Researchers tracked 8,918 students from randomly selected high schools and monitored them through after college. Researchers were able to use some control settings, such as parent’s educational background and level of high school classes.
Researchers rated the participants in high school on a five-point scale. Only about 33 percent finished a four-year degree, but those rated attractive were three percentage points higher than others.
“Only about one-third of that difference can be attributed to the impact of the higher grades in high school so attractiveness seems to be a factor in college success.”
"Gordon hopes this study will make teachers at all levels think about whether they have “some kind of bias” based on a student’s appearance.