We support more than 2,000 alumni on the road to the colleges and careers of their choice!

KIPP Through College

KIPP Through College & Career advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. Advisors help KIPPsters navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges of college. The result? KIPP NYC alumni graduate from college at a dramatically higher rate than their peers.


At KIPP, we focus on finding the best college for each student. The four keys below provide KIPPsters a framework to use during the college decision-making process to identify their best match college. Students who match well are more likely to graduate within 4-6 years. Our goal is to get students to think about these four keys long before they actually start to apply to college.

Know your numbers

KIPPsters’ academic profiles, including their GPA, ACT, and SAT, affect which school they can attend. School leaders, teachers, and college counseling teams make sure students not only know their numbers, but also know how to implement key strategies to improve their academic trajectories during high school.

Get an early start

It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of time to apply to college. We advise our students to get an early start and to apply ahead of admission deadlines. This gives them access to the largest pool of financial aid and, in some cases, increases odds for acceptance through Early Decision or Early Action options.

Build a smart wish list

Students build Smart Wish Lists that include at least nine possible schools – three likely, three target, and three reach schools based on the likelihood of admission, historic graduation rates, financial aid packages and fit (i.e geography, major, cultural factors, etc). With multiple options, students are more likely to find the match that leads to persistence.

Prepare for the cost of college

A college degree opens the door for more job opportunities and higher paying careers. School leaders, teachers, and college counselors work alongside students and families to understand their options, to help them increase eligibility for aid, and to avoid excess debt.


After students graduate from KIPP schools, KIPP alumni advisors remain dedicated to helping students earn a degree on the path to a life full of opportunity. Throughout college there are several crucial moments that can put a student at risk of leaving school; conversely, there are some key behaviors that keep a student on the path to graduation. Our support approach is informed by rigorous research, our students’ experiences, and the knowledge and expertise of our community. Below are the keys to our students staying focused and moving forward!

Have a purpose, passion, and plan

Create, iterate, and commit to a college and career plan


Focus on academics

Ensure you set and meet academic goals


Network and navigate

Identify and utilize a strong support team


Be financially fit

Make smart, savvy financial decisions


Know who you are

Develop and practice self-awareness


KIPP’s mission has always been focused on preparing students to lead choice-filled lives. While we know that a college degree is the clearest path to a life of opportunity and choice, we also know some students pursue different paths to fulfilling careers. KTC helps our students expand their knowledge of career options – and the steps needed to pursue the career of their choice.


Nationally, KIPP partners with colleges and universities across the country to learn alongside each other how best to support first-generation college students. Together with more than 80 college partners, we aim to create a scalable model for college access and completion that other institutions can replicate. Our college partners share our belief that all students will learn and are committed to ensuring first-generation college students persist and graduate.

From Adelphi to Yale - KIPP NYC alumni are attending, or have attended and graduated from more than 200 city, state, and national universities.

