim McCorkell is a tremendous social entrepreneur, mentor, and advocate for college access and public service. The organizational culture is nurturing of AmeriCorps members and staff and is definitely a training ground for the future's nonprofit leaders and top educators.

Working at Admission Possible was one of the best experiences of my life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Admission Possible’s commitment to outcomes is what made the organization such a stand out to us in our decision to invest. We also not only care about access but also the success of a student at college, and Admission Possible is a rare program with a comprehensive approach to both.