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Summer Supplement to the Step Up to College Guide

Two New Resources Unveiled to Assist Philadelphia’s College-Bound Students

Philadelphia Futures has released a new Summer Supplement for rising high school seniors, and the Philadelphia Futures Summer Hotline, which will allow students to ask questions about the college admissions process, will open on July 1.

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Two new tools from Philadelphia Futures are designed to support Philadelphia’s college-bound students: a Summer Supplement to the Step Up to College Guide, and a Summer Hotline for students to ask questions about the college admissions process.  

The Summer Supplement to the annual Step Up to College Guide is designed specifically for rising high school seniors. It walks students through the nine steps they need to take during the summer, including preparing to take the SAT or ACT exam, doing college “fit” research, touring colleges, beginning the application process, and more.

Print copies of the six-page Summer Supplement are being distributed, free of charge, to every high school in Philadelphia and to many community organizations in and around the City. Guidance Counselors are being encouraged to give the Supplements to their college-bound rising high school seniors, along with a copy of the 2014-2015 Step Up to College Guide before the students head off for summer break. (Having a copy of the Guide will help the students follow the nine steps outlined in the Supplement.) The Supplement also can be used by youth-serving professionals planning to facilitate college-access programs this summer.

A PDF version of the Summer Supplement is available on our website:

Also new this summer is the Philadelphia Futures Summer Hotline. Beginning July 1, students can email their questions about the college admissions process, and a Philadelphia Futures staff member will answer them directly.