Survey says admissions officers feel pressured to accept well-connected, less qualified students. But things are about to change, thanks to FERPA.

admissions-accept-studentsAs millions of college applicants begin to receive word about where they may enter as freshmen this fall, a new Kaplan Test Prep survey of admissions officers at 400 colleges and universities explores the question: is the admissions process rigged for the well-connected applicant?

According to Kaplan’s survey, 25 percent of admissions officers say they have “felt pressured to accept an applicant who didn’t meet your school’s admissions requirements because of who that applicant was connected to.”

The survey also found that 16 percent of college admissions officers say applicants to their school who are the children or sibling of alumni have an advantage over those who aren’t.

(Next page: An “open secret” and why it’s not uncommon)

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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