Realizing ambitions

Each year, 400,000 low-income students graduate from high school qualified for college but don’t enroll.

Often, it’s because their high schools lack the resources to help them navigate the college admissions process. While the American School Counselors Association recommends a 250:1 student-to-counselor ratio, many under-resourced high schools have a ratio closer to 800 students per counselor.

The value of a college education is profound. Compared to college-educated workers, those with only a high school diploma miss out on nearly $1 million in earnings over the course of their careers. The economy misses out as well, on hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

To address this problem, Deutsche Bank is partnering with Strive for College, a game-changing nonprofit that leverages technology and publicly available data to correct the inequity of college access. Since launching in 2007, Strive for College has already helped over 1,500 low-income students enter 4-year colleges and has more than 20 student-led chapters on college campuses across the country. With support from Deutsche Bank and other donors, the organization is poised to quickly expand its reach.

How it works

Strive for College pairs mentors with high school students who work one-on-one, in-person or virtually, one hour per week, for up to three semesters. The college prep curriculum, designed by top experts on college guidance and admissions, prepares students to enroll in their best-fit college, academically and financially.

Strive for College’s virtual mentoring platform, UStrive, enables one-on-one advising (via video conferencing, document sharing and text and instant messaging) to students all over the country, including in rural areas. Moreover, UStrive uses sophisticated software to unlock data trends to match students with competitive schools where they are statistically most likely to graduate and incur the least amount of debt.

Recent News

January 5, 2015
Forbes names Strive founder Michael Carter to its "30 Under 30" list

December 29, 2014
Strive and Deutsche Bank ring NYSE Opening Bell

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Strive for College's impact
  95% of Strive for College students enroll in college, 76% of them in 4-year colleges.
  91% persist to sophomore year when graduation odds skyrocket.
  36% of Strive for College students incur zero debt, and the rest require around $850 less per year than the national low-income average.

Read the personal stories of two Strive for College students.
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Last Update: January 21, 2015
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