Every member of the class of 2016 at Urban Prep Charter Academy has committed to a four-year college or university. This is the seventh year in a row that Urban Prep, a predominantly black, all boys school in Chicago, has had 100 percent of graduating students admitted to college.

Students have been admitted to schools across the U.S. including Georgetown University, Yale University, and Morehouse College, among many others. The senior class received more than 1,500 college admissions and has been offered over $15 million in scholarships and grants.

Tim King, founder and CEO of Urban Prep, expressed his amazement of the accomplishments of of the students

“Every year, I’m just wowed by these young men, by what they are doing,” King said. “We started Urban Prep with the goal of moving the needle when it comes to black male achievement and these guys proved to me, the city and the world every year, that we did the right thing when we founded Urban Prep ten years ago.”

Urban Prep’s school motto is “We Believe,” reminding the community “that Urban Prep students will not fall into the trap of negative stereotypes and low expectations.”

Rudolph Long, a member of the class of 2016, will be attending Hampton University.

“It’s a great day,” Long said. “I feel great. We all made it. We all come from good environments so to see us all going to college is nice.”


Jowelle M. is a college student interested in sociology, political science, and Spanish. Aside from academics, Jowelle enjoys blogging, reading, music, and spending time with family. She is happiest when she is working with others to improve the community.