Why Many Smart, Low-Income Students Don’t Apply To Elite Schools
Right now, high school seniors across the country are trying hard not to think about what is — or isn’t — coming in the mail.
They’re anxiously awaiting acceptance letters (or the opposite) from their top-choice colleges and universities. But this story isn’t about them. It’s about a big group of seniors who could get into great schools but don’t apply: high-achieving students from low-income families who live outside of America’s big cities.
These students often wind up in community college or mediocre four-year schools. It’s a phenomenon known in education circles as “undermatching.”