“To assure every Newark City Schools student the opportunity to pursue and complete education after high school.”

About Us

A non-profit 501(c)(3) college access organization in Newark, OH, A Call to College partners exclusively with the Newark City School District.  Working closely with the staff, teachers and building principals across the school system and the superintendent’s office, our services have impacted thousands of Newark students and parents over the years. From introducing second graders to the vocabulary of college to helping seniors complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the staff and an army of community volunteers focus intensely and efficiently on promoting education beyond high school. Accomplishments include:

  • Awarding over 4 million dollars of need-based aid to qualified Newark City School graduates over the past 31 years
  • Initiated ACT test completion rates for juniors twenty-five fold since the inception of the ACT Now! program in 2007. With the implementation of state funded ACT testing for juniors in 2016, expanded the ACT program to prepare and pay for interested NCS seniors to  take the ACT again
  • Forming an innovative partnership in 2009 with Central Ohio Technical College, Denison University and The Ohio State University at Newark to begin a comprehensive early college awareness program in the Newark elementary and middle schools
  • Securing over one half million dollars of grant funding to support direct services programming since 2006
  • Receiving the Thomas L. Conlan Award, sponsored by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, in recognition for excellence and creativity in inspiring students to pursue post-secondary education
  • Being named 2014 Non-profit Of The Year by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce

"A call to college has given me the opportunity to attend college, and has helped me financially with my expenses. Being a first generation college student, they have given me the knowledge and prepared me in every aspect. They have always been supportive and involved in not only my life but every students life. Thank You A Call to College!"

-Rylan Celajes NHS ‘22,                     Bowling Green State University ‘26
Campus visits made a comeback in 2022 allowing every 6th grader the opportunity to explore one of eight local campuses!
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