Organization

College Forward

Focus Areas

  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth

Contact Information

505 E Huntland Dr.
Austin, TX 78752


(512) 681-0222

Our Mission: College Forward coaches underserved, motivated students to achieve the benefits of higher education and a college degree.

About College Forward

We believe that motivated students who want to go to college can get into and graduate from college. We offer the right support to help them do just that.
We pair highly dedicated, near-peer Coaches with students for a full year. Our Coaches build trusted relationships, offer personalized strategies, and leverage a student-centered curriculum. High schoolers take classes that help them apply for, find ways to afford, and gain acceptance to college. College students get dedicated Coaches and on-campus mentors who solve problems, create connections, and support them all the way through graduation. Because we listen so closely to our students, our approach is constantly evolving. We discern exactly what support today’s students need as well as how they need it. We move quickly to address those needs effectively, efficiently — and we always keep it fun.

College Forward’s Impact

Award Winning
College Forward was included in the “Giving Library” of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (2013).
College Forward was selected as a semifinalist in the Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition (2012, 2013).
College Forward was included in the “S&I 100,” an index of very high-impact nonprofits across the U.S. (2012).
By conferring their “Award of Excellence,” The National College Access Network recognized College Forward as a national leader in college access and completion (2011).
College Forward’s founder was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by E&Y (2011).
College Forward was selected as the first community partner of Innovation +, the Austin affiliate of Social Venture Partners, International. This partnership extends 2011-2016.
College Forward received a Greenlights for Nonprofit Success Innovation Award (2011).
College Forward received the “Best Education Nonprofit” award from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (2007, 2011).
College Forward was featured in “Transforming Communities Through Service: A Collection of 52 of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs in the United States,” a 2010 publication of America’s Service Commission and Innovations in Civic Participation.
College Forward received a coveted Neighborhood Builder award from the Bank of America Foundation (2009).

  • Year Founded 2003
  • Legal Form 501c3