Each year, more than 400,000 qualified low-income students do not attend college, and another 200,000 are significantly undermatched. Undermatched students are those who could be attending more rigorous schools based on their qualifications. These undermatched students attend colleges that don’t provide them with the right environment for success, which affects their long-term earnings and social mobility, continuing the cycle of poverty.
First-generation college students are often under-supported when it comes to the difficult decision of choosing a school.
They may make decisions based on criteria such as location, or where their friends are going. This leads to students matriculating at schools that do not live up to their potential, and often increases their likelihood of dropping out. Uptake gives low-income and first-generation college applicants the power of informed choice. They can choose schools that help them reach their full potential, and provide the support they need to graduate.
Student Union helps connect first-generation college applicants with a portfolio of schools that provide them with the best chances of admission and graduation.
Students enter their GPA, test scores, and demographic information.
Student Union finds school choices that are best matches based on school graduation rates.
Students can filter by factors such as major, location, diversity, and financial burden.
Many matching tools rely on rules-based models to place students into selectivity buckets. Our algorithms analyze correlations found in historical data from first-generation college students to generate predictions for each student’s best fit schools.
We focus on first-generation applicants and students from low-income areas. Colleges are suggested based on where students with similar profiles have been admitted and have succeeded in graduating.
Our models continuously improve through machine learning. The more data the models ingest, the more patterns and nuances they learn to recognize. The more the students use it, the better the app becomes at predicting success.
Because our tool is used by multiple organizations we can better predict acceptance, persistence, and graduation than any one organization can by itself.
End of 2018 Goals
To reach these goals, we need a wealth of partners to adopt and distribute Student Union to their stakeholders.
Become a Partner
We need partners who are able to engage high school students with Student Union, or who want to help us further the project.
We are looking for additional partners, including: