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Prestige School: At What Cost?

Are Prestige Schools Worth It?

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How much would you be willing to pay to help your kid get into an Ivy League School?

Clients of Dartmouth admissions counselor turned college applications consultant Michelle Hernandez are comfortable with $40,000. We spoke to Hernandez on the show this morning.

She bragged that one of Dartmouth's admission committee's favorite essays this year was written with her guidance. Starting in ninth grade, she shapes everything from students' hobbies to their college essay topics. And it seems to work — last year 24 out of 29 of her clients got into Ivy leagues. In a separate interview, the dean of admissions at the University of Chicago is not impressed. He told us he considers what she's doing to be "fraud."

Tutoring, or trickery? What do you think?

As part of all this, we asked two Day to Day staffers - one a graduate of St. Olaf College, another a graduate of Yale - what the role of prestige played in their thinking when it came to deciding where they would go to school.