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Yes, it’s easier to get into an elite college if your family donates — but here are 5 other ways the wealthy have an edge

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Despite elite colleges’ efforts to diversify, they are still limited in their ability to serve as true engines of economic mobility, said Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank.

“It does go against what we think higher education should be and it goes against our belief in a meritocracy,” he said. [...]

Flagship public colleges have faced revenue challenges over the past several years as states spend less on public higher education. “That biases you towards a group of people that have more money to pay for college,” Huelsman said, including out-of-state and international students. [...]

“It’s the affirmative action that no one talks about,” Huelsman said of legacy admissions.