Since the Chicago region launched in July 2014, more than 1,600 students have been served with 97% of Access students accepted to a four-year college and nearly 90% of Success students persisting through their college education. In the 2018-19 school year, Bottom Line’s office in Chicago is serving nearly 1,400 students and plans to annually serve 2,000 students by 2021.
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 almost 7,800 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 2,000 first-generation-to-college students have gone on to earn their bachelor’s degrees through our proven program. Our national graduation rate is 78%, which is up to four times the national average for the population we serve.
Two Chicago students were welcomed to the White House by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in the 2015 "Beating the Odds" Summit.