Across the nation, only 8% of high-performing low-income students with the academic record and test scores to succeed at the nation’s most selective colleges and universities ever submit an application to attend. At EMERGE, we believe that talent is universal but opportunity is not.  Grounded in this belief, EMERGE empowers and prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation.  


Founded in 2010, EMERGE is a developmental, college-access organization changing the life trajectories of hundreds of students across Houston and Spring Branch ISD. Since its inception, EMERGE has grown from serving 14 students across four high schools, to serving over 1500 high school students across two school districts, 47 high schools and over 100 selective colleges and universities across the country. In 2018-2019 we will expand our work into Spring ISD, another Houston area school district.