About

10,000 Degrees is one of California’s leading college success nonprofits committed to helping students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to comprehensive year-round personal support, college advising, and financial aid management, more than 80% of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31% of their peers nationally. 

At the community college level, our students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at a rate that’s three times the national average. 100% come from low-income backgrounds, and 85% are the first in their families to go to college. In addition, unlike most other college success organizations, there is no GPA requirement for students applying to 10,000 Degrees programs. As college graduates and vital members of local communities, 10,000 Degrees alumni are more likely to vote, more likely to volunteer, and earn over $1 million more in their lifetimes.

“Having worked with 10,000 Degrees interns for 4 years now, we find that these scholars bring with them a profound level of dedication and drive to succeed, moreso than other intern pools we’ve interacted with or managed, and these characteristics inevitably show in their interactions with our team and work product.“
Austin Baik
Director of Support, Lucidworks