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DCP's College Success Report: I Am the First

Learn why Downtown College Prep students
are persisting toward college completion


Released in February 2013, I Am the First is the culmination of a two-year study that offers a critical look at the factors that influence college success among low-income, first-generation college students.


Nearly 500 students have graduated from DCP, triumphing over challenges both academic and personal. DCP alumni have among the highest rates of college matriculation and are four times more likely to graduate from college than their peers nationwide. DCP's values–ganas, comunidad, and orgullo–have been central to realizing our mission and continue to guide our work in the community.