Adelphi University ·  AI Miami International University of Art and Design ·  Alfred University ·  American Academy of Dramatic Arts ·  American University ·  Anthem Institute-North Brunswick ·  Augusta State University ·  Babson College ·  Bard College ·  Barnard College ·  Bergen Community College ·  Berkeley College-New York ·  Boston College ·  Boston University ·  Brookdale Community College ·  Broome Community College ·  Brown University ·  Bryn Athyn College of the New Church ·  Bryn Mawr College ·  Bucknell University ·  Buffalo State SUNY ·  Cecil College ·  Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy ·  Central Piedmont Community College ·  Claremont McKenna College ·  Clark Atlanta University ·  Clark University ·  Clarkson College ·  Clinton Junior College ·  Colgate University ·  College of Central Florida ·  College of Mount Saint Vincent ·  College of the Holy Cross ·  Columbia College ·  Columbia University in the City of New York ·  Concordia College-New York ·  Connecticut College ·  Cornell University ·  Culinary Institute of America ·  CUNY Bernard M Baruch College ·  CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College ·  CUNY Bronx Community College ·  CUNY Brooklyn College ·  CUNY City College ·  CUNY College of Staten Island ·  CUNY Guttman Community College ·  CUNY Hostos Community College ·  CUNY Hunter College ·  CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice ·  CUNY Kingsborough Community College ·  CUNY LaGuardia Community College ·  CUNY Lehman College ·  CUNY New York City College of Technology ·  CUNY Queensborough Community College ·  CUNY York College ·  Daemen College ·  Dartmouth College ·  Davidson College ·  Delaware State University ·  Dickinson College ·  Durham Technical Community College ·  East Carolina University ·  Empire Beauty School-Brooklyn ·  Fairfield University ·  Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus ·  Fairmont State University ·  Farmingdale State College ·  Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University ·  Florida Southern College ·  Florida State College at Jacksonville ·  Florida State University ·  Fordham University ·  Franklin and Marshall College ·  Fulton-Montgomery Community College ·  Genesee Community College ·  George Mason University ·  George Washington University ·  Georgetown University ·  Gettysburg College ·  Goucher College ·  Guilford College ·  Hamilton College ·  Hartwick College ·  Haverford College ·  Hillsborough Community College ·  Hobart William Smith Colleges ·  Houghton College ·  Housatonic Community College ·  Howard University ·  Hudson County Community College ·  Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus ·  Iona College ·  Ithaca College ·  James Madison University ·  Johnson & Wales University-Providence ·  Kaplan University-Davenport Campus ·  Lackawanna College ·  Lansing Community College ·  Le Moyne College ·  Lehigh University ·  Lincoln College of New England-Southington ·  Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus ·  Long Island University-C W Post Campus ·  Lycoming College ·  Manhattan College ·  Manhattanville College ·  Marist College ·  Marymount College ·  Mercy College-Main Campus ·  Mesa Community College ·  Metropolitan College of New York ·  Middlesex County College ·  Monroe College-Main Campus ·  Morehouse College ·  Morrisville State College ·  Nassau Community College ·  New York University ·  Niagara University ·  Northampton County Area Community College ·  Northeastern University ·  Northern Virginia Community College ·  Northwestern State University of Louisiana ·  Nyack College ·  Oberlin College ·  Onondaga Community College ·  Orange County Community College ·  Pace University-New York ·  Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus ·  Pensacola State College ·  Pratt Institute-Main ·  Providence College ·  Quinnipiac University ·  Rhode Island School of Design ·  Rochester Institute of Technology ·  Rockland Community College ·  Rutgers University-Newark ·  Sacred Heart University ·  Sage College of Albany ·  Saint Louis Community College ·  Sanford-Brown Institute ·  Santa Monica College ·  Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ·  Siena College ·  Skidmore College ·  South Carolina State University ·  Southern Connecticut State University ·  Southern University and A & M College ·  Southern Vermont College ·  Spelman College ·  St John's College (MD) ·  St Lawrence University ·  St. Francis College ·  St. John's University-New York ·  St. Thomas Aquinas College ·  Stony Brook University ·  Sullivan County Community College ·  SUNY at Albany ·  SUNY at Binghamton ·  SUNY at Fredonia ·  SUNY at Purchase College ·  SUNY College at Brockport ·  SUNY College at Cortland ·  SUNY College at Geneseo ·  SUNY College at Old Westbury ·  SUNY College at Oneonta ·  SUNY College at Oswego ·  SUNY College at Plattsburgh ·  SUNY College at Potsdam ·  SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill ·  SUNY College of Technology at Alfred ·  SUNY College of Technology at Canton ·  SUNY College of Technology at Delhi ·  SUNY New Paltz ·  SUNY Westchester Community College ·  Susquehanna University ·  Syracuse University ·  Technical Career Institutes ·  Temple University ·  The Allen School ·  The College of New Rochelle ·  The College of Saint Rose ·  The College of Westchester ·  The New School ·  The Sage Colleges ·  The University of West Florida ·  Tidewater Community College ·  Tompkins Cortland Community College ·  Trinity College ·  Tufts University ·  Ulster County Community College ·  Union College ·  University at Buffalo ·  University of Bridgeport ·  University of Delaware ·  University of Maryland Eastern Shore ·  University of Maryland-College Park ·  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ·  University of Nevada-Las Vegas ·  University of New Hampshire-Main Campus ·  University of New Haven ·  University of North Carolina at Greensboro ·  University of Pennsylvania ·  University of Phoenix-Atlanta Campus ·  University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus ·  University of Rochester ·  University of San Francisco ·  University of South Florida-Main Campus ·  University of Virginia-Main Campus ·  Ursinus College ·  Utica College ·  Valencia College ·  Vassar College ·  Washington State University ·  Wesleyan University ·  West Virginia University ·  Western Oklahoma State College ·  Wheaton College-MA ·  Whitman College ·  Winthrop University ·  Wood Tobe-Coburn School ·  Yale University