Gay college admission day
It is harder than ever to get into a top-tier college. In some ways, the cutthroat admission rates — and the image of exclusivity that comes with them — point to why those parents, several of whom appeared in federal court in Boston on Friday, were said to have bribed coaches and athletic directors to game an increasingly restrictive system. Several of the elite colleges named in court papers in the cheating scandal set admissions records this week. The rate was 11 percent at the University of Southern California, the lowest ever, out of 66, freshman applications. At the same time, the plunging rates create more anxiety for students and parents as they weigh their higher education options. Some schools have recognized that publicizing their admissions numbers helps fuel the madness of college admissions and have tried to pull back.