What is summer melt?Every year between 10%-40% of students nationally experience the phenomenon of “summer melt”– when college intending high school seniors fail to attend college the following fall. The reasons why students do not make it to colleges and universities they have been accepted to and completed other key college-going steps towards enrolling in are diverse, but are usually related to tasks that a student must complete during the summer between high school completion and college matriculation. These tasks may include paying tuition and identifying and paying for health insurance, textbooks, housing, and transportation, among others. Because these tasks typically take place during a time when students are no longer connected to high school and have not yet formed relationships with student services on their future college campus, students without a personal network of people who can help them navigate college paperwork and processes, finances, and other obstacles are often at a loss. For these reasons, we see first-generation and low-income students more heavily impacted by summer melt.
NUMBER OF ENROLLED STUDENTS
NUMBER OF COLLEGE-INTENDING STUDENTS
PERCENT OF STUDENTS “MELTING”