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New York University announced it will not require the criminal record of prospective students in the first round of the admissions process. Jpellgen/Flickr hide caption

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Yarborough with his Tales From The Crypt students in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Miss. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Families peruse the belongings left behind by DePauw students. Stan Jastrzebski hide caption

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Students walk through a gate on the Harvard University campus. In a recent complaint, dozens of groups have alleged that the school's admissions process holds Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Francisco Ramirez, a sexual-health educator, offers free advice to a passerby. Christopher Gregory for NPR hide caption

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Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Romy Vasquez leads the boys in drills ahead of an upcoming Eagle Scout ceremony. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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