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The lesser-known way wealthy students have an edge in college admissions — they’re more likely to be recruited by top public colleges

The college admissions scandal has brought renewed attention to the power the super-rich (and sometimes famous) can wield when applying to schools. But a new study exposes how even a moderate amount of wealth can increase a student’s chances of getting into a top college.

Though public flagship universities are often billed as engines of social and economic mobility for students and families in their states, their admissions representatives spend much of their time wooing out-of-state students from wealthy high schools, according to a study published Tuesday by the Joyce Foundation, a nonprofit focused on racial equity and economic mobility.

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