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Pass With Flying Colors

  • Pass With Flying Colors
  • 4300 N. Knox Ave.
  • Chicago, IL 60641
  • 773-202-7932
  • 2010

Program Description

Pass With Flying Colors (PWFC) is providing economic opportunity for Chicagos disadvantaged communities by increasing college graduation rates among low-income, first-generation students.

Our mission is to prepare Chicagos underserved first-generation students for college and career success.

Since 2010, PWFC's programs have provided first-generation students with high-touch support, experiential learning opportunities, and crucial guidance on college applications, financial aid and career development throughout high school and college.

Our students are already succeeding in college at dramatically higher rates than their low-income, first-generation peers. More than 90% are on-track to graduate, while just 15% of similar students succeed in earning a degree. We are one of Chicago's only programs providing the intensive and individualized support during high school and throughout college that is moving the needle on Chicago's graduation rate.

Success Stories

"Without PWFC I would not have been able to reach the college I wanted to attend. I may not have completed college." - EMILY SORIANO | ELMHURST COLLEGE | POLITICAL SCIENCE

Emily joined PWFC's first cohort in 2011 and is now a senior at Elmhurst College. Since becoming a scholar, Emily learned the importance of education and self-advocacy. One of Emily's greatest accomplishments this school year was being re-elected as president of her sorority, Sigma Gamma Lambda. Her passion for government and history led her to major in political science. Emily is now preparing to take the LSAT and apply to law school after completing a summer internship at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. She hopes to become a lawyer and use the law to help people.

Watch Emily's story in her own words at

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
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 11%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 65%
  • Other: 15%
  • African American: 9%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 65
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (10)


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
  • Elmhurst University
  • Loyola University Chicago

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 100%