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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


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.

Meredith W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Minnesota resident, I take great pride in our state's reputation for Higher Education and it pains me a great deal to see our state slipping from its leadership position. Education is the future of our state -- and is critical to the success of our nation.

The one bright spot in all of the bad news has been the tremendous work Admission Possible has done to help low income and first-generation Americans get, and stay, in college. The model is low-cost, high results, and the program has grown because it truly works.

It is hard to believe that college graduates would be willing to work for less than a living wage, but whenever I've encountered staff members of Admission Possible, I have been consistenly impressed by their dedication and commitment to the program and to the students.

We need more of this sort of focused work in every region of the country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helps serve the most youth for the least amount of money. Admission Possible not only helps disadvantaged high school youth get into college but it also provides the support and skills necessary to help them succeed and graduate from college.