Unleash the
Power of Peers

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

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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

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$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 Peers

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 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.

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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

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Working Together for Success

College Summit is excited to announce a new partnership with the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) in New York City. An initiative of the New York City Department of Education since 2011, ESI is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for Black and Latino young men in... Read More

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Results are Rolling In!

It’s clear.  Our new program, PeerFoward, is making a real difference in the lives of students at low-income high schools. College Summit launched PeerForward this year based on an idea that, though validated by research, is still radical in American education: students can be organized,... Read More

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Peer Leader Racks Up Acceptances

Congratulations to Peer Leader Olawunmi Akinlemibola at Duval High School in Prince George’s County! Olawunmi has been accepted to more than 14 schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Duke and the University of Pennsylvania. Now, she’s busy deciding which school to attend. Olawunmi is an exceptional... 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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