2015-2022 College Match Admission Results

Over the past eight years, 75% of College Match seniors have been admitted into at least one Top 25 College and 95% have been admitted into at least one Top 50 College. 95% of College Match students graduate from college. (Sadly, the national college graduation rate for low-income students is 16%.)

Eight-year admissions totals for these superb institutions of higher learning follow:

  • Wellesley – 131 admissions
  • Middlebury – 378 admissions
  • Smith – 144 admissions
  • Harvard – 31 admissions
  • Brown – 65 admissions
  • Stanford – 40 admissions
  • Yale – 50 admissions
  • Swarthmore – 60 admissions
  • Bowdoin – 67 admissions
  • Cornell – 42 admissions
  • Dartmouth – 114 admissions
  • Columbia – 33 admissions
  • Princeton – 25 admissions
  • UPenn – 24 admissions
  • Georgetown – 27 admissions
  • Pomona – 30 admissions
  • Vassar – 123 admissions
  • Franklin & Marshall – 164 admissions
  • Williams – 29 admissions
  • Carleton – 41 admissions
  • Bates – 16 dmissions
  • Wesleyan – 63 admissions
  • Amherst – 41 admissions
  • MIT – 11 admissions
  • Colby – 22 admissions
  • Macalester – 54 admissions
  • Claremont McKenna – 45 admissions
  • UC-Berkeley – 422 admissions


On May 31st, College Match held our 1st ever Virtual Graduation to applaud and commend the CM Class of 2020!

Our students will attend over 60 colleges across the nation.

Find out where the College Match Class of 2020 will be attending college by hearing it directly from the students! Our CM Counselors also joined the fun and offered words of wisdom throughout the video below.

Our 192 incredible students had BIG decisions to make. 100% of our students were admitted to a 4-year college, with 90% committing a top 50 college and 70% committing to a top 25 college!

This is their first step towards transforming their life. We hope that they each become more bold and undaunted as they prepare to embark on every new adventure. The entire College Match team applauds their hard work, unwavering dedication, and their tremendous achievements now, and in the future.

Relive the memories and be inspired to become greater by pressing “play” on the video below:


Ted Fiske, the former Education Editor of the New York Times wrote to a colleague:

“I’m delighted to hear that you are pursuing the notion of a documentary about College Match. I don’t have to tell you what an amazing program it is. I’ve seen a lot of non-profits working hard to increase college-going rates among disadvantaged young people…. But none have wracked up the record of achievements that College Match produces year after year. It is really quite extraordinary — and richly deserving of the kind of attention that such a documentary would bring.”

After seeing College Match’s 2018 Results, Don Graham, Former Publisher of the Washington Post, said,

“This is amazing. I do not know of a single other group in the country
who has done what you have done. Congratulations.”

2018 College Match Results

Thus far this year, we have had 119 low-income seniors get into Top 25 colleges and 162 get into Top 50 colleges.

Over the past four years, 72% of College Match seniors have been admitted into at least one Top 25 College and 96% have been admitted into at least one Top 50 College. We expect that the numbers below will increase after the Wait List process is complete in May. 94% of College Match students graduate from college.

Four-year admissions totals for these superb institutions of higher learning follow:

  • Wellesley – 64 admissions
  • Middlebury – 141 admissions
  • Smith – 100 admissions
  • Harvard – 13 admissions
  • Brown – 41 admissions
  • Stanford – 14 admissions
  • 21 into Yale – 21 admissions
  • Swarthmore – 18 admissions
  • Bowdoin – 35 admissions
  • Cornell – 18 admissions
  • Dartmouth – 42 admissions
  • Columbia – 17 admissions
  • Princeton – 17 admissions
  • UPenn – 10 admissions
  • Georgetown – 15 admissions
  • Pomona – 12 admissions
  • Vassar – 64 admissions
  • Franklin & Marshall – 73 admissions
  • Williams – 16 admissions
  • Carleton – 23 admissions
  • Bates – 14 dmissions
  • Wesleyan – 24 admissions
  • Haverford – 7 admissions
  • Amherst – 12 admissions
  • MIT – 5 admissions
  • Colby – 21 admissions
  • Hamilton – 12 admissions
  • Macalester – 34 admissions
  • Claremont McKenna – 11 admissions
  • UC-Berkeley – 153 admissions

6 College Match Students Achieve the Rarest of Admissions Possibilities

Six College Match students have been accepted into the eight-year Brown University undergraduate and Medical School program, allowing them to enroll in Brown Medical School without taking the MCAT Exam as long as they maintain reasonable grades as a Brown undergraduate. It is among the rarest of all admissions possibilities for high school seniors. The program usually receives 2,300 applicants (almost all from upper-income families) and only accepts 50 students a year. Very few inner-city low-income students are accepted into this program.

