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Wesleyan University target of federal investigation

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) - Wesleyan University is one of several schools at the center of a federal investigation and it all has to do with student admissions.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first picked up this story, Wesleyan got a letter last week letting them know about this investigation.  All of it is centering around early-decision admission. 

"While we don't know exactly what the Department of Justice may be investigating, we are cooperating fully," said spokesperson for Wesleyan University. 

The school was asked to preserve information when it comes to sharing the names of admitted students between schools.  As we mentioned, Wesleyan is not alone in all of this. 
    
There are several other private colleges in New England, including: Middlebury College in Vermont, as well as Amherst, Wellesley and Williams Colleges in Massachusetts.
    
These schools typically attract students here in Connecticut but right now it's unclear what type of information is being shared between the schools. All of that is part of this federal investigation.

An online news site  called "Inside Higher Ed"  said this probe relates to whether the schools are violating federal anti-trust laws. 

According to the Hartford Courant, Wesleyan is cooperating fully with the investigation.


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