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Oasis Center

  • Oasis Center
  • 1704 Charlotte Avenue
    Suite 200
  • Nashville, TN 37203
  • 615-327-4455
  • 1969

Program Description

Oasis College Connection (OCC) is Nashville's largest college access program dedicated to making college a reality for low-income, New American, and first-generation college students. Our mission is to provide comprehensive admissions and financial aid expertise to support and increase students' college acceptance rates, retention, and successful degree completion.

In 1969, a group of young lawyers came together to establish the "Rap House: a simple community center for runaway teens and youth struggling with addictions. Nearly 50 years later, the "Rap House" has evolved into Oasis Center, where over 3,000 youth and families turn for help and direct support every year. Oasis Center provides a wide range of opportunities that reflect the diverse needs of youth and their families, from crisis intervention to youth leadership and community engagement to college and career access. Our nearly 20 programs and services are based on the foundation of four areas for youth success -- Safety, Belonging, Empowerment, and Generosity. All of our work is also firmly rooted in the evidence-based principles of Positive Youth Development and Trauma-Informed Care.

We work with teens from start to finish providing assistance with college and career selection, financial aid, entrance testing, application assistance and support once enrolled in college-all free of charge.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 10%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 10%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 30%
  • African American: 50%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 2000
  • Middle School: 600
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 200
  • Non-traditional: 100

Populations Served

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


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Lipscomb University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Trevecca Nazarene University