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Our Philosophy

At College Track, we firmly believe that a bachelor’s degree remains the best predictor of economic mobility, civic engagement, lifelong wellness, and self-agency. By serving students from low-income communities who will become the first in their family to graduate from college, we fulfill the promise of higher education for generations to come. Our work is rooted at the intersection of educational equity and racial justice, setting the stage for our students to thrive in careers where people of color have been historically underrepresented.

Our Mission

Equip students confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power.

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The Ripple Effect


When students become the first in their family to earn a college degree, they set a precedent that lasts generations. Children of bachelor's degree holders are more than twice as likely to earn a higher education.

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College graduates not only serve as role models for future generations, they are also twice as likely to participate in their community through voting, volunteering, and community service.

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An educated populace not only positively impacts our economy and diversifies the workforce, it also strengthens our citizenry and gives voice to our most vulnerable communities.

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The challenges I’ve overcome have made me realize that pain is only for the moment, but quitting is forever. So quitting is not actually an option. With the support of College Track, I was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Bard College through Posse New Orleans-and one of only 20 students out of more than 650 to win!

Troy Simon | College Track New Orleans, Bard College graduate

From the moment I joined College Track, the journey to discovering my potential and harnessing my voice took flight. I attended Whittier College with $28,000 in annual scholarships and  I couldn’t have done it without my College Track family.

Adela Lopez | College Track Boyle Heights, Whittier College graduate

One thing I’ve realized as an alum is that the longer you are with College Track, the more you recognize the impact they’ve had in your life. I am especially reminded of this when I think about how life has turned out so differently for me compared to my fellow 8th graders who didn’t apply to College Track. I am only one of sixty to enroll in college and my success has impacted my entire family.

Roger Zamora | College Track East Palo Alto, Saint Mary's College graduate

The most exciting part of my 10-year journey with College Track is being a mentor for incoming freshmen because it has pushed me out of my comfort zone and provided me with the leadership skills and self-confidence to succeed long after I graduate from college. I feel like can speak up for myself, because no one else can tell my story but me. 

Tori Nichols | College Track Sacramento, University of California Berkeley student

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Your Future, Within Reach

12 centers, endless possibilities.

We embed ourselves in some of America’s most historically disadvantaged communities, where talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We recruit first-generation students who are determined to earn a four-year college degree and will leverage the power of their education to change the narrative for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Our student centers are not just spaces of learning and exploration; they are safe and supportive environments where a diversity of voices and perspectives are heard and valued. College Track isn’t just a program. It’s a second home.

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Our Students Make News

College Track Partners with 14 Institutions of Higher Education in Significant Push to Increase Opportunity for First-Generation College Students

Agreements emphasize and elevate the wealth of talent that exists within underserved and underestimated communities.  …

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ASU and College Track co-design curriculum to bridge education and opportunity gaps for first-gen students

New, blended learning program will support the most underserved students – from high school through…

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Northern Arizona University and College Track Announce Innovative Partnership to Increase Educational Equity

NAU and national nonprofit College Track will work together to offer innovative opportunities for scholars…

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