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Meet the Secret Algorithm That’s Keeping Students Out of College

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD ANAHITA NAGPAL fears her plans to start training this fall to be a doctor have been derailed by a statistical model.

Nagpal, who lives in Göttingen, Germany, had been offered a premed place and scholarship at NYU. Her acceptance was dependent on her results in the International Baccalaureate diploma, a two-year high school program recognized by colleges and taken by more than 170,000 students this year, most in the US. But she scored more poorly than expected.

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