The Atlantic Takes on College Admissions


A thoughtful article in The Atlantic, "Why Elite-College Admissions Need an Overhaul," is an adaptation from Toward A More Perfect University by Columbia University professor Jonathan C. Cole. The piece challenges elite universities to reconsider an admissions process that gives inordinate weight to standard factors that can be easily examined: GPA, test scores, race, gender, and legacy status. The culprit? The author names young, well-meaning admissions officers, who "are arguably not as talented or as interesting as the thousands of students who are applying to these schools" and who are mostly unfit for the job. The solution? Cole suggests "a standing committee of experienced and judicious faculty members who work on shaping the class—the 'truffle dogs,' with the ability to sniff out talented individuals who may have gone against the grain but who have exceptional potential."

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