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The 10,000 Degrees Institute is a college success program that focuses on supporting seniors from low-income backgrounds to matriculate to and through college. We firmly believe in supporting students in reaching their full potential regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, documentation status, or socioeconomic background.

There is no GPA requirement to apply to the 10,000 Degrees Institute.

Students begin their participation in the program through a three-day, two-night Summer Intensive experience at a local college campus. Students gain exposure to the college process through a series of workshops and cohort-bonding activities. Students will experience life as a college student, live with a roommate, and be empowered with the resources to explore, choose, and pay for college.

This year’s Summer Intensive will take place between July 13th and July 31st

After the Summer Intensive, students are paired with a college success Fellow who will work with them in achieving the necessary steps for the college process. Students are expected to attend weekly meetings where they focus on matriculation steps such as completing college applications and financial aid. Once students begin their college careers, they will continue to be part of the 10,000 Degrees program until they successfully graduate.

To be eligible, students need to:

  • Students must demonstrate financial need
  • Live and/or attend a high school in Marin County
  • Open to current high school juniors in Marin County
  • Open to current high school juniors in Sonoma County at the following schools:
    • Sonoma Valley
    • Archbishop Hanna
    • Creekside
    • Casa Grande
    • Petaluma
    • Piner
    • Elsie Allen
    • Healdsburg

For more information, contact our College Access Team:

Alex Stern

Alex Stern
Program Director, North Bay
Phone: 415.451.4015
Email: astern (at) 10000degrees.org