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How playing one game can help students get into college

Mission: Admission was recently highlighted on Polygon, a large gaming news site.

Mission: Admission Challenge complete

Thirty Title I high schools took part in the “Mission: Admission Challenge” created in conjunction with Get Schooled, as part of the First in the World grant project.

Game-Based Strategies for Improving Access for First-Gen Students at USC

The Pullias Center’s game project was featured on Academic Impression’s website.

This Video Game Can Help Seniors Get into College

Mission: Admission and the Pullias Center’s games project was featured in the Los Angeles Times.

USC given $3.2 million to expand college admission game project

USA Today featured the Pullias Center’s games project as a recent recipient of a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

USC is Among 24 Colleges and Universities Selected for “First In the World” grant

KPCC featured the Pullias Center today as one of the recipients of the Department of Education’s “First in the World” grant.

Researchers aim to make college applications easier with games

Researchers aim to make college applications easier with games USA TODAY wrote an article on the collaboration between the Pullias Center and the Game Innovation Lab on FutureBound Games, a series of four different games to help introduce high school students to the college application […]

Winning this game may just mean you get into the college of your choice

The Pullias Center’s Zoe Corwin, along with the Game Innovation Lab’s Sean Bouchard and Foshay Learning Center teacher, Leslie Aaronson discuss the games piloted by Foshay students with KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez. Read or listen here.

Players & Professors: Game and Social Media Innovations in College Readiness, Access & Completion

Game designers, entrepreneurs, educators, and scholars came together to play the latest digital games designed to improve college access and to brainstorm new ideas that could change the game for postsecondary outcomes. Read about the event here.

Collegeology Project Expands

The Collegeology Games project strives to create playful ways to understand the systems essential to accessing higher education. Application Crunch card game available now for purchase or donation!

21st Century Scholar: Technology, Education & Equity


  • The Role of an Evaluator by Robert Reichardt
    Working with the Mission Admission team is a great pleasure.  The team is a fantastic group of smart, hardworking people who are passionate about edu...
  • Is Gamification Key to Unlocking The Holy Grail of... by Get Schooled
    By Nourisha Wells and Fiona Yung For the average high school student, college is the Holy Grail of access to “the good life.” It is where teens ma...
  • The Challenge of Platform by Elizabeth Swensen
    For the First In The World challenge, the team at the USC Game Innovation Lab took Mission: Admission, a game that was developed several years ago for...
  • The Onerous Process of Technology Acquisition by Suneal Kolluri
    I proudly and regularly share in my PhD classes that I was a teacher for ten years in inner-city public schools. I draw on my teaching experiences to ...
  • Getting to College Through Screen by Carlos Galan
    I remember the first time I saw a computer—or at least what I thought was a computer. I was living in El Salvador. My father had gone to work for se...
  • Top Three Takeaways from First in the World by Laurel Felt
    When I joined the First in the World (FITW) team this January, I brought a unique perspective. I was eager to learn about managing a big project – a...
  • Addressing and Innovating Around Entrenched Challe... by Zoe B. Corwin
    Six years ago, the Pullias Center for Higher Education, along with USC’s Game Innovation Lab, launched a project to increase college access thro...
  • Calibrating the Mechanics of Games with the Realit... by Amanda Ochsner
    One of the principles of good educational game design is that you want the actions that players take through your game to meaningfully align with the ...
  • The Mission Admission Launch by Antar Tichavakunda
    Juniors at over 50 high schools will be beginning their Mission Admission challenge. We’ve told you a bit about the grant in our earlier blogs, but ...
  • Toddlers in Low-Income Communities and the Ubiquit... by Antar Tichavakunda
    It’s commonplace to see a toddler wielding an iPad that seems too large for his or her use. Young children, whose fingers are still too small to rea...

