College Connect

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About College Connect

College Connect launched in Spring 2008. Each year, the program recruits 25 4-year college-bound high school juniors from throughout the neighborhood who are first generation to attend college. This multi-year program provides structured, personalized college admissions support to students and their parents through high school graduation, as well as ongoing guidance during college.

Application Process

The 2013-2014 College Connect application is up! The application deadline is early October and interviews for the program take place from mid-October through mid-November. Final decisions about acceptance to the program will be made by the end of November. We advise students to turn in their applications as soon as possible and please remember to include their transcript and letter of recommendation with their application.

To download and view the 2014-2015 College Connect application, click here.

Eligibility Criteria & Application Process – Who Is Eligible?

  • Must have the desire to attend 4-year college!
  • Willing to explore schools outside of California
  • Not involved in another college access program
  • Current high school juniors
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • On-track to complete A-G requirements
  • Qualify for free/reduced-lunch program
  • First generation to attend four-year college in the U.S.
  • Live or go to school in the Mission District

Program Results

  • 90% of total students remain active in the program and enrolled in college after high school graduation
  • 91% of active participants go straight to 4-year colleges after high school graduation
  • 100% of students are first-generation college students
  • On average our incoming freshmen class of 2012-2013, or cohort 4, received $21,038 in scholarship dollars


To read some our testimonials, click here

How to Volunteer

College Connect is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! We are especially interested in people that have worked with youth or have tutored youth in math, writing/English and or reading.

To volunteer, please contact Jenna Casey at (415) 864-5205 ext. 13 or

Contact Information

College Connect Office:
522 Valencia Street (cross street: 16th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 926-8283
Fax: (415) 864-0916

Mailing Address:
3040 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Program Director: Catherine Marroquin;
College Success Manager: Jill Marinelli;
High School Coordinator: Ivan Aguilera;


How to Donate

Click here to donate to Mission Graduates

College Connect Flickr Page

To check out what students are doing in College Connect, check out our FaceBook page.