KIPP College Partnerships

KIPP partners with colleges and universities across the country to learn alongside each other how best to support first-generation college students.

Partnerships with Higher Education

We believe closer partnerships with higher education institutions are key opportunities for continued progress and learning. Our ultimate goal is to identify strategies that can be implemented by educational institutions to help close the achievement gap for all first-generation college goers and students of color.

A KIPP College Partnership allows KIPP and institutions of higher education to:

  • Identify, through reflection together, areas where we can each strengthen our support around college readiness, matriculation, and graduation – and commit to implement these strategies.
  • Take a leadership role in identifying organizational structures and supports to improve persistence and graduation rates for KIPP and other first-generation students.
  • Use learnings to inform a long-term scalable model for college access and completion that others can replicate.

As part of this effort, we brought members of the higher education and K-12 community together at KIPP School Summit in July 2016. Senior administrators from more than 50 colleges, including more than 20 college presidents, met to tackle the unique challenges that face first-generation college students. United by the same goal—to increase college completion rates—the group identified practices and policies to address these challenges and spur change. Read the key themes that emerged from the College Presidents Convening.

  • Our first class graduated college last year. To see their faces, to see what "to and through" looks like when the promise is's special.

    Pete Gooden, KIPP Through College Director, KIPP Chicago

Current College Partners

  • Austin Community College (Austin, TX)
  • Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
  • Berea College (Berea, KY)
  • Blinn College (Brenham, TX)
  • Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cal Poly State University (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
  • CUNY City College (New York, NY)
  • CUNY Guttman Community College (New York, NY)
  • CUNY Hunter College (New York, NY)
  • CUNY Kingsborough College (Queens, NY)
  • CUNY Lehman College (Bronx, NY)
  • Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
  • De Anza College (Cupertino, CA)
  • Dillard University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Fisk University (Nashville, TN)
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, GA)
  • Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
  • Houston Baptist University (Houston, TX)
  • Houston Community College (Houston, TX)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Kutztown, PA)
  • Lesley University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Lone Star College-North Harris (Houston, TX)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA)
  • Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL)
  • Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
  • Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)
  • North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)
  • Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA)
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Rosemont College (Rosemont, PA)
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
  • Rutgers-Camden (Camden, NJ)
  • Rutgers-Newark (Newark, NJ)
  • Saint Edward’s University (Austin, TX)
  • Saint Marys College of California (Moraga, CA)
  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
  • San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
  • Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
  • St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Kingsville, TX)
  • Texas Southern University (Houston, TX)
  • Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, TX)
  • Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)
  • Trinity Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR)
  • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California, Merced (Merced, CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
  • University of Houston (Houston, TX)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
  • University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
  • University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA)


KIPP College Partnerships in the News

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