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in four-year institutions in New England, and analysis of national data from the US Department
of Education, discovered that pre-college preparatory programs aided in the success of low-
income and minority students; adequate amounts of financial aid for low-income and minority
students was vital for student success; grants and scholarships were also important for student
success; attending college full-time was important to success; student involvement in campus
activities and attachment to the institution was important to success; living on campus increased
the likelihood of student success, as did taking advantage of work-study opportunities rather than
off campus employment (IHEP "Getting Through College," 2001).
According to Padilla (n.d.), successful undergraduate college students are "those who are
academically talented, are supported in their quest for a college degree, exhibit a high level of
motivation and commitment to their educational goals, exert a quality effort in their studies, and
make themselves at home in the academic and social cultures of the campus where their previous
knowledge and experiences are valued and enlarged" (p. 3). After conducting a study of Latino
undergraduate students in 1992, Flores determined that there were differences between students
who were academically successful and those who were not. The students who were academically
successful brought attributes with them to college that they had attained in their youth-good
grades, a high academic self-concept, the support of their family emotionally, and enough
finances to complete their education without worries (Flores, 1992). Hernandez (2000) found in
a qualitative research study that success among Latino undergraduate students was tied to a
positive mental outlook rather than good grades. The students in this study reported that positive
mental outlook, otherwise known as a high academic self-concept or the idea that one will be
successful in college, was the most important factor in their college success (Hernandez, 2000).
Other studies have also found that this idea of high academic self-concept, which can also be
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