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ERIC Number: ED558506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
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Summer Melt" and the Entering First-Year College Student: Insights from the College Match Pilot Program. College Match Issue Focus
Many students fail to enroll in college even after they have made a formal commitment to attend. Research has shown that nationally, between 10 percent and 40 percent of high school graduates who intend to go to college don't enroll the following fall. Among low-income students, these "summer melt" rates are even higher. The College Match pilot program--a college advising intervention designed to help moderate- and high-achieving, low-income students identify, apply to, and enroll in selective colleges that are a good match for them--tried to prevent summer melt. In addition to supporting students during the school year, "near-peer" advisers--trained advisers who are recent college graduates--counseled and supported them during the crucial final months before the first semester of college. Here former College Match advisers reflect on their summer outreach to students and describe the concerns and challenges that students shared with them leading up to college matriculation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; New York