Colleges: A Touch of Greatness

Most high school seniors suppose that getting into Harvard requires a score of 700 or above (top: 800) on college-board tests. Not necessarily, say Admissions Men Fred L. Glimp and Dean K. Whitla in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin. Harvard more and more seeks men who may score below 500 but have something else: "a touch of greatness." High school teachers and principals are asked to weigh this quality on a high-to-low scale of 1 to 6. Glimp and Whitla wisely avoid defining it, but envision some combination of "effectiveness, energy, judgment, integrity, generosity of spirit or cussedness."

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