by Lynn O'Shaughnessy on March 28, 2016 

I’ve been getting emails from parents, who are bitter that their bright teenagers have been getting rejection letters from elite colleges and universities.

What follows are two email excerpts.

From a dad named Jeff:

My son is his high school’s valedictorian. He scored 35 on the ACT and had straight A’s all four years at an academically competitive school. He had plenty of extracurricular activities as well.

He has been wait listed by Duke, Vanderbilt, Rice, Tulane, Pomona, Washington U. (St. Louis) and Harvard. What the heck?

From a mom named Diane:

My daughter’s SAT, grades and extra-curriculars were superb.  She got waitlisted at Vassar, Colgate, Bowdoin and Bates.  All of the people involved are astonished at the outcomes.

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