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  • USC given $3.2 million to expand college admission game project USA Today featured the Pullias Center’s games project as a recent recipient of a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Read the article here.
  • This video game can help seniors get into college Mission: Admission and the Pullias Center’s games project was featured in the Los Angeles Times. To read the article on how the project encourages college enrollment for low-income students, click here.
  • Winning this game may just mean you get into the college of your choice The Pullias Center and USC’s Game Innovation Lab was featured in a story about the games project on Southern California Public Radio‘s blog. To read the article, click here.
  • Game-Based Learning: Playing and Programming for the Future The team behind FutureBound was featured in article on KCET about their research and collaboration with 7th and 8th graders at James A. Foshay Learning Center. To read the article, click here.
  • To get into college, play a game or two and Gamers helping gamers…get into college Liz Weston, a personal finance columnist, wrote about Pullias’ undergraduate student assistant, Samantha Castillo, on her blog regarding Samantha’s involvement in the development of our games. Weston’s more thorough article on the games and their strategies was featured on Reuters and can be read here.
  • Researchers aim to make college applications easier with games USA TODAY wrote an article on the collaboration between the Pullias Center and the Game Innovation Lab on FutureBound Games, a series of four different games to help introduce high school students to the college application process. Read the entire article here.
  • Winning this game may just mean you get into the college of your choice The Pullias Center’s Zoe Corwin, along with the Game Innovation Lab’s Sean Bouchard and Foshay Learning Center teacher, Leslie Aaronson discuss the games piloted by Foshay students with KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez. Read or listen here.
  • Researchers recommend using video games to teach students to read, to get to college: Chalk It Up The Oregonian featured a story on the use of video games to propel college access and academic success with focus on Collegeology Games from the Pullias Center. Read the article here.
  • Can Games Help You Get Into College? Jose Climaco, a senior at the Foshay Learning Center, wrote an article for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, about his experience with Mission: Admission. Read his thoughts here.
  • Juego en Facebook enseña a estudiantes a aplicar para la universidad Para Todos magazine, a regional Spanish language magazine in Southern California, featured Mission: Admission and Zoe Corwin in its December issue. Read the article here. (The article was written completely in Spanish.)
  • Digital Divide Hits College-Admissions Process Education Week writes about the immense capacity for today’s high school student to explore college campuses and to quickly and easily access higher education through technology. Read the article here.
  • Can a Game Help Low-Income Youth Get into College?: An Interview with Collegeology Games Henry Jenkins interviewed Tracy Fullerton and Zoe Corwin on the development and impact of Collegeology Games, both Application Crunch and Mission: Admission, for his blog, “Confessions of an Aca-Fan”. Read the first part of the interview here and the second part here.
  • Knowledge Center: Facebook College Admission Game Goes Live The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has featured Mission: Admission in its newsletter. After reporting on the initiative last year, NACAC discusses the feedback of the game in this new article. The article can be read here.
  • Mission: Admission: A High Schooler’s Perspective One of the Foshay Tech Seniors wrote a blog post for USC’s 21st Century Scholar about playing the Facebook game Mission: Admission, which was originally developed by Tech Academy students from the class of 2010. Read her post here.
  • How Do We Get Students Ready For the Jobs of the Future? Leslie Aaronson’s students have been integral collaborators in the development of Application Crunch and Mission: Admission. Read the article she wrote for GOOD here.
  • New Facebook game helps students with college registration process Voxxi, an online news outlet for Hispanic America, featured an article about the debut of Mission: Admission. The article describes how applying to college can be overwhelming and how the Facebook game can help students go through the process, keeping it as close to reality as possible. Read the article here.
  • Gaming the System: The College Applications Process Through Play Gamasutra, a website that provides news and information for video game developers, has written an article on Mission: Admission, describing the game and the story behind its inception. You can read the article here.
  • USC ofrece recurso que facilita ingreso a la universidad Mission: Admission was featured in two Los Angeles-based Spanish-language daily newspapers: La Opinión and Hoy Los Angeles. The articles are written in Spanish. La Opinión article can be read here.
  • USC’s Collegeology Games Turns College-Application Process Into Facebook Game David Cohen of AllFacebook, an unofficial Facebook blog, featured the game on his site, which has been retweeted multiple times! It can be read here.
  • Educators Unveil Online Role-Playing Game to Increase College-Going Rates An article written by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was published about Mission: Admission on 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio’s website describing the game and its advantages. Read it here.
  • Introducing Mission: Admission, a Game That Teaches Students the Process of Getting Into College Game Politics ran an article about Mission: Admission, which included a video of Zoe B. Corwin explaining the game. Read it here.
  • Practitioners and Play Zoe B. Corwin presented Mission: Admission on a session focused on games and technology for college access at the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) annual conference. Read her blog here.
  • High-Tech College Counseling Mission: Admission was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article discusses current options for virtual college counseling. It can be read here.
  • Nicole Ellison and Collegeology Games Our partner Nicole Ellison has been featured along with Collegeology Games in a recent news story on the Michigan State University site here.
  • Application Crunch on Play This Thing! Sebastian Sohn from Play This Thing! recently sat down with us to try out Application Crunch in advance of its second edition release. Read the review here.