The Challenge:
 
Only 13% of students from Houston's low-income communities earn a post-secondary degree (two or four-year) within ten years of graduating from high school. 
- THECB TEA FY 2008 8th Grade Cohort
In the United States, only 25% of high-achieving students from
low-income communities apply to the nation's most selective colleges and universities.
 
- True Merit, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 

Browse articles and commentary on undermatching from around the country:

 

"'The Years That Matter Most': Paul Tough's Remarkable Book on the Inequities in Higher Education" 

Forbes

September 16, 2019

"Finishing What My Parents Started: College Aspirations among EMERGE Students"

Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research

September 2019

"When Disadvantaged Students Overlook Elite Colleges"

The Atlantic

April 18, 2018

"True Merit: Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities"

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

January 2016