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Step Up to College Guide

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, 43-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. The 2013-2014 edition of Step Up to College focuses on “Understanding the Numbers” that are critical to the college admissions and financial aid processes.

Every October, more than 40,000 copies of Step Up to College are distributed to Philadelphia public, public charter and parochial high schools, branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia and many community-based organizations. To eliminate any barriers to access, Step Up to College is distributed without cost.

Timely Step Up to College updates and tips are available on Facebook and Twitter and in cell phone text message updates. Students, families and educators can connect with Step Up to College to receive important information throughout the year about the college admissions process, financial aid deadlines and scholarship opportunities.
Facebook: facebook.com/StepUptoCollege
Twitter: @StepUptoCollege
Text Message Updates
- 9th Grade Students and Parents: Text STEPUP4 to 41411
- 10th Grade Students and Parents: Text STEPUP3 to 41411
- 11th Grade Students and Parents: Text STEPUP1 to 41411
- 12th Grade Students and Parents: Text STEPUP2 to 41411

A downloadable flyer about Step Up to College and its resources is accessible here.

To request a copy of Step Up to College or for any questions about the Guide, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 215-790-1666, ext. 423.


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 2013-2014 edition of the Guide:

  • Arcadia University
  • Army ROTC
  • Community College of Philadelphia 
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Eagles Youth Partnership
  • Harcum College
  • Lafayette College
  • 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 include an ad and campus photos.

To learn more about supporting Step Up to College, please contact Megan Ryan by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 423.