How rich parents game the college admissions system -- legally

Tommy Trojan, officially known as the Trojan Shrine, is one of the most recognizable figures of school pride at the University of Southern California. Photo credit: Ken Lund/CC 2.0, via Flickr

Students have filed a class-action lawsuit against the universities named in the college bribery scandal, which includes Stanford, USC and UCLA. Two parents named in the indictment quit the board of trustees of a prominent prep school in Newport Beach. These parents may have broken the law, but there are many perfectly legal ways parents can buy their children into elite universities.