Would Trump’s Son In Law Get Into the UW?


President Cauce: Along with Berkeley, the UW competes with the Ivy League.  But the truth is that the UW status matters most to Husky undergrads who aspire for grad school. “Interestingly, the data suggests for upper-middle class kids or those from educated families, precisely those who obsess most about rankings, where they go doesn’t matter that much. But it does much more for low income kids or those from underrepresented groups. I think it’s partly because for these kids it puts them together with peers with high aspirations, but also because they need that pedigree to get them behind initial biases.”

“I honestly don’t think Obama would be where he is if he had gone to Santa Clara.”

Of course, well off highly achieving Washington state kids are accepted at both the elite private schools and the UW. Getting into the UW reflects a rigorous and very competitive process, The process here is a MERIT based process. The question raised by    of the Guardian is whether the elite private schools cater to money rather than talent.

 Starring in Golden‘s book is Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.  According to Golden, Jared was a mediocre student at his elite, expensive prep school.  With no promise as an athlete, young Mr. Kushner  probably would not have gotten into the UW even if his Dad and Mom has gifted us with the same $2.5 million presented to Harvard.

Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon

Of  course Harvard’s decision has paid off now that Trump’s 35 year old son-in-law is the consigliere of the White House.

It is less clear that Mr. Kushner would have been accepted at the UW. Golden’s book  reports that Jared’s father, New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner , pledged $2.5m to Harvard University not long before his son Jared was admitted to Harvard.  At the time  one of every nine applicants was accepted and Harvard claimed that its standards were so high that the famed school had to accept SAT scores below perfect in order to preserve diversity.

A source at Jared’s high school alma mater, The Frisch school in Paramus, New Jersey, told Golden: “There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard. His GPA [grade point average] did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought, for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.’’

Golden also looked at the membership list of Harvard’s “Committee on University Resources.”  The CUR rewards 400 of Harvard’s biggest givers with campus visits and opportunities to meet with Harvard famed faculty.

Charles and Seryl Kushner, Jared’s parents  were both on the committee even though, unlike most of their fellow committee members, neither Kushner parent is a Harvard alum.   Of the 400-plus well-to-do folks on Harvard’s list more than half had sent at least one child to the university even though  many members were childless or too young to have college-age offspring.

Jared and his brother Joshua both enrolled at Harvard.

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