Elite college admissions are tougher than ever, perfect grades don’t suffice

Powell Library sits on the campus of UCLA in Westwood, CA. “The very high-end schools … will continue to be very difficult to get into. … The demand for them is not going to decline anytime soon,” says Doug Belkin, higher education reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

This has been a record year for elite college applications and rejection letters. That’s partly because many institutions no longer require SATs/ACTs scores, so more kids think they have a shot.

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