The Hope Center


Our projects are partnerships with colleges and universities, community organizations, and policymakers. They all seek to address challenges of life, logistics, and finances for #RealCollege™ students.

#RealCollege™ Survey

The #RealCollege™ survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. Since 2015, we have offered reports for all participating institutions and systems, and issued a national report. To date, more than 400 colleges and universities have participated, and more than 330,000 students have responded to share their realities.

Dallas College Text Campaign Launched

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and its partners have launched a federally-funded texting messaging study designed to assess whether students achieve greater academic success when provided with information about emergency aid, food and housing support during the pandemic.

Projects from The Hope Center

Can a campus meal share program reduce food insecurity and improve academic outcomes? This evaluation of a nonprofit program established
At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. Parenting students and...
Community organizations and colleges are searching for effective strategies to ensure that every student has a safe and secure place
An estimated half of all college students struggle with basic needs insecurity, but many colleges and universities do not have
This project expands on the case study funded by the Trellis Foundation, which focuses on Amarillo College’s Advocacy & Resource
On-campus provision of public benefits, emergency aid, and related services is a promising approach to support college students on the
Many students from low- and moderate-income families start college with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields;