While we know that not every student will choose to attend a four-year college, the skills necessary to get into and succeed in college are essential to creating greater opportunity and self-sufficiency. Far too many smart, hard-working students from low-income backgrounds are not being prepared for college, and those who are attending are not graduating at the rates of higher-income peers. While making it to college is an important step, our goal is to equip our students with the skills needed to graduate from college.
In an effort to demonstrate how our KIPP alumni were faring after they left our schools, we published The Promise of College Completion: KIPP’s Early Successes and Challenges in 2011. This report detailed the college completion rates from the first two KIPP middle schools and offered a clearer picture of the challenges students from low-income communities face on the path to a degree, as well as the factors that help them succeed. Our 2013 Alumni Data Update shows that KIPP alumni are graduating college at rates that exceed national averages and are approximately four times the rates of their low-income peers.
As of spring 2015, 45 percent of KIPP students have earned a four-year college degree after finishing eighth grade at a KIPP middle school ten or more years ago. This is above the national average for all students (34 percent), and five times the rate of the average student from a low-income community (9 percent).
Learn more about our KIPP Through College (KTC) programs and how we're partnering with more than 60 colleges and universities to learn more about what it takes for underserved students to persist through college and earn a college degree.