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Without a Preference, Amherst Legacy Admits Fell From 11% to 6%

This is the first year in which they did not receive a preference.

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Columbia U Drops Out of ‘U.S. News’ Undergraduate Rankings

Its move could encourage other colleges to do the same. Three have acted this year.


Ethical College Admissions: Vanity Fare

What does a critique of college admissions really say, asks Jim Jump.

The Week in Admissions News

Public is skeptical of affirmative action, poll suggests; tough choices on the federal budget; UNC medical school and diversity; defining liberal education.

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Why Students Opt Not to Enroll

Students in a new survey cite concerns about academic preparation, mental health and affordability. Many say college isn’t worth it.

Columbia U Drops Out of ‘U.S. News’ Undergraduate Rankings

Columbia University is dropping out of the undergraduate rankings of U.S. News & World Report. The university’s law and medical...

The Benefits of Student Swapping

Without it, wealthy students would just enroll in the flagships in their home states, making no more room for low-income students.

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Waiting and Planning for a Supreme Court Defeat

Some colleges are quietly talking about how they will respond if the justices, as expected, reject affirmative action—especially if the ruling applies beyond admissions.