Selective Colleges to Reward Altruism in Admissions

on May 16, 2016

A new report by a Harvard lecturer, Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions, recommends that colleges change their admissions criteria to cultivate ethical engagement, such as meaningful, sustained community service.

Several admissions officials at some of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities have endorsed the report’s recommendations. Some of the many colleges signing on to the proposal include Amherst College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, DePauw University, Emory University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rice University, Santa Clara University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University.

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