CSU System-Minds Matter Partnership Makes College a Reality for Students

Minds Matter students
 Photo courtesy of Evan Semón Photography.

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Colorado State University System and Minds Matter are working together to ensure a clear pathway to college for high-achieving, low-income students across the state.

“Working with partners like Minds Matter is one way that we, as a land-grant institution, can deliver on our belief that all people with the talent and motivation to earn a degree from our university, regardless of their background, race, gender, social status, religion, or beliefs, deserve that opportunity,” said Leslie A. Taylor, vice president of the Division of Enrollment and Access at CSU in Fort Collins.

CSU System formalized a partnership, this year, with the Colorado chapter of the national organization, to grant conditional enrollment to Minds Matter graduates to CSU in Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo, or CSU Global.

Minds Matter is a three-year mentorship program designed to prepare students from low-income families for college and careers through weekly college prep, mentoring, and enrichment experiences. All of the program’s graduates have completed high school, attended summer programs on college campuses, received academic scholarships, and been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

“CSU-Pueblo is dedicated to initiatives like Minds Matter that help Colorado students achieve their dreams without having to leave the state. This partnership represents another way to make more students aware of the support available to them.”

Chrissy Holliday, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Communication, and Student Affairs at CSU-Pueblo

Since its founding in 2004, Minds Matter Denver has graduated nearly 140 Colorado students – 17 of whom have enrolled at CSU in Fort Collins, and two of whom have enrolled at CSU-Pueblo – with an expected increase in enrollment through the partnership.

“We are excited to support the work of Minds Matter and look forward to building new pathways for students to earn career-relevant degrees and certificates,” said Andrew Dixon, assistant vice president of marketing for CSU Global.

Minds Matter’s high school curriculum demonstrates participating students’ academic rigor, including an expected unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, as well as scholarship-level SAT and ACT performance.

“We know our students deserve nothing but the best; that’s why Minds Matter exists – to help our students achieve the college access they deserve based on their merits and their efforts to succeed,” said Minds Matter Executive Director Savinay Chandrasekhar.

“We’re so excited that our partners at the CSU System have stepped up to show how committed they are to have our students enroll across all CSU institutions,” Chandrasekhar said.

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