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Old 03-06-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I am wondering if the typical unversity education in Colombia is reserved only for the wealthy or even upper middle classes? or do the poor or even working class have decent access to a 4-year university education?

In other words, how likely is it that a poor person in Colombia makes it to the unversity ranks?
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I wonder that too.

We often had Colombians in our classes at my small university in Minnesota. They were the kindest people imaginable, especially the girls, who were (in most cases) amazingly sweet. I know one of them was the daughter of the equivalent of a very high government official in that country's judicial system, another apparently an "anchor baby" who was born here and had U.S. citizenship but was raised in Colombia, another an extremely sweet girl who dreamed of marrying a wealthy man and devoting herself to motherhood and the arts.

We also had a Colombian exchange student my last year of high school. He was a good student, but I had to help him with English a lot in his first few months here. He went back speaking perfectly. His father was assassinated by drug-lords at point-blank range.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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I am wondering if the typical unversity education in Colombia is reserved only for the wealthy or even upper middle classes? or do the poor or even working class have decent access to a 4-year university education?

In other words, how likely is it that a poor person in Colombia makes it to the unversity ranks?
In my opinion somehow unlikely.

If they have above average grades and can pass the SAT equivalent with good scores they will have no problems getting accepted in a public university. Public Universities are extremelly affordable, the problem with them is that it's extremelly difficult to get accepted because capacity is very limited. I knew some people who applied year after year.

Wealthy/upper middle class kids have no problems getting into private universities. I've seen all kinds of dumb beasts getting degrees there.

The thing is that most people are average and they only have 2 choices, get the money for an expensive private institution(and some do) or apply and apply until you finally get accepted.

Public Universities are a mix of social classes. You will find wealthy and lower class students there. At least all the smart kids I knew who were not wealthy ended up with a university degree and climbed the social ladder.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Thanks for the info Princ3s!
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