Colgate University Libraries


Sarah Shenker


Despite the fact that education, and especially higher education, is often said to be a “great equalizer,” it is clear that Colgate does not create an environment where students from different socioeconomic statuses receive an equal experience. In the broadest sense, this is a problem of how socioeconomic inequalities are reproduced within the realm of education. In my study I seek to understand specifically what aspects of a person’s socioeconomic status contribute to their potential for happiness at Colgate University. At this point in a students’ life, his socioeconomic status is determined by family standing. I therefore question whether pre-college experiences are an integral part of the link between class background and satisfaction. By discovering what causes socioeconomic status to correlate with satisfaction, I hope to set the stage to for the creation of an environment where this type of inequality is no longer reproduced at Colgate.