March 2nd, 2010 | Uncategorized

Knowing when 17-year-olds will say ‘yes’

That’s why I chose Yale Williams: In a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, three researchers are trying to gain insight into the factors that determine college matriculation decisions, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Monday. The result, “Students Choosing Colleges: Understanding the Matriculation Decision at a Highly Selective Private Institution,” is an econometric analysis of why students admitted to Williams College chose to attend the institution — or not.

Race was among the strongest predictors of matriculation. When controlling for all other characteristics, the authors found that the probability of black students’ enrolling was lower (by 32 percentage points) than the probability of white students’ enrolling. Hispanic students were also significantly less likely to enroll than their white peers.