The Opportunity: A College Access Newsletter

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We believe in human potential, opportunity, and the ability to succeed.
We are student-founded, student-led, and dedicated to empowering students to access and afford college.

This is The Opportunity: A College Access Newsletter.

It features tools, tips, and advice from our own experiences and also the best college access tools we've found.

Issue Eighteen: June 7, 2019
Issue Theme: It’s all about College Success

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You can find step-by-step information on how to navigate the college application process in our free Guide and it's downloadable on our website. Here's an excerpt from the Guide: 

Setting Yourself up for College Success

Do a First Year Program

You may have the opportunity to attend a pre-orientation program. Many college students write that their pre-orientation program was one of the best things they’ve ever done. It will set you up with a great g
roup of friends right out of the gate.

Connect, Don’t Compare

Once you’re in college you’ll find people dramatically different from you and better than you in many different things. Instead of feeling intimidated, recognize that having other students more skilled in areas than you is a tremendous opportunity for you all to learn from each other. While connecting instead of comparing with your peers may seem like obvious advice now, make sure to keep it in mind when you enter college. Your peers will probably be the best experience of your college process, so make sure that you embrace them.


When you get to school, try a bunch of different things and don’t be afraid to quit the ones that don’t capture your interest. As a freshman, you’re going to be hit by all sorts of information about joining clubs or getting involved in activities. Explore all that may interest you, but feel free to cut them as soon as you feel you’re not getting a lot out of it. By doing this you’ll meet a variety of people from all different types of backgrounds, who can become close friends even if you choose not to stick with the activity. This is your time to sample what’s possible; enjoy it!

Summer Reading

We’re talking about books! These books share amazing stories about students navigating their own college journey. Trust us, put down the phone and set aside the social media and you will be consumed in these stories. [No, we don’t receive any commissions on these links]


Your college may have its own recommended reading list or common read. Don’t sit this one out—-the book will be the topic of discussions once you get to campus.

Make Your Home Among Strangers

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capo Crucet.


This is a story about a young working class Cuban-American woman and her new life at a liberal arts college.

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

A riveting account of the University of Washington rowing team and their journey to gold in the 1936 Olympics.

Educated by Tara Westover.

A memoir of a young woman whose upbringing in a remote area is very different from the world she finds herself in at college.

This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


An oldie but a goodie! A classic novel about a Princeton student and life after graduation.

Fair Opp Faves: Tools We Like

Each issue of this newsletter we’ll highlight one cool tool or resource. Maybe it’s for finding the right college, covering college costs, or staying on top of the application process. We only share tools that we’ve checked out and that are free for students.

AP Credit Policy Search Tool

May was the month of Advanced Placement (AP) tests. If you sat through one or more of the 38 AP tests offered, you want to know what that hard work brings. Colleges set their own guidelines about what scores earn credit or placement, and it’s a lot to keep track of!

That’s why we like this AP College Credit tool from College Board.


This is a free tool and you can quickly search by college or by AP class. That means you can find out if the college you’re interested in or enrolled in accepts AP credits and at what qualifying score. (AP tests are scored on a 1-5 scale). This tool also provides links to the college’s website for detailed information on their policy.  


Send us your questions and we’ll respond to them here!


So you’ve been answering random questions all year long in this newsletter. What about when I have a question that’s NOT been addressed here? —Juliane D.


That’s good, Juliane! Keeping us on our toes. We know that all kinds of questions pop up once you dig into colleges and applications. That’s why we’ve got this blue button in the bottom right hand corner of our website. It says “Ask us a question” and it looks like this:

Simply click on the button, type in your question, and you’ll receive an answer—usually within 24 hours, and no cost to you. True story, Juliane. We’ve got your back.

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