• Myles Shin

Today I Learned... About College Board's Adversity Score

The College Board has just created a new score to grade college applicants based on their background. It gives people a score out of 100 based on their neighborhood, crime levels, and coursework. It is meant to help those who perform at a high level even if they come from a low-income or otherwise bad life. I think it is a good idea to help those out who have had a harder uprising, but it seems like it is penalizing people for living a good life. If a person is prioritized because they have a low adversity score, then there seems to be no reason to live a good life.

I come from a family that has a very good, steady income because my dad worked his butt off to provide for his family. But as years go by, it gets harder and harder to get into college. He said that he wished he would make less money because it would help me get into college. When did this ever become a thing to want? To make less money? This is the exact opposite of the American Dream and I think that all of the backlash College Board is receiving is well deserved. They should find a less-biased way to reward those who come from low-income families.

Sources: Abrams, Annie. “The College Board Hopes to Profit from ‘Adversity.’” The New Republic, 6 June 2019,