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    #200430 - 09/09/14 11:50 AM Top colleges that enroll poor students
    ultramarina Offline
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    Stupid character limit made my title a bit misleading, sorry--actual title should be more like "Which Top Colleges Make A Special Effort to Enroll High-Promise, Poor Students?" Of interest to topics discussed here, and to parents (such as myself) of limited means with high-ability children who may feel concern about sending their kids into a world they may find unfamiliar.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/upshot...?abt=0002&abg=1

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    #200431 - 09/09/14 12:14 PM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: ultramarina]
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    From the article:

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    Maybe the starkest example is Washington University in St. Louis, one of the hot colleges of recent years, having climbed to No. 14 in the U.S. News rankings last year. Only about 6 percent of the freshman class in recent years at Wash. U., as it’s known, have received Pell grants, even though it is one of the country’s 25 richest colleges on a per-student basis.

    This is probably related to the existence of merit scholarships at Washington University http://admissions.wustl.edu/scholarships...es/default.aspx . Unlike David Leonhardt of the NYT, I hope there will be an increasing number of prestigious universities that don't try to gouge the children of affluent parents in order to give some students an almost free ride.
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    #200432 - 09/09/14 01:01 PM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: Bostonian]
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    Originally Posted By: Bostonian
    Unlike David Leonhardt of the NYT, I hope there will be an increasing number of prestigious universities that don't try to gouge the children of affluent parents in order to give some students an almost free ride.


    I think the old saying is that if you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it.

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    #200435 - 09/09/14 01:49 PM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: Bostonian]
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    Originally Posted By: Bostonian
    I hope there will be an increasing number of prestigious universities that don't try to gouge the children of affluent parents in order to give some students an almost free ride.


    If universities weren't frantically installing concierge services in order to attract the children of affluent children, nobody would have to be gouged.

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    #200436 - 09/09/14 01:52 PM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: Dude]
    JonLaw Offline
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    Originally Posted By: Dude
    Originally Posted By: Bostonian
    I hope there will be an increasing number of prestigious universities that don't try to gouge the children of affluent parents in order to give some students an almost free ride.


    If universities weren't frantically installing concierge services in order to attract the children of affluent children, nobody would have to be gouged.


    I think places like Harvard don't have to actually charge tuition given their levels of wealth.

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    #200440 - 09/09/14 02:21 PM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: ultramarina]
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    This is all well and good but the "College Access Index" just looks like some cooked up number.

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    #201041 - 09/16/14 05:51 AM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: ultramarina]
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    22B--I agree. That number looked fakey to me, too.

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    #201058 - 09/16/14 07:21 AM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: ultramarina]
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    There are the service academies (and the related ROTC scholarships). A lot of doctors where we live paid for their school via the ROTC route.

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    #201088 - 09/16/14 09:25 AM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: ultramarina]
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    ... which is great unless your child is ineligible for some reason. (asthma, ADD, etc. are all DQ's.)
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    #201093 - 09/16/14 09:49 AM Re: Top colleges that enroll poor students [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    That's true. It's not for everyone (but it is for some folks).

    There is also Deep Springs college (but it's just for male students under 25 who are capable of working on a ranch).

    www.deepsprings.edu

    But it's free (so it might be good for a poor student). I will try to keep the names coming.

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