College Partnerships

KIPP is deeply committed to getting students from underserved communities to and through college. We believe partnerships between secondary and higher education will help improve college completion rates for first-generation students.

KIPP Alumnus College Graduation

We know KIPP students need continued support to get to graduation day, and we can achieve this by partnering with institutions that also believe that a student’s zip code and family income shouldn’t dictate whether he or she will go to or complete college.

Moreover, 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 students 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.


Current KIPP Partners

We're proud to share the list of our current college partners. These schools were selected based on alumni matriculation and student interests and needs. Beyond the schools below, we are developing a target list of future college partners that we believe will best serve our students and ultimately achieve our goals. 

  • Austin Community College (Austin, TX)
  • Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
  • Blinn College (Brenham, TX)
  • Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cal Poly State University (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • 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)
  • Dillard University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • 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)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Kutztown, PA)
  • Lone Star College-North Harris (Houston, TX)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA)
  • Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
  • Monmouth College (West Long Branch, NJ)
  • Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
  • Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)
  • 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)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
  • Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Kingsville, TX)
  • Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
  • 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 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)


Learn More

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“F&M’s partnership with KIPP empowers disadvantaged underserved students with the resources to determine their own futures, including completing college, a cause to which I am deeply committed.”

-- Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


“...KIPP schools across the nation have established a strong track record of educating high potential, underserved students who are ready for the academically challenging collegiate environment Spelman provides.”

-- Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College




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