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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Stephen M. Smith

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to College Possible about five years ago and joined the board two years ago. Everyone I've met who is associated with College Possible shares an irrepressible passion for education. That passion is coupled with an intense focus on delivering measurable results for students, for our other direct stakeholders, and for society. The organization and the results it produces are phenomenal.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to serve on the College Possible board for three years. It is a phenomenal organization for three reasons: it has great people, the results are impressive and exceed those of peers, our students lives are forever changed. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk with students in our program, I am struck by how many of them say, "College Possible changed my life". Kids today face so much adversity, it isn't easy for them. Our program really makes a difference, through our people; it impacts lives in a personal and sustainable way.