Community College Transfers Outperform High Schoolers At Top Colleges, So Why Do We Ignore Them?

Emma O'Donoghue holds up her diploma as she returns to her seat during an undergraduate commencement ceremony for Ramapo College in Newark, N.J., Thursday, May 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  ASSOCIATED PRESS

Emma O'Donoghue holds up her diploma as she returns to her seat during an undergraduate commencement ceremony for Ramapo College in Newark, N.J., Thursday, May 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Most deadlines for fall transfer admissions land between January and March. That means that admissions committees around the country are starting to make their decisions about who they’ll be accepting right now. Yet when it comes to building a student population that’s likely to graduate, many of the most promising students are least likely to get into the best schools. The source of these star pupils? Community colleges.

New research from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation makes it clear: community college students who transfer to selective four-year schools perform as well as—or even better than—their peers who come directly from high school . . .

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