Unleash the
Power of Peers

Unlease the power of peer leadership

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

Your Students.

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Average student-to-counselor ratio in American high schools

10%

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

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65%

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

$1M+

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 Peer Leadership

 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

Notes from the Field: Creative Campaigns Driving FAFSA Completion

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to unlocking funds to pay for college. Yet each year 2.3 million low-income students never apply. But at the American Sign Language and English Secondary School in New York City, where many students are... Read More

Inside Higher Ed Features the Power of Peer Influence

Complex and expensive interventions to close the college degree attainment gap between higher-income students and lower-income students have not yet succeeded. Could it be that a crucial and powerful tactic – the power of peer influence –  has been overlooked for far too long? Inside... Read More

Brookings Institution highlights PeerForward success

  The prestigious Brookings Institution featured the success of our PeerForward model as a promising, innovative approach to expanding college access and improving public education. “While by no means a silver bullet, students themselves may be an untapped resource that could help transform our public... 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 of peer leadership. 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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