KIPP THROUGH COLLEGE & CAREER
We support more than 2,000 alumni on the road to the colleges and careers of their choice!
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.
1: COLLEGE MATCHAt 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.
2: PERSISTING THROUGH COLLEGEAfter 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
3: CHARTING A CAREER PATHKIPP’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.
4: COLLEGE PARTNERS
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.