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Gaining Acceptance: Expanding and Enriching College Admissions Opportunities for High-Potential Youth The Goldman Sachs Foundation's Signature Initiative SES

Millett, Catherine M.; Nettles, Michael T.
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ETS Research Report
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Goldman Sachs Foundation, Developing High-Potential Youth Program, College Admissions, Underrepresented Students, Socioeconomic Status (SES), Minorities, Selective Colleges


The median family income of students in the Signature Initiative was $45,000, but 22% are members of families with annual incomes below $19,999, and only slightly above the poverty threshold. As of September 2006, 74% of the 330 Signature Initiative students for whom college enrollment data were available enrolled in the most competitive and highly selective colleges in the United States as ranked by Barron’s, and 54 students were attending Ivy League institutions. Surveys indicate that students participating in Foundation-sponsored programs also experienced great personal, emotional and social development.

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