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Reality Changers

  • Reality Changers
  • 3910 University Ave. Suite 400
  • San Diego, CA 92105
  • 619-516-2222
  • 2001
  • Patty D. Mendoza
  • Director, Alumni Network
  • (619) 516- 2228

Program Description

Since 2001, Reality Changers has prepared over 1,000 students in San Diego County to become successfully admitted at four-year universities. In the first of two visits, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described Reality Changers as a model for the countryand encouraged the organization to expand its model.

Today, Reality Changers signature outreach program College Apps Academy is now available to all students seeking admission to college, but enrollment is limited to just 20 students (or fewer) at each of our 19 sections across San Diego. Our experienced Academy Professionals have helped students gain admission to dozens of the most competitive schools across the country including Harvard, Columbia, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego. Our experienced staff assisted them in earning over $40,000,000 in scholarships, including 13 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners.

College Apps Academy seeks to reduce the stress that accompanies the college application process, help students and parents alike feel confident that their goals will be met, and make this last year together a rewarding and memorable one.


College Apps Academy will guide students through the design and delivery of the most compelling presentation of their academic and extracurricular achievements to their colleges or university of choice and increase their overall college-readiness through partnerships with local high schools, community organizations and industry leaders.

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
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 86%
  • Other: 1%
  • African American: 11%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 208
  • Middle School: 5
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (25)


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 86%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 39%