KIPP Through College

KIPP counselors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career.

Alumni Survey Results

We seek the stories of our alumni to learn how we can better support first-generation college students on their journeys through college and beyond. As part of this effort, KIPP annually surveys alumni who are enrolled in college and share the insights with the higher education community.

Choosing a College

At KIPP, we focus on College Match. The Four Keys below provide KIPPsters a framework to use during the college decision-making process to identify their best ‘match’ college. Students who “match” well are more likely to graduate within 4-6 years. Ideally, students think about these four keys long before they actually start to apply to college:

1. Know Your Numbers

KIPPsters’ academic profiles, including their GPA, ACT, and SAT, affect which school they can attend. School leaders, teachers, and college counseling teams make sure students not only know their numbers, but also know how to implement key strategies to improve their academic trajectories during high school.

2. Get an
Early Start

It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of time to apply to college. We advise our students to get an early start and to apply ahead of admission deadlines. This gives them access to the largest pool of financial aid and, in some cases, increases odds for acceptance through Early Decision or Early Action options.

3. Build a Smart Wish List

Students build Smart Wish Lists that include at least nine possible schools – three likely, three target, and three reach schools based on the likelihood of admission, historic graduation rates, financial aid packages and fit (i.e geography, major, cultural factors, etc). With multiple options, students are more likely to find the match where they are most likely to persist through college graduation.

4. Prepare for the Cost of College

A college degree opens the door for more job opportunities and higher paying careers. School leaders, teachers, and college counselors work alongside students and families to understand their options, to help them increase eligibility for aid, and to avoid excess debt.

Persisting Through College

After students graduate from KIPP schools, KIPP alumni coaches and counselors remain dedicated to helping students earn a degree on the path to a life full of opportunity. Throughout college there are several crucial moments that can put a student at risk of leaving school; conversely, there are some key behaviors that keep a student on the path to graduation. Our support approach is informed by rigorous research, our students’ experiences, and the knowledge and expertise of our community.

Have a purpose, passion, and plan

Create, iterate, and commit to a college and career plan

Focus on

Ensure you set and meet academic goals

Network and navigate

Identify and utilize a strong support team

Be financially fit

Make smart, savvy financial decisions

Know who you are

Develop and practice self-awareness

KIPP Bay Area San Jose Collegiate

Charting a Career Path

KIPP’s mission has always been focused on preparing students to lead choice-filled lives. While we know that a college degree is the clearest path to a life of opportunity and choice, we also know some students pursue different paths to fulfilling careers. Through academic and extracurricular programs, we help our students expand their knowledge of career options – and the steps needed to pursue the career of their choice. We’re piloting pathways programs to better support students who pursue a credentialing pathway.

KIPP College Partners

KIPP partners with colleges and universities across the country to learn alongside each other how best to support first-generation college students. Together with more than 80 college partners, we aim to create a scalable model for college access and completion that other institutions can replicate.

Our college partners share our belief that all students will learn and are committed to ensuring first-generation college students persist and graduate.

  • College Partner Texas A and M University
    Texas A & M University-College Station
  • College Partner University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania
  • College Partner Franklin and Marshall College
    Franklin and Marshall College
  • College Partner University of California Irvine
    University of California-Irvine
  • College Partner The City College of New York
    CUNY City College
  • College Partner University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • College Partner University of California Berkeley
    University of California-Berkeley
  • College Partner Temple University
    Temple University
  • College Partner Spelman College
    Spelman College
  • College Partner Rutgers University Newark
    Rutgers University-Newark
  • College Partner Georgia State University
    Georgia State University
  • College Partner University of Arkansas
    University of Arkansas Main Campus
  • KIPP College Partner Pomona College
    Pomona College
  • F&M's partnership with KIPP empowers underserved students with the resources to determine their own futures; a cause to which I am deeply committed.

    Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College
  • KIPP schools have established a record of educating high potential students, ready for the academically challenging environment Spelman provides.

    Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College
  • And when our students and alumni get through the obstacles, it's like watching your own children grow up.

    Sarah Gomez, Foundation Staff

Contact KIPP Through College

Contact a local KIPP Through College Director to learn more about partnership opportunities.

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