Understanding the importance of outreach efforts for low income, first generation, minority students in accessing higher education

The number of low income, first generation, minority students who enter into higher education is significantly low (Pew Research Center, 2012; Auerbach, 2004). These students encounter many barriers that prevent them from accessing higher education. The main barrier they experience in accessing college is lack of information about college. They are unprepared and unaware of the necessary requirements for continuing to higher education. This research focused on better understanding how current low income, first generation, minority, college students gained their information about college. Current college EOP students were asked to evaluate the following resources: guidance counselors, parents and college outreach programs, based on their ability to help them reach higher education. Most students do not have access to all of these resources. This study found that in order to help these underrepresented students overcome these barriers of access, resources must work together to find ways to help students begin to prepare for college at an early age.