Preparing for College

How Much Does Being a "First-Gen" Applicant Help Admission Odds?

Question: How much does being, "first generation" help in getting into various schools? Does it help more in the selective schools than in the mid range school? And is it a "tipping" factor or is it more significant?

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that being first-gen means more in a selective college than in a "mid-range" institution. That's because the snazzier places have drawn students from well-heeled families for generations and are seeking diversity, while the less-celebrated schools are more apt to attract those from more modest means, which can often include the first-gen applicants.

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