Building social & cultural capital for underserved students

Are you a mentor of first-generation, low-income students with the talent and ability to succeed in college? Do you want to motivate more students to aspire to college? Do you wish you knew more about how to prepare them for the admission process?

Getting first-generation and low-income students to college requires more than just having them apply. It requires laying solid academic, social, and cultural foundations so they can feel confident about themselves as they think about attending. Creating a college-going culture can be a challenge in communities without college-going backgrounds. But it can be done!

College Access Counseling (CAC) focuses on the needs of adults-teachers, counselors, community leaders, parents, and others-who support first-generation and low-income students on the road to college.

A comprehensive menu of trainings, resources, and workshops helps you understand the complexities of the college admission & financial aid process, career exploration, and other ways to prepare students for college attendance. We adhere to a "six to sixteen" philosophy: Students (and their mentors) need to start preparing for college in middle school or sooner and think through college, not just to college.

College Access Counseling was founded by Willard M. Dix, who has over thirty years of teaching, college admission, and college counseling experience. He has been an admission officer at Amherst College in Massachusetts and a college counselor at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School. Additionally, he has taught middle and high school English and has master's degrees in anthropology from Princeton University and theatre from Northwestern University.

For more information about how to arrange workshops, individualized consulting projects, or other activities, please see our menu of services here. You may also contact us at or 773-227-4258.

We are committed to having students from all backgrounds be accepted to and succeed in a college that will put them on the road to success. Let us help you fulfill your own commitment to those talented young men and women.

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To read essays I've written about college admission, visit my blog, College Counseling Culture. On the site I've also listed books and resources I think are helpful to understanding the process and many of the issues that surround it. Let me know what you think.

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