Harvard has a secret back door for ultra-rich kids with lousy grades
What does Harvard University do when faced with well-connected applicants — the children of mega-donors or other highly influential people — who have less-than-ideal SAT scores and GPAs?
The put them on the Z-List, according to a college admissions coach.
That means the students are advised to matriculate after taking a gap year, making them so-called “data ghosts” — meaning their lackluster academic statistics are not reported in the incoming freshman class.
That way Harvard doesn’t take a hit to its stellar academic averages — or institutional rankings.
“If Harvard doesn’t want...