How Much Does College Matter?

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Who's Applying to Harvard and Who's Getting in?It's that time of year when high-school seniors and their parents are biting their fingernails over college admissions. Seventy percent have probably been accepted to some four-year institution. The question now is where to go. We look at the past 10 years of increases in applications to the elite, most exclusive schools, and the multi-billion-dollar college-admissions industry, financed by parents' hopes for their children.


Jacques Steinberg - New York Times, Andrew Ferguson - 'Crazy U', Anthony Carnevale - Georgetown University

Warren Olney

Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis