Ever since the college admissions bribery scandal in 2019, I’ve been patiently waiting for society to start viewing public schools in a higher light. I postulated that some public schools will eventually be viewed as more prestigious than many private schools since it’s harder to bribe your way in.
According to the FBI, the universities involved in the admission scandals between 2011 and 2018 were Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, University of San Diego, USC, Wake Forest University, and Yale.
In other words, only one of the schools involved in Operation Varsity Blues was a public school, UCLA. University Of Texas El Paso men’s assistant basketball coach was also caught accepting a bribe. However, UTEP’s acceptance rate is literally 100%, so that school doesn’t count.
When already wealthy families are spending between $250,000 – $6 million on bribes, you’ve got to wonder how rigged the college admission system really is. The people caught are likely only the tip of the iceberg.
Meanwhile, extremely wealthy families are donating hundreds of millions through the front door. These funds aren’t legally considered bribes, but donations. However, we all know the quid pro quo assumption is that all of the children and grandchildren of those families will be admitted in the future.