01/17/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colleges Reconsider Early Admissions

Four years ago, momentum appeared to be growing for competitive colleges to eliminate programs in which some high school students applied early and found out early whether they were admitted -- sometimes with the requirement that they commit to enroll if admitted. In a single month in 2006, Harvard and Princeton Universities and then the University of Virginia announced that they were eliminating early admissions programs, which critics said favored wealthy students. Some institutions that didn't abandon the practice pledged to curb it -- and there was much talk in admissions circles about a new skepticism of the approach.

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