This study examines a new model of college advising—the College Coach Program—launched in a diverse group of twelve non-selective public high schools throughout Chicago in 2004-2005 to provide college-related social capital to all students. This study follows nearly all students in a large urban
school district from senior year of high school through the fall after graduation. The data allow for distinct insights into the college application process for low-income and minority students. This research provides a detailed picture of points of stratification in the high-school-to-college transition and how a social capital-based reform may reduce barriers.