Disadvantaged Students May Benefit Most From Attending College

Imagine a young person who looks, on paper, highly unlikely to go to college. His high-school class rank was poor. His parents have low incomes and never studied beyond high school. None of his friends are pursuing higher education. If this person does manage to enroll in college despite all those obstacles, is he wasting his time and money?

Maybe not—assuming that he actually graduates. A paper that will be published on Thursday in the American Sociological Review