Partners in Serving Low-Income & First-Generation College Students

Strive for College is a voice for good in the college access and success movement. We work in partnership with four-year colleges and universities to recognize institutions for their commitment to low-income and first-generation college students and to enhance their efforts to recruit and retain them on their campuses. Together, we are building a stronger nation by expanding college opportunity for deserving students.


In a recent survey of College Partners, they cited the following as important benefits of partnership:


Strive helps College Partners to:

> Promote and strengthen efforts to recruit and retain low-income and first-gen students

> Reach more prospective low-income, first-gen students, and their supporters

> Share and learn best practices for successfully recruiting and retaining low-income, first-gen students


Benefits and services of partnership include:

> Highlight your institution in the college search on Strive’s innovative online mentoring platform and connect with interested students

> Engage your campus community and alumni network to become mentors with Strive

> Highlight your institution and showcase stories from your community on, Strive’s online campaign celebrating and supporting first-generation college students

> Profile in the I’m First! Guide to College, a printed college guidebook distributed nationally to high schools and community-based organizations, and sponsor its distribution

> Promotion of your institution and sponsored programs in newsletters, social media, and virtual events like our YouTube Live Chat Series


Strive also leads a collaborative learning community and offers professional development for College Partners.

> Join the College Partner Exchange listserv to ask questions and share ideas with peers

> Attend webinars and receive summary white papers to learn and build upon best practices

> Technical assistance opportunities and general program consulting


In 2016, Strive for College merged with the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO), a peer nonprofit with a ten-year track record of success working with colleges and universities to promote and strengthen opportunities for first-generation college students. Recognizing that being the first in one's family to go to college requires inspiration, information, and support too often lacking for students without a family history of higher education, CSO launched the I'm First! project - an online campaign and college planning resource - in 2013 with the help of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored College Knowledge Challenge grant. As a result of the merger, Strive for College now operates, publishes the I’m First! Guide to College, and maintains partnerships with colleges and universities across the country to strengthen and build awareness of their campus efforts supporting first-generation college students.


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