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I Learned in College That Admission Has Always Been for Sale

THE BRIBERY SCANDAL IS NO MORE ABHORRENT THAN THE COMPLETELY LEGAL INDUSTRY THAT HELPS MANY WEALTHY KIDS GET INTO THE SCHOOLS OF THEIR DREAMS.

Shortly after my freshman year of college, when I was debating whether to transfer to another college or drop out and venture into the work force sans degree, I met with an older friend who had attended an Ivy League-adjacent school. I wanted her advice on whether to apply to her alma mater.

I’d love it there, she assured me, with one caveat: You have to be really smart, she said.

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