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College Possible - Philadelphia

Program Description

College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. We are idealistic leaders who believe the power of education, our students and our supporters can change the country. We coach low-income students toward college graduation and they prove, every day, that when college is possible anything is possible.

High School Students Served

Coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, guide high school students through all of the key aspects of preparing for college during after-school sessions for two hours twice a week. Over the course of their junior and senior years, students complete 320 hours of curriculum in a supportive group of college-bound peers.

College Students Served

College Possible high school graduates are coached through the transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. Their coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, prepare them to be financially literate students with great study skills, ready to face the common obstacles to graduation.

Success Stories

"I joined College Possible because I've always known I would go to college but I didn't know exactly how I was going to get there. My college goals seem so much closer and easier to reach when I know I'm not on my own."

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1400
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Carleton College (1)
  • Century College (1)
  • Northern Illinois University (1)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (1)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1)
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (1)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 98%