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.

2017 Alumni Survey:
A Look at Belonging and Identity

The 2017 KIPP Alumni survey focused on how KIPP alumni experience a sense of belonging in college. The financial difficulties faced by students from low-income families in making it to graduation are well documented, but recently, less tangible factors—like sense of belonging—have also been shown to impact college completion rates. In 2017, 61 percent of KIPP alumni survey respondents reported feeling a sense of belonging in college. The survey results also show a connection between sense of belonging for KIPP alumni in college and both their mental health and achievement.

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KIPP Alumni on Belonging in College

Feeling accepted and connected is vital for all college students to have a positive experience, and it is especially true for KIPP alumni and other first-generation college students. In these videos, KIPP alumni share how they built connections and found a sense of belonging during their college years.

2016 Alumni Survey

In 2017, KIPP released our 2016 KIPP Alumni Survey, which illuminated key challenges for KIPP alumni in college with managing finances, and finding work-study jobs and internships. Among KIPP alumni survey respondents in 2016, 25 percent reported financially supporting other family members at the same time they were going to school, and 40 percent reported skipping meals in college.

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We believe that an excellent college-prep education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose.

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