Program Benefits

Go To College NYC Scholars enjoy the following program benefits:

  • Individualized and Group College Counseling Sessions
  • Visits to Leading Colleges and Universities
  • Reimbursement for College Visits
  • Special Resources for Students from the Lowest Income Families
  • College Essay Writing and Financial Aid Workshops
  • Test Prep for the SAT and/or ACT Examinations
  • Leading Resource Materials on the College Admissions Process
  • Mentoring and Community Service Programs

Official Portrait of Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.”

Sonia Sotomayor


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Criteria for Admission

  • African-American or Latino students completing eleventh grade, or starting 12th grade
  • Residents of NYC
  • Come from lower income backgrounds
  • Demonstrate superior academic performance, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and strong writing skills
  • Applicants should be at or near the top of their class, while completing the most rigorous academic program at their respective high schools
  • Be young people of character and integrity who exhibit leadership ability, resilience, and the ability to deal with adversity
  • A powerful commitment to community service and making significant contributions to society
  • Not currently affiliated with other college access programs

Application and Nomination Process

Applicants are nominated by professionals at their respective high schools. Application materials include:

  • Go To College NYC applications for admission (school and student)
  • Year-end eleventh grade transcript
  • Standardized test scores* (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams)
  • The family’s most recent income tax return, other proof of income, as well as proof of assets. Here are other ways to demonstrate financial eligibility.
  • Proof of NYC residency

*Note: Standardized test scores will only be used for college placement purposes and NOT for admission to GTCNYC.


“We are all concerned about the future of American education. But as I tell my students, you do not enter the future – you create the future. The future is created through hard work.”

Jaime Escalante


“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of education.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recommended Colleges

GTCNYC partners with and recommends colleges and universities offering rigorous academic programs, a demonstrated commitment to access, generous financial aid programs, and supportive communities for students of color.

Over the past 35 years, John Hoffman has placed students at the following colleges and universities, among others:

Latinos now have the lowest college completion rates of any group. According to the U.S. Census in 2008, only 19 percent of Latino adults had earned an associate degree or higher. The Census shows White degree attainment at 39 percent and Black attainment at 28 percent. For Asians in America, 59 percent had earned an associate degree or higher in 2008.

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine