Princeton, Harvard drop early admissions

Princeton University last month became the second elite university to drop its early admissions program, following Harvard in a move the Ivy League schools say will benefit disadvantaged students and reduce anxiety.

“We agree that early admission ‘advantages the advantaged,’ ” Princeton President Shirley Tilghman said, echoing Harvard’s comments.

Princeton had an “early

decision” program, meaning applicants get word by Dec. 15 of their senior year, but must attend if accepted. Harvard’s early program was non-binding “early action,” meaning students could still weigh offers from other schools in the spring.

Such programs — particularly early decision — have been criticized for increasing the anxiety of the application process and informally discriminating against less sophisticated applicants.

— The Associated Press

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