The College Admissions Game, Part 3: An Admissions Officer Speaks


Carl Brigham originated the SAT as an “objective” test that would exclude Southern Europeans, African Americans, and other groups of what he considered lower Intelligence from Princeton University. He later repudiated these views, but not after his writings on the subject influenced the anti-immigration legislation and the eugenics movement. He later disavowed these views. Ironically, the SAT was pictured up by Harvard as a more egalitarian way to pick scholarship recipients and grew to be used beyond Harvard.

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