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Nationwide Report Cites Rutgers’ Efforts to Support Low-Income Students

Newswise — New Brunswick, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2020) – Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a national leader among universities committed to improving the enrollment, retention and graduation of low-income students, according to the latest report by the American Talent Initiative (ATI).

The latest findings – from the ATI coalition of 120 universities pledged to enroll 50,000 more low-income students by 2025 – reveal that many universities and colleges nationwide, including Rutgers, have seen a leveling of the number of their low-income students over the past two years. This is due, in part, because of a population decline among young Americans, especially in the Northeast.

Still, the ATI report underscores the strategic and multi-dimensional efforts at Rutgers and other universities to admit and graduate more low-income students, first-generation students and students from historically underrepresented groups.

Those efforts include the Rutgers Future Scholars program which each year accepts 215 new first-generation, low-income, academically promising middle school students from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, Camden and Rahway and provides services to help them succeed in college.

“Our message to qualified students from lower economic backgrounds is simple: If you come to Rutgers, you will thrive,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. “Our high graduation rate for all students, including Pell grant recipients and African American students, proves that our mentoring and other support systems ensure we’re not just recruiting lower-income students, but investing in their success.”

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