Hidden college admission factors that hurt students’ chances of acceptance

Published in New York Post

Across the country, millions of high school seniors are already preparing college applications for next fall. Those who apply to highly selective universities will be engaged in a struggle for very few spots. Last year, my university, Johns Hopkins, admitted 2,477 students from a pool of 38,513 applications. 

An offer of admission can be transformational, especially for students from low- and middle-income families. Universities continue to be among the most powerful engines in our society for moving people up the socioeconomic ladder: An American with a college degree is poised to earn more than twice as much as an American without one. 

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