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College Match

  • College Match
  • 1000 N. Alameda St
    Suite 240
  • Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • (323) 804-6961
  • 2003

Program Description


We focus exclusively on low-income students with strong academic records at participating high schools. Our students are eager--they've already jumped through many hoops to get this far in their high school careers.

  • Helping talented students from low-income families get into and graduate from the nation's top colleges and universities.
  • Each student is assigned a dedicated college counselor to guide them through the process from application to graduation.
  • For every dollar we raise, College Match generates a return on investment of 2,000% in total financial assistance for our students.

    Partnerships with High Schools

    We have a selective screening process for schools and students.

  • We have 31 partner high schools -- we only choose schools that are ready for us
  • School counselors identify high-achieving students during their first semester of junior year
  • Students apply to join College Match -- we evaluate based on their application, essay, interview and income verification
  • Relationships with Colleges & Universities

    Many college admissions officers know about College Match and have already seen our students thrive at their schools. Every year we personally contact every school that every student applies to and advocate on their behalf.

  • Phone calls and letters to every school; our recommendations are trusted and respected
  • Close relationships with key admissions staff in at least 50 colleges across the country
  • College Match is a pre-loaded, drop-down selection the Common Application when they ask students to identify a community organization that has worked with them
  • Side-by-Side with Students

    College Match provides much more intensive one-on-one services than most other programs. We develop an individual strategy for each student.

    Intensive College Prep Starting Junior Year of High School
  • All-expenses-paid college campus visits across the country
  • 100+ hours of intensive SAT Prep with teachers/independent contractors (not SAT factory instructors)
  • Additional one-on-one tutoring as needed
  • Intensive summer workshops to get ready for college applications
  • Continued SAT prep during 1st semester of senior year
  • Mentors Who Are Deeply Invested in Student Success
  • College counselors adopt a cohort of 10-20 students, side-by-side with students through the entire process from junior year preparations to senior year applications and beyond
  • Personal attention to help with all applications and essays, and the financial aid process
  • Individualized advice to help each student choose the best schools
  • Mentoring and counsel that continues informally through college, as desired
  • Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • 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
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 600
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0

    Populations Served

    • Academically High-performing


    • More than 75%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Amherst College (12)
    • Bates College (14)
    • Bowdoin College (35)
    • Brown University (41)
    • Carleton College (23)
    • Claremont McKenna College (11)
    • Colby College (21)
    • Columbia University in the City of New York (17)
    • Cornell University
    • Franklin and Marshall College (73)
    • Georgetown University (15)
    • Hamilton College (12)
    • Harvard College (13)
    • Haverford College (7)
    • Macalester College (34)
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5)
    • Middlebury College (141)
    • Pomona College (12)
    • Princeton University (17)
    • Smith College (100)
    • Stanford University (14)
    • Swarthmore College (18)
    • University of California-Berkeley (153)
    • University of Pennsylvania (10)
    • Vassar College (64)
    • Wellesley College (64)
    • Wesleyan University (24)
    • Williams College (16)
    • Yale University (21)

    Matriculation & Completion

    • 4-yr College Graduation: 94%