Times have changed

<p>Not sure it belongs here, but there are so many things about this old article that amuse me.</p>

<p>The</a> Daily Princetonian Larry DuPraz Digital Archives — Daily Princetonian Special Class of 1977 Issue 24 July 1973</p>

<p>Like the 42 "Oriental" admits. Up 14 from the prior year.</p>

<p>Something related (I posted this a few years ago) -</p>

<p>Harvard Dental School accepts all students who have taken required courses </p>


<p>I was reading the High School commencement book for my Grandmother (Salem, Mass HS - class of 1915) and came across this interesting ad that shows how times have changed a bit -</p>

Harvard Dental School
A Department of Harvard University
Graduates of secondary schools admitted without examination provided they have taken required subjects.</p>

<p>Modern buildings and equipment. Large clinics give each student unusual opportunities for practical work. Degree of D.M.D.
Eugene H. Smith D.M.D, Dean, Boston, Mass.</p>

My teeth hurt just reading that.</p>

<p>It's the "Harvard...accepts all students..." that made me really take notice. </p>

<p>You're right - these colleges have morphed a bit over the years.</p>

<p>Back in the day, Princeton called ME to see if I'd be interested in applying. I had a 1350 out of 1600 on the SAT, and was a white girl from suburban NJ with no "hook." I wasn't even my public hs's valedictorian (I was 6th, in a hs that honored the top 5 students :( )</p>

<p>What makes it worse is that I told Princeton, "No thanks." I figured it would be full of rich smart kids and I wouldn't fit in. Instead I went to Lafayette, where I met - you guessed it: a lot of smart kids and a lot of rich kids. Turns out they were nice. I had a great four years and met my DH, but every once in a while I wonder....</p>

<p>In my day, my high school sent 18-24 every year to H., 12-18 every year to Y., 30 or so to Columbia, etc., and ZERO to Princeton. Anyone won't to guess why? (It really wasn't so very long ago.)</p>

<p>mini...lots of Jews? :)</p>

<p>You bet. 92% of the Stuyvesant student body in those days (and they didn't accept the Black or Chinese applicants either.)</p>

<p>Maybe that's why Princeton called me, I was a nice little Lutheran white girl.</p>

<p>For some reason my daughter was reading old, archived Crimson articles about Harvard admissions to track the progress of the selectivity. One article from a few decades ago (but not way in he past) lamented that for the first time ever Harvard rejected more than half of is applicants. The college had never in all the prior centuries rejected more students than it accepted.</p>