From right, Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy juniors Tiara Brown, Falicia Powell and senior Ronnie Fair listen to Darryl Jones, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Gettysburg College, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Jones travels to high schools, including many that are considered lower-income, to meet students and encourage them to apply for Gettysburg College.
Often, higher-achieving first-generation or low-income kids “undermatch,” or choose schools that are less rigorous and selective than they’re capable of handling. That doesn’t bode as well for them, because research shows that students are more likely to graduate from more selective colleges.
Photo by Alyssa Schukar