College Paths

New York City youth often face a network of roadblocks as they work to pave their way to a better future. The mysteries of SATs, financial aid forms and applications can be daunting for youth who may also be working to help support their families. University Settlement's college guidance program, College Paths, housed at The Door, provides the comprehensive support that young people need to make their way to graduation, college and beyond. 

Talent Search counselors provide one-on-one support to help young people:

  • Successfully complete high school or get their GED
  • Re-enroll in high school if they dropped out and wish to return
  • Figure out their post-graduation plans, whether that's college, a vocational training program, or a non-traditional or alternative program
  • Determine which school is right for them by arranging college trips and visits from college representatives
  • Prepare for SATs, ACTs, Regents and other standardized exams
  • Understand how they can pay for college, find scholarships and get financial aid
  • Prepare for life in college, including how to be successful once they arrive
  • Continue to be successful each year they're in school

And we're proud to report that it works.  In recent years, more than 90% of our participants move on to the next grade level, and more than 70% of students with their diploma or GED enrolled in college.

To learn more about this program, visit The Door's College Advisement and Tutoring page.


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