rayiner wrote:We live in an age of federally-backed loans and merit-based admissions. It's not like in the past where you went to Harvard because your family was rich and blue-blooded. Anyone can go to Harvard --- you just need to make the grades and get the test scores. It's not "elitism" in the traditional sense.
Maybe not blue-blooded in the traditional sense, but how many of your t-14 classmates are first generation college grads? I can name two in my entire class at my t-14, and I'm one of them (sort of - my mom eventually got her degree around the same time I did). The lay of the land still seems to be that people from moneyed and educated families dominate enrollment at top schools, and that makes me question the idea of top schools as pure meritocracies.