Here is a review of The Power of Privilege: Yale and America's Elite Colleges, by Joseph Soares. I haven't purchased it yet, but the review makes it seem like it is good companion reading to Daniel Golden's excellent The Price of Admission: How the Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges -- and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates (available here for purchase for those friends of yours who teach at a boutique "because the undergraduates are better"). Given my experience on the college admissions board at Cornell, I agree wholly with the comments about Ivy League Athletics, which should be a much larger scandal than it is. For those who don't know, the Ivy League doesn't give athletic scholarships, so Ivy League athletics is a mechanism for less accomplished students who don't need scholarships to get into Ivy League schools. Princeton regularly wins the national lacrosse title, lacrosse teams are huge, and lacrosse is not a sport for the underprivileged, unless you're an American Indian. To make matters worse, at some boutiques, the sports programs aren't even integrated yet.