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  •  Well, that's a reasonable argument. (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, Odysseus

    The argument against is that the school should endeavor to find those who can make it at CU by "merit" from the non-economically privileged, thereby maintaining its founder's wishes and vision.

    That some children from rich families get in should not be a horrible thing.  But if too a lot are getting in that should be something the trustees seriously look at.

    •  All students at CU are accepted based on merit. (14+ / 0-)

      My family was working class when I attended.  I applied to 2 colleges, Cooper and CCNY (City College of NY).  One was tuition free and the other had a very modest tuition at that time.  I was very lucky to be accepted to CU and attended as an engineering student.  At the time, there was no need to fill out lengthy application forms, write essays, etc....  I was accepted based on my grades in high school and on standardized tests.  Engineering is a very rigorous program to complete in 4 years and about 15-20% of the incoming freshman didn't make it through the 4 years.

      Almost all of my classmates were from working class families.  The school had no amenities at the gym, no dorms, no intercollegiate sports, no campus (the line they gave us was the City is your campus)...I commuted from home 90 minutes each way on the subway and bus.  And I worked like a dog for 4 years to graduate.  CU now has a freshman only dorm and a new engineering building.  My assumption is students from rich families may decide to attend CU, but probably not because it is tuition free.

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