Saint Paul's Admission Possible Program Proving Itself, Expanding

Admission Possible, a St. Paul nonprofit that helps low-income students get into college, plans to expand to as many as 10 cities over the next five years.

The organization, which now only operates in the Twin Cities and in Milwaukee, confirmed last month that it will expand to a third site in 2011.

National statistics show more than 200,000 low-income students every year graduate from high school prepared for college but just don't go. Admission Possible's mission is to identify low-income high school students with the potential and motivation for college and then to provide them with four critical services: ACT and SAT test preparation; guidance in preparing college applications; help in obtaining financial aid; and guidance for the transition to college.

Admission Possible serves nearly 3,700 high school and college students. 98% of high school students in the program earn admission to college. Nearly 80% of those students who enrolled in college are still working toward their degree or have graduated.  

With those results, it is no wonder President Barack Obama singled out the group in a speech last summer as a good model to grow and emulate.
"Admission Possible operates in just two states now. So imagine if it was 10 or 20 or 50," he said.
Learn more about this Saint Paul program at the Admission Possible website.

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