Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions

Mar 18, 2019


Dartmouth College in Hanover reported an acceptance rate last year of 8.7% for the incoming freshman class. Applicants have been known to increase their chance of admission by pursuing niche sports or musical instruments.

50 high-profile cases of college admissions fraud made public by the FBI last week have ignited a national conversation on college admission and wealth. The recent story is unique but the theme is not: wealthy parents can increase their child's likelihood of getting into elite schools through both legal, illegal and somewhat shady means. We discuss where money influences the merit-based system of college admissions and how schools act to even the playing field of economic advantage. 


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