Who are we?
The College Prep Project consists entirely of college students who want to help high school students. When going through the college application and scholarship finding processes, we experienced a lot of difficulties. We did not know where to look, how to approach the college search, and what the best course of action was. If we had a service like The College Prep Project, our application experiences would have been far more rewarding, less overwhelming, and more streamlined.
We are committed to developing individual excellence in all of our students. We are committed to helping students apply to colleges and receive scholarships to fund their experience. As college students, we understand what students struggle with. We want to make the application and college process more manageable and less stressful.
We hope to guide students by teaching them what it means to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Success isn’t a 4.0 or a 1600 SAT score. It's about doing what interests you and fulfilling your goals! For us, it’s about helping students reach their maximum potential and finding where they will be happiest!
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to becoming a top student. That’s why we take great pride in helping students become confident, successful, and compassionate individuals both in and outside the classroom. We help students be positive, goal-oriented and prepared to conquer college.
The College Prep Project works with students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, physical disability, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, or other company-administered programs.
We know that there are significant discrepancies in student access to college counseling in their high schools. We have found that private high schools have much more college resources for high school students than public high schools. Furthermore, high schools located in economically underserved areas have even fewer college counseling resources.
We often see that guidance counselors have too many students assigned to them, making it almost impossible to help them all. This student-to-counselor ratio results in each student getting less individual attention and access to the help they need.
We help students in two ways. First, we help students in economically deprived areas by partnering with their high schools and providing our services for free. Second, we partner with individual students who are looking for our help. These can be students from any background, location, and school.
One thing that sets us apart from guidance counselors is the age of our mentors. We pair high school students with college students as mentors to give them the freshest and most up-to-date advice. This advice is backed by extensive research, consultations with career advisors, and our own experiences. Having mentors who have recently gone through the college application process provides an excellent, not to mention relatable, resource for the high school students we help.
We match high school students with mentors who understand their individual needs and previous experiences; we want our mentors to represent the students we are helping get into colleges. We strive to match mentors and students with similar interests and backgrounds. We believe these similarities will lead to greater connections and improved advising dynamics. Additionally, we aim to use grant money and revenue generated through mentoring to help fund mentoring for students in need, those who could not traditionally access college prep help. By doing this, our hope is to democratize college admissions and make college more accessible, even to the most underserved among us.