It pays to play

Why is there affirmative action for athletes?

How do you get admitted to one of those small, highly selective liberal arts colleges? Of course, you need excellent grades in high school and an impressive SAT score. But lots of kids bring those credentials. How can you make sure you stand out among the crowd?

Be a jock. Yes, it’s athletes that Harvard, Bowdoin and Williams are craving. That’s the unexpected news from a study on sports and college life by James L. Shulman and William G. Bowen.


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