Academic Undermatch by Socioeconomic Status

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 9, 2020 3:16:47 PM

Academic undermatch occurs when students would qualify academically for admittance to a college or university that is more selective than the alternative they choose. For example, a student would be academically undermatched if their achievements permitted them to attend Harvard, but the student chose to attend a local community college or not attend college at all. Assisting students with building a well-balanced and comprehensive college list plays an important role in avoiding academic undermatch. Research shows academic undermatch as a potential source of low and stagnant college completion rates, and low-income students are more likely to undermatch. 

Download the chart below on academic undermatch by socioeconomic status:Percent of High School Graduates Who Undermatch by Socioeconomic Status (SES)

For more information on academic undermatch, educators can log on to the Texas OnCourse Academy and look for information under Postsecondary Research > College List.

Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, High School