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Kenneth Elpus Working Paper
Publication year: 2014

The purpose of this study was to examine the value and positive impact of arts education on the college attainment of students in the United States. Students who have pursued formal arts education courses in the first three years of high school—that is, prior to applying to college— were compared with their non-arts peers on their participation in the college admission process, their success in the college admission process, the selectivity of colleges applied to and admitted at, choice of major, scholarship receipt, on-time bachelor’s degree completion, and total higher education attainment by age 26. Additionally, to contextualize the findings of the present study, college outcomes of arts students were compared with students involved in high school athletics.