Reporting on a very bad year for the college admissions industry

August 8, 2019 | The New York Times

It has been a bad news year for the college admissions industry.

In March, the federal government unveiled its Varsity Blues investigation, which by now hardly needs an introduction. The affidavit in the case reads like a crime thriller crossed with a comedy of manners. Rich parents staged photos of their children to make them look like water polo players. They had their children’s SAT bubble sheets corrected by a corrupt proctor. And they conspired with the consultant at the center of the case, William Singer, to evade the efforts of school counselors to fact-check applications.

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