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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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26. Diversity Blueprint

At a time when more and more low-income and minority students are preparing for college, it is disturbing that many of our most prestigious colleges and universities are turning away from them.

—Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust

When my son was in high school, the teenagers in his carpool got free college advice from me. The advice wasn’t always solicited, but the four kids did listen politely.

Madison was one of those teenagers who sat in the backseat of my old Volvo station wagon while we navigated rush hour traffic on one of San Diego’s congested freeways.

Madison had an above average grade point average, but his SAT scores were just average. Madison, who is a musician, happened to be one of the most interesting ...

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