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KIPP Through College: Chicago

  • Margarita Herrera
  • College Access Counselor
  • 312-733-8108

Program Description

Overview: Current data shows that young adults with a bachelor�??�?�¢??s degree earn an astonishing 55% more than young adults with only a high school diploma. College attendance is furthermore associated with higher levels of civic engagement, as well as moral, emotional, and aesthetic development.

Unfortunately, only 23 of every 100 ninth-grade students nationwide earn a college degree within five years of high school graduation; in Chicago, only 6 do.

By offering a mix of programs and services designed to reach every student and family �??�?�¢?? from one-on-one student meetings, to financial aid counseling, academic advising, life skills training, mentoring, college guidance, and more KIPP Through College provides KIPP Chicago alumni with the tools for success in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond.

Mission: The KIPP Through College team is committed to ensuring that all KIPP alumni have the tools and support needed to access and attain a college degree.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 2%
  • African American: 95%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 3000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 1000
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Brown University
  • Colby College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Georgetown University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus
  • Spelman College
  • University of Georgia
  • Vanderbilt University