In crunch for college admission, U.S.C. tracks applicants’ ties to big donations

September 6, 2019 | The New York Times

The emails to the dean of admissions flagged students that the athletic department had taken a special interest in — not, apparently, for their prowess on the field or in the pool.

“Long time donors,” read a note about one applicant. “$3 mil to Men’s Golf-Thailand,” read another. And the notes about applicants — and donated sums — went on: “$15 mil.” “Previously donated $25K to Heritage Hall.” “Pledged 1 million.”

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