The mission of Graduate NYC is to increase the number of young people in New York City who are graduating from high school prepared to succeed in college, as well as to increase the number of students, both traditional and nontraditional, who ultimately earn college degrees.


Graduate NYC is uniquely positioned to exponentially increase degree attainment in New York City.
By scaling promising, high-impact practices and facilitating collaboration between philanthropic, educational and nonprofit institutions, we magnify the effectiveness of the college access and success sector as a whole.

Learn more about how GNYC achieves its goals:

GNYC works in support of its goals by:

  • Supporting or enhancing the DOE’s efforts to increase rates of college readiness and college enrollment and support schools in building capacity.
  • Supporting or enhancing CUNY’s efforts to increase credit accumulation and degree completion, while decreasing time to degree and supporting colleges to build capacity and orient policies and practices toward student success.
  • Increasing capacity of organizations working in college access and success to improve student outcomes.
  • Leading efforts to increase awareness around progress made in five goal areas, where gaps exist, and how those are being addressed.
  • Piloting efforts to identify promising policies or practices to increase student success, while reducing barriers students face.
  • Convening groups to enhance the work that all parties do individually or in smaller coalitions in service of scaling excellent programs and practices across the city.