bk1 wrote:swfangirl wrote:Ugh, this is a common misconception I feel the need to clear up:
1) POOR PEOPLE CAN AFFORD THE IVY LEAGUE DUE TO VERY GENEROUS FINANCIAL AID. In fact, it's often cheaper than their state school alternative.
2) The lower upper middle class usually can't or find it to be a sacrifice.
3) Legacies only make up ~10% of most incoming classes. Though their admissions rates tend to be double that of non-legacies, this is partially due to the fact that they are often strong applicants anyway.
1. Poor people tend not to have the grades/SAT scores to get in.
2. The lower upper middle class? Seriously?
+1. Or cool extracurriculars, like trips to Africa to help orphans paid for by Daddy. Some of us had to work through high-school to help support family. If all you have is an ordinary country blue collar job and a high ACT score/GPA, you're not getting in anywhere super elite. Gotta love "holistic admissions."