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Explainer: Who Are Rural Students?

Anything but homogeneous, rural students span age, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background — and they bring these diverse experiences with them to campus. Yet, colleges still struggle to identify them and serve their needs.

“Who Are Rural Students?,” a new The Chronicle’s latest Explainer, gives an overview of this sizeable, but often misunderstood population representing millions of students across the country. Read the report to better understand:

  • Why must colleges better serve rural students? While rural and suburban students have similar college matriculation rates, significantly fewer complete their degree.
  • What do we need to know about their challenges? Distance, lack of funding, lower incomes, and more keep many students off the radar of college admissions.


Who Are Rural Students? was produced by Chronicle Intelligence. Please contact with questions or comments.