A significant amount of attention is focused on the role of race in the college choice process, although recent reports
have begun to focus on the access problem that exists for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, especially with regards to selective colleges. One report
found that only about 10% of students at highly selective colleges came from the lowest 40% of the family income distribution. While race receives most of the public’s attention, we need to focus more on the role of income in who attends college.
Compounding the fact that low-income students have largely been ignored in the college admissions process is that they are the ones that benefit most from attending elite universities. These students benefit personally from higher rates of graduation
and higher incomes after graduation,
and society benefits from decreased dependence on public services
and increased diversity in corporate, political, and military leadership
Furthermore, most elite universities, while claiming to desire low SES students, have not been giving any them preferences during the admissions process
. Findings like these on the effect of family income on college attendance have been remarkable, further highlighting the vast inequalities in higher education, especially at highly selective universities.
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