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

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Spotlight: Volunteer Joseph Tavares

College Summit Volunteer Joseph Tavares recently shared why he travels from his work base of Jakarta, Indonesia to donate his time and talents assisting College Summit summer workshops each year. Tell us about your personal college journey. “My grandparents immigrated from the Cape Verde Islands... Read More

College Summit Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

We are honored to be featured in the prestigious Stanford Social Innovation Review for our recent work redeveloping our business model to serve more students. The article focuses on two organizations that seem to have nothing in common – College Summit and Akshaya Patra, an... Read More

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Alumna Shantae J. Edwards

  College Summit alumni have followed many career paths and found much success. Here, Shantae J. Edwards shares her journey. When did you become a part of College Summit?  I kicked off my College Summit journey in the Summer of 2002 at Loyola-Columbia University in Chicago. I... 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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