This article highlights the capacity of an asian american, native american and pacific islander institution (aanapisi) to serve as an institutional convertorby addressing challenges commonly associated with marginalized studentsfor low-income, asian american and pacific islander students entering college. Through an in-depth case study, we explored the extent to which an aanapisi-funded program, the full circle project, improved students ability to overcome barriers. We found that this programan extension of the institutionacknowledges students circumstances, thereby helping them to plug into an otherwise inaccessible, rough college terrain. We conclude with a discussion and implications for theory and practice. 2018 Association for the study of higher education. All rights reserved.