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Step Up To College CoverPhiladelphia Futures’ Step Up to College is the premier college guidance resource for Philadelphia’s high school students and their families, guidance counselors, teachers and youth-serving professionals.

Step Up to College resources are now available in the original print edition, on video and through social media.


Step Up To College Guide

The Step Up to College Guide provides Philadelphia students in grades 9 to 12 with a wide-range of college-going information and resources — from identifying college choices, to writing application essays, from understanding financial aid, to transitioning to college life. Each year, more than 40,000 copies of the Step Up to College Guide are made available to students and their families without cost. 

The 2015-2016 edition of the Step Up to College Guide will be available in October 2015. 

Highlights of the 26th edition of the Guide include:
  • Worksheets integrated throughout the Guide, including Philadelphia Futures' popular "Fit" Form and College Cost Calculator. 
  • Grade-specific Checklists, including a Checklist designed for parents and guardians. 
  • Expanded offerings on understanding college fit and financial aid. 
  • Tweets, posts and texts from the new Step Up to College Ambassadors. 
Print edition copies of the Guide are available to students and their families without cost in Philadelphia’s public, public charter and parochial high schools and branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Copies of the Step Up to College Guide also are available to community-based organizations, government offices and faith-based organization upon request, on a first-come, first-served basis. To request copies of the Guide, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 215.790.1666 x425.



Step Up To College Video Series and Powerpoint Presentations

The Step Up to College Video Series Trailer can be seen here.

the step up to college video series and accompanying PowerPoint presentations cover the following topics:

#1  Preparing for College

This video covers the following steps in preparing for college:

  • Prepare Yourself Academically
  • Become a Well-Rounded Student
  • Impress for Success
  • Set Smart Goals
  • Assemble Your College Prep Team
  • Get Ready to Take Standardized Admissions Tests — Conquering the SAT and ACT
  • Make Your College Preparation Checklist     

#2  Understanding College Fit

This video covers the following steps to help students identify the colleges that are the right fit for them:

  • Understand “Fit”
  • Options for Continuing Your Education
  • Do “Fit” Research
  • Know Where You Stand
  • Put It All Together

#3  Applying to College

This video covers the following steps in the college application process:

  • Understand College Admission Options
  • Identify the Key Criteria for College Admissions
  • Review the Components of a College Application Package
  • Become Familiar with College-Specific Admission Requirements
  • Complete the Process

How to access the Step Up to College video series and PowerPoint presentations: 
To view the videos and PowerPoint presentations click on the icons shown above. To obtain a CD of the videos and PowerPoint presentations, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Step Up to College Social Media

Content from the Guide is updated throughout the year on the Step Up to College social media pages. Receive daily tips and resources about the college-going process, including links to helpful websites and news articles, college essay advice and information about local college fairs and open houses.

In addition, sign-up for Step Up to College text message alerts to receive critical reminders about SAT and ACT registration dates, scholarship and financial aid deadlines and dates of college admissions events.  

Connect now with these resources to receive tips and information about the college-going process!

Use hashtag #StepUptoCollege




Step Up to College is created and distributed by Philadelphia Futures.

Step Up to College Questions? 
Contact Marcia Johnston at marciajohnston@philadelphiafutures.org or 215.790.1666 x454.