In the process of elite admissions, only 23% of lower-income students submit applications.*
Lower-income and first-generation students that do apply to elite schools have less access to quality college mentors than their higher-income peers in the same application cycle.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the college application process has changed dramatically, shifting overnight from test-based applications to essay and resume based applications that take years to develop.
We have created a personalized approach through the entire life cycle of a lower-income student accessing, achieving, and transitioning into an elite college through highly qualified advisors.
Our process includes:
Localized workshop formation for 7th and 8th grade student encouragement of elite higher education possibilities.
Passion building is offered as students enter high school, where they work with a one-on-one mentor to transfer natural interests into actionable items.
Application optimization is offered for 11th and 12th grade students directly for college applications, internships, and scholarships.
Transitional support is provided to students that have gone through our process and are adjusting to college life.
Our high schools did not have the resources to encourage or prepare us for elite college admissions
We navigated applying to elite universities on our own during the Covid-19 pandemic
We arrive on Northwestern’s campus and notice how few students share our journeys
Squair One was founded to expand accessibility for lower-income students to elite colleges
Meet the Founder
Zoe Lewis, CEO
Zoe is a first-generation and lower-income student at Northwestern University studying Social Policy and Legal Studies with a focus on educational justice. She navigated the entire college application process on her own accord and was accepted by numerous elite universities during the ever-competitive regular decision process.
It isn't a secret that the application cycle is a game; however, Zoe believes that every single rule of the game should be accessible to every student the same - no matter their socioeconomic status. She hopes that by eliminating barriers for other lower-income students we will be able to move towards a more equitable society.