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Bottom Line: Chicago

  • Bottom Line: Chicago
  • 65 East Wacker Place
    Suite 800
  • Chicago, IL 60601
  • 312-219-6254

Program Description

Bottom Line was founded in 1997 to help low income, first generation students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. What started as an organization supporting 25 high school seniors in Boston has grown to support students throughout MA, NY, and IL.

Today, Bottom Line is a national nonprofit with offices in Boston, New York and Chicago that serves thousands of college students through its full-scale college retention program. Bottom Line's College Access Program provides one-on-one guidance and support to high school juniors and seniors throughout the college application process, and Bottom Line's College Success Program begins when students enroll in college. With Bottom Line's support, students across the country are earning college degrees, beginning successful careers, and transforming their communities.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1600
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Western Illinois University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 97%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 76%