Applying to college can be difficult, especially with a criminal record. If you have a criminal record but still want to receive a higher education, read this article to find out more information.

Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge

In 2015, the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge was created. This pledge ensures that all Americans have equal opportunities when it comes to a higher education. Many higher education institutions have signed this pledge agreeing that they will work to eliminate barriers that people with a criminal record experience. To learn more about this pledge, visit: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/10/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-fair-chance-higher-education-pledge

Colleges and Universities that have signed the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge

Here is a list of some of the colleges and universities that have signed the pledge. These are only some of the colleges and universities that have signed the pledge and some colleges will still consider you for acceptance even if they haven’t signed this pledge.

  • Arizona State University
  • State University of New York
  • Auburn University
  • University of Washington
  • City University of New York
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Pittsburgh, Bradford
  • Howard University
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Boston University
  • University of California System
  • New York University
  • North Park University
  • Rutgers University
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Nyack College
  • Ancilla College
  • Eastern University
  • Saint John’s University
  • Raritan Valley Community College

Getting Help

While many colleges and universities have taken the Fair Chance Pledge and are willing to accept people with a criminal record, there are still many colleges and universities that have not taken the pledge and do not accept people with a criminal record. Getting a pardon could help you get into the school you want. If you want more information or are looking to hire an attorney, call us at (203) 567-6480 or email us at help@mrpardons.com.