KIPP Forward focuses on a simple truth: match matters. A growing body of research shows that choosing the right college can make or break a student’s chance of graduating. This is especially true for students from educationally underserved communities, and even more so for those who are the first in their families to go to college. The KIPP Forward team meets one-on-one with students and uses a data-driven approach to find the schools that will be the right fit for each student. Take a sneak peek at our College Match Tool to see our work.
College Match Tool
Persisting Through College
Once students graduate from high school, KIPP Forward remains a constant support to ensure that they remain on the path to college completion and career readiness. KIPP Forward counselors visit students at their college campuses and keep in constant communication to discuss academic progress, financial aid, social pressures, and internship opportunities. KIPP Forward also hosts events during holidays and breaks. By intentionally building relationships, KIPP Forward is able to help address specific issues, steer students towards appropriate resources, and empower students to advocate for themselves.
KIPP focuses on helping students 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. KIPP Forward helps our students expand their knowledge of career options – and helps those students navigate 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 nearly 100 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 deserve an excellent education, as well as our commitment to ensuring first-generation college students persist and graduate.