Each year, less than 20% of the 26,000 low-income, first-generation students who qualify to attend highly selective colleges even choose to apply.
There is a significantly lower rate of college attendance among low-income, first generation students – this may be due to a lack of knowledge about and exposure to colleges.
CollegeSnaps is a nonprofit that helps expose high school students to college information and inspiration without them having to pay for travels across the country.
We use social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, apps widely used by our target demographic, to make this possible. Through social media, high school students get to see daily student life via photos and videos taken by their college student mentors.
Matching like-minded mentors and mentees based on hobbies, background, majors, and more.
Mentors send mentees daily updates such as student performances, dining hall food, and cool snippets from lecture.
Mentees directly ask mentors questions about their college experience and application process.
— Annie Lu, Co-Founder of CollegeSnaps
QuestBridge Scholar, Princeton University ‘17