Colleges: Brains v. Bluebloods

Where does U.S. society go to college? During the first 50 years of this century, reports Gene R. Hawes, author of the widely consulted New American Guide to Colleges, almost two-thirds of U.S. society's men attended just three colleges—Yale, Harvard and Princeton. But today, says Hawes in Columbia College Today, society is getting pushed out of the lordly three by a new "aristocracy of the able."

In the 1963 New York Social Register, Hawes counts 7,640 men who attended 44 colleges (excluding colleges with fewer than ten alumni). Of these, 5,402 went to the Big Three schools—2,234 to Yale, 1,746...

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