Published and distributed annually by Philadelphia Futures, Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes is the #1 college admissions resource for Philadelphia’s college-bound students and their families.
Designed with first-generation-to-college students in mind, the comprehensive, 66-page Step Up to College Guide is tailored to Philadelphia’s students in grades nine to twelve and their families, leading them through each stage of the college admissions process — from test preparation and identifying college choices, to writing application essays and understanding financial aid, to transitioning to college life. Philadelphia Futures distributes 45,000 print copies of the Step Up to College Guide – without cost to remove any barriers to access – to every public, public charter and parochial high school in Philadelphia, branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia, government offices and community-based organizations
In October 2014, Philadelphia Futures released its landmark 25th Anniversary Edition of the Step Up to College Guide. In conjunction with the Step Up to College 25th Anniversary, Philadelphia Futures introduced new Step Up to College resources in a variety of digital media formats, including the Step Up to College Video Series and www.StepUptoCollege.org website. The new Step Up to College digital media resources will, throughout the year, bring updated content from the Guide to the Philadelphia community.
1. Step Up to College Video Series
The three, 20-minute videos cover critical aspects of the college admissions process: Preparing for College, Understanding College Fit and Applying to College. The videos are accessible on the new Step Up to College website and YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/StepUptoCollege. PowerPoint presentations are also available on the website. The videos are designed to be used in the classroom, in community-based settings or for students and families to view directly on their own
The Step Up to College website can be found at www.StepUptoCollege.org. In addition to housing the Video Series, the website features a college-going calendar, updated monthly tips and listings of Philadelphia-based and online college-going resources.
3. Text Alerts
Educators, students and families can sign-up to receive critical reminders about time-sensitive deadlines and tasks in the college-going process – including alerts about deadlines for SAT registration and FAFSA submission. Individuals can sign-up by texting the keyword StepUptoCollege to 41411.
4. Social Media
Student-serving professionals and families can stay abreast of content updates throughout the year by following Step Up to College on Facebook and Twitter. The daily Tweets and posts will provide tips and links to important resources and information.
A downloadable flyer about Step Up to College and its resources is accessible here. The complete PDF of the Guide can be found on the Step Up to College website at http://www.stepuptocollege.org/images/Step-Up-to-College-Guide-2014.pdf.
Step Up to College is published through the generous support of many sponsors. The following institutions and organizations demonstrate their commitment to this important publication and the students it serves by supporting the 2014–2015 edition — the 25th Anniversary Edition — of the Guide:
- Arcadia University
- Army ROTC
- Community College of Philadelphia
- Dickinson College
- Drexel University
- Eagles Youth Partnership
- Esperanza College of Eastern University
- Harcum College
- Lafayette College
- Lehigh University
- Penn State University
- Saint Joseph’s University
- Temple University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of the Sciences
- Villanova University
Show Your Support
Supporting Step Up to College is a meaningful way to partner with Philadelphia Futures and support its effort to provide Philadelphia’s high school students with the tools and resources they need to pursue education beyond high school.
Benefits of Supporting Step Up to College
Step Up to College offers funders tremendous outreach opportunities to the Philadelphia community and exposure to a large audience of students and their families.
College and university supporters are featured in our college profile section and have the opportunity to promote their institution through written text and campus photos.
Supporters also are featured on the Step Up to College website, and have the opportunity to add content to the Facebook and Twitter pages and text message updates.