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Step Up To College CoverPhiladelphia Futures’ Step Up to College Guide 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, through social media and now our new mobile app, which is available for download on the iPhone App Store and Google Play.

The Step Up to College: Rising Senior Edition is now available! The Rising Senior Edition is the 2017 Summer Supplement to the Step Up to College Guide. The Supplement informs juniors entering their senior year about the steps they need to take during the summer to prepare for the college admissions process. 

The 2016-2017 Step Up To College Guide

The Step Up to College Guide provides Philadelphia high school students, families and youth-serving professionals with a wide range of critical college information and resources - from understanding college admission options, to writing application essays, from conquering the FAFSA to making the right college "fit" decision. This year, 42,000 copies of Step Up to College will be distributed to public, public charter and parochial high school in Philadelphia, the Free Library of Philadelphia, government offices and community-based organizations. The Guide is available without cost to eliminate any barriers to access. 

Features of the 27th edition of Step Up to College include: 

  • a new easy-to-navigate magazine format; 
  • reflections from Philadelphia high school graduates on why college was the right choice for them; 
  • expanded offerings on understanding options for college and finding the right "fit;" 
  • the seven stategies for conquering the FAFSA; and 
  • the ever-popular, grade-specific checklists and hands-on activities. 
To request copies of the Guide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 215-790-1666 x. 425.

Introducing the New Step Up to College Mobile App

Philadelphia Futures has launched a new mobile app to provide students, families and youth-serving professionals with enriched access to key components of the print edition of the Step Up to College Guide whenever and wherever needed. 

Interactive features of the mobile app include: 

  • a "fit" form to help students qualitatively and quantitatively compare schools' academic, social and financial fit; 
  • the ability to record responded to questions asked on college visits; 
  • tools to help brainstorm, write and proofread college essays; 
  • a college cost calculator that allows students to analyze and compare financial aid offers; and 
  • the ability to track each step of the college admissions process. 

With this new app, Philadelphia Futures is truly meeting students where they are.

  Step Up To College Video Series and Powerpoint Presentations

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


#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

Daily tweets and posts provide timely tips and links to important resources and information about the college-going process, including helpful websites, informative news articles and information about local college fairs and open houses. 

Use hashtag #StepUptoCollege

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

Step Up to College Questions? 
Contact Marcia Johnston at or 215.790.1666 x454.