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ERIC Number: EJ847131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-29
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
From One High School, Many Paths to College
Hoover, Eric; Supiano, Beckie
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n38 pA26 May 2009
Woodbridge Senior High School, known as "the Bridge," serves a diverse community. Located in Prince William County, in Virginia, the high school lies about 20 miles south of Washington. Teenagers here are less likely than those in Virginia's affluent northern suburbs to aspire to top-25 colleges. Nonetheless, a higher education is a given for most of the 2,500 students at Woodbridge. Last year, nine out of 10 seniors went on to college; nearly half enrolled at four-year institutions. Most stayed in the state. This year the recession heightened many families' concerns about paying for college. An array of other factors also influenced their choices. Some students counted the miles between colleges and home. Others weighed institutions' prestige. Some sought a specific academic program or a chance to play a sport. And sometimes intangibles--the feel of a campus, rapport with just one person--counted a lot. Seniors at Woodbridge High tell how they weigh the cost and other factors in choosing their college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia