We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Private colleges have always practiced "holistic" admissions. It basically means that they take whoever they want for whatever reason. Nothing wrong with that, it seems to me. It's their school. High test scores definitely indicate academic potential, but other qualities and talents are interesting and valuable too. The elite schools look for a "flag" amongst all of their most highly qualified applicants. They can't take them all. Money is one of the flags but there are many others.