College Access & Student Success

Supporting Students from Precollege to Postgrad

The College Access & Student Success (CASS) Office at BU Wheelock provides effective, efficient, and student-centered outreach programs and research work that aim to improve educational outcomes for students traditionally underserved by US higher education, including students with low incomes, English learners, students whose race or ethnicity is underrepresented in higher education, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Our Impact

Our programs and participants make a different in academic futures of young leaders across Boston.

Enrolled in College

93 %

of the 2018 class of Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science students went on to enroll in college.

Students Served


students have been helped by BU BUILD over the past 20 years.

Graduation Rate

90 %

of the Posse Scholars Class of 2020 graduated within six years.

Hours of Service


Hours of community service contributed by the Boston Community Scholars Class of 2022.

Student Support

CASS programs support students at nearly every grade level, from kindergarten to postdoctoral. Many of these programs work by giving students access to learning and mentoring opportunities that help them expand on their classroom experience. Others work by creating direct service opportunities for BU students, and through specialized scholarship opportunities for students attending Boston University.

These supports include: Generous financial assistance; faculty or staff mentors; cohort-building activities; and a network of BU students, faculty, staff, and alumni who commit time and guidance to all deserving scholars

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