Admissions Files Hacked

Inside Higher Ed: Some applicants at three private liberal arts colleges report this week that they have received anonymous notes offering them the chance to buy their complete admissions files, including comments made on them by admissions officers, any ratings assigned to them, reports on interviews and in some cases the tentative decisions made on whether to admit them.

The three institutions are Grinnell, Hamilton and Oberlin Colleges. The Wall Street Journal, which reported on the hacking Thursday night, said that all three colleges use Slate, a technology company, to track information about applicants and their applications. Slate officials told the Journal that they have advised colleges to review the security of their systems.

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