UW Dream Project

About Us

The Dream Project is a student-initiated college-access and retention program that partners UW students with first-generation and low-income students in Seattle area high schools to assist in the college admissions process (including SAT prep, applications, writing essays, applying for financial aid, and finding scholarships).

A dual-focus approach

The program has a dual-focus approach: one, to give high school students the assistance that they may not be able to receive at home or from other areas of their lives; and two, to simultaneously teach UW students about educational opportunity and social mobility and examine these ideas in the context of the University of Washington. The program meets three times a week — once as an entire class as part of the UW course and once with their smaller group at their assigned high school to work with the students.

A sponsored college-access and retention program at the University of Washington

The Dream Project works closely with our sponsors at the University of Washington: Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the College of Education. We work directly with 15 high schools, spanning seven King County school districts, and serve more than 1,700 high-school students with the combined efforts of over 500 UW students.