STart Your College Journey

Are you a high school student who is interested in joining Reality Changers? To participate in any of our programs, students must

  • Attend school in San Diego County 
  • Be entering 9th – 12th grade
  • Be a first-generation college student 
  • Be eligible for a Free/Reduced Lunch program and/or considered low income
  • Complete our application process
  • Be selected to join prior to the beginning of the school year

Our application period for the 2022 – 2023 school year is now OPEN.  Application Deadline: JUNE 24, 2022.

Frequently Asked questions

Students that attend school in San Diego county, and meet our minimum admission requirements are eligible to apply to our programs.

To apply, complete the online application during our open application period.

For students entering 9th-11th grades, Reality Changers recommends that you have a certain GPA level. If your GPA falls below this level, you may still apply to the program.

  • Incoming 9th grade – 2.0+
  • Incoming 10th grade – 2.5+ 
  • Incoming 11th grade – 3.0+

Incoming 12th graders are required to have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Definitions for First Generation (also called “First Gen”) differ. For Reality Changers, you are considered “first-generation” if neither of your parents (or your legal guardian) have earned a four-year college degree from a university based in the United States.

4/8/22 – Due date if you are applying for College Apps Academy at your high school next year, AND you attend one of the following schools: Mission Vista, Morse, Madison, E3 Civic High, High Tech High Media Arts.

5/27/2022 – Due date if you are applying for College Town  (9th – 11th grade) or College Apps Academy (12th grade) at our Headquarters (Wilson Middle School) location in City Heights.


After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email (please keep this email for your records). You may be contacted if there are any issues or questions about your application. Please be sure to provide an email address that you check frequently so that you do not miss any communications from Reality Changers.


Applications for our headquarters (City Heights) site will be evaluated after our application period closes. Applications for our offsite College Apps Academy programs will be evaluated after April 8th, 2022 and students will be notified by the end of April.

Due to the high volume of applications, our main form of communication is via email.

If you completed an online application and have questions about it, please contact Associate Director of Programs, Mariel Mauricio.