Each year, more than 400,000 qualified low-income students don’t attend college, and another 200,000 are significantly undermatched. Undermatched students are those who should attend more rigorous schools based on their qualifications. Instead, undermatched students attend colleges that limit their chances for success, which affects their long-term earnings and social mobility.
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 ease of admission or where their friends are going. This leads to students matriculating at schools that often increase their likelihood of dropping out. Uptake gives low-income and first-generation college applicants the power of informed choice. Students can find schools that’ll help them reach their full potential and provide the support they need to graduate.
Students enter their GPA, test scores and demographic information.
Student Union finds school choices that are the best matches based on school graduation rates.
Students can filter by preferences such as size, location and diversity.
Many matching tools rely on rules-based models to place students into selectivity categories. Our algorithms analyze correlations found in historical data from first-generation college students to generate individualized 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 our models ingest, the more patterns and nuances they learn to recognize. The more that students use it, the better it becomes at predicting success.
Because the application is used by multiple organizations, we can predict acceptance, persistence and graduation better than any one organization can by itself.
Partner & scale
To help every first-generation college student in America, we need a wealth of partners to adopt and distribute Student Union to their stakeholders.
Become a Partner
We’re seeking additional partners, including: