Does It Matter Where You Go To College? Some Context For The Admissions Scandal

It’s no secret that wealth brings advantages when it comes to sending your kids to college. Rich and famous parents can donate large sums of money to schools or lean on their names and connections. Some ritzy colleges explicitly prefer the children and grandchildren of alumni — at Harvard, an investigation found last year, these “legacy” admits were five times more likely to get in than the average Joe.

Yet federal prosecutors say that for 33 wealthy parents, these advantages were not enough. A college consultant named William Singer, of Newport Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a cheating scheme that included bribing SAT test proctors and college coaches on behalf of these families.

The indictment names prominent actors and business leaders. It alleges crazy stunts — like having a…

Original published: 2019-03-13 13:35:38 Read the full New York City News here


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