Not a single student at Dalton, an elite Manhattan private school, was accepted at Harvard this year. For $31,200 in tuition a year, parents are peeved, reports the New York Post. Marymount, a private girls school also struck out on Harvard admissions.
While high SAT scores and grade point averages, extracurricular activities and privileges such as a $46,000 private guidance counselor were once expected to guarantee admission to Ivy League schools, thatâ€™s not the case anymore. And for private schoolers who have grown up with their eyes on the Ivies, the idea of getting a good education at a less prestigious school is little comfort.
Kevin Carey cheers the news that the the children of the super-rich may have to settle for Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan and Vanderbilt instead of the holy trinity of Harvard, Yale and Princeton.
. . . it’s unambiguously a good thing that it’s apparently getting harder for rich Manhattanites to push their children into Harvard by spending vast sums of money on expensive private schools, $46,000 private Ivy League admissions consultants (that’s not a typo), etc. etc. The reason (anecdotal, to be sure): all the criticism of the Ivies’ plutocracy-sustaining admissions policies and near-total lack of economic diversity seems to be paying off, at least a little.
Applications are up: This year’s graduating class is huge, moderate-income students think they can afford the Ivies due to new aid policies and the Internet has made it easy to send off multiple applications. Not surprisingly, the percentage of applicants accepted at elite colleges is down to new lows.