Unequal Playing Field

Students from low-income communities—the vast majority of whom are students of color—face enormous systemic barriers to attend and complete college. As a result there is a persistent college degree divide that perpetuates inequity in our country. At a time when postsecondary credentials are essential to access economic opportunity and the middle class, the degree divide is one of our nation’s greatest injustices.

Only 22% of students from low income communities earn a college degree (bachelor’s and/or associate), compared to 67% of their peers from high income areas.



To understand and solve this national challenge, we need not look further than the post-secondary transition for students from low-income communities. Every year, nearly 1 million ninth graders from low-income households show up to high school, but less than 200,000 will earn a postsecondary degree a decade later.  The vast majority of those young people are pushed out or drop out of the system during the transition—in the final year of high school and the first year of college.

The Problem Today


Just 22% of students in low-income communities graduate from college.


A college degree impacts earning potential and access to life opportunities.


We don’t have the talent that we need to fuel a growing workforce and the diverse leadership that we need to thrive as a country.

The OneGoal Solution

While there are often opportunities available to students at the top of their class, OneGoal prioritizes students whose college prospects are extremely limited. Our cohorts enter the program with an average of 2.7 GPA and a 840 SAT score.

To make college graduation a reality for all students, we need an in-school solution that is both rigorous and scalable. OneGoal offers an innovative and proven solution at a low cost.


OneGoal enlists excellent teachers already in public schools to become Program Directors.


We provide Program Directors with a rigorous, results-based curriculum, technology, training, and coaching to implement our three-year model with a group of students (Fellows).


Program Directors support the same group of Fellows beginning in their junior year of high school and bridging the gap through their first year of college.

Learn more about OUR IMPACT and how we are changing lives.