Six College Match Fulbright Scholars

Six College Match students have received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate studies. They share this experience with 10 Fulbright Scholars who have been elected to Congress, 18 who have served as head of state or government, one who has been Secretary General of the United Nations, 43 Nobel Laureates, and 78 Pulitzer Prize winners. Being a Fulbright Scholar is an astounding accomplishment for a low-income minority student from Los Angeles.

Ted Fiske, Former Education Editor of the New York Times, Praises College Match

Ted Fiske, Former Education Editor of The New York Times and the author of numerous higher education books including the highly-regarded Fiske Guide to Colleges, shares his praise for College Match.

“I don’t have to tell you what an amazing program (College Match) is. I’ve seen a lot of non-profits working hard to increase college-going rates among disadvantaged young people, but none have wracked up the record of achievements that College Match produces year after year. It is really quite extraordinary.”

“If there were a Nobel Prize for college admissions, you’d be a shoo-in.”

Letter from a Bill Gates Scholar

Hi Harley, Erica, and Michelle!

I hope all of you guys are doing well. I am just emailing you all to say thank you.

Harley, thank you so much for accepting me into the College Match program. It has benefited me so much from SAT classes to college visits to college applications. It made this process as first generation to go to college in my family a lot smoother.

Erica, thank you so much for helping me with my personal statement. All the revisions, suggestions, and advice helped strengthen my essay and application.

And thank you so much Michelle for answering my questions about the Gates scholarship and for the Bill Gates essay tips and hints. It helped me so much when I was writing all eight essays for this scholarship.

I wanted to thank you all, in this one email, because if it wasn’t for all of you supporting me I probably wouldn’t have been able to be a Bill Gates Scholar. I received a packet yesterday in the mail informing me that I won the scholarship. I am so lucky, blessed, and fortunate to have had all of you contribute to my college journey. All of the help and support I have received, like from you all, has helped lead up to this moment. Now I can go to college out of state, something I have dreamed of as a kid. Now I won’t have a heavy financial burden on me or my parents. I can never thank you all enough. College Match has saved me, and I can never be able to thank you all enough!

I hope you have a nice rest of the day!

A wonderful email from a former College Match student

Hey Mr. Frankel,

I hope everything is going well with you and your family. It’s been a while since we last spoke and you may or may not remember me from the College Match program. I was in the group from LA Jordan and I believe we went on a college tour in the 2003 school year. Anyhow, I was just reaching out to you because the program crossed my mind as I was thinking about all of the pivotal moments that lead me to where I am now. I just wanted to update you on how things are going on my end.

As you may remember, I attended and graduated from Tuskegee University in 2011. I majored in Construction Science & Management while there and was one of the lucky few to receive an employment offer before I graduated. I’ve been with Turner Construction going on 5 years now and it has been an amazing experience. In my 5 years with the company, I was on the project team that built the $400MM Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Benning, GA and the $1BN Baxter Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing plant in Covington, GA. I’m currently a cost analyst in our main office in Alabama. I have a wife and 2 children (boy, 8yrs and girl, 9mos) and they are all doing well and we have made a good life here in Alabama. I haven’t been back to California much since I left so I’ve kinda lost contact with most people from my high school years. But, all-in-all, everything has been going well for me here.

I’m writing just to say thank you again for bringing College Match to Jordan and the other inner city schools. When I look back at what started me out on my journey, it always starts with the East Coast college tour. That was my first time ever leaving the state and the first time I stepped foot on a college campus. I had always wanted to go to college but it always felt so out of reach since no one in my family or anyone I knew personally had ever gone. Just being on those campuses and meeting the students sparked something in me that made me want to experience it myself. That moment made me serious about pursuing a college education. On top of the actual tour, the SAT prep classes and all of the information on college applications/requirements were instrumental in the admissions process. It really helped me to get to where I am and I was able to pass that information on to my younger siblings (most recently my baby sister who will be attending Tuskegee in the fall) and anyone else who might need it. I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity and if there is anything that I can do to help the program just let me know.

Best Regards,
Erich B. Baker Jr.│ Cost Engineer
Turner Construction Company

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