Stop listening to the marketing and look at the facts. The numbers are clear and unflattering. Colleges can say what they want, but if 50% of their admissions relate to $$$ and self-interest,...
Harvard can have their cake and eat it too. They have the luxury of choosing both extremely smart, accomplished kids and applicants from families with lots of money.
H's (and ALL its peer institutions) ... They recruit and fund a tiny handful of exceptional low SES and/or underrepresented minorities
I haven't met a lot of private high school students who were admitted to the top elites with "fluff" in their high school studies. (His word.) Based on knowledge of the high standards of performance at elite colleges, I defend the stronger percentages of admissions from private high schools.
Princeton's recently admitted class of 2023: 18% first gen. 11% children of alumni.
The Boston Globe reported Sunday on a pattern in which donors to Yale University and other top colleges endow coaching positions. That's a trend about which many colleges have been very open. But not known is what the Globe reported about the children of donors then applying to and being admitted to those colleges, and in many cases playing on the teams of the coaches whose positions have been endowed.
The gifts aren't small. It takes $2 million to endow a coaching position at Yale. ...