Which College Students Transfer to University? The Role of Parental Education and Neighbourhood Income

U. McCloy
M. Steffler
H. Decock
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
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Low income students, and students who are the first in their family to complete post-secondary education (first generation), are underrepresented in university. This inequality has implications for economic and social mobility as well as for a wider sense of distributional fairness. Because college tends to be accessed more equitably, it has been suggested that college to university transfer pathways can help to provide university access to underrepresented groups. Using data from a large Toronto college, we compare college students' university aspirations at entry, graduation rates, and transfer outcomes across socioeconomic status (SES) groups to better understand how the college to university transfer pathway is being used, and by whom.