Elite colleges favor students from ultra rich families, study says
A new study suggests elite colleges have prioritized accepting applicants from ultra wealthy families.
Driving the news: The Opportunity Insights study by a team of Harvard researchers shows that children from families in the top 1% were 34% more likely to be admitted to elite schools than the average applicant.
- Wealthy applicants tended to have higher SAT scores and applied at a higher rate, but the study shows they were still overrepresented in the admitted students pool.
- The New York Times first reported on the findings.
Between the lines: Lower-income students with high test scores were also given some preference, suggesting middle-income students are being left out.
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