8 months ago
As you can see, this week, the internet exploded with the recent research made by FBI. So many parents (including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin) were caught buying their kids admission to top universities. Looks like colleges are using something more than your SAT scores when deciding whether you will be admitted or not. So, today, the Typical Student will try to shed some light!
The Federal Case
To make a long story short, in 2019, the federal case announced the recently found charging: in US, many parents were buying their kids admission to the top-rated universities and colleges. So why is it possible at all?
By tradition, every year, American colleges and unis have numerous tasks to be done when checking students’ applications. For example, such selective schools as Harvard say they receive more than 40,000 apps! Thus, the question is: how do officials know if the information in all of that paperwork is truthful?
Here is what Terry Cowdrey, a former acting dean of admissions at Vanderbilt University, says:
"If a student had a very high SAT score on the verbal portion but then we saw consistently weak grades in English, and we read a poorly written essay," she explains, "we would likely question if that SAT score was, in fact, valid."
Ed Boland, a sentiment echoed by former Yale assistant admissions director, adds:
"What often raises a red flag is when you feel like you're getting a sense of a different student from different sources," he says.
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