The Ivy Coach Daily

October 27, 2018

5 Points of Hypocrisy in College Admissions

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Legacy admission is essentially Affirmative Action for the privileged.

Is there some hypocrisy in college admissions? Some? There’s a whole lot of hypocrisy. Today, for kicks, let’s focus on five points of hypocrisy. Here goes:

1. Many of our nation’s most elite universities profess to be need-blind in their decision-making, claiming not to consider a student’s ability to pay when weighing his or her case for admission. Then why on the vast majority of college supplements do colleges ask if students need financial aid? Why are admissions officers privy to this answer? Why is this prompt not on a separate document that admissions officers can’t see? You see, most highly selective colleges claim to be need-blind. It makes them look good. But, in reality, they’re need-aware. They absolutely consider a student’s ability to pay when weighing their case for admission.

2.  Many admissions officers deride the use of private college counselors. They criticize private college counselors for charging a fee — any fee — for helping students earn admission to the colleges of their dreams. Interestingly, many admissions officers become private college counselors after leaving admissions offices. After all, one can make a whole lot more as a private college counselor than one can as an admissions officer.

3. The most prominent supporter of ending Affirmative Action, Edward Blum, is — in our view — using the discrimination that Asian Americans face in college admissions as a false flag in his lifelong quest. It makes us cringe when Asian American students high five Blum in the courtroom when they feel they’ve landed a punch on Harvard. In our opinion, this man doesn’t care about ending Asian American discrimination in admissions; he cares about decreasing the representation of underrepresented minorities on American college campuses and thereby increasing the representation of Caucasian students. This champion of conservative causes is a creepy bedfellow to Asian American students challenging discrimination in Harvard’s admissions practices.

4. The very institutions that support Affirmative Action also support legacy admission, the practice of admitting the children and grandchildren of alumni (who often happen to be donors to the school). The practice, in a nutshell, is Affirmative Action for the privileged. Nicholas Kristof says it best in his well-titled piece today in “The New York Times” (“Liberal Hypocrisy in College Admissions?“) when he writes, “Isn’t it a bit hypocritical that institutions so associated with liberalism should embrace a hereditary aristocratic structure? Ah, never underestimate the power of self-interest to shape people’s views. As [Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution] put it dryly: ’American liberalism tends to diminish as the issues get closer to home.’” Well said.

5. President Trump attended the University of Pennsylvania. So too did his children, Don Jr., Tiffany, and Ivanka. His son-in-law, Jared, himself the scion of a real estate mogul, got into Harvard after his dad made a major donation. The Trump administration is not attacking the practice of legacy admission — not when so many members of the Trump extended family benefited from the practice. Rather, they’re leading the charge against Affirmative Action, a practice they most certainly did not benefit from.

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