“At a young age, you really don’t think about college but this book tells you that it is possible. Don’t ever think there is not money out there or there’s not a spot for
“At a young age, you really don’t think about college but this book tells you that it is possible. Don’t ever think there is not money out there or there’s not a spot for you. Now I’m really sure that I am going to get into college.”
–Rochelle, 11th grade, Gertz-Ressler High School/The Fulfillment Fund, Los Angeles, CA
The College Access & Opportunity Guide is the first of its kind—a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help first-generation, low-income, and minority students make their college dreams a reality!
284 colleges and universities committed to access, opportunity, and success
You will see some familiar names and others that are not so familiar. But what bonds these institutions are the outreach efforts, scholarship and financial aid opportunities and support and retention services that each has to offer.
Do you KnowHow2GO? Learn the steps you need to take
Follow KnowHow2GO’s plan for first-generation and other underrepresented students to take the steps necessary to go to college.
Insider advice from college students and other experts
Read articles and stories that share insight and firsthand experience on what it takes to get to college and succeed.
Valuable information for parents and mentors, en Español también
Whether you’re a parent, guardian, teacher, mentor, or other caring adult, chances are there’s a teen in your life who wants to go to college. We offer advice for guiding the student in your life to college.
Si eres un padre, tutor, maestro, o un adulto comprensivo, existe la posibilidad que un adolecente en tu vida quiere ir a la universidad. Nosotros oferecemos consejo para ayudar aquel estudiante en tu vida tomar los pasos necesarios para entrar en la universidad.
“Our students have found this guidebook essential to their college searches. It is easy to navigate and targets the information that’s most important to them. There’s no other resource that offers this kind and quality of information. ‘Opportunity’ is the perfect word; that’s just what our students need!”
–Debbie Greenberg, College Bound St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
“I began using the College Access & Opportunity Guide with my upper division students, but very soon the other students were asking to see it. Since I had only one copy, I would have a waiting list to look at the book. It became the focus of our group meetings and soon the students started calling it ‘the red college bible.’ In the end, we decided to give all of our sophomores their own copy to set them on the right path to college.”
––Linda Perez, Achieve/Gerson Bakar Foundation, San Francisco, CA
About the Author
Center for Student Opportunity
The Center for Student Opportunity is a nonprofit organization whose mission is connecting a national network of colleges and universities with traditionally under-served students and their supporters—parents, college access professionals, community leaders, mentors, and high school counselors—to promote the understanding that the opportunity for college is within reach.
Length: 10.875 in
Width: 8.5 in
Weight: 32.16 oz
Page Count: 432 pages
“As a parent, I found this guide informative and helpful in providing direct information about the college admissions process...There are helpful tips on how to stay involved in the coll
“As a parent, I found this guide informative and helpful in providing direct information about the college admissions process...There are helpful tips on how to stay involved in the college process without overstepping your boundaries. The guide clearly sets out the steps to take from beginning to end, along with insider advice from college students and other experts.” - Parents Countdown to College Coach
“This one-stop shop offers essential information to high school students from nontraditional backgrounds and the adults who support their college quest.” - Youth Today
“With a colorful design to catch the prospective student’s eye, this resource from the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity opens with chapters of general advice on preparing for college (and paying for it), and then offers one-page reviews of programs available at 284 college and universities, organized by state.” - Kirkus