College Bridge


Why College Bridge?

Up to 1/3 of graduating seniors who are accepted to college and plan to enroll fail to do so in the fall Failure to matriculate can be traced to the many and complicated enrollment tasks that take place over the summer between high school and college Students with access to counselors in the summer after high school graduation are more likely to matriculate

What is College Bridge?

College Bridge supports first-generation college-bound students during their senior year and in the summer between high school graduation and college matriculation. CARA trains and supports current college students to work as “college coaches” in their alumni high schools, assisting graduating seniors as they navigate the many obstacles that arise during this critical time.

During the school year, coaches work in the college office alongside schools’ college counselors, and conduct workshops with seniors; they then work one-on-one with students over the summer, helping graduates to complete final financial aid forms, figure out how to pay for textbooks, arrange transportation to college, and register for classes.

Both literally and figuratively, coaches help usher students through the door as they begin the next step of their educational journey.

To read more about the components of the College Bridge program, click here.



24% increase in FAFSA
completion, from 53%
to 77%

28% increase in TAP
submission, from 41%
to 69%

35% increase in deposits
paid to colleges, from
36% to 71%

11% increase in college
applications submitted,
from 77% to 88%

65% of college coaches
counseled family and
friends outside of the

“My senior year I had so many of the problems that they are having now, not getting my tests or the letters I needed. It is because of all those bumps that I hit in the road that I can do this work.”

-College Coach




Sites and Partnerships

  • Academy for Careers in Television and Film
  • Bronx Theatre High School
  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
  • Crotona International High School
  • Ellis Preparatory Academy
  • Essex Street Academy
  • Expeditionary School for Community Leaders
  • Flushing International High School
  • Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy
  • Harvest Collegiate High School
  • High School for Youth and Community Development
  • High School of Fashion Industries
  • High School of Hospitality Management
  • International Community High School
  • International High School at Lafayette
  • International High School at Prospect Heights
  • International High School for Health Sciences
  • Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School
  • Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
  • Lyons Community School
  • Manhattan International High School
  • Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
  • Pan American International High School at Monroe
  • Pan American International High School at Elmhurst
  • Park East High School
  • Pelham Lab High School
  • Repertory Company High School for Theater Arts
  • The Facing History School
  • The Green School
  • The James Baldwin School
  • In collaboration with Make the Road New York:
    • Academy for Environmental Leadership
    • Bushwick School for Social Justice
  • In collaboration with New Settlement Apartments
    • Claremont International
    • NSA College Access Center
    • Student Success Center at the Taft Campus
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