This study explores the identity construction of socioeconomically and educationally disadvantaged students who enter an elite university. This critical ethnography gathered qualitative data about the twenty-three participants through non-participant observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. Faculty, staff, and administrators were also interviewed.
1. Introduction 2. Methodology 3. The HEOP Students: Life Histories of Searching for the Dream 4. Structured Expectations: Precollege Academic and Social Experiences 5. Academics at IVY Uuniversity: Becoming College Students 6. Searching for a 'Home of my Own': The Use of Time and Space 7. Peer Relationships: Building Bonds and Trust 8. Good Enough: Becoming Agents for Success 9. Conclusion Appendices References