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Statistical Analysis Report:

First-Generation Students: Undergraduates Whose Parents Never Enrolled in Postsecondary Education

June 1998

(NCES 98-082) Ordering information


This report uses data from the 1989-90 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:90/94) and the 1993 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:93/94) to examine the postsecondary experiences and outcomes of first-generation students relative to their peers. After an overview of the demographic, aspirational, and enrollment characteristics of first-generation and non-first-generation students, the report compares the persistence and attainment rates of each of these two groups. It then examines the labor market and further postsecondary outcomes of these students. The major findings are:/1


[1] All findings reported in highlights were taken directly from the report, where all comparisons are tested for significance.

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