"In 2009, two Princeton sociologists analyzed eight selective colleges and universities and found that for.minority applicants, the lower a family's socioeconomic class, the more likely they were to gain admission. For white applicants, the opposite was true. Wealthier white applicants were three times as likely to be admitted as poor white applicants with similar qualifications. Many admissions directors acknowledge that is partly because colleges have sought racial and economic diversity from the same students, and poorer white students don't fulfill that goal.
"The same study found that leadership roles in organizations popular in rural communities, such as 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America and ROTC worked against the students who claimed them in their applications. Leadership in such groups 'is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds of admission,' the study found."
- From "For Colleges, A Rural Reckoning" by Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal, December 2 - 3, 2017, page C4