Partners in supporting & encouraging first-gen students

College Partners

Strive for College partners with colleges and universities from across the country that place a high value on admitting and supporting first-gen college students. College Partners contribute to the I'm First! Stories campaign, are featured in the I'm First! Guide to College, and connect with prospective students through Strive's online platform.

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Arkansas Tech University

University of Arizona

Azusa Pacific University
California Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University
Claremont McKenna College
Fresno Pacific University
Holy Names University
Loyola Marymount University
Mills College
Otis College of Art and Design
Pepperdine University
Sacramento State University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Soka University of America
Stanford University
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California

Fort Lewis College
University of Denver

Central Connecticut State University
Trinity College
University of Bridgeport
Wesleyan University
Western Connecticut State University
Yale University

University of Delaware

District of Columbia
American University
The Catholic University of America
George Washington University

Florida International University
New College of Florida
University of Florida

Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University

Columbia College Chicago
Elmhurst College
Illinois State University
MacMurray College
Monmouth College
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
University of Illinois Chicago
The University of Chicago

Holy Cross College
Indiana Wesleyan University

Cornell College
Grinnell College
Loras College
Luther College

Centre College


Bates College

Johns Hopkins University
St. John’s College
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Amherst College
Babson College
Bay Path University
Bentley University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Framingham State University
Harvard University
Lasell College
Northeastern University
Smith College
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wellesley College
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Kalamazoo College
Northern Michigan University
University of Michigan

Minnesota State University
The College of St. Scholastica

Stephens College
Washington University in St. Louis

New Hampshire
Dartmouth College

New Jersey
Caldwell University
Georgian Court University
Montclair State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Rutgers University – Newark
Rutgers University – New Brunswick

New Mexico
St. John’s College – New Mexico

New York
Barnard College
Columbia University
Cornell University
D’Youville College
Fordham University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
New York University
Purchase College, SUNY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Lawrence College
Siena College
Skidmore College
St. John Fisher College
Syracuse University
University of Rochester

North Carolina
Davidson College
Duke University
Meredith College
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina, Asheville
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Antioch College
Baldwin Wallace University
Case Western Reserve University
Miami University
Ohio State University
University of Dayton
Walsh University

Oklahoma Baptist University

Reed College
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
Willamette University

Carnegie Mellon University
Cedar Crest College
Chatham University
Dickinson College
Elizabethtown College
Gettysburg College
Juniata College
Lafayette College
Shippensburg University
University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University

Belmont University
Johnson University
Vanderbilt University

Southwestern Assemblies of God University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Arlington

Weber State University

Christopher Newport University
George Mason University
Old Dominion University
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington and Lee University
William & Mary

Seattle University
University of Puget Sound
Whitman College

West Virginia
Davis & Elkins College