Yale Students Aren’t Surprised About The College Admissions Scandal

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When the FBI went public with Operation Varsity Blues and exposed a network of wealthy families cheating the college admissions system, Yale students were unsurprised to discover that their school was at the center of it all. A wealthy Yale dad had tipped off investigators. A Yale soccer coach had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from families eager to secure a spot at the Ivy League school.

The prosecutors confirmed what almost everyone already suspected: our higher education system is no meritocracy. Vice News Tonight met with Yale undergraduate students from high and low income backgrounds as they processed the news during their spring break. "I think people with a lot of money leveraging that to get into Yale was not surprising at all," explained Lily, a Yale senior from California who identifies as lower income. "But the extent of it is shocking. I think at first I was very like 'Oh, I'm so unsurprised.' And then the next day I was like 'No, I'm actually really angry.' I think the anger took a while because it was so funny."

For students from more affluent backgrounds, the scandal made them reflect on whether or not there was a moral difference between the fraud seen in this case and the socially accepted practice of wealthy families donating money and buying campus buildings. Ethan, a freshman and legacy of Yale, argued that at least donations have some benefit. "I think there is a moral difference between perhaps donations versus bribery... the school benefits and for other kids tuition and it might pay for new programs or something that can benefit people. Bribery doesn't go to the school."



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"I think there is a moral difference between perhaps donations versus bribery... the school benefits and for other kids tuition and it might pay for new programs or something that can benefit people. Bribery doesn't go to the school."

Author — VICE News

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you can tell the kid with the glasses has no time for the other rich kids. lololololol.

Author — Ashley Prather

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Straight up dude said he has advantages. Moral or not he has something others don’t. And that’s not always fair.

He gets it

Author — Nicholas Castillo

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bro isn't that glassed kid like the king of debate. He's also dropping nothing but facts

Author — Akira

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the guy in glasses just proved he deserve his spot at yale 😎

Author — Mark Carel

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“your house costs more than my family has ever collectively had... ever” my broke ass felt this one 😂😂😂

Author — nursinggirl 1219

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“Both are unfair to people that don’t have those resources” YES 👏🏼 my 👏🏼 king

Author — Marlena Montano

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Rich guy with the glasses knows what to say to not get in trouble later on in life

Author — Mara Henao

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If more of the rich kids were like Glasses kid I think the world would be a better place. I want to be his friend.

Author — Ashley Marie

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lol girl with glasses had to go to Yale to realise how rich she was

Author — Oliver Taylor

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They're all going to end up working for guy in glasses.

Author — Mike Smith

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I agree with the kid that say a degree from Yale probably doesn’t mean as much as most people think.

Author — Yuen Tsang

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"Donations" are just legal bribes!

Author — JPatrick Duffy

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5:41 - When gray t-shirt guy says Yale was the "most diverse" school he's been in, white-t-shirt guy's eyes were like "WTF?" LOL

Author — Centennial

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The dude in glasses gets it. He's invited to the cookout. We'll just have hotdogs, burgers, and casserole. Hope he'd be down for that.

Author — Emma Cat

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Hey kid with the Nike shirt, try and be more like the guy with the glasses. It'll help you when you get out of "diverse" Yale.

Author — Maliha Intikhab

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The rich in the glasses knows what’s up thank you bro you get it

Author — Miguel Leon

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5:41 I love how the guy on the far left just progressively moves as far away from the others as possible.

Author — DayofToast

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Slam dunk at the end. With all the people buying and donating their way in, actual merit is really not that important. So how valuable is a degree from a top tier school where merit isint valued? "Maybe Less then you think."

Author — lerinnenatalia

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The group of 4 with the guy with the glasses you could tell 3 out of 4 were rich due to their answers they don't really understand what it means to not to have wealth, tutors and instant resources. The 2nd group felt and was more real in their answers due to being on the opposite spectrum which is where the vast of majority of people are.

Author — Archangel One