Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates

Drawing on a rich longitudinal dataset, coauthors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa examine the connection between college experiences and a range of post-college outcomes, including graduate school attendance, employment status, financial stability, living arrangements, romantic relationships, and civic engagement. They find that many of today’s college graduates are making only tentative transitions into traditional adult roles—two years after college, many graduates are still struggling to establish financial independence, chart clear career paths, and form stable adult relationships. Illuminating these general trends as well as the factors that underlie key disparities between different groups of college graduates, Aspiring Adults Adrift offers important insights for administrators, policymakers, college students, and recent graduates alike

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