More Colleges Caught Falsifying Data

Most people would agree that the college application process is stressful for students. The pressure to get into a top college can be intense, and should a student decide to misrepresent himself on his applications, getting caught would likely mean getting shut out of all colleges. Colleges, however, may not be held to the same standards. Bending to pressures of their own, a growing number of colleges have chosen to falsify data in order to attract more elite applicants. Though they have faced little consequences as a result, news is finally reaching the ears of the public. Here are some of the colleges who have been in the news:

  • Bucknell University admitted increasing students' SAT and ACT scores when reporting to magazines
  • Claremont McKenna has falsified SAT scores
  • Dickinson State University lied about the number of students enrolled
  • Emory Univeristy falsified standardized test scores
  • George Washington University admitted misrepresenting data
  • Iona College misrepresented data not only to magazines, but also to its accreditor
  • Scripps college lied about the debt its students will carry from loans

While unfortunate that students have another thing to worry about during the admissions process, it does highlight the fact that college rankings are not the best decision-making tool when selecting a college. See this article for a list of tips on how students can make the best decision when selecting a college.

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