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Success Boston

Seeking to double the number of Boston students who complete college

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October is College Month in Boston Public Schools!

2019 BPS College Fair flyer

Once again this October, Success Boston is partnering with Boston Public Schools for a month of activities that give students the ideas and support they need to get ready for and into college.

Highlights include:

October 4th: City-Wide College Pride Day
Break out the colors of your alma mater or favorite school!

October 20th-26th: STEM Week
Take the opportunity to explore the numerous career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Hundreds of events are planned across the state!

October 26th: Boston City-Wide College Career and Internship Fair
Come to the Reggie Lewis Center to explore your options, ask questions, get help with your financial aid forms and more!

College Open Houses: All month long, get the chance to learn more about dozens of Massachusetts colleges and universities. Open Houses are being held at schools across the region. For a complete list, click right here!

"Success Boston is proud to be helping students follow their dream of a college education without gaming the system.

"We are proud to be doing it the hard way, the honest way. And we are exceedingly proud that it is working."

Together, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the City of Boston, 37 area institutions of higher education and local nonprofit partners are working to double the college completion rate for students from the BPS.  To date, over 6,000 students have participated in Success Boston coaching. They are more likely than their peers to persist and graduate from postsecondary education.

Recent Events

Success Boston Leadership Council
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The Story of Scaling Up: The Impact of Success Boston Coaching for Completion

Join us for the release of the latest report from Success Boston about the impact of transition coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates. The report focuses on the BPS Classes of 2015 and 2016, and includes outcomes such as college persistence, college GPA, and the renewal of Federal Student Aid applications (FAFSA).

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Supporting Postsecondary Success

This report, conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for Success Boston, finds that Boston students have access to unprecedented levels of support for getting into and persisting in college, but that the effectiveness of those supports would be increased by improved coordination and sharing among schools, community organizations and higher education institutions.

Download the report
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Staying the Course: College Enrollment and Completion for BPS Class of 2011 Graduates

A new Success Boston report from the Boston Private Industry Council about the college enrollment and completion experiences of high school graduates of the Boston Public Schools was released at a Boston Foundation forum on April 11, 2018. The report includes an updated six-year college completion rate for the BPS Class of 2011, as well as new analyses on the types of degrees they earned and the fields of study they selected. 

Watch a video of the forum
WATCH A SERIES OF BRIEF VIDEOS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUCCESS BOSTONs

To get connected to a Success Boston coach, please fill out our Student Intake Form.

View our Recruitment Flyer to learn more about the coaching organizations students can work with. 

Your Success Boston coach will:

  • Connect you with resources and activities on-campus
  • Help you address personal and academic challenges
  • Support you as you navigate the financial aid process
  • Guide you in setting personal and career goals 
Success Boston Network 2016