Published Online: January 23, 2013
Published in Print: January 23, 2013, as Rural College-Going

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"The Missing 'One-Offs': The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students"

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High-achieving, low-income students who don't live in major metropolitan areas are less likely to end up in highly selective colleges, according to a working paper from the Cambridge, Mass.-based National Bureau of Economic Research.

The study says many low-income, high-achieving students don't apply to colleges like Stanford or Harvard because they lack the information or the encouragement that their higher-income counterparts have.

The researchers said most high-achieving, low-income students enrolled in such colleges come from just 15 major metropolitan areas, and they're more likely to attend magnet or selective high schools with a "critical mass" of high achievers. In nonmetro areas, such students tend to be more isolated from other high achievers.

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