Skip to main content

High School Classmates and College Success

Author(s): Fletcher, Jason M.; Tienda, Marta

To refer to this page use:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Jason M.-
dc.contributor.authorTienda, Marta-
dc.identifier.citationFletcher, Jason M., Tienda, Marta. (2009). High School Classmates and College Success. Sociology of Education, 82 (4), 287 - 314. doi:10.1177/003804070908200401en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper uses administrative data from the University of Texas-Austin to examine whether the number of same high school classmates at college entry influences college achievement, measured by grade point average (GPA) and persistence. For each freshman cohort from 1993 through 2003 we calculate the number and ethnic makeup of college freshmen from each Texas high school. Empirical specifications include high school fixed effects to control for unobservable differences across schools that influence both college enrollment behavior and academic performance. Using an instrumental variables/fixed effects estimation strategy, we also evaluate whether “marginal” increases in the number of high school classmates influence college grades. Results show that students who arrive on campus with a larger number of high school classmates outperform their counterparts from smaller high school cohorts. Average effects of larger high school cohorts on college achievement are small, but a marginal increase in the number of same-race classmates raises GPA by 0.1 point. Results provide suggestive evidence that minority academic benefits from larger high school cohorts are greater for minority compared with white students.en_US
dc.format.extent287 - 314en_US
dc.relation.ispartofSociology of Educationen_US
dc.rightsAuthor's manuscripten_US
dc.titleHigh School Classmates and College Successen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
High_School_Classmates_College_Tienda_2009.pdf356.19 kBAdobe PDFView/Download

Items in OAR@Princeton are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.