College Success  

Ensuring a smooth transition and persistence

College Success

Our services go beyond access to include college success and career readiness. After Latino U Scholars make their college decisions and graduate from high school, they enroll in our College Success program. Launched in 2017 – thanks to the very generous support of Impact100 Westchester – the College Success program provides ongoing guidance to Scholars during their college years to ensure they graduate on time and career-ready with little to no debt.

We ease a Scholar’s transition into college and support them through graduation, providing advice on everything from financial aid and scheduling to stress management. Our team also provides ongoing financial aid advising and family support throughout their college years.

College Transition Workshops

Prepare Scholars for the realities of campus life by offering strategies to succeed. Topics include time management and study skills, an overview of campus offices and resources, and discussions about diversity and belonging. Scholars also receive dorm bundles or commuter kits to ensure they have necessities for the school year.

College Success Workshops

Take place virtually during the school year and in person over school breaks to ensure that Scholars remain in college and stay on track to graduate. Workshops focus on skills needed to adapt to the college experience including balancing priorities, campus involvement, staying connected, and managing self-care.

“The self-care workshop was great. It allowed me to really take a breath and be in the moment. I was so happy to see you all! Thank you for your endless support!” 

 Pilar, NYU ’23

Parent Workshops

Quarterly workshops engage families in the college process and throughout their children’s college years. With the support of a volunteer facilitator, who is an LCSW and Psychotherapist, parents connect with each other and share advice on how to best help their children reach their goals.

“Thank God LUCA came into our lives. We are thankful for all of the amazing, dedicated, and loving staff and Coaches – people who believe that our sons and daughters have a lot to contribute to our communities. At LUCA, we have found that sense of family and community. Thank you for believing in our children, for standing by them and guiding them in such an important step in their lives!”

Martha, Mother of a Scholar

Financial Aid Advising

Financial aid applications need to be resubmitted each year. Our team ensures that families complete the necessary forms accurately and on time so that college remains affordable. Students also have access to the Scholar Support Fund to assist with any unexpected or emergency expenses.

Scholar Matriculation List

Our Scholars are achieving their dreams at some of the top colleges and universities nationwide!

American University

Amherst College

Barnard College

Bates College

Bentley University

Boston College

Boston University

Brigham Young University

Brown University

Bowdoin College

Bucknell University

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

University of Chicago

Clark University

Clarkson University

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Columbia University

Concordia College

Cornell University

CUNY Baruch

CUNY City College

CUNY Hunter College

CUNY John Jay

CUNY Lehman College

Dartmouth College

University of Delaware

Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern University

Embry Riddle University

Emerson College

Emory University

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fairfield University

Florida Atlantic University

Fordham University

Franklin & Marshall College

George Washington University

University of Hatford

Hartwick College

Harvard University

Iona University

Ithaca College

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Wales University

Lehigh University

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College

Marist College

University of Maryland

Marywood University

Mercy University

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College

Muhlenberg College

Nazareth College

University of New Haven

New York University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Pace University

Penn State University

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

University of Rochester

Rochester Institute of Technology

Sacred Heart University

St. John’s University

St. Lawrence University

Savannah College of Art & Design

Scranton University

Siena College

Stanford University

SUNY Albany

SUNY Binghamton

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Buffalo State

SUNY Cortland

SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Polytech

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Purchase

SUNY Stony Brook


Syracuse University

Tufts University

USC Santa Monica

Vassar College

Villanova University

Wesleyan University