Unleash the
Power of Peers

The solution to opening doors to higher education
is already in every high school in America…

Your Students.



Average student-to-counselor ratio in American high schools



Only 10% of low-income students complete college by age 25



By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require higher education



On average, college graduates make $1 million more over their lifetime than those who only graduated high school

College Summit Taps into the
Positive Power of Peers


 College Summit unleashes the power of the most influential high school students in low-income districts across the U.S. to boost schoolwide college preparation and enrollment.


The best predictor of 4-year college enrollment for low-income minority students is whether they have friends who plan on going, according to independent research.

College Summit has been the nonprofit leader in leveraging peer influence for more than two decades, working in school districts across the nation.

Cincinnati Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools
District of Columbia Public Schools
Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
New York City Dept. of Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
Oakland Unified School District
Broward County Public Schools (FL)
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Richland County Public Schools (SC)

Peer Power Works!

Since College Summit was founded as a nonprofit two decades ago, we’ve guided more than 250,000 students from low-income high schools on the path to college. Our student-led interventions have boosted college enrollment rates at partner high schools by 20% on average. College Summit students stay in college at the same rate as students from every economic background.

The Movement

What First-Generation College Students Want

College Summit alumnus, Gregory Dendy of Washington, D.C., shares his experience as a first-generation college student with The Atlantic. Gregory finds the role of leader quite comfortable; he is planning on being the U.S. Attorney General someday. Read More

First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of the Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign, joins students for a group photo on the South Portico, during the Beating the Odds Summit at the White House, July 19, 2016.  (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Beating the Odds Convening

In July, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign invited two College Summit Peer Leaders to join fellow college-bound students from across the country who have overcome substantial obstacles to reach a higher education. They were hosted at the White House on July 19. Read More

Every Classroom Holds the Key

In reading the recent coverage around the college admission season it’s easy to think that there is one educational path whose most urgent obstacle occurs in the 12th grade, when high school seniors confront the daunting acceptance rates of the nation’s most elite colleges. Read More

You Can Help Us Reach Our Goal

College Summit trains teams of students who, in turn, coach and inspire even more students to pursue education after high school, creating a movement. Our program is affordable and set to rapidly expand to more school communities. We seek to support PeerForward teams in 500 partner schools by 2020, directing 1.8 million students over the next decade on the path to opportunity.
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