CollegeSpring Improves College Matriculation and Matching, Finds New Report


Los Angeles, CA, July 3, 2014 – With larger cohorts of CollegeSpring students now entering college, CollegeSpring is excited to be able to report meaningfully on college matriculation. Dr. Mariana Preciado, CollegeSpring’s Michael & Susan Dell Foundation-funded Director of Research and Evaluation, has released a report showing that CollegeSpring not only increases students’ SAT Scores but also increases their chances of four-year college admission, increases four-year college enrollment, and improves college matching across all levels of academic achievement.

Key Takeaways:

CollegeSpring students are more likely to:

  • Be admitted to college, thanks to higher SAT scores
  • Enroll in college, thanks to personal support
  • Attend colleges that are a good academic match

CollegeSpring serves students with high socioeconomic need, who score significantly below the College Board’s “College Ready” SAT benchmark. Given that this benchmark reflects a point on a continuum rather than a stark cutoff, this group of students is still able to benefit significantly from SAT preparation services.

In a case study on the California State University system, for students with midrange GPAs and SAT scores below 1700, SAT scores were strongly related to the probability of college admission, and improving SAT scores significantly increased students’ odds of admission.

The report also found that students were more likely to enroll in 4-year colleges regardless of SAT scores, indicating that CollegeSpring’s college-readiness component and near-peer mentoring may give students the non-academic skills and motivation they need to successfully enroll.

Furthermore, the impact report found that CollegeSpring students are less likely than their peers to “undermatch”; that is, to attend less selective schools than they likely could based on their academic profiles. CollegeSpring students were more likely to attend schools that were a “perfect match” or an “overmatch” than their peers, making them more likely than students that undermatch to successfully complete bachelors’ degrees.

In addition to demonstrating CollegeSpring’s impact, the information in this report will help CollegeSpring plan strategically for program implementation and expansion.

Mariana Preciado, CollegeSpring Director of Research and Evaluation, holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Measurement and Analysis from UCLA and a BA in Psychology from Yale University. She will present with Dr. Jim Lauckhardt of iMentor and Andrew MacKenzie of Bottom Line at the National College Access Network’s National Conference this fall on how college access nonprofits can effectively use data-driven methods to evaluate and improve their programming.