Private-school grads have leg-up in college admissions

It’s no secret that graduates of private schools have a distinct advantage in gaining admission to elite colleges and universities (“There’s Still One Big Trick for Getting Into an Elite College,” The New York Times, Oct. 2).  Counselors there have connections that too often make the difference between admission and rejection.

But aside from these connections and the outperformance of private school grads over their public-school counterparts, there’s another reason.  The truth is that students whose parents are able to spend $50,000 at the best private schools are highly likely to be generous when gift-giving campaigns are launched.  Don’t think for a second that admissions officers don’t take that into consideration.

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