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What it takes to get into college

For many students, dreams of college never become a reality. Sometimes, even when they are able to get the right grades and test scores to gain admission, they aren’t able to make it to graduation.

The College Success Foundation, which helps low-income students finish high school, has narrowed in on key strategies that help many underserved students get into college and leave with a diploma. They include strong academic preparation in the earlier grades, building character traits such as perseverance, and selecting a college that provides financial aid packages as well as services to support students who need it.

Some of these are common sense, but none of them alone is a silver bullet. Rather, it is the combination of these that can really make a difference for students struggling to get into and succeed in college.

Read more at The Washington Post.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

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