Research from the Harvard University Center for Education Policy Research found about 20 percent of graduating seniors from largely urban school districts thought to be bound for four-year colleges abandon their plans during the summer. The number rises to 40 percent of students headed to community colleges.
For many students, about half in the study, the problem is a lack of sufficient financial aid, but for others it is a disconnect from both the high school life and college on the horizon. After graduation, students no longer have access to high school computer labs or the high school teachers and counselors that were important resources during the college application process.
Failing to register for summer orientation, or missing a housing deadline, may be just enough to derail college plans.