A practice called 'holistic admissions' plays a role in decisions at elite universities.

elite-admissionsIn May, 60 groups filed a complaint with the Justice and Education departments claiming that Asian-Americans are held to a different standard — a higher standard — than other students applying for admission at elite universities. They believe that “holistic admissions” is being used as a modern-day form of racial discrimination.

I worked in admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and at Franklin & Marshall College, and I can tell you something about what goes on. Elite universities — public and...

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