SAT adversity score

The College Board made headlines this week with its new adversity score, which will be utilized by 150 colleges and universities this fall. The score will be calculated based on factors like neighborhood crime and poverty rates, parental income and education levels, as well as the curriculum and socioeconomics of the student’s high school. Given the current climate of college admissions thanks to high-profile legal cases like the Operation Varsity Blues scandal and the Students for Fair Admission v Harvard lawsuit, it’s unsurprising this news has been met with a wide variety of very strong opinions. Given how little we know of what colleges plan to do with adversity scores or how they may truly impact decisions, we at College Coach look forward to first learning more about the new policy implementation which, as with all things in the admission world, is probably more nuanced than it may seem at first glance. For the deepest dive on this story we’ve seen so far, check out The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).


Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.