Find out more information about the evolving community of higher education in prison programs.
The U.S. map is color coded by census regions. States without a known higher education in prison program in the 2018/2019 academic year are blank.
View summary statistics about higher education in prison programs on a state-by-state and regional basis.
View the location of facilities and academic institutions that participate in higher education in prison programs.
View all programs in the Directory. Search by program name, view contact info, and narrow the list by various criteria.
View comparison images and access previous versions of the National Directory.DAta Archives
View instructional documentation to learn about the features of the National Directory.How-To Guide
Access documents from various higher education in prison programs to support the launch or growth of your own program.Document Library
Find academic institutions that are currently known to be affiliated with program(s) in the National Directory.Academic Institutions
In 2008, the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University began compiling a list of higher education in prison programs throughout the United States. For the next 10 years, the National Directory of Higher Education Programs in Prison remained a central focus of the Prison Studies Project and an important resource for the higher education in prison community. Today, working with our partners at the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison at the University of Utah, and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, the Alliance for Higher Education launched the National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs (2020), which serves as a comprehensive resource for people seeking information about college in prison programs in the United States. Learn more...
National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs. (2023, May). Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. Retrieved from https://www.nationaldirectoryhep.org
Academic Year 2020–2021