College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, along with to Many Americans, Broken

although reports of fraud at the T.M. Landry College Preparatory School in Breaux Bridge, La., in November have shown those measures to be vulnerable, too. A fresh York Times investigation found of which administrators at the school had falsified transcripts, made up student accomplishments along with exploited the worst stereotypes of black America to concoct stories of which could be fed to selective schools.

Some of the revelations of which week were reminiscent of the secrets of admission revealed at the trial last October, in which Asian-American students rejected by Harvard accused the university of downgrading their applications based on subjective measures. Documents from the case shed light on, among some other things, the little-known Dean’s along with Director’s Interest Lists, closely guarded lists of applicants connected to top donors or some other people of interest to the university, along with the Z List, a back door for students who were borderline academically.

In essence, the wealthy parents accused from the federal complaint took similar ways in. William Singer, the college consultant accused of being at the center of the bribery scheme, even called his services a “side door,” according to court papers. Compared with the more traditional route of, say, endowing a building, which could cost millions, the door Mr. Singer offered cost only hundreds of thousands of dollars, a relative bargain.

some other documents from the Harvard lawsuit showed the strong advantage of which universities give to recruited athletes; at Harvard, their admission rate in recent years was 86 percent.

of which week, the bribery investigation illustrated how even those preferences can be gamed.

Prosecutors said of which parents funneled millions of dollars through Mr. Singer, sometimes through a charity front, to coaches, administrators along with sports programs so they would likely designate their children as recruited athletes in boutique sports like water polo along with sailing. Often the children had no experience playing on a competitive sports team, along with were not supposed to play once they got in.

The scandal has raised questions about whether such athletic preferences are fair — or even necessary.