First Generation

This site is for first generation students wanting to go to college.


Many parents and counselors think students can just visit colleges after they get accepted. That is true for many large public universities as they don't track demonstrated interest. However, campus visits are important to help students visualize their future options. They need an opportunity to connect with college campuses, and springtime college visits will help them decide on their ultimate college lists as well as how to shape their upcoming year. Many college track the visits, and these visits are a great beginning as students may make key contacts. Moreover, this process helps families experience college together. If families can’t go, students can send pictures and notes back home. Please support this vital component of the college application process.

Spring Into Powerful College Visits


This is a prime time to help connect your under-represented students, schools, and community with free college access programs. Some are for individual students while others serve school sites. Several deadlines are coming up. Several organizations are looking for volunteers and paid staff (CSULA Upward Bound and College Spring).

Upcoming Deadlines for College Readiness Programs


Happy November. We still have so much to do to help our seniors with their college application process. Here are 10 tips to hep you manage this month without losing too much sleep.

2014 November College Readiness Tips For Teachers and Counselors



Welcome back to school. Now more than ever, we need to help counselors and schools prepare our students for college. Join our group of counselors, high school teachers, and others committed to college access with these 10 September College Readiness tips. Please visit our presentation September 19 NACAC presentation on college application essays.

2014 September College Readiness Tips for Teachers and Counselors


Please use July to jumpstart your college application process. Many applications will open August 1, so follow these five key tips to make the most of this summer and get ready for the exciting fall college application season.

July 2014 College Readiness Tips for Rising High School Seniors