“As Justin Lanning â€™12Â notedÂ in The Crimson last year, calculations based on information from the Harvard Financial Aid Office â€œcome to the stunning conclusion that approximately 45.6 percent of Harvard undergraduates come from families with incomes above $200,000, placing them in the top 3.8 percent of American households.â€ Â (the source).
As the new year starts at UCLA, I will be teaching first year students. Â I don’t know what criteria these students met to be accepted. Â What are the goals of the admissions office at leading universities? Â Where did these “goals” come from? Â What tradeoffs does the admissions office face?