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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.

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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)
  • Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • CUNY City College (New York, 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)
  • Houston Baptist University (Houston, TX)
  • Hunter College (New York, NY)
  • Kingsborough College (Queens, NY)
  • Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA)
  • Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
  • Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)
  • Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA)
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
  • Rutgers-Camden (Camden, NJ)
  • San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
  • Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
  • St. Edward's University (Austin, TX)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Kingsville, TX)
  • Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
  • Trinity Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • 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)
  • 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)


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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


“This is a wonderful opportunity for Tulane to recruit some of the brightest and most creative KIPPsters from around the country. Likewise, this partnership will provide Tulane students a unique opportunity to prepare for teaching careers.”

-- Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University


“...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