Widening access to top universities for underprivileged students

MENTOR NETWORK

We match high-achieving underprivileged applicants with Project Access mentors at the world’s best universities!

KNOWLEDGE BASE

We have created a free, online knowledge base with everything you need to guide you through the application process!

ON-CAMPUS SUPPORT

We’re building on-campus chapters at the world’s best universities, supporting students from orientation to graduation!

The Problem

Bright students from underprivileged backgrounds are severely underrepresented at the world’s top universities.

  • Less likely to apply

    Lacking role models to identify with, they rarely apply to selective schools

  • Less likely to receive an offer

    Lacking information and application advice, they are disadvantaged in the admissions process

  • Less likely to graduate

    Lacking support, they are more likely to struggle academically and socially even after admission

The top 38 colleges in the U.S.

admit more students from the top 1% of the income bracket than from the entire bottom 60%

Low-income students at top universities

in the U.K. are 50% more likely to drop out than their high-income peers

Between 25,000 and 35,000 low-income students

score in the 90th percentile or above on the SAT every year – but never apply to selective universities

WHY WE EXIST

MISSION

We fight inequality in higher education by widening access to top universities for underprivileged students.

VISION

Because we want to live in a world where passion and potential – not socio-economic background – define a young person’s future.

THEORY OF CHANGE

Mentoring, information, and on-campus support will empower students to apply for, gain access to, and succeed at top universities.

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MEET OUR MENTORS

Project Access was created for students, by students. The people who make it possible are our mentors, who help students from start to finish for free!