Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income
families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college,
create their future, and change the world.
Minds Matter NYC isn’t just a college access program, it’s a Community of Opportunity, transforming lives and enriching our city.
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20% of students delay going to college due to inadequate counseling.
Low-income students are 25 times
less likely to attend selective colleges.
59% of lower income students graduate vs. 77% of their higher income peers.
Minds Matter is a three year program that begins in students’ sophomore year of high school. Minds Matter offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support and academic instruction that provides students with the resources, information and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in, and graduate from four-year colleges.
More than 400 hours of in-class instruction in math and writing skills and SAT preparation
Weekly mentoring with two dedicated mentors from sophomore year of high school to graduation
Attendance at prestigious summer programs across the nation and around the world fully funded by donors
Since 1991, Minds Matter has transformed the lives of thousands of program alumni.
Our programs have a 90% retention rate.
Each year 100% of our students are accepted to a four-year college or university.
More than 75% of Minds Matter students attend top-tier colleges and universities
Students see an average 200 point increase on their SAT
More than 90% of our students graduate college within 4 years