How to Apply

College Bound is a 7 – 9 year college preparation and success program. We are committed to staying with our students from the beginning of their sophomore year of high school until they have a college diploma in their hands and are on their way to finding a career of purpose. Please read the following frequently asked questions to see if the program is right for you and to find out how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join College Bound?

The college admissions process can be overwhelming. College Bound is a support network of friends, counselors and mentors who are here to help you work your way through the process and achieve your goals. CB collegians are graduating from college at 5 TIMES the rate of their low-income, first-generation peers. In CB you will find peers with similar ambitions and goals. Students form strong friendships with one another and develop a network of support. Additionally, CB students get the opportunity to participate in summer enrichment programs, leadership camps, college trips and other activities outside of class. The opportunities are endless.

Who is eligible?

You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible.  Priority is given to students who…

  • Will be first generation college students (meaning your parents don’t have a Bachelor’s degree)
  • Have parents who were non-traditional students (meaning your parents went to college later in life)
  • Have special circumstances

What type of commitment is involved?

We require CB participants to attend all weekly CB classes and CB summer programming. You will also have the opportunity to participate in academic enrichment, service learning, leadership training, and cultural experiences. The more you participate, the more you will learn and grow from the program!

How much does it cost?

There are no costs associated with the program.

How do I become involved?

1. Submit a completed application, essay, and recent transcript.
2. Staff members review applications and invite qualified students to an interview.

When do I apply?

College Bound accepts students into the program during the spring semester of their sophomore year of high school. We begin accepting applications on November 1. Applications are accepted until all spots in the program are filled.

The application can be found here: Student Application

If you are currently a high school sophomore or junior and are interested in applying to our program, limited spots are available. Please e-mail recruitment@collegeboundstl.org for additional information.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions or would like to submit an application, please contact recruitment@collegeboundstl.org