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GO College is an initiative of the Council for Opportunity in Education supported by the U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Fund and the GE Foundation.



The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose membership includes more than 1,100 colleges and community-based organizations with a particular commitment to expanding college opportunity. COE, which was incorporated in 1981, is the only national organization with affiliates in all fifty states focused on assuring that low-income students and first-generation students have a realistic chance to prepare for, enter, and graduate from college.

COE’s strategic priorities include:

  • Program Development for the more than 3,400 governmentally and privately funded college opportunity programs;
  • Research through the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, which examines issues of college access and poverty as well as identifies, evaluates, and encourages strategies that expand opportunity;
  • Professional development for opportunity educators — including COE’s Annual Conference, seminars, workshops, professional learning communities, video conferences, webinars, and other web-based idea exchanges;
  • Teaching and learning strategies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through the Louis Stokes Institute for Opportunity in STEM Education that address access and opportunity in these disciplines;
  • Advocacy with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education for TRIO, GEAR UP, Pell Grants, and other college access and success programs that assist low-income and first-generation students.