Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education to build a just and equitable Durham.

We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city. Together, we’re creating a Durham where all students succeed.

We support this transformation with an approach that combines three key elements:


Donald is a High School Graduate as part of the Class of 2020. His dream is to rebuild Durham to make it affordable for people already living in this community. Donald has a goal to buy a piece of real estate and graduate physical therapy school by the time he is 21. He strives for greatness, and through his hard work, he will enter into college with 59 credits! He knows with his determination and support from his community, he will reach his dreams. Congratulations on your incredible achievement Donald! Learn more about the Class of 2020.


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For students who stay in our programming from start to finish, they have outstanding outcomes:


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Student U Decision Day 2020

Please join us in celebrating our High School Seniors on Monday, June 1, on Facebook Live, for Decision Day 2020, where we will learn which colleges our students have chosen to attend in the fall. Though it will be virtual this year for the first time, it will still be an exciting, feel-good moment for all of us. These students have worked hard to get into college (not to mention finishing up high school remotely) so please help us support and encourage them as much as possible.


May 4, 2020 

The COVID-19 virus has changed all of our lives. To ensure the safety of our students and families, we will not be holding our traditional Summer Academy this summer. While it saddens us to not be able to meet together in person, we are excited to offer new activities in place of Summer Academy for our students this summer. Learn more about our current online programming



We acknowledge the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor, George Floyd, and all the other Black people whose names
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