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 2017. More than 100 thought leaders from colleges, organizations, and KIPP Through College programs across the US met to tackle the unique challenges that face first-generation college goers. United by the same goal of increasing college completion rates, the group identified practices and policies to address these challenges and spur change. Watch our keynote speakers and listen to the key themes that emerged from the College Presidents Convening.

This section of the page contains a carousel that visually displays 1 testimonial slide at a time. For screen reader users, these slides appear in a list below. The next and previous buttons only affect how these slides are shown visually, but do not affect what screen readers read, since all the slides are always shown to these users.

  • 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, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion, KIPP Chicago

    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, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion, 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)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Fisk University (Nashville, TN)
  • Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
  • 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)
  • Howard University (Washington, DC)
  • 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)
  • Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
  • 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)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • 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)
  • 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 Florida (Jacksonville, FL)
  • 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)
  • University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA)


Contact KIPP Forward

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