Study finds widespread mismatching of students and colleges, primarily due to student choice | Inside Higher Ed
More evidence of the “undermatching’ of high ability, low-income kids who don’t apply to colleges where they’d likely to be accepted.
This study goes further : More advantaged kids, perhaps not surprisingly, tend to “overmatch” and apply to schools beyond their academic preparation.
Advantage appears to favor overmatching. “Students from the wealthiest families, from neighborhoods where many adults have college degrees, and from high schools where many students go on to college are less likely to be undermatched but also more likely to be overmatched.