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Yale students and college prep mentors weigh in on Tuesday’s college indictments

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Students spend their entire high school careers building their resumes and preparing for the SAT & ACT. 

This massive scandal dubbed “varsity blues”, is a gut punch to those who do everything right to get into their dream school. 

Yale university students are saddened but not surprised to learn the Justice Department is prosecuting the largest college admissions scandal in history. 

“It’s something that people suspect is going on often, but nobody wants to admit is happening. It is really disappointing to see,” said Will Cooke, a Yale Sophomore.

50 indictments handed down Tuesday, including parents who allegedly paid millions in bribes, including coaches at elite universities and an admissions consultant. 

All are accused of using money to rig the system, getting students unqualified into top schools like Yale, Georgetown, Wake forest and USC. 

David Martin is the president of Advanced College Planning in Rocky Hill. He’s spent decades helping students and parents with the college prep and the admissions process.

Martin said,

“I was appalled, to me it was a huge black eye on the whole college industry.”

Martin says these 50 indictments are just the start. He believes this is a systemic issue that has been perpetuated for years. 

“My heart goes out to the students in this country who really try hard, and families who actually believe in process that fairness is going to prevail when in this case it didn’t,” said Martin.

Just to show the scope of this investigation: 200 federal agents were involved in investigating this scandal. 

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