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.


We know our secret sauce is the amazing people in our community.


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


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Student U Decision Day 2020

On Monday, June 1 we celebrated our High School Seniors for Decision Day 2020, where we learned which colleges our students have chosen to attend in the fall. Though it was virtual this year for the first time, it was still 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 learn more about the Class 2020.


June 9, 2020 

Summer Learning Kits will be available for contactless pickup on Tuesday 6/16 9:30am - 12:30pm and Wednesday 6/17 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Please pick up kits for students at WG Pearson Center at 600 E Umstead St (Umstead St/carpool entrance). Please contact a Program Coordinator if you have any questions.



On June 25th, our DPS School Board unanimously approved a proposed reentry plan recommending that K-8 students have access to
Danielle Evans just graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill this spring with a degree in Management and Society. She is a first-generation
Dear families, We are conducting a listening project to learn about students' and families' experiences with digital learning during the