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Early Visits Lure Disadvantaged Students Into College

Every year, a Boston-based nonprofit organization called Citizen Schools takes dozens of eighth graders to tour a variety of college campuses. They sample college classes, eat in the dining halls, and get application tips from admissions officers.

Experiences like these might help students overcome the challenge of being among the first in their families to go to college.

"To see themselves possibly existing in that environment can be in some ways a little bit foreboding, but in some ways it can be really inspiring," says Michael Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Columbia University Teachers College.

This article, written by Kate Moser, appeared in the March 8th, 2006 publication of The Christian Science Monitor.

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