501. The University of Impossible-to-Get-Into

Apr 28, 2022
America’s top colleges are facing record demand. So why don’t they increase supply? (Part 2 of “Freakonomics Radio Goes Back to School.”)
The Chronicle

Duke admits 4.6% of regular decision applicants to Class of 2026

March 31, 2022 | 5:54pm EDT Duke admitted 2,230 high school seniors through the Regular Decision application cycle to the Class of 2026. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag wrote in an email to The Chronicle that the acceptance rate for those who applied Regular Decision to the Class of 2026 is 4.6%.
The Stanford Daily

Stanford admit rate drops to record-low 3.95% for the Class of 2025

The admit rate is a decrease from last year's 5.19% admit rate and the lowest in Stanford's history. The Class of 2025, comprised of 2,190 students admitted this year and 369 deferrals from the year...

Suddenly Short of Workers, U.S. Is Forced to Rethink Job Credentials

An ultra-tight job market has employers from law to health care dropping burdensome requirements.
Yalealumnimagazine

Yale-NUS College will close in 2025

Yale-NUS College Yale's largest and most ambitious international expansion program, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, will close its doors in 2025 after 12 years of operation. The National University of Singapore (NUS), Yale's partner in the establishment of Yale-NUS, announced in August that the college would be merged with its University Scholars Program to create a liberal arts division of NUS called New College.
Thecrimson

Harvard College Accepts Record-Low 3.43% of Applicants to Class of 2025 | News | The Harvard Crimson

Harvard College accepted 3.43 percent of applicants to the Class of 2025 - 1,968 students out of the 57,435 who applied - marking the lowest admissions rate in College history in a year that saw an unprecedented surge in applications.

Why Don't Elite Colleges Expand Supply?

Founded in 1920, the NBER is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers, and business professionals.
WSJ

The Varsity Blues Tapes: Hear Rick Singer Talk Through College Admissions Scandal

When Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested dozens of wealthy parents, college coaches and others in March 2019 at the crescendo of the Operation Varsity Blues investigation, they released a 204-page affidavit detailing the payments and taped conversations that they say provide evidence of a brazen college admissions cheating scheme.
Nytimes

Lori Loughlin Pleads Guilty via Zoom in College Admissions Case (Published 2020)

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Ms. Loughlin, the Hollywood actress, is expected to receive a two-month prison sentence. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - She frowned at times, and other times nodded ruefully. When it was all over - after she had uttered the word "guilty" - she closed her eyes and sighed.
Amazon

Markets, Minds, and Money: Why America Leads the World in University Research

Markets, Minds, and Money: Why America Leads the World in University Research [Urquiola, Miguel] on Amazon.com.
Vanity Fair

To Cheat and Lie in L.A.: Inside the College-Admissions Scandal

Bogus applications. Forged ACT tests. Dubious extracurriculars polished to a sheen. How the parents involved in the college-admissions scandal became drawn into Rick Singer's web, lusting after the crookedest education money could buy. It was so not like Jane Buckingham to behave this way.
Amazon

The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money [Caplan, Bryan] on Amazon.com.
The Atlantic

The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

I have been in school for more than 40 years. First preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, and high school. Then a bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley, followed by a doctoral program at Princeton. The next step was what you could call my first "real" job-as an economics professor at George Mason University.
Thecrimson

Between Harvard and Yale, a World of Difference | News | The Harvard Crimson

Two years ago, Yale University caused a stir with the announcement of an ambitious new project in Singapore-an undergraduate campus co-sponsored with National University of Singapore to be called Yale-NUS. Since then, Yale has been widely hailed as heralding a new era in education, as it is the first Ivy League institution to build an overseas campus for undergraduates bearing its name.

Estimating the Payoff to Attending a More Selective College: An Application of Selection on Observables and Unobservables

Founded in 1920, the NBER is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers, and business professionals.
US News & World Report

The Best National Universities in America

Compare the top national universities in the U.S. Learn more about the best national universities to find the right school for you.
Freakonomics

The University of Impossible-to-Get-Into - Freakonomics

In 2019, the Department of Justice revealed the findings of an F.B.I. investigation with the code name Operation Varsity Blues. Andrew LELLING : We're here today to announce charges in the largest colleges-admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.