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Student U

  • Student U
  • 600 E. Umstead St.
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • 919-267-3958
  • 2005

Program Description

Our Approach

We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city for the better. We support this transformation with an approach that combines three key elements: our whole-families approach to college access and success programming; sharing our best practices in education; and our commitment to supporting student- and family-led advocacy and change efforts in our city.

Whole-Families Approach

We take a whole-families approach to college access and success programming, which means that we consider everything that affects a student�??�?�¢??s ability to show up fully and reach their potential. We work directly with parents and guardians to help them support their children; our additional family-centered services include increasing housing stability, supporting access to living wage or better jobs for parents, and increasing parents�??�?�¢?? post-secondary credentials.

Sharing Our Best Practices

While we may not be able to serve every student in Durham directly, our ability to share what we�??�?�¢??ve learned knows no bounds. We are constantly growing and evolving in our best practices working with first-generation college students, and we make sure those insights are accessible to Durham Public Schools, practitioners, and other key stakeholders. In addition, our teacher alumni are prepared and primed to take on leadership roles in our community.

Student- and Family-Led Advocacy

We support student- and family-led advocacy and change efforts in our city. Building a more just and equitable Durham requires that the voices of students and their families are centered in important policy-making decisions; we support this with strategic partnerships that help parents and students develop the skills they need to shape their futures.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 45%
  • African American: 53%

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Appalachian State University
  • Barry University
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Howard University
  • Johnson C Smith University
  • Meredith College
  • North Carolina A & T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Shaw University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Wingate University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 90%