This article appeared in the October 2014 Rural Policy Matters.
Question: Are rural students more or less likely than their urban peers to attend college:
Answer: In general, rural high school graduates are less likely than their urban peers to attend an institution of post-secondary education. According to research released this month, rural students are less likely than their urban and suburban peers to attend college regardless of the demographics of their high school. The only exception is in Low-Income/High-Minority schools where only about half of students, regardless of locale attend college in the fall after high school graduation.
Source: High School Benchmarks 2014, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
Rural Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act - Summer 2016
Fiscal Committee Documents - December 2014 Meeting
Breaking the Fall: Cushioning the Impact of Rural Declining Enrollment, Rural Trust Policy Brief Series on Rural Education
Why Rural Matters 2013-14: The Condition of Rural Education in the 50 States, The Rural School and Community Trust