Woodrow Wilson’s Early College Initiative supports bridge-building between institutions of higher education and secondary schools, so that more and better-prepared students from underrepresented and underserved populations graduate from college.

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Making College Real

For students who may have never imagined college, Woodrow Wilson Early Colleges provide rigorous high school and college classes in small school settings. These Early Colleges challenge students with college-level work, as well as tailored support services and a practical understanding of what it takes to get to college and succeed.

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The Woodrow Wilson Early College Network—initially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—involves college and university faculty closely in every aspect of teaching, learning, and operations in small middle and high schools. The outcome: These schools make college real for students in high-need districts.

Early College Approach

Through both institutional innovation and the professional development of teachers, the Woodrow Wilson Early College Initiative aims to make academic excellence the standard for all students, and to enable students to complete their degrees in more timely and cost-effective ways. More...

Partner Organizations & Sponsors


The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has developed a series of resources to support our network of Early College partnerships and other school-university partnerships focused on improving secondary education and increasing college access and success for underserved students. More...

If You’re Interested

Please note: Participation in the Early College Initiative is restricted to colleges and high schools, and is by invitation only. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation cannot enroll individual students in Early College High Schools. Interested parties may contact Rob Baird, Vice President for School-University Partnerships, at (609) 452-7007, ext. 122, for more information.


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