US College Admissions Scandal

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
US College Admissions Scandal

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

In the 1961 Hollywood film Splendor in the Grass, the protagonist's oil-wealthy father got his academically unqualified son admitted to Yale.

Though unexplained in the film, he likely bought his admission, his influence not enough to prevent his son's expulsion for failing grades.

Nor did the film explain if the father was a Yale alum, wanting his son given preferential legacy treatment, commonplace in the US.

According to Inside Higher Ed, 42% of private colleges and universities, as well as 6% of public ones consider legacy status a factor in admissions.

At the same time, MIT, Caltech, the University of California, and other US schools say legacy isn't an admissions practice. At many other schools, it's somewhat advantageous.

Overall, legacy freshmen have lower GPAs and SAT scores than others admitted. Their academic performan
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