College Access

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CIvic engagement and college access are natural companions, given our society's demand for educated and innovative leaders.  Purchase College demonstrates its strong commitment to these themes by partnering with local K-12 schools and offering structured programs and services to improve the college-going rate.


Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) seeks to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvanaged students who complete pre-professional programs leading to professional licensure and careers in science, technology, or health-related fields.

NIH Bridges Program seeks to increase the underrepresented students in the sciences, providing academic and financial support, as well as assisting with job and graduate placement.

The Great Potential Program's mission is to educate, motivate and encourage students in our partner school districts to achieve the highest possible levels of personal and academic success.

The TRIO Upward Bound Program is federally funded and designed to help academically talented students from traditionally underserved backgrounds reach their potential by gaining admission to and earning a college degree.  The program helps students build the academic skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary for success in college via counseling, ACT/SAT preparation, tutoring, cultural activities, and community service experience.

The Project Focus Partnership Program seeks to develop strong partnerships with area K-12 schools and community-based organizations to promote youth empowerment.  Purchase students serve as mentors and resources by facilitating academic support, goal setting and college preparation workshops t hroughout an academic year.