Ezekiel Kimball, a former Family Research Scholar, and three other UMass researchers, Ryan Wells, Catherine Manly, Suzan Kommers, published a report on the lack of rural students applying to and going to college. The researchers advocated for further investigation into the subject, especially on the college-going behaviors of rural students.
Students in rural areas have lower average rates of college enrollment and degree completion compared to nonrural students, according to the findings. As it stands, more than 18 percent of high school students looking at colleges are from rural areas. In the study the researchers noted that there are different opportunities when it comes to rural and nonrural students’ college trajectories, such as rural students having stronger connections to their home communities.