Colleges: Those Thin Letters

"I knew what was in the letter before I even opened it," said Phillip Conrad, 17, a stocky, crew-cut senior who had earned seven athletic letters at St. Clair High School, north of Detroit. "It was thin. If it's an acceptance, it's thick. If it's a rejection, it's just one sheet."

The rejection was from Princeton, which had decided that Phillip's academic grades lagged too far behind his athletic excellence to qualify him for admittance to next fall's freshman class. Philip's two elder sisters had attended Wellesley and the son's failure was a blow...

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