Increasing applications not enough

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 - 10:04 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 - 8:21 am

Re "Rejection list long at elite colleges" (Page A1 April 9): Last fall, my high school senior daughter received several letters and pamphlets from the University of Chicago with information about the university and encouraging her to apply. I asked her about it and she responded that they were sending them to everyone because they were trying to increase applications to lower the percentage of accepted students. This article seems to support her view.

It's disappointing that a high-caliber college like the University of Chicago would encourage students to expend time and money to apply when the school's intent seems to be largely aimed at improving a statistic. I also wonder if the money that the university spent on all the pamphlets and postage, which I assume is a large sum, would have been better used for scholarships or to lower the cost of tuition for all students.

-- Bill Pacuilla, Davis

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