Will attending a less selective college make your kid drop out?


In their new book "Crossing the Finish Line," former Princeton University President William Bowen and former Macalster College President Michael McPherson look at the high college dropout rate that is plaguing higher education in America -- and explore some possible remedies.

They also have some intriguing data: Even after adjusting for high school GPAs and SAT scores, students who attend less selective schools are more likely to drop out.

For instance, students who graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and combined SAT scores over 1,200 have an 89% graduation rate when they attend colleges ranked "most selective." That graduation rate falls to just 59% when they attend college ranked "least selective." Check out this graphic from the New York Times to see more numbers.