BYU Education & Law Journal


college admissions, private universities, donations


This Article targets the issue of purchasing admissions to elite, private universities through legal, albeit manipulative donations. It will identify the harms purchasing admissions poses to the higher education system, as well as offer an analysis of some of the potential legal remedies to the issues. While the legal community tends to favor bright-line rules and perfect solutions, this Article does not aim to provide a magic potion that would act as a cure-all. Rather, this Article calls upon the legal community to recognize an issue afflicting higher education and to assert that a legal solution is not impossible. As such, this Article will provide several potential remedies that could, with careful consideration of all of their effects, help solve the issue of the purchase of admissions.