College Prep Initiative

By Theresa R. Wed, January 27, 2010

Through generous funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free SAT & ACT prep workshops, financial literacy, and FAFSA workshops at five locations.

As part of the program, trained college student coaches are available on Saturdays to assist with SAT prep and other aspects of the college application process. No registration is necessary for meetings with college student coaches; they are informal drop-in sessions where you can discuss your school options, your dream career path, how your extracurricular activities can help, and what you are most excited about when it comes to going to college.

The College Prep Initiative (and the college student coaches) can be found at these five Free Library branch locations every Saturday through May:

Parkway Central Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Northeast Regional Library from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Philadelphia Regional Library from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Widener Branch from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The next SAT test date is March 13th! Use the time wisely by meeting with our college student coaches.

If you would like information on how to contact a college student coach please email


We welcome your comments!

Tell us: Where are Philly teens going to college?



This looks great! As for where Philadelphia students go to college, I went to Bryn Mawr College (in the western suburbs) for undergrad, and am now in grad school at UPenn.
Rachael - Philadelphia Thu, January 28, 2010
Wow Rachael,UPenn is a great school in Philly. I hear alot of good things about it.What's your major? I go to the Art Institute of Philadelphia. My major is Digital Film, Video Production. I love filming in Philly,there's so much to see and do!
Josiah - Farnsworth Thu, January 28, 2010
Wow! This does look like a great program! I'm currently an undergrad at Penn.
Isamar - Philadelphia Mon, February 01, 2010
This is a great thing here. The SAT and ACT are such a big deal and I am glad to see a helping hand. Shaun Judy
Shaun Judy - Miami Sun, February 07, 2010
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mindy - Philadelphia Sun, February 07, 2010
I will be there... where I will go to college!?! <- good question I guess that I will follow Temple University: Music College of Presser Hall. I am a romantic guy and I love art. Recently I followed an course and I won the first place to the final contest. Hope that they will accept me! Cheers!!!
Daniel - Philadelphia Thu, February 11, 2010
Any good things any one about Art Institute of Philadelphia? I am intrested in Film /video production. Thanks
Sergei - Venice Fl. Fri, April 23, 2010
I have a senior this year. And I was looking on this site and its not updated. There are alot of information on the site but it needs to be updated. Thank you.
Janice - Phila Thu, September 16, 2010
College Prep initiative must be use so that we can assure a very relevant knowledge after we graduate.
- Olney Sat, January 22, 2011
I am a junior in high school and am very interested in attending these workshops. Bryn Mawr, Sarah Lawrence and Temple University are my top choices.
Gina - philadelphia Thu, February 17, 2011
Do you know any college that have a major in technologies with a minor major for interior design(art in general)? i am intrested in this. But i just do not know where to begin,can you give me an advice?
Annie Huang - Philadelphia Wed, November 02, 2011
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Ben - Mon, December 19, 2011
Nice info I am just graduated this year.
Mahendra - Tue, April 24, 2012
I am doing my art degree online at
Delilah - Online art courses Mon, May 07, 2012
Hello my name is Jaquinna Jones, I was wondering how could I sign up for a free SAT Preporation program that would stregthen my chance of scoring really high on my test. Please contact me back as soon as possible I will be waiting on your answer!
Jaquinna Jones - Philadelphia PA.19135 Sun, August 05, 2012
Please contact me with more information about SAT prep. Thank You.
Andre Chambers - Philadelphia, PA Thu, November 13, 2014
This program sounds awesome! I have a couple questions. Are the SAT and ACT prep workshops different from college student coaches? Will the coaches be helping us with SAT prep? Do we have to sign up to meet with a certain person or can we just walk in and find someone there. Thanks
Kayla - Philadelphia, PA Sun, September 06, 2015

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