Campus News 2010

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2010


2011 COLLEGE ACCESS & OPPORTUNITY GUIDECollege guidebook uniquely targets low-income, first-generation college-bound students.

Young people in all socioeconomic groups have college aspirations. In fact, eight out of 10 expect to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But despite these aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses.

According to the College Board, high-achieving students from low-income families have about the same chance of enrolling in college as low-achieving students from wealthier families. And even worse, those who do make it to college are not finding supportive college environments or graduating. A recent USA Today article notes that 89 percent of low-income, first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree.    

Schreiner University is working to change this trend and has been recognized in Center for Student Opportunity’s “2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide,” a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students make their college dreams a reality.
“Schreiner is committed to offering programs and services that can help all our students reach their full potential, and so we are very proud to be profiled in the 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide,” said Sandy Speed, Schreiner dean of admission and financial aid. “This is the kind of information families and prospective students need to know when considering which college is right for them."

Among the programs Schreiner offers are The Schreiner Energizers, a motivational student organization, associated with the Campus Ministry program and available to lead interactive exercises for youth groups and provide information about college.

The Program for Academic Success, which is reserved for students who might need extra assistance in the transition process from high school to college, which allows students to receive faculty assistance in special sections of the Freshman Seminar. These faculty mentors also monitor grades and provide early intervention when necessary.

There is also free peer tutoring, a full-time retention counselor and financial aid assistance and education.

The “2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide” is a significant breakthrough in arming students and their supporters with the necessary information to pursue and succeed in college.

The guide features:

• 284 colleges and universities highlighted for their outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services
• A four-step plan to college developed by KnowHow2GO
• Articles and advice from college students and experts
• Valuable information for parents and mentors, including a new Spanish-language section
Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting higher education opportunities for first-generation and other historically underserved college-bound students. CSO programs serve colleges and universities, counselors, and community-based organizations in support of their college access goals. More information about CSO is available at
For more information about Schreiner University, visit or call 800-343-4919.