The transition from high school to college can be daunting! That’s why, this summer, St. Louis Graduates is opening the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center where students can get free counseling in the Delmar Loop. Students will be encouraged to come into the Center, but assistance will also be available via phone and e-mail.
National research shows that 10% of students who graduate high school with an acceptance to college will not actually enroll, a phenomenon referred to as “summer melt.” A survey of St. Louis area counselors found that one-third of their students are at risk. The goal for the High School to College Center is to prevent summer melt and help more students enroll in college and ultimately persist to a degree.
“Having an acceptance letter or financial aid award letter can give the mistaken impression that all a student needs to do is show up on campus in the fall,” notes Faith Sandler, Executive Director of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and Co-chair of St. Louis Graduates. “[The Center] will help students through the steps they need to take to ensure their financial aid is in place, they are enrolled in classes, and they are ready to go in August.”
WHERE: 618 N. Skinker Blvd. in the Delmar Loop
WHEN: Open daily 12 Noon to 5 p.m., June 1st through August 18th
St. Louis area students can visit the free St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center if they are recent high school graduates and:
- Need assistance with financial aid, where to live and how to get to college,
- Are having trouble accessing the college online enrollment and course registration system, or
- Need help completing necessary paperwork.
The Center will tailor its counseling to students who recently graduated from high school, have plans in place to continue their education, and have questions over the summer and aren’t quite sure where to turn. The Center is designed to work primarily with low-income and/or first-generation college-going students. All services are offered free of charge.
“We want to make sure that all students who are enrolled in college for the fall have the information, encouragement and guidance they need to make it to campus. We launched the Center because we believe there are potentially thousands of students who don’t make it to campus, despite their best intentions,” said Jane Donahue, Vice President of the Deaconess Foundation and Co-chair of St. Louis Graduates.
Participating counselors include representatives of Wyman Center, College Summit, Missouri College Advising Corps, St. Louis Community College and The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis as well as individual counselors from several area high schools, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions.