Research in Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 43–75 | Cite as

Differences in College Access and Choice Among Racial/Ethnic Groups: Identifying Continuing Barriers

  • Sylvia Hurtado
  • Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas
  • Charlotte Briggs
  • Byung-Shik Rhee


This study focuses on the college application behaviors of students from various racial/ethnic groups in order to understand differences in access and college choice. Student characteristics, predispositions, academic abilities, and income levels were taken into account in our analyses. We analyzed data from the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) and the Beginning Postsecondary Student Longitudinal Study (BPS) and found significant group differences in preparation behaviors, college application behavior (number of colleges to which students applied), and attendance at their first choice of institution. The results of this study call attention to the need for campuses to evaluate the potential effects of policy decisions that may impact student choice for different populations of students.


Potential Effect Income Level Significant Group Education Research Policy Decision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvia Hurtado
    • 1
  • Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas
    • 1
  • Charlotte Briggs
    • 1
  • Byung-Shik Rhee
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann ArborUSA

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