Supporting Working-Class Students in Higher Education

Utilizing data from the multi-institutional Student Experience in the Research University survey, we examined self-identified working-class students’ experiences in higher education. The results suggest that working-class students experience a lower sense of belonging, perceive a less welcoming campus climate, and pursue fewer social engagements than their peers who self-identify as middle/upper-class. Specific suggestions direct academic advisors to promote working-class students’ success.