What We Do – Giving Back

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 52% of 2011 high school graduates from low-income families enrolled in college immediately after high school, a figure 30 percentage points lower than their high-income peers.  A report by NACAC showed that meeting one-on-one with a counselor to discuss financial aid or college triples students’ chances of going to college and increases by sevenfold the likelihood that they’ll apply for federal financial aid.  Unfortunately, the current national student to counselor ratio is 482:1 and in New York State it’s even lower — 624:1.  Hard working public high school counselors are simply stretched too thin to provide adequate college counseling to most of their students.

To do a small part in bridging this gap, Mindful College Advising’s mission is to work with underrepresented, high-achieving students in the community to help them access and pursue the education they deserve.   In fulfillment of this mission, Anne Randall works each year with students as a virtual advisor through the national non-profit, ScholarMatch.   Anne also works each year pro bono with other low-income students in the community.

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