The College Success Program is designed to provide guidance to students who enroll in commonly-attended regional colleges. College students are advised and mentored on campus for up to 6 years. The purpose of this innovative program is to ensure that students have the support they need to earn a degree. We focus on academic, financial, career, and personal challenges - the main causes of students leaving school. Students who participate in our Success Program graduate within 6 years at rates up to 43 percentage points higher than students who receive support only with college applications.
In order to help incoming freshmen to succeed in college, Bottom Line provides transitional programming each summer for our new class of soon-to-be college students. From reviewing how to read a college syllabus to talking about life on a college campus, we try to get our students ready to begin pursuing a degree. This summer transitional program is designed so students show up on campus clear of any last minute surprises and ready to learn. Our transition program includes:
- Peer group building events with students from their college
- Assistance with enrollment, housing, and class registration
- Financial Aid advising
- General problem solving
Once on campus, Bottom Line counselors provide holistic support students according to our DEAL model, designed to help students in four areas.
Our program stands out because of our personalized, one-on-one approach, our thorough understanding of the needs of each student, and the holistic, long-term nature of our support. Counselors travel to campus to meet students where they are and serve as a constant presence in students' lives for up to 6 years. Counselors constantly learn about and assess their students and adapt their support to meet the individualized needs of each student rather than employ a one-size-fits-all approach.
Bottom Line provides individualized, one-on-one support to students all the way until college graduation, meeting students in-person on campus and providing additional holistic support through a variety of methods including calls, texts, emails, and social media.
Our Success Program begins working with students during the summer prior to a student's college enrollment.
Bottom Line focuses on students from Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Worcester who are from low-income households in the first generation of their family to earn a Bachelor's degree. Additionally, students must be enrolling for the first time at one of Bottom Line's Target Colleges.
Students typically meet with their counselor 2-4 times in-person per semester, usually on campus, though the frequency of meetings can vary depending on individual needs. Outside of meetings, counselors are available through other contact methods and engage with their students often.
Parent involvement is not a requirement or focus of Bottom Line's programs. They may be as involved or uninvolved as they choose; however parents and guardians are typically called upon during the financial aid application process to provide important tax information.
Many students join the Success Program by participating in Bottom Line's College Access Program. Students may also join the program without participating in the Access Program through our Success Direct recruitment pipeline. Students typically learn about our program through word of mouth: from friends, family, classmates, and guidance counselors. Bottom Line staff also regularly conducts outreach activities and works directly with many other community-based organizations.