Recent college admissions scandal raising questions about accuracy of application process

Hampshire County

The latest college admissions scandal has parents wondering about the accuracy of the application process.

It’s being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted and some parents are outraged. 

When Andy Colon of Easthampton heard the news that the FBI is charging dozens of people in a $25 million college entrance exam cheating scandal, he was disappointed.

“You want it all on good merit, good faith and that’s the way the system works,” said Colon.

Colon teaches his 12-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son that if you work hard, you get rewarded. But after hearing about this latest scandal, he thinks parents need to do a better job teaching their kids about honesty.

“You want to teach diligence and you want to teach them at a young age that if you work hard you will get rewarded in the end,” said Colon.

Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the 50 people charged. The scam focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as athletes, regardless if they played a sport, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams.

Although no colleges in our area were affected by this, Northampton Attorney James Winston said they still might want to look into their application process.

“I think anytime something like this happens, colleges and universities look at their own procedures and protocols and make sure they have procedures in place, so this won’t happen. Maybe they have another layer they can go through in terms of protection,” said Winston.

We reached out to Amherst College to see how their application process works. They were not available to speak.

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