College packet could pave way to elite universities

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This year, up to 20,000 of the nation's top high school students will receive an unsolicited packet in the mail that could change their lives -- if they don't toss it in the junk pile.

The mail, marked with the College Board's seal, might make the star students think twice about their college choices and open doors to top-flight universities that they often pass up.

"I really think that students need to know more about where they're going and not just assume that (any) college is equally good," said Stanford University economics professor Caroline Hoxby.

Hoxby has spent years studying why lower-income students with stellar grades and high entrance exam scores -- about 35,000 nationwide

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