Elite colleges are no better than their counterparts

There is still one lesson to be learned from settlement of the “Varsity Blues” scandal (“The ‘Varsity Blues’ college admissions case wraps up. But has the playing field been leveled?” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6).  It’s the assumption that elite colleges provide an education far above what less well- known colleges do.

That’s not true at all.  So much depends on the particular major.  I received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. from UCLA. UPenn is an Ivy League school, while UCLA is a state school.  Yet I saw little, if any, difference, between them.

My point is that brand names are coveted, and parents will continue to do almost anything to get their children into them.  They are working themselves into a frenzy for no good reason.

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