The Perks of Being Wealthy Angelina Jacob

Columbia University, 6% acceptance rate (According to Columbia Undergrad Admission)

If someone told you they got into Columbia, even though you know they haven’t put any effort into high school, would that be considerably fair? No, it really wouldn’t, yet it happens anyway. Everything a student does before college affects their chances of getting in, so you'd think that for the most part, it's fair game. Those who put more effort into their grades and their extra curricular activities are likely to get into low acceptance rate colleges. So why should the sons and daughters of wealthy donors be an exception?

If a family donates over $500,000 to a college or university, their kids become Development cases. Development cases are more likely to get into that college than legacies,as stated by, and more likely to get into that university than someone who didn't donate and has the same exact grades and application. So unless your parents give your college of choice that much money or more, your chances of getting in are the same as a vast majority of kids.

The children of donors have a foot hold for getting into college. To buy your way into college is so unbelievably unfair, but what's worse is that administration allows this to happen. This must be so frequent that they even have a term for these applicants. I assume that high class families with children applying to colleges make sure that they have a college counselor, the best of which being around 500$, because they can afford it. By taking that class, they are informed of many options to better the chances of getting into colleges, such as early decision and manipulating and expanding their applications to appeal to the admission office people. This ups their chances of getting into better colleges or the colleges of their choice.

Lower and middle class citizens usually can't afford that combined with application fees per college which is around 45$ each. Some colleges up their prices such as Stanford University and I.V. leagues such as Duke and Columbia hitting the 90$ range. The seniors applying to college are usually left to their own devices and they have to figure college apps out on their own, and their families have to pay for the high costs of admission fees just for their child to have a fair playing field for admission along with thousands of other students.

One college review website gave all the details of how this works. According to Dartblog, an editorial page that gives you all the specifics of the college, Dartmouth, the percentage of development cases has been rising over the past few years, currently being 4-5% of the class, an increase from the previous amount accepted (1%).

But even if a donation is given, that child is not guaranteed to get in. That depends on the amount of money given. Major donors get priority over other donors and therefore get accepted first. Yet in any case, they still have an in equivalent and more likely chance of getting into college than those who worked their entire high school life to get there. So should we be giving sympathy to smaller donors? Why would we...

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This blog also admitted and gave proof that there is a different system that development cases go through, apart from all other admission, including legacies. The dean of admission, Karl Furstenberg himself stated “When an important development case — usually involving a big donor — shows up, the alumni relations and development office inform the admissions office of an application that should receive special attention”.

What is the necessary standard that has to be passed in order for a donation to be considered major? Furstenberg gave his opinion on that, saying the donations have to huge, something like that of a building, or other things only the wealthiest families can afford.

So what exactly do we as a community of equality protectors have to do to prevent such an atrocity from happening? The answer is so simple, colleges and universities need to stop accepting them. There needs to be a rule placed to prevent such deals from happening. If someone or a family wants to donate to a college, go ahead, but if their sole purpose is to get their kids into that college, that practice needs to be stopped. So, no more development cases, no more priority for the children of wealthy donors. Maybe big colleges were built off that money, but those colleges were also built with integrity and the students of that college earned their place there with hard work and dedication. There should be no way for students to buy their way in.

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