How To Understand College Entrance Today

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Chart by author. Data from American Council on Education and US 2020 Census.
Chart by author. Data from NYTimes and National Center for Education Satistics.
  • The competition at top tier colleges is greater than ever. By the measure of grades, test scores, and activities, there is a wide swath of incredibly accomplished applicants today.
  • The few, most excellent applicants, no matter their demographics, are as likely to be accepted as ever by great schools. More so, even.
  • Top tier colleges are admitting fewer people who “look like” my son than when I was applying to college.
  • Do some genders gain admission more easily?
  • Does legacy matter?
  • Does wealth matter?
  • How do we make an education system better for all of us?

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