College Match was established to address this enormous disparity. One of the biggest obstacles is that most of our low-income students attend very large high schools where the college counselors are overwhelmed by ratios of approximately 600 students to one counselor or even higher. Sadly, California ranks last in the nation in the ratio between students and counselors. Another major problem is that their parents cannot afford to pay for personal college counselors, SAT preparatory courses, essay consultants, extensive college site visits, and other forms of help that more affluent college applicants enjoy. We focus our efforts exclusively on students with especially strong academic records who, we believe, can be admitted to the finest colleges in the country. If we are successful, these students are likely to be future leaders in their community and in our nation. College Match provides much more intensive one-on-one services to these youngsters than most other programs. Individualized strategies are developed for each student based on the studentâs strengths, weaknesses, and personal preferences. Our model is the level of support that students in elite schools receive from their counselors and from their affluent parents. The College Match students receive the same level of support and assistance that affluent students receive so that they can participate effectively in the highly competitive college admissions process.
College Match is committed to helping talented students from low-income families in Los Angeles beat the odds. Since 2003, College Match has paved the way for hundreds of students to be accepted to and graduate from top tier 4-year colleges.
To provide comprehensive college access services to low-income students in 12 inner city public schools. Conduct SAT Prep classes. Provide assistance in filling out college application forms, with a heavy emphasis on the essays. Assisting with financial aid forms, so that low-income students can qualify for appropriate financial aid packages. Raising funds so that low-income students can join their more affluent peers in visiting colleges throughout the country.