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College Possible - Milwaukee

Program Description

College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Our services include:

  • Academic support through ACT and SAT test preparation
  • College application assistance
  • Financial aid consulting
  • Guidance in the college transition
  • Support toward college degree completion

College Possible currently has programming in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Omaha. In 2011-12, we serve 1,900 students through our core high school program. Students currently in the program report an average family income of less than $25,000. The average GPA of our students is 3.0 and 91 percent are students of color. For the current seniors in our program, the average baseline ACT score as juniors (before receiving our services) was 15, which places the students in the bottom 10th - 15th percentile of all ACT test-takers.

College Possible recruits low-income students unlikely to obtain admission to a four-year college without our help. Eligibility requirements include a 2.0 GPA or higher, an interest in attending a four-year college and the ability to attend after-school sessions, as well as meeting income guidelines.

Services Provided

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


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 1%
  • White: 9%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 34%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
  • Other: 9%
  • African American: 34%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1900
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 3275
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Alverno College
  • Augsburg University
  • Augustana College
  • Beloit College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Carleton College
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Edgewood College
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Grinnell College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Lawrence University
  • Marquette University
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus
  • Ripon College
  • Saint Cloud State University
  • Saint Norbert College
  • Smith College
  • St Catherine University
  • St Olaf College
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 57%