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, nominate students to write for the I'm First! blog, are featured in the I'm First! Guide to College, and participate in Strive's online college mentoring platform, UStrive.

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Arkansas Tech University

University of Arizona
Rio Salado College

Azusa Pacific University
California Lutheran University
California State University Monterey Bay
Claremont McKenna College
Feather River Community College
Fresno Pacific University
Holy Names University
Mills College
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Otis College of Art and Design
Sacramento State University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Stanford University
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California

Adams State University
Fort Lewis College

Albertus Magnus College
Central Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Quinnipiac University
Trinity College
Wesleyan University
Western Connecticut State University
Yale University

University of Delaware

District of Columbia
American University
The Catholic University of America

Florida International University
New College of Florida
University of Florida

Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University

Grinnell College
University of Northern Iowa
Iowa Wesleyan University

Centre College

Louisiana College

University of Maine at Machias

Columbia College Chicago
Elmhurst College
Illinois State University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Southern Illinois University
University of Illinois Springfield
University of Illinois Chicago


Holy Cross College
Indiana Wesleyan University

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

Amherst College
Babson College
Bentley University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Framingham State University
Harvard University
Lasell College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Northeastern University
Smith College
Tufts University
Wellesley College
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Grand Valley State University
Central Michigan University
University of Michigan
Northern Michigan University

St. Olaf College

Columbia 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
Monroe College
New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Lawrence College
Siena College
Skidmore College
St. Francis College
St. John Fisher College
Syracuse University
University of Rochester
Webb Institute

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

Case Western Reserve University
Miami University
Wittenburg University
University of Dayton
Walsh University

Oklahoma Baptist University 

Reed College
University of Oregon
Willamette University

Carnegie Mellon University
Chatham University
Dickinson College
Elizabethtown College
Gettysburg College
Temple University
Shippensburg University
University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University

Belmont University
Lincoln Memorial University
Vanderbilt University

Concordia University Texas
St. Edwards University
Huston-Tillotson University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
University of Texas at Austin

Weber State University

Middlebury College

Christopher Newport University
College of William & Mary
George Mason University
Old Dominion University
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington and Lee University

Seattle University
University of Puget Sound
Whitman College

University of Wisconsin – Madison

West Virginia
Davis & Elkins College