Strive for College Collaborative

2009 by a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis

Just The Facts

Strive is a national organization operating student-run chapters at colleges and universities across the US. With the mission to address inequalities in college access, Strive recruits local undergrads to serve as mentors to low-income high school students and help them through the college application and financial aid processes during their junior and senior years. 

Get Involved

Current college students can join the movement as a mentor or intern. Interested high school students at current partner schools can talk with the contact at their school about participating in the program or reach out to Strive to bring the program to their high school. Parents and educators can also look into starting a new chapter.


Strive students are more confident and prepared going into the college application process – more than 93% of Strive students go on to four-year colleges. Mentors get the opportunity to share lessons they learned during the college application process, develop leadership, communication and teaching skills and make a real, positive difference in the lives of students in their communities.