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Padded Credentials by Colleges

INTERVIEW EDGE • JAN 1995

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports that colleges routinely exaggerate the average SAT scores of incoming students. The University of South Florida added 40 points to its average by dropping from their compilation the bottom 6% of all students. Schools also pad their acceptance rate of applicants to suggest greater than actual selectivity. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claims a rejection rate of 20% above actual. Colleges even exaggerate the graduation rates of enrolled students. Long Island University claims a 55% rate versus the actual rate of 28%.

Colleges are caught up in a competitive frenzy to woo top students to their campus. This leads to fudged figures. How do you think they are telling their graduates to write their resumés?