UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.

UNCF's mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.

UNCF’s North Star is to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation. This is done through a three-pillar strategy.

  • Positioning member institutions as a viable college option for students and investing in institutional capacity to improve student outcomes;
  • Creating transformational support programs to ensure students are enrolling and persisting through college completion;
  • Building awareness of educational attainment and cultivating college-going behaviors within the African American community.

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