How do race and social class influence who gets into America's elite colleges? This important book takes a comprehensive look at how all aspects of the elite college experience--from application and admission to enrollment and student life--are affected by these factors. To determine whether elite colleges are admitting and educating a diverse student body, the authors investigate such areas as admission advantages for minorities, academic achievement gaps tied to race and class, unequal burdens in paying for tuition, and satisfaction with college experiences. Arguing that elite higher education affects both social mobility and inequality, the authors call on educational institutions to improve access for students of lower socioeconomic status. Annotation ♭2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 483-522) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Preparing for college What counts in being admitted? The entering Freshman class Mixing and mingling on campus Academic performance Shouldering the financial burden Broader perspectives on the selective college experience Do we still need affirmative action? Where do we go from here?