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College Bound Initiative

  • Jon Roure
  • Senior Managing Director, CollegeBound Initiative

Program Description

CBI empowers young women and men to realize their higher education and life potential by placing full-time college guidance experts in high-need public schools. CBI counselors maximize students' college awareness, access, and financial aid awards.

CBI participants graduating from our partner high schools achieve four-year college degrees at more than double the rate of their peers.

CBI places full-time college guidance experts in public schools to work one-on-one with every student as early as the sixth grade. We combine intimate knowledge of our students and trusted connections with a diverse network of colleges, enabling us to optimize college placement and maximize financial aid. Our comprehensive approach creates a culture of success in each of our partner high schools. And the results are clear - we have 13 consecutive years of demonstrated success in increasing the college enrollment and attainment rate for low-income students. For CBI students, the question is not "if" but "where" they will go to college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 8000
  • Middle School: 8000
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Brown University
  • Clemson University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 94%