FBI Investigation Uncovers Major College Admissions Scheme

March 14, 2019

Over 50 indictments were announced Tuesday related to an alleged scheme aimed to help college applicants gain admission to elite schools. According to an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation called “Operation Varsity Blues”, the scheme involved wealthy parents paying bribes of up to $6.5 million to college coaches to place their children on the lists of recruited athletes. Some bribes enlisted proctors to help the applicants take their SAT or ACT. It stunned several admissions leaders to hear about the allegations, and some college counselors noted they had been approached before about related schemes.

More on Operation Varsity Blues is available on the Inside Higher Ed website. If your college or university needs guidance on safeguarding against this situation, contact our Education industry group.