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First Graduate is a San Francisco-based college success program that helps students become the first in their families to graduate from college.

We make a 10-year commitment to each student, starting the summer after sixth grade through college graduation.

99% of our high school seniors graduate and enroll in a 2- or 4-year college.

78% of our students graduate from college within 6 years.

 

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Who Do We Help?

 

8 out of 10 SFUSD students do not have a parent with a college degree, and without some form of intervention only 4% of them will graduate college. Only 11% of first-generation students will graduate from college. 

We make a 10-year commitment to each student. We recruit students in 6th grade and provide them with free coaching each year until they graduate college. 

99% of our high school seniors graduate from high school and enroll in colleges such as Barnard, Harvard, Middlebury, The University of San Francisco, Tufts, and UC Berkeley. Our newest cohort of high school graduates received 200+ acceptance letters. 

 

 

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Become a Volunteer

More than 400 volunteers like you help students on their journey towards becoming first generation college graduates – from the instant a young person enrolls as a middle school student, to the triumphant moment when s/he graduates from college.

 

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Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors


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  • I've learned many things during my years with First Graduate, but above all I have learned the importance of staying on track and taking advantage of help and opportunities offered to me.
    AlexisCollege Freshman
  • I really love how they have good staff and peer mentors.
    8th Grader
  • I am grateful for First Graduate's college tours, personal statement workshops, FAFSA workshops, and most of all for their friendly advice.
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  • First Graduate is the safety harness that catches us when we fall.
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  • First Graduate helped me with the application to a Catholic high school which I had no idea how to do, and in the end I was accepted.
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