Postsecondary Education for First-Generation and Low-Income Students in the Ivy League

Navigating Policy and Practice

  • Kerry H. Landers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  14. Back Matter
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About this book


This book examines how previously excluded high-achieving, low-income students are faring socially and academically at an Ivy League college in New England. In the past, research conducted on low-income students in elite schools focused mainly on the admissions process. As a result, there is a dearth of research on what happens to low-income students once they are admitted and attend classes. This book chronicles an ethnographic study of twenty low-income men and women in their senior year at Dartmouth College and follows up with them four and twelve years post-graduation. By helping to bring visibility and self-awareness to low-income students and expose class issues and struggles, the author hopes to encourage elite institutions to change their policies and practices to address the needs of these students. 


first generation students Ivy League admissions process economic and educational advantages financial aid

Authors and affiliations

  • Kerry H. Landers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Graduate and Advanced StudiesDartmouth CollegeHanover, NHUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63455-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63456-2
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