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April 2015

Who Get’s In, What Comes Out

    At the end of the 19th century, Harvard took measures to attract students not only from the elite, but also from public schools. This move resulted in an unwelcome surprise for Harvard: they enrolled too many Jewish students. Harvard quickly took measures that were intended to, as President A. Lawrence Lowell said, “prevent a dangerous increase in the proportion of Jews”. Princeton and Yale soon followed suit, creating a system that allowed them to change the admissions policies to protect their place in the halls of power. For The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, Jerome Karabel, Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, compiled over two decades of original research into a comprehensive, provocative and riveting account of the development of American Ivy League education and admissions policies.Read More »Who Get’s In, What Comes Out