College Programming

Providing options

We help scholars and families navigate the college application process and maintain strong relationships with college counselors at our partner schools and college admissions officers.

Our scholars receive customized intensive college counseling and in-depth financial aid/college planning services.

A track record of success

High school seniors who have been accepted to 4-year colleges and universities

Compared to national four-year college acceptance rate of 67%

Note: This reflects the average school selectivity rate Source: 2019 State of College Admissions, National Association for College Admissions Counseling

Eligible scholars who have graduated or are on track to graduate from 4-year colleges or universities

Compared to the national graduation rate of 65%

Source: 2020 National Center for Education Statistics

College 101

Before the start of their freshman year, we bring our scholars together to explore academics and financial aid, as well as how to navigate the social landscape of college life.

Scholars reconnect with their cohort mates and their college academic counselor.

Academic and Social-Emotional Support

Our academic counselors work with each student to provide the level of support they want and need. In addition to regular phone check-ins, counselors visit campuses around the U.S. to meet with students.

College Care Packages

Twice a year, the Rainier Scholars community sends care packages to scholars around the country to show our support and encouragement. We are grateful to the many volunteers who make this possible.


Colleges and Universities Attended by Rainier Scholars

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Allegheny College
  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Ashesi University
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Bard College
  • Bates College
  • Bellevue College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Brown University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Central Washington University
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colgate University
  • College of Holy Cross
  • College of Wooster
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Denison University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Evergreen State College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Goucher College
  • Green River College
  • Harvard College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Highline College
  • Howard University
  • Ithaca College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kenyon College
  • Knox College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Macalester College
  • Marist College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mills College
  • Morehouse College
  • Mt. Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • North Seattle College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • NYU-Shanghai
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Ohio State University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Pratt Institute
  • Princeton University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Seattle Central College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Simmons College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Spelman College
  • St. John’s University (NY)
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • Suffolk University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Union College
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Chicago
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington – Seattle
  • University of Washington – Bothell
  • University of Washington – Tacoma
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington State University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth University
  • Willamette University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

“We have beaten the odds. We are now the success stories. We are the role models.”

Jasmine, Cohort 4
Goucher College ’16
Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group