At the most competitive colleges and universities, more and more students come from wealthy families, reports the New York Times, which is a bit late to the story.
At the most selective private universities across the country, more fathers of freshmen are doctors than are hourly workers, teachers, clergy members, farmers or members of the military — combined.
Experts say the change in the student population is a result of both steep tuition increases and the phenomenal efforts many wealthy parents put into preparing their children to apply to the best schools. It is easy to see here, where BMW 3-series sedans are everywhere and students pay up to $800 a month to live off campus, enough to rent an entire house in parts of Michigan.
At Harvard, median family income is about $150,000. That’s median.
The story doesn’t mention another possible reason for the preponderance of affluent students: They’re the children of successful people, and increasingly people are successful because they’re well-educated. In addition to paying for good schools, the parents must be passing on some good genes.