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College Access Resources

College Prep Organizations and Resources in Philadelphia

There are many organizations and services in Philadelphia that are designed to help college-bound high school students and their families as they prepare for and apply to college. 


Philadelphia Futures

Philadelphia Futures — which also publishes Step Up to College — offers students a range of services designed to help students excel in high school, navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes and be prepared to enter and succeed in college. The Sponsor-A-Scholar Program offers students, beginning in 9th grade, year-round academic programming, a mentor, college guidance, access to college scholarships, an array of extracurricular activities, $6,000 for college-related expenses and support throughout college. College Connection offers qualified students — from 11th grade through college completion — intensive and personalized college guidance, placement and retention services. Learn more about Philadelphia Futures and its programs and services here, call 215-790-1666 or go to

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Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Breakthrough has a unique dual mission: to improve educational opportunities for motivated, underserved students and guide them on a path to college success, and to increase the quantity, quality and diversity of educators in the teacher pipeline. Call 215-951-2398 or go to


Community College of Philadelphia Advance at College Program

Community College of Philadelphia’s Advance at College dual enrollment program allows high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still enrolled in high school. Upon completion, students have an official college transcript on file, which may be applied towards an associate’s degree at CCP or transferred to another college or university. Call 215-751-8933 or go to


Philadelphia Education Fund College Access Program

The Philadelphia Education Fund’s College Access Program provides school-based college counseling, financial aid assistance and career advisory services to students from select partner schools. Call 215-665-1400 or go to


Summer Search

Summer Search is dedicated to helping young people develop the confidence, character and skills to complete college and become leaders. Summer Search provides year-round one-to-one professional mentoring, full scholarships to two life-changing summer trips, individualized college advising and a long-lasting support network. Call 215-399-4906 or go to


Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally funded education initiative designed to prepare first-generation-to-college high school students for the successful pursuit of college education. Students must apply in order to participate. 

Community College of Philadelphia TRIO Upward Bound
High Schools Served: Benjamin Franklin, Edison-Fareira and South Philadelphia

Harcum College Upward Bound Program
High School Served: John Bartram, Motivation

Temple University’s Math Science Upward Bound Program
Multiple high schools are served. Call the office for further information.

University of Pennsylvania High School Upward Bound
High Schools Served: Motivation, Overbrook, Parkway-West, Sayre and West 

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