2011 College Access and Opportunity Guide

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Jul 1, 2010 - Study Aids - 417 pages
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"At a young age, you really don't think about college but this book tells you that it is possible. Don't ever think there is not money out there or there's not a spot for you. Now I'm really sure that I am going to get into college."
–Rochelle, 11th grade, Gertz-Ressler High School/The Fulfillment Fund, Los Angeles, CA

The College Access & Opportunity Guide is the first of its kind-a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help first-generation, low-income, and minority students make their college dreams a reality!

284 colleges and universities committed to access, opportunity, and success
You will see some familiar names and others that are not so familiar. But what bonds these institutions are the outreach efforts, scholarship and financial aid opportunities and support and retention services that each has to offer.

Do you KnowHow2GO? Learn the steps you need to take

Follow KnowHow2GO's plan for first-generation and other underrepresented students to take the steps necessary to go to college.

Insider advice from college students and other experts

Read articles and stories that share insight and firsthand experience on what it takes to get to college and succeed.

Valuable information for parents and mentors, en Español también

Whether you're a parent, guardian, teacher, mentor, or other caring adult, chances are there's a teen in your life who wants to go to college. We offer advice for guiding the student in your life to college.

Si eres un padre, tutor, maestro, o un adulto comprensivo, existe la posibilidad que un adolecente en tu vida quiere ir a la universidad. Nosotros oferecemos consejo para ayudar aquel estudiante en tu vida tomar los pasos necesarios para entrar en la universidad.

"Our students have found this guidebook essential to their college searches. It is easy to navigate and targets the information that's most important to them. There's no other resource that offers this kind and quality of information. 'Opportunity' is the perfect word; that's just what our students need!"
–Debbie Greenberg, College Bound St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

"I began using the College Access & Opportunity Guide with my upper division students, but very soon the other students were asking to see it. Since I had only one copy, I would have a waiting list to look at the book. It became the focus of our group meetings and soon the students started calling it 'the red college bible.' In the end, we decided to give all of our sophomores their own copy to set them on the right path to college."
––Linda Perez, Achieve/Gerson Bakar Foundation, San Francisco, CA

 

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Contents

The Four Steps to College
2
Be a Pain in a good way
3
Push Yourself
11
Find the Right Fit
19
Put Your Hands on Some Cash
25
High School Timelines
30
KnowHow2GO State Partners
34
Advice from College Students and Other Experts
43
For Mentors
91
Mentores en Español
104
College Profile Section
123
Explaining the College Profile
125
College Profiles
134
Notes
418
Back Cover
427
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The Center for Student Opportunity is a nonprofit organization whose mission is connecting a national network of colleges and universities with traditionally under-served students and their supporters-parents, college access professionals, community leaders, mentors, and high school counselors-to promote the understanding that the opportunity for college is within reach.

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