About the event

Welcome to the Class of 2021 Virtual Kickoff Convening, where CollegePoint advisors from CollegePoint’s four advising partners come together to learn, discuss and share best practices about virtual college advising. We look forward to seeing you there!

Leadership convening: Monday, August 3rd, 2020
Advisor convening: Tuesday, August 4th to Friday, August 7th, 2020

CollegePoint advisors and staff

CollegePoint advisors and staff convened at Georgia Institute of Technology in January 2020 to share best practices and strategies for increasing family engagement during the college decision-making process.




Access a YouTube playlist of session recordings from the convening here.

Access session descriptions and presentation materials here.


The advisor kickoff convening will follow three major themes: (1) CollegePoint’s mission, (2) Student and Family Well-Being, and (3) Financial Aid. Each theme will focus on the tools and skills needed to support students and their families in completing college and financial aid applications to institutions that best meet their interests, qualifications and financial needs.

Convening Handbook

The convening handbook contains helpful resources and information to reference throughout the convening and during your program year.

Download handbook

Required Pre-Reading

The required pre-reading provides contextual background for daily session topics and discussions.

Pre-reading for Tuesday, August 4, 2020:

Pre-reading for Wednesday, August 5, 2020:

Pre-reading for Thursday, August 6, 2020:

About CollegePoint

Each year, tens of thousands of hardworking, high-achieving students from low- and moderate-income families fail to apply to leading colleges and universities that they are qualified to attend.

To address this college undermatching challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the CollegePoint initiative, a coalition of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions committed to increasing the number of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students enrolling in top colleges from 1/3 of 70,000 to more than 1/2 of that same number by 2020.

Since 2014, the coalition has served over 50,000 students, and in 2020-2021, CollegePoint aims to serve 10,000 students. CollegePoint partners with respected national organizations, including ACT, College Advising Corps, College Board, College Possible, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Matriculate, ScholarMatch and uAspire to provide students with personalized information on their college options and the associated costs, and, ultimately, to support them to apply to and enroll in top-performing colleges nationwide.