University of Notre Dame named in class action lawsuit, accused of elitism

The University of Notre Dame is being sued, accused of elitism and price fixing to include fewer people who require financial aid to pay for college. The university is a defendant is a class-action suit that also includes Dartmouth, Georgetown, Columbia, Duke and 11 other schools traditionally considered “important”.

“These elite institutions occupy a place of privilege and importance in American society. And yet these same Defendants, by their own admission, have participated in a price-fixing cartel that is designed to reduce or eliminate financial aid as a locus of competition,” reads the lawsuit.

It says the the university maintains “admissions systems that favor the children of wealthy past or potential future donors”.

“Under a true need-blind admissions system, all students would be admitted without regard to the financial circumstances of the student or student’s family. Far from following this practice, at least nine Defendants for many years have favored wealthy applicants in the admissions process,” read the suit.

Notre Dame has not commented publicly on the suit.

“Notre Dame’s undergraduate student body is generally wealthy and privileged,” read the suit. “The median family income of undergraduates is $191,400; 15 percent of undergraduates come from the top 1% of the income distribution, and 75 percent come from the top 20 percent; and only 1.6 percent come from the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution. Notre Dame has an endowment of approximately $12 billion.”

The plaintiffs are asking the courts to prevent the schools, which the suit collectively refers to as “The Cartel”, from continuing the practice and to compensate lower income people (and the familes or people who paid) who attended, got financial aid and made up the rest.


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Dave Orvis January 12, 2022 at 9:18 am

This suit against Notre Dame and various other schools is outright ridiculous. These are private institutions which may admit anyone it wishes. And no, I’m NOT one of the wealthy or privileged individuals that was able to attend one of these schools. Far from it, in fact.

Charles U Farley January 12, 2022 at 2:36 pm

If these elitist want to pay ridiculous amounts of money for a substandard education, who am I to stop them?

I’m much more worried about the exclusionary practice of affirmative action at public universities than I am about admissions elitism at private ones.


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