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Effect of "Parent Education" Question

Question: As a parent, I was asked about my high school/college and what year I graduated. I would like to know if the parents' level of education affects the student's college acceptance.

A parent's educational background can sometimes help put an applicant's information in perspective for admission officials. For example, if a student has very high grades in hard courses but only so-so test scores, the college folks may note that the parents did not attend college and may assume (erroneously or not) that the applicant has not been exposed to the same level of dinner-table discussion, cultural activities, etc. that were available to "competitor" candidates whose parents hold college degrees ... especially degrees from the snazziest schools.

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