The Peer Leader

Why Do Our Peer Leaders Care So Much?

I get asked all the time: Do you pay your Peer Leaders? The answer is not only “No” but also “And they never ask to be paid.” This perplexes most people: “You mean to tell me you ask rising high school seniors to leave their... Read More

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

Defying Immigration Stereotypes: “I Got This”

Like a lot of other students at Santee, I come from another country and don’t have a tradition of college going in my family. Even if they wanted me to go, my parents didn’t have the knowledge or resources to help make it happen. On... Read More

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PeerForward teams prove power of peer influence

For decades, progress toward closing the gap in higher education achievement between high-income and low-income students has practically been nil. We believe students in low-income communities can change that. Student leadership is the solution. When systems serving youth adopt this mindset, the world will change.... Read More

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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Summer Volunteer Hannah Tall

“Being a summer volunteer with College Summit isn’t something you do once and forget about it. It’s a movement that you’re now part of, that you’ve made your mark on and you walk away feeling valuable and loved,” says regular summer workshop volunteer Hannah Tall. Tall,... Read More

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 – although validated by research – is still radical in American education: students can... Read More

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Advocating for Peers and PeerForward

  The PeerForward team at Lincoln County High School in West Virginia has been trained by College Summit like all our teams to self-advocate and to advocate for others. Recently, the team put together an engaging video they presented to school administration to make the... Read More

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Can Students Do More?

The core belief of College Summit is that the power of positive peer influence can help drive up college enrollment and attainment rates for high schools serving students in low-income neighborhoods. In a guest blog post on, co-authored by our CEO and Co-founder Keith Frome... 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, college planning, she’s busy deciding which school to attend. Olawunmi is... Read More

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