....and so, you contend it's common and has always been, but invoke the boogeyman "media" and say somehow the attention to the current scandal is unreasonable? I can't really see any way to square your various statements. I have a 16 year old kid and will be paying for part of his college education. Every slot taken up by some rich kid is keeping someone else out. Of course this is important. It would be important if it was a bunch of poor people baking pies to influence admissions.