College Bound has had a strong record of success in helping promising low-income, first-generation students get into and graduate from college. The following externally validated outcomes position College Bound among the top performing college access and success programs in the nation.
- 99% of College Bound’s students have graduated from high school compared to only 68% of St. Louis Public School students and 53% of low-income students living in cities.
- 94% of College Bound students have matriculated to college immediately after high school, compared to 66% of St. Louis Public School graduates and only 51% of low-income graduates nationwide.
- 88% of College Bound students have re-enrolled for their sophomore year, and 82% have re-enrolled for their junior year. By comparison, fewer than 50% of low-income students nationally re-enroll for their junior year and just 11% of low-income first generation students graduate within six years.
- In 2014, CB collegians graduated at FIVE TIMES the rate of their low-income, first-generation peers, and above the rate of students with family incomes of $100,000+.
College Bound’s relentless attention to evidence-based practices and measurable outcomes allows them to design and refine their program strategies for maximum impact. The organization’s capable and thoughtful leaders are not afraid of data, and in fact, they are champions and advocates for outcomes-based approaches across the field of college access and completion.Kristin Boyer
(Director of Public Benefit Grants, TG)