Focus on College Completion

What distinguishes KIPP's four-year college graduates from the KIPP students who do not enroll in college, or those who start but do not finish? Rigorous research and our own experience have helped us understand the factors instrumental to KIPP students' success in college. These findings were first published in KIPP's College Completion Report and include these five critical factors to college completion:

Academic Readiness

A rigorous education is one that keeps the end in mind, and ensures that all students are prepared for the demands of higher education. At KIPP, we recognize that academic readiness is rooted in excellent teaching.

A powerful set of character strengths

Character strengths include grit, self-control, social intelligence (including self-advocacy), zest, optimism, and gratitude enable students to stick with college even in the face of considerable obstacles. "Work hard. Be nice." is more than just a motto.

The right match

Choosing the right higher education institution is key to a student's college success. Graduation rates vary widely among institutions at all levels of competitiveness. KIPP is building partnerships with colleges and universities to help improve college completion rates.

Social and academic integration

Integration through study groups, campus clubs, alumni contacts, and activities that enhance a student's college experience will help him or her resist negative pressure to leave school. KIPP Through College offers a variety of local and national supports to enhance this position integration.

College affordability and financial understanding

It can be challenging for families to get accurate information about college financing. KTC advisors help students navigate the challenge of paying for college.