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College admissions scam: Arizona admissions consultant weighs in on massive bribery scandal

Posted at 5:50 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 22:31:30-04

PHOENIX, AZ — As the college admissions scam continues to unfold, a Valley college consultant is hoping it doesn't discourage students from trying to get into schools.

Fifty people -- from Hollywood stars and top industry CEOs to college coaches and standardized test administrators -- stand accused of participating in a scheme to cheat on admissions tests and admit to students to leading institutions as athletes regardless of their abilities, prosecutors revealed Tuesday in a federal indictment. The scandal is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

Erin Goodnow helps head up Going Ivy. She says she's surprised the level some parents went to change test scores or have someone else take the test for the applicant.

"This is going to have implications for all of the athletic recruitment, the recruitment process, how parents are pressuring their students to get into these top schools and what students will push back with and say you know, this isn't right," said Goodnow.

To give your some perspective on how few get into these schools - in 2010, Harvard received 40,000 applicants. Only 5% were accepted.