First Generation

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


Help students with their state university applications. In California, the Cal State and UC applications are open. Both must be submitted by November 30. The Cal States can be submitted October 1-November 30, while the UCs can be submitted November 1-30. Both applications have students self-report their course and grades, […]

2018 Outstanding October College Readiness Tips


Attend College Readiness Conferences. There are organizations in every state that have spring and summer workshops and conferences. Also groups of colleges are traveling the country. For example. Exploring College Options will be in many states this spring. http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/ Summer Plans. Your students need to be busy this summerThere are many summer […]

April Spring Tips


Another great school year has come to a close. You deserve a great summer. Dr. Joseph is so excited to be piloting the College Advocate Teacher Training Institute this summer for 45 LAUSD teachers and counselors.  We all have so much more to do to help our students get ready […]

2017 June College Readiness Tips



Happy Fall. The high school class of 2017 is bearing the brunt of the most reforms in college admissions in recent history. Below are some tips to help them succeed this fall. Get ready to apply for financial aid in October. The FAFSA will open October 1! The FAFSA is also implementing […]

2016 Early Fall College Readiness Tips



May is a key time of year for high school juniors. Proactive college planning will empower their senior year college application process. Below we provide key testing, summer planning, counseling, and college visiting tips.

May Junior College Readiness Leads to Senior Success