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Minds Matter San Francisco

  • Minds Matter San Francisco
  • PO Box 2511
  • San Francisco, CA 94126
  • 2010
  • Patrick Murren
  • Co-Head of Programming

Program Description

Since 2010, we've committed ourselves to helping low-income, high achieving students in the Bay Area reach college success.


Minds Matter of San Francisco is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the effectiveness of Minds Matter has been affirmed: 100% of its students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to eleven cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and the Twin Cities.

We at Minds Matter San Francisco are proud to be in our academic fourth year. Last year we celebrated our inaugural cohort of seniors, 100% of whom were accepted into 4-year colleges. In the 2013-2014 academic year, we are serving 10 Senior, 11 Junior, and 22 Sophomore students from San Francisco public high schools. Our students participate in a rich set of programs including young professional mentorship, academic planning programs, MMSF-supported summer college programs for high school students, writing and critical thinking instruction and math instruction.

Services Provided

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


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 44
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Boston College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Harvard College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Middlebury College
  • Northwestern University
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of Pennsylvania

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%