Students applying to selective colleges may feel like they're playing the lottery. Top universities wade through a sea of applications with the hope of assembling a student body that reflects their standards of excellence and diversity. However, two researchers wondered if having more socioeconomic information on prospective students would influence admissions counselors. The study covered in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education raises some interesting questions.
When provided more data on the applicants, it appears that students from lower-income backgrounds actually had a better chance of getting into a selective school. And while some view this as a victory for college access for students from challenged backgrounds, the bigger takeaway is that more student information can only help everybody. That's why it's crucial to encourage TXGU kids to share as much as they can on their college applications, essays, and interviews. When it comes to sharing their story and goals, there's no such thing as too much information.