Let me paint you a picture: I work in student recruitment and am standing at a university fair in a high school gym. I am surrounded by excited teenagers thinking about their future. While chatting with a small group of students about the opportunities my university, University College Roosevelt, can offer, one of them asks the inevitable question: “So, what grades do I need to get in to your university?”.

As I answer the question with the ease of someone who has done so at least 20 times that day, it dawns on me that the students and I are not having the conversation we should be having. Rather than talking about what it takes to get in, shouldn’t we be talking about what it takes to stay in? And what it takes to thrive on our campus?

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