Study by W.Bowen, M.Chingos, and M. McPherson, published in 2009. Focused attention on disparities in graduation rates by SES & race – but also by selectivity, finding that… …for students with nearly identical background characteristics, attending a less selective university lessens the likelihood of graduation.
Bowen et al conclude: Students should attend the most selective school to which they can be admitted!
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