Trends and Facts About How Low-Income Students Thrive In Four-Year Traditional Colleges

Measures multi-dimensional thriving in traditional four year colleges across the United States. In 2014 and 2015, the proportion of students at highest-thriving or optimization on all categories of thriving at their college career remained steady at one in five students (or 20 percent in 2014 and 19 percent in 2015). Overall, the data confirms that low-income students in traditional four year colleges have equal probabilities of thriving; they are proportionally represented in the highest-thriving group. And, the data confirms that the patterns that emerge for high-thriving are unique. In fact, 96 percent of the patterns for low-income high-thrivers are unique when compared to low-income low-thrivers.

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