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Preparing and inspiring Rhode Island students to become the first in their families to attend and complete college.

Students

Onward We Learn prepares students for postsecondary education, from middle school all the way through their early years of college.

Families

We engage, empower and educate Onward We Learn parents so they can support their child’s readiness for postsecondary education.

Admissions

Take the first step into your child’s future! Enrollment at Onward We Learn starts in September.

Rhode Island’s most comprehensive college readiness program

The mission of Onward We Learn is to prepare and inspire young people in Rhode Island to become the first in their families to attend and complete college. From the time they join through their early years of college, participants experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate in programs that focus on academic enrichment, personal development, career exploration and preparation for college. 

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We support approximately 4,200 students with 29 advisors in 43 middle schools, high schools and colleges each year.
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Ninety-one percent of Onward We Learn students graduate from high school in four years, compared to 74 percent of their peers in urban districts.
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Since 2001, we have awarded over $43 million in college scholarships to more than 5,000 Rhode Island students.

Learn more about our impact by reading our stories:

College access and success program lauds today’s student debt relief announcement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 24, 2022): Onward We Learn, the college access nonprofit previously known as the Onward We Learn of
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College access and success program announces new name, advances same mission

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 29, 2022): The state’s most comprehensive college readiness program, formerly known as the Onward We Learn of
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Honorific Class of 2022 celebration

We recently celebrated our Class of 2022 Honorific Program graduates with a dinner and presentation of certificates and stoles. We
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