Are Colleges Overlooking High-Achieving Low-Income Students Twice?

Are colleges overlooking high-achieving low-income students twice?

Reported by EAB, a recent study from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation found that while 49% of college students begin their education at a community college, only 5% of them go on to elite institutions.

Are we missing these students twice? Both in their first year, and then again as they become transfer students, with 15,000 low-income students annually with a GPA of 3.7 or higher that mostly choose local state schools to complete their education.

The takeaway? Do high-achieving community college students see our institutions as  viable transfer options? And if not, what can we do to help change that perception?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.