Story at a glance

  • A new app is meant to help Black students navigate the college admissions process.
  • The app was designed by a former admissions and enrollment counselor who wanted to increase college readiness among students of color.
  • Black students are less likely than white students to have full access to college readiness courses and have a higher dropout rate, research shows.

A former admissions and enrollment counselor has crafted a new way to help Black students navigate the college admission’s process.  

Shawntia Lee created the College Thriver Education app to help increase college readiness among students of color.  

“I became tired of the systemic injustice that is created in higher education for students of color; so I created the app to close the equity gap and offer equality to higher education for all despite their socioeconomic status in life,” said Lee in a statement.  


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One study found that only 57 percent of Black students have full access to college ready courses while additional research shows that 54 percent of Black college students drop out. A third of those students decide to leave college by their second year due to financial issues.  

The app aims to simplify the college admission process by connecting students in sixth through 12th grades with data-driven feedback to help prepare them to meet college admissions standards, according to a news release.  

Students can use the app to find resources on how to find funding for college, housing, tutoring, mentoring and transportation.  


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Published on Jan 12, 2022