The Problem

There are 482 students to every counselor in America's public high schools. College application knowledge varies dramatically by family and geography. Application books and resources surrounding the process are expensive while a third of all college applicants spend up to tens of thousands for private admissions consultants.


What We Do

We provide free mentorship to students across the nation and send a college advising guide of the highest quality to 64,000 public educators in America -- for free.


How We Do It

Fair Opportunity Project is a nonprofit organization started by students for students. We provide mentorship and some of the best and most up-to-date college application resources to students across America.


From A-Z, The Entire Application Process.

All in one place.

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The following guide is the product of 20+ college students, 250 high school counselors, and numerous advisors in the education space. The first iteration was sent to every publicly listed school in the U.S.A. and, since then, has been continuously improved using feedback from students, parents, and counselors.


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Thinking About College

If you're thinking about whether college is for you, this is the place to start. We go through the benefits of college, why it matters for your future, and the wide range of students who have chosen to attend. If you're thinking about whether college is for you, this is the place to start. 

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Making the Most of High School

Whether you just entered 9th grade or wrapping up your third year, it's never too early to start thinking about college. Learn about how your extracurricular activities, academic performance, and standardized test results play a role in the college admissions process. 



There are thousands of colleges in the United States, so choosing the ones to apply to can feel overwhelming. It's important to understand what you want out of your college experience, which makes it easier to find the options that seem like the best fit. 



Many colleges require that students take standardized tests as part of their college application. In this module, we walkthrough the requirements, the different tests, and the best ways to prepare to perform your best. 



Now that you have your list of colleges that you will apply to, it's time to actually put together your application. Learn about the various components of most college applications, including essays, letters of recommendations, and alumni interviews. 



You can write an amazing college essay (or essays) and it only takes being yourself and a bit of time and thought. The writing process can be an intellectually and personally meaningful experience. It is an opportunity to reflect on how far you’ve come and on where you would like to go next. We've also included many successful essays to give a sense for what works.



College is expensive but there are ways to make it affordable. As the cost to attend college has skyrocketed, being able to afford it has become paramount in the application process. In order to do so, students should use a mix of institutional, outside, and federal aid, and understand that a college will rarely cost you what they advertise. We also go through applying for scholarships. 



You've submitted your application, now what? In this module we try to give some perspective on college admissions results, senior spring, and preparing for college. 


College Access Partners


Featured in



  • Richard Barth (CEO, KIPP Foundation)

  • Michael Brown (CEO, City Year)

  • Marquitta Speller (Executive Director for Secondary and Collegiate Programs, The Harlem Children's Zone)

  • Stephanie Khurana (Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation)

  • Katherine K. Merseth (Founder, Harvard Teacher Fellows)

  • Ruth Rathblott (CEO, Harlem Education Activities Fund)

  • Elissa Salas (CEO, College Track)

  • Thomas Willis (CEO, Cornerstone Charter Schools)

  • Sugeni Perez-Sadler (Senior Director, College and Career Planning at NYC Department of Education)



You can power up your program with our essentials. Fair Opportunity Project's materials are free under MIT license and openly integratable into any college access or high school counseling curriculum to assist your students in the college application process. 


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*100% of donations go towards improving our resources. Fair Opportunity Project is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.