Getting into Harvard not as Easy as P-R-E-P

Elite colleges taking more students from abroad, public schools
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2007 4:19 PM CST
Graduates from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government hold inflatable globes as they celebrate their degrees at Harvard's 2007 Commencement exercises on campus in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ivy-League-seeking parents beware: admissions officers at top schools around the country are looking for more than just the private-school preppie. While private and prep schools still lead the way, a growing percentage of students at elite universities are public school grads and international scholars, the Wall Street Journal reveals. At Penn, international students compose 13% of the class of 2011.

In a survey of freshmen from eight top colleges, including Harvard and Swarthmore, the paper also found that elite schools are increasing their intake of low-income students—further complicating an already tough admissions game. “It’s scary,” said one 17-year-old Brown-hopeful. Public schools that fared well generally specialized in math and science.