Anderson University Featured in 2018 I’m First! Guide to College

Strive for College, College Partner, 2017-2018 badge

Anderson, Ind. -- Anderson University has recently partnered with Strive for College, a nonprofit organization that supports first-generation college students, and works with colleges and universities to promote and strengthen their efforts on behalf of these students. As a part of this partnership, AU has been recognized in the 2018 I’m First! Guide to College, a comprehensive college guidebook with articles, advice, and interactive planning curriculum.

Students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education or come from a low-income household continue to be severely underrepresented on college campuses, despite high educational aspirations. A 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences found that “first-generation” college students are more likely to have lower grades in high school, have given no thought to taking a college-entrance exam, and wait longer after high school to enroll in college.

AU is working hard to change this trend. “Anderson University is committed to offering programs and services that can help all our students reach their full potential,” said Kynan Simison, director of admissions. “This is the kind of information families and prospective students need to know when considering which college is right for them."

Strive for College was founded in 2007 by Michael J. Carter, then a student at Washington University in St. Louis, to help acutely underserved area high school students apply to college and navigate financial aid. In 2014, they launched UStrive, their free online mentoring platform, and after merging with the Center for Student Opportunity in 2016, they now run and publish the I’m First! Guide to College. Learn more and purchase the I’m First! Guide to College at

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

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