Valedictorians Halted At Ivy Gates

Rejections hit 90% at most prestigious schools
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2007 8:07 AM CDT
Harvard University   (Magnum Photos)

(Newser) –  With competition at top colleges more ferocious than ever, most Ivy League schools accepted under 10% of applicants for the first time, the Times reports. Tony schools like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton turned away valedictorians and students with perfect SAT scores and GPAs, much to the shock of parents.

Admissions officers blame the record rejections on increasing numbers of boomer kids planning to attend college, and applying promiscuously. "Multiple applications per student," said a director of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, "is a factor that exponentially crowds the college admissions environment."