As a former admissions officer at Columbia University, I used to spend the fall traveling to high schools and college fairs spreading the gospel of our world-class education from which I had also benefited, says TakePart. Although the majority of my visits were to elite private schools or well-funded suburban public schools that sent scores of applications to the university every year, I made it a point whenever I could to schedule sessions at urban or rural public schools. My hope was to find promising students that might otherwise be overlooked by our traditional recruiting efforts.  While most of the...

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