"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela


Due to the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors of College Outreach USA (COUSA)have temporarily put our website and programs on hiatus. At this time, we do not feel it is prudent to put our under-served student community or the staff who work with them in harm’s way.

In the meantime, you can still access serval useful articles through the website. Please click on the underlined tabs and subdirectories on the top of the home page to see what is still viewable.

We thank you for your understanding and support through these difficult and disturbing times. Feel free to contact us by email at reachus@collegeoutreachusa.org. We will be happy to answer any questions and help as best we can.

As Robert Frost said, "The best way out is always through." In addition we believe, "That the only way through is by working together." We will continue to update this statement as thing change, so please continue to check often.

Please stay safe, practice social distancing and ABOVE ALL wear a facial mask when out in public.

Our Mission

COUSA is dedicated to identifying under-served students from any of these groups: minority; inner city; low to middle income families; international students from any income level; students whose parent(s) are/were employed as first responders ***.

Sir Francis Bacon said, "Knowledge is power." The colleges want to put the knowledge of college admissions and financial aid back in the hands of the students where its power can do the best. Therefore, we reach out to students during their middle and high school years so they have the information early enough to be able to plan and apply to college. 

"The early bird catches the worm." To add some clarity to this segment of COUSA, we are going to call the generic information received by the seventh and eighth grade students, college guidance. Starting in ninth grade we begin the college placement process as we disseminate specific college information so that by the time each student reaches eleventh grade they will have been guided to the proper academic level of college they should attend. Meanwhile the student information we receive is noted by each college and an early file is started about the student at every academic level. We would not encourage a student without advanced level courses to apply to a top tier college, unless his/her college guidance counselor feels differently. 

*** Each group mentioned above will have the ability to identify themselves on the student sign up form.

Our Services

This website is designed to provide information to several different programs within our community. Please select the appropriate choice below, and you will be linked to information that is most relevant to you.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at reachus@collegeoutreachusa.org.

Become a COUSA Student

Register to become a COUSA Student and gain access to information about the colleges in our consortium and the programs we offer to assist you in making your college dreams a reality.

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Become a COUSA Advocate

Register as a COUSA Advocate and you can help MIL students become part of our consortium and gain access to our college information and take part in our many programs.

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Become a COUSA Mentor

Register as a COUSA Mentor and we will show you how to help the students in your community through the process involved in preparing for, choosing, and applying to colleges.

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COUSA Member Account Access

Once you’ve become a COUSA Member, use this link to access your account to make changes to your personal information, request information from our colleges, view your mentor program abilities, etc.

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Use this link to access information about our COUSA colleges, admission advice, How-To articles, Financial Aid information, and much, much more.

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Our Colleges

A list of our colleges organized alphabetically either by name or by state.

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Site Dedication

COUSA is dedicated in loving memory to one of our original founders. Learn more about why.

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Bulletin Board

Use this link to find important updates throughout the process.

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Students Can Get Involved!

Get started supporting the COUSA mission at your Middle/High School or in your community.

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Donate to COUSA

By becoming a donor you can support COUSA, a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit, and our mission.

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College Students Can Get Involved!

Get started supporting the COUSA mission at your College or in your community.

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