College Admissions Network (CAN) Program
This 16-week long program increases the rate of admission to institutions of higher education by selectively pairing undergraduate students with local high school seniors. As part of the program, high school seniors receive individualized assistance and support throughout the entire college application and enrollment processes .
Students work with advisors throughout the entire process, from planning in September to final submissions in January.
Students are paired with a current University of Pennsylvania undergraduate student-advisor who will answer questions and provide resources specific to students' needs.
Students follow a schedule to complete weekly tasks—registering for the SAT/ACT, creating a resume, requesting references, etc.—as they complete their college applications.
In the United States, only 54% of Black students attend college immediately after high school, compared to 60% Hispanic, 67% White, and 86% Asian.
Our goal is to strengthen high school seniors’ college applications to increase the likelihood of acceptance, provide students with a network for which they can ask unlimited questions, and reduce the stress associated with the college application process.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics on Immediate College Enrollment Rate
total college acceptances throughout the nation received by CAN students.
in scholarships awarded to CAN students
of CAN students identified as people of color.
University of Pennsylvania
Penn State University
Paul Robeson High School
Northeast High School
Walter B. Saul High School
Class of 2021
Students applied to an average of 7.9 colleges and were accepted, on average, to 5.8 colleges.
Class of 2020
100 percent of advisors identified as people of color.