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Study: How students of different backgrounds use strategies to strengthen college applications

Years of research show that students from families of higher socioeconomic status are more likely to attend college—particularly more selective institutions—thanks to a variety of factors, including academic preparation, attendance at higher performing schools, and other social, cultural, and financial resources available to families with more means.

In addition to their traditional coursework, students often try to make their college applications more competitive through what the researchers call “college enhancement strategies,” including Advanced Placement (AP) exams, SAT preparation courses or materials, and volunteerism and other extracurricular activities.

Wolniak and his colleagues sought to better understand how socioeconomic status and college enhancement strategies affect students gaining admission to college, and to selective institutions in particular. Using two national datasets following into college, one from the 1990s and one from the 2000s, the researchers studied the relationships between these factors and how they changed over time, a period marked by rising college costs and increasing demand for .

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-11-students-backgrounds-strategies-college-applications.html#jCp

 

Study: How students of different backgrounds use strategies to strengthen college applications

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