Often overwhelmed on big campuses, rural college students push for support

Monday, November 20, 2023
Hechinger Report/Los Angeles Times

On this particular day, most students in the California State University, Chico library are silently poring over books or computers, but one group is tucked into a corner, peppering university president Stephen Perez with questions. This mostly lighthearted mixer has a serious purpose: getting university leaders to see and support rural students. It’s part of a small but growing effort on some campuses to create a stronger sense of belonging for rural students, who drop out at higher rates than their suburban counterparts.

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