This project studies the degree to which visits to a college campus during middle school could reduce barriers to college access, specifically for disadvantaged students. This study is motivated by the belief that a lack of familiarity with college experiences poses a non-trivial barrier to entry that is often overlooked by previous interventions aimed at improving college access. In particular, we are studying the extent to which campus experiences impact college behaviors, attitudes, academic outcomes, and college attendance; thereby allowing us to determine if this relatively inexpensive and easy-to-implement intervention can have meaningful impacts on college access.

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