The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the early decision admissions practices of some universities, Inside Higher Ed reported.
Submitting an early decision application can result in higher chances of acceptance for certain elite colleges. However, an early acceptance typically means that a student has to commit to that school and withdraw any other pending applications.
“According to media reports, the department is examining some schools that may have shared lists of students accepted under such programs,” said a press statement from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization of college admissions officers.
NACAC did not provide any additional comments on the issue.
At the heart of the federal investigation is whether or not colleges have been violating antitrust laws by sharing this information with other schools. The Department of Justice sent a letter to the schools involved in the investigation. According to Inside Higher Ed, these schools are meant to keep records of any communications between colleges about applicant information.