Since the Chicago region launched in July 2014, 682 students have been served with 97% of Access students accepted to a 4-year college and 90% of Success students persisting through their college education. In the 2017-2018 school year Bottom Line Chicago will serve nearly 1,100 students and plans to annually serve nearly 2,500 students by 2020.
Bottom Line was founded in 1997 as a small nonprofit supporting 25 high school seniors in Boston. Our organization has grown dramatically over the last 20 years and now serves 7,000 students across Massachusetts, New York, and Chicago with the shared goal of all of our students getting into college, graduating and going far in life. With sustainable growth, our vision is to transform urban communities by producing thousands of career-ready college graduates who are breaking the cycle of poverty. Our trained advisors deliver intensive, one-on-one advising and support from college application all the way through college graduation. To date more than 1,600 first-generation students have gone on to earn their bachelor’s degrees through our proven program. Last year, our national graduation rate was 81%, which is up to four times the national average for low-income, first-generation college students.