Under a new system for appealing admissions decisions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, few requests are granted, but the process is open, the Chicago Tribune reported. The university instituted the system after a scandal in which it was revealed that politically connected applicants were appealing their rejections -- even though most people didn't know they could appeal. Under the new system, appeals are based on a short essay offering "new and compelling information" about the candidate. According to the Tribune, 157 rejected applicants filed appeals and 13 had their rejections reversed. An additional 18 students asked to be admitted to a program different from the one to which they originally applied, and 3 won admission